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State: Knights Golden at last: Losing streak ends

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

ORLANDO - Central Florida snapped major-college football's longest losing streak at 17 games, knocking off Marshall 23-13 Saturday night behind Steven Moffett's 260 yards passing and Matt Prater's three field goals.

The first Conference USA game for both former Mid-American Conference members resulted in the Golden Knights' first victory under second-year coach George Leary.

UCF last won Oct. 23, 2003, beating Central Michigan 31-13.

"Well, I am very happy for the kids," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "You can hear the excitement in the locker room, and I'm very happy for them."

The Knights took a 17-0 lead in the first half on a touchdown from Moffett to Brandon Marshall, Kevin Smith's 1-yard run (capping a 12-play, 84-yard drive) and Prater's 49-yard field goal.

Marshall quarterbacks Jimmy Skinner and Bernie Morris combined to go 33-for-58 for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Moffett was 19-for-26 and Prater added field goals of 33 and 43 yards in the second half.

The Knights held Marshall to 11 yards rushing.

B-CC 63, NORFOLK ST. 61 (4OT): Jimmie Russell ran in a touchdown then threw a two-point conversion to lead the visiting Wildcats to victory.

After Russell's score and conversion in the fourth overtime, Daryl Jones scored for Norfolk State on a 1-yard run but the Wildcats stuffed Brandon Brooks short of the end zone on the two-point conversion.

Eric Weems' 4-yard touchdown run for NSU tied it at 42 with 3:08 left in regulation, forcing overtime.

Russell was 8-for-14 with 168 passing yards and a touchdown and carried the ball 22 times for 75 yards and three touchdowns. Bethune-Cookman led 21-13 at halftime in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.

P.J. Smith had 118 yards and three touchdowns for B-CC, including a 71-yard run in the third quarter and a 1-yard run in the third overtime. Jonathan Summers caught a 28-yard touchdown in the first quarter and finished with 78 yards.

Both scored on runs in the first OT, neither in the second. Both had touchdowns in the third overtime; at that point, according to the rules, teams must go for two-point conversions and both failed.

FAMU 12, TENNESSEE ST. 7: Chris Owens threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and Florida A&M's defense made a late goal-line stop. Tennessee State drove 84 yards on 13 plays, but Steve St. Felix's interception of a Richard Hartman pass at the 1-yard line with 11 seconds preserved the victory for the Rattlers. After Wesley Taylor's 23-yard field goal before halftime, FAMU took a 9-3 lead in the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown by Roosevelt Kiser from Owens. The game was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta before a crowd of 56,297.

ARKANSAS ST. 66, FIU 24: Joe Smith had two touchdown catches for the host Indians as Florida International lost its Sun Belt Conference debut. Arkansas State scored on its first four possessions and gained nearly 20 yards a play in the first quarter. Florida International got within 28-14 early in the second quarter on Josh Padrick's 1-yard touchdown run but got no closer.

JACKSONVILLE 55, BUTLER 21: Eldin Ferguson had three touchdown receptions and the host Dolphins piled up 585 yards of offense - both school records - to beat the Bulldogs.

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