UCF finally enjoys victory in opener

Published September 3, 2006

ORLANDO - Steven Moffett threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns as UCF opened its season with a 35-16 win over Villanova.

It was the first time UCF won a season opener in eight years.

Senior wideout Mike Walker, playing his first game since recovering from a knee injury last season, had six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Villanova actually outgained UCF in total yardage 322-204, but the Wildcats stopped themselves with an interception and two missed field goals. They also failed to convert a fourth and 1 at the UCF 26-yard line early in the second half.

Moffett was nearly perfect in the first half when UCF jumped out to a 28-7 lead. After going three-and-out on his first possession, the UCF quarterback went 10-for-10 for 146 yards and three touchdowns as UCF scored on four straight possessions.

Willie Thornton took a 20-yard pass for the first score of the game, and Walker followed with touchdown catches of 3 and 13 yards. Jason Peters capped the first half scoring with a 1-yard plunge that made it 28-7.

Villanova cut the deficit to 28-16 when Darrell Young blocked a UCF punt out of the end zone for a safety and Anton Ridley followed that with a 16-yard scoring pass from Marvin Burroughs.

However, UCF's Kevin Smith capped a 14-play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard run to put the game away for the Golden Knights.

Delaware St. 34, FAMU 14: Emmanuel Marc carried 18 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns in Delaware State's victory in the fourth Detroit Football Classic at Ford Field.

Vashon Winton was 8-for-12 passing for 80 yards and had an 11-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter for the Hornets in the season and Mid Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Delaware State scored on turnovers to take an early 14-0 lead. Defensive end Stephon Hopkins returned a fumble 18 yards for a score with 10:53 left in the first quarter.

Just 1:17 later, linebacker Russell Reeves intercepted an Albert Chester II pass and returned it 41 yards for a TD.

Anthony Edwards scored on a 7-yard run with 6:47 left in the first quarter for the Rattlers.

Edwards finished with 87 yards on 19 carries, including a 1-yard score with 2:20 left to play.

Gardner-webb 49, Jack-sonville 14: Kory Alston scored two first-half touchdowns, including an 80-yard punt return, in Jacksonville.

Gardner-Webb broke open a tight game at halftime with five second-half touchdowns.

Jacksonville quarterback Chris Horton finished 14-of-26 passing, good for 226 yards and one touchdown. Horton also led Jacksonville in rushing with 67 yards on six carries.

Alston scored his first touchdown on the Bulldogs' initial drive, combining with quarterback Devin Campbell from 12 yards. The senior receiver scored again with just under four minutes left in the half, taking a Jacksonville punt at his own 20 and racing down the right sideline untouched for the score.

Gardner-Webb dominated the second half, scoring touchdowns in four of their first five offensive possessions.