UCF edges Marshall on last-second field goal
By TIMES WIRES
Published October 5, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Kevin Smith rushed for a season-high 166 yards before getting hurt and Michael Torres kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6.7 seconds left to lift Central Florida to a 23-22 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.
Anthony Binswanger's career-high 50-yard field goal gave Marshall a 22-20 lead with three minutes left, but that left enough time for UCF's Steven Moffett.
Moffett, who was benched for most of the first half, completed four straight passes to move UCF (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) to the Marshall 17 with 50 seconds left. He was 13 of 19 for 165 yards.
Jason Peters then ran 14 yards, setting up Torres' third field goal, all from 22 yards.
Marshall (1-4, 0-1) couldn't take advantage of the 181-yard rushing effort of Ahmad Bradshaw and the energized atmosphere of having actor Matthew McConaughey on the sideline.
McConaughey is starring in an upcoming film on the aftermath of a 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, including most of the football team. He led the current team on a pregame walk to the stadium.
Smith's 34-yard run set up Moffett's 28-yard scoring pass to Mike Walker to give UCF a 20-9 lead early in the third. Smith suffered an undisclosed injury late in the third quarter and didn't return.
Bradshaw answered a minute later with a 32-yard touchdown run and Binswanger's 26-yard field goal early in the fourth brought Marshall within 20-19.
SCHOOLS FINED: Illinois and Michigan State were fined $10,000 apiece and coaches Ron Zook and John L. Smith were reprimanded by the Big Ten as the result of a postgame altercation between the teams Saturday.
Moments after Illinois upset Michigan State, Illini players attempted to plant their school flag at midfield of Spartan Stadium. That led to pushing and shoving between several players on each side.