Close one goes awry for sliding Golden Knights

Published October 29, 2006

HOUSTON - Jackie Battle rushed for two touchdowns in the last eight minutes and Houston scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Central Florida 51-31 Saturday.

Battle rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns overall, part of a 230-yard rushing effort for Houston. Anthony Alridge led the Cougars with 133 yards on nine carries.

Kevin Smith rushed 31 times for 163 yards and three scores for UCF. Five seconds into the fourth quarter, he ran for an 11-yard touchdown to tie the score at 31.

The Cougars took about three minutes to take back the lead. Kevin Kolb found Vincent Marshall for an 8-yard touchdown, capping a seven-play drive.

Battle put Houston up two touchdowns at the 7:53 mark, scoring on a 1-yard run that capped a nine-play, 49-yard drive. He added a 4-yard run with 1:29 left.

The teams combined for 1,046 total yards: 530 from Central Florida and 516 from Houston.

The Golden Knights, who have lost three in a row and six of seven, threw two interceptions, lost two fumbles and committed eight penalties for 70 yards.

FAU 29, ARKANSAS ST. 0: Corey Small had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to help Florida Atlantic win a Sun Belt Conference game in Fort Lauderdale.

B.J. Manley and Aaron Sanchez also scored touchdowns for the Owls, who forced six turnovers, five interceptions and a fumble. Arkansas State was shut out for the first time since 2003.

Charles Pierre rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries for FAU.

FAMU 24, MORGAN ST. 23: Quarterbacks Albert Chester and Leon Camel combined for 359 yards and three touchdowns for the Rattlers in their homecoming game in Tallahassee.

Florida A&M rallied from two early deficits to take a 24-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, despite losing Chester to a thumb injury early in the second half.