Oct. 2, 2005
UCF at Louisiana-Lafayette Game Notes
September 24, 2005
Cajun Field - Lafayette, La.
UCF snapped the nation's longest losing streak of 15 games with a 24-21 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday evening at Cajun Field. The last time UCF won on the road prior to tonight was Nov. 23, 2002 when UCF defeated Ben Roethlisberger and the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 48-31.
UCF won its second straight game to even its record at 2-2. UCF has won two consecutive games for the first time since 2002 when the Golden Knights ended the season with four straight victories.
For the third time in Division I-A history, UCF has a .500 or better record after four games to start the season. The last time UCF started the season 2-2 was in 2000. UCF's best start ever after four games was in 1998 when Daunte Culpepper led the Golden Knights to a 3-1 mark.
Senior DE Glenroy Watkins (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay) and senior TE Antonio Eldemire (New York, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) served as game captains for UCF.
UCF is 3-0 all-time vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and 2-0 at Cajun Field. The Golden Knights are 9-3 vs. Sun Belt teams and 14-6 vs. schools from the state of Louisiana.
UCF scored on its first possession of the game for the first time in 2005. The Golden Knights marched 71 yards on just three plays, capped off by a 60-yard touchdown pass from Steven Moffett (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) to Brandon Marshall (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell). The three-play drive was UCF's shortest scoring drive of the season.
UCF has outscored the opposition 21-0 in the first quarter over the last two games. In UCF's first 13 games of the George O'Leary era, the Golden Knights were outscored 89-23 in the first quarter of play.
UCF jumped out to a 21-7 advantage at halftime. In its last two games, UCF has outscored the opposition 38-7 in the first half of play. In UCF's first 13 games of the George O'Leary
era, the Golden Knights were outscored 220-52 in the first half.
UCF is 2-0 under O'Leary when leading at halftime.
Redshirt freshman SS Jason Venson (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) and true freshman OLB Jordan Richards (Cary, N.C./Cary) made their first career starts for the Golden Knights. UCF has 38 players on its roster with at least one game of starting experience. Venson led UCF with 12 total tackles, including four solo. He also added two pass breakups.
Marshall hauled in a career-long 60-yard touchdown pass from Moffett on UCF's third offensive play of the game. The Winter Park native ended the game with a career-best 107 yards receiving on five receptions and a career-high two touchdown receptions.
Six true freshmen backs have rushed for 100 yards in a game, including Kevin Smith's (Miami, Fla./Southridge) 110 yards vs. ULL. He is the first true freshman tailback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Gerod Davis rushed for 120 yards vs. Samford on November 21, 1992. Smith ended the game with career-highs in attempts (25) and yards (110). It was the 13th best rushing game by a true freshmen in UCF history.
Redshirt junior FS Travonti Johnson (Miami, Fla./Krop) intercepted his team-leading second pass of the season in the first quarter to end a ULL drive inside territory.
Moffett was 10-of-10 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns on UCF's first three possessions. The 10 straight completions tied a career-high for Moffett and place him in a tie for sixth in UCF single-game history for consecutive completions. He also completed 10 straight earlier in the season at South Carolina.
Moffett established a career-high for touchdown passes in the first half with three scoring strikes. Moffett's previous high was two touchdown passes - established three times in 2004 - the last time vs. Ohio (Nov. 6, 2004). He finished the game 15-of-25 for 232 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Senior OLB James Cook (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) intercepted his first career pass to stop a Louisiana-Lafayette drive on the UCF one-yard line in the second quarter.
Senior PK John Brown (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) kicked the game-winning field goal from 28 yards out to clinch the victory. The game-winning kick was the first in Brown's career, including all levels of football.