Oct. 27, 2004
UCF dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the MAC with a 30-28 loss to Northern Illinois at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
UCF is 1-2 all-time in MAC home openers and 1-2 all-time vs. Northern Illinois.
Game captains for UCF were seniors Damani Fagan, Harvey Joiner and Gerren Bray.
Sophomore Mike Walker recorded his third career interception (third in 2004) in the second quarter.
Junior Rashad Mays tallied his first career interception in the second quarter. Mays, a walk-on from Kissimmee, is just the second UCF player to record an interception in 2004.
Northern Illinois Ray Smith's 68-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter marked the first time since 2003 that an opponent returned an interception for a touchdown vs. the Golden Knights. John Busing of Miami (Ohio) returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown vs. UCF on Nov. 28, 2003.
Steven Moffett found Tavaris Capers for a 67-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the longest completion of Moffett's career. The 67-yard reception was also the longest of Capers' career and his 16th career touchdown reception, tied for seventh in school history.
Capers recorded his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game with seven receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. The 147 yards were a career-high for Capers.
Travonti Johnson returned his first career interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The last time a UCF player returned an interception for a touchdown was by Chris Pilinko vs. Louisiana-Monroe (29 yards, 10/20/01).
UCF's three interceptions were the most by the Golden Knights since Oct. 12, 2002, when UCF also picked off three passes at Western Michigan.
Steven Moffett started the second half 9-for-9 for 126 yards and a touchdown pass. The nine straight completions were a career-high for Moffett.
True freshman defensive tackle Keith Shologan recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter. The sack was just the second of the season for UCF.
Junior John Brown made his first career start at kicker for UCF. Brown missed his first career field goal attempt from 40 yards, wide left.
Stanford Rhule recorded eight tackles in the game including six solo stops. Rhule moves into a 10th place tie for career solo tackles with 255.
Moffett finished the game 25-for-33with 272 yards passing and two touchdown passes. Moffett's two TD passes, 25 completions and 272 yards were all career-highs.
UCF returns to action next Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl vs. Akron. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.