Nov. 12, 2005
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Matt Prater kicked two field goals in the last five minutes to raise UCF to a 27-21 victory over UAB on Saturday.
UCF (7-3, 6-1 Conference USA) took advantage of four UAB turnovers in the fourth quarter.
UAB (4-5, 2-4) led 21-13 entering the fourth quarter, but on the third play, UCF's Travonti Johnson intercepted a Darrell Hackney pass and returned it 19 yards to the UAB 31.
Three plays later, Jason Peters ran 14 yards off tackle for a touchdown to bring UCF within two points. The Golden Knights went for a 2-point conversion and made it on a pass from Steven Moffett to Mike Walker, tying the game 21-21.
UAB drove to midfield on its next drive, but Hackney fumbled the snap in shotgun formation and UCF's Glenroy Watkins recovered at the Blazer's 41-yard line. UCF drove to the UAB 8, where the drive stalled. But Prater kicked a 25 yard field goal to give the Golden Knights a 24-21 lead with 5:31 left to play.
On the first play of UAB's next possession, Hackney completed a 15-yard pass over the middle to Chico Cleveland, but the tight end fumbled when he was hit. UCF's Ronnell Sandy recovered at the UAB 44. A personal foul penalty against UAB moved the ball to the 29. UCF couldn't move the ball and Prater's 48-yard field goal attempt missed, giving UAB another chance.
But a Hackney pass was intercepted by Joe Burnett
, who returned it 27 yards to the UAB 22. Five runs by Kevin Smith
took the ball to the UAB six. On fourth down, Prater kicked a 23-yard field goal to give UCF the 27-21 lead with 50 seconds remaining.
Peters rushed for 84 yards and Smith had 67 yards.
Moffett completed 15-of-24 passes for 183 yards for UCF, which posted 358 offensive yards. Walker had 71 yards on four carries.
Marculus Elliott, who tied the game 7-7 in the second half on a 22-yard run, rushed for 116 yards.
Hackney completed 20-of-39 passes for 240 yards for the Blazers, who finished with 430 yards of offense.