Nov. 12, 2005
UCF at UAB
November 12, 2005
UCF 27 - UAB 21
UCF continued its remarkable turnaround as the resurgent Golden Knights defeated UAB 27-21 Saturday evening at Legion Field in Birmingham. The Golden Knights remained in first place in Conference USA's Eastern Division with a 6-1 league mark. UCF is 7-3 overall and winners of four straight games.
UCF has the largest win differential in the NCAA in 2005 with +7 victories. The seven-win turnaround is also the largest in Conference USA history.
UCF is just the fourth team in NCAA history to record a four-game winning streak a year after going winless. South Carolina (2000), Ball State (2000) and Hawaii (1999) are the only other schools to record a four-game winning streak a year after going winless. No team in NCAA history has ever won five straight contests after going winless the previous season.
The Golden Knights captured their seventh win of the season, becoming just the fourth UCF team in the school's Division I-A history to reach the seven-win plateau. The last UCF team to win seven games was in 2002 (7-5).
UCF rallied from an 11-point second half deficit, its largest comeback victory of the season. UAB led 21-10 in the third quarter before the Golden Knights responded with a 17-0 run to close out the game.
UCF is now 6-0 when scoring first and when leading at halftime this season. The Golden Knights are 6-0 all-time under George O'Leary when leading at the break. UCF led the game 10-3 at halftime
UCF's four-game winning streak is its longest since the end of the 2002 campaign when the Golden Knights also won four consecutive games.
UCF scored for the fourth time this season on its opening drive. It marked the third time in 2005 UCF has scored a touchdown on its opening possession. The last game UCF scored on its first possession was Oct. 21 vs. Tulane when it kicked a field goal.
With Travonti Johnson's
fourth quarter interception, UCF extended its streak of eight straight games with at least one interception. The Golden Knights have 15 interceptions over their last eight games, the second longest streak in school history.
Junior wide receiver Mike Walker's 41-yard reception on UCF's opening drive of the game was his longest reception of the season. Walker finished the game with four receptions for 71 yards and had a catch on a two-point conversion.
Senior place kicker Matt Prater's 47-yard field goal as time expired in the first half was the 40th field goal of his career, the fourth-highest total in school history. The kick was Prater's second-longest of the season. He connected on a 49-yarder in UCF's home-opener against Marshall. Prater also drilled a 36-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter and the game-winner, a 25-yard kick with 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. He added insurance points with a 23-yard field goal with 50 second remaining in the game, bringing his career total to 43 field goals.
Prater's 13 points during the game moved into fourth on UCF's all-time scoring list with 231 points, moving ahead of Willie English (228). He trails only Charlie Pierce (297), Franco Grilla (285) and Ed O'Brien (263). He is also fourth in career field goals behind O'Brien (50) Grilla (47) and Pierce (46).
Junior quarterback Steve Moffett's streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass was ended at 12 today. The 12 consecutive games is the third-longest streak in school history, trailing only Ryan Schneider (28) and Daunte Culpepper (22). Darin Hinshaw (twice) and Vic Penn also had 12-game scoring streaks during their careers.
Junior punter Aaron Horne had two 60-yard punts - 62 and 60 yards - the two longest punts of the season for UCF. Horne finished the night averaging 45.4 yards on five punts.
Freshman cornerback Joe Burnett recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season late in the fourth quarter after Travonti Johnson tied him with his third earlier in that quarter.