UCF Falls in Season Finale to Kent State, 41-24

GO KNIGHTS Alex Haynes finished with 3,356 career yards, tops in UCF history.
Alex Haynes finished with 3,356 career yards, tops in UCF history.

Nov. 23, 2004

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Joshua Cribbs threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns to lead Kent State to its fourth straight win, a 41-24 season-ending victory over UCF on Tuesday night.

UCF (0-11, 0-8 Mid-American Conference) finished winless under first-year coach George O'Leary, the only program in Division I-A without a victory this season. The Golden Knights now own a 15-game losing streak, the nation's longest.

Cribbs had a hand in all three of Kent State's first half touchdowns and accounted for 253 of his team's 319 yards of total offense in the half.

Down 13-3 early, UCF rallied on a 21-yard touchdown run by Alex Haynes and 5-yard touchdown pass from Steven Moffett to Antonio Eldemire to take a 17-13 lead with 1:27 left in the half.

That was enough time for Cribbs, who took the Golden Flashes (5-6, 4-4) 78 yards in four plays, finishing the drive off with an 8-yard scramble for the go-ahead touchdown. UCF never led again.

Cribbs, who had two touchdown passes in the first half, added scoring passes of 66 yards to Darrell Dowery and 11 yards to Derrick Bush in the third quarter to push Kent State's lead to 34-17.

Dowery had a career-high 240 yards receiving for the Golden Flashes and added two touchdown catches.

For UCF, Moffett threw for 319 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted once and lost one fumble. He was also sacked six times for 54 yards. Haynes rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

The Golden Knights are the first Florida Division I team to go winless since Florida went 0-10-1 in 1979.



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