N Illinois 30

(4-2, 1-2 away)

UCF 28

(0-5, 0-2 home)

6:00 PM ET, October 9, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 14 7 3 630
UCF 0 0 7 2128

Top Performers

Passing: S. Moffett (UCF) - 272 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: G. Wolfe (NIU) - 29 CAR, 142 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Capers (UCF) - 7 REC, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Northern Illinois 30, Central Florida 28

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Nendick kicked 39-yard field goal as time ran out to save Northern Illinois from a late-game collapse and give the Huskies a 30-28 victory over Central Florida on Saturday night.

Northern Illinois (4-2, 3-0 Mid-American) led by 21 points at halftime, and by 13 with 10 minutes remaining.

But Golden Knights running back Dontavius Wilcox scored twice in the final 4:19, including a go-ahead 4-yard run with 45 seconds to play, apparently giving coach George O'Leary his first victory at UCF.

The Huskies took possession at their 34, and quarterback Josh Haldi completed passes of 16, 11 and 15 yards to tight end Brad Cieslak. After a short run put the ball in the middle of the field, Nendick's third field goal of the game cleared the crossbar with room to spare.

Earlier in the half, Nendick kicked field goals of 24 and 28 yards.

UCF (0-5, 0-2) has lost nine straight games, its longest losing streak since 1982 when it competed as a Division II program.

Wilcox's 14-yard reception from Steven Moffett cut the deficit to 27-21 with 4:19 remaining, and the Huskies were forced into its first three-and-out on the ensuing possession. Moffett completed an 8-yard pass to Tavaris Capers on a fourth-and-6 from the Northern Illinois 16, and Wilcox ran twice for UCF's first lead of the game.

Haldi completed 17 of 30 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. But he also threw three interceptions, including one Travonti Johnson returned for a touchdown that brought UCF within 24-14 points with 14 minutes remaining.