ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Steven Moffett passed for 290 yards and
three touchdowns to lead resurgent Central Florida to its third
straight win, 38-17 over Memphis on Saturday night.
The Golden Knights (3-2, 2-0 Conference USA) are the third team
in the last 55 years to win three straight games one season after
going winless, joining Boston College (1979) and South Carolina
UCF freshman Kevin Smith had 164 yards rushing and a touchdown,
fueling the Golden Knights' season-high 261 yards on the ground.
Memphis tailback DeAngelo Williams, who entered the game as the
leading rusher in Division I-A, had 136 yards on 14 carries. Joseph
Doss had 33 yards on nine carries and both touchdowns for the
Tigers (2-3, 1-2).
But the Tigers sputtered in the second half; on five
possessions, they had two punts, an interception, lost the ball on
downs and managed only one score -- a 40-yard field goal from
Moffett had touchdown passes of 69 and 38 yards to Brandon
Marshall and Smith scored on a 1-yard run in the second half,
breaking open a game that was tied 14-14 at halftime.
Moffett only used two receivers; Marshall caught four balls for
133 yards, and Mike Walker had 10 catches for 157 yards and a
UCF -- which had lost 17 straight games before this current
winning streak -- outgained Memphis 551-301 in the game, controlling
the clock for more than 38 minutes.