Scores

Final

UCF 27

(7-3, 6-1 American)

UAB 21

(4-5, 2-4 C-USA)

4:00 PM ET, November 12, 2005

Legion Field, BIRMINGHAM, AL

1 2 3 4 T
UCF 7 3 3 1427
UAB 0 7 14 021

Top Performers

Passing: D. Hackney (UAB) - 240 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Elliott (UAB) - 8 CAR, 116 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Lindsey (UAB) - 3 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD

Central Florida 27, UAB 21

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 UCR, which tied off 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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCF
UAB
1st Downs2119
Total Yards358430
Passing183240
Rushing175190
Penalties3-374-40
3rd Down Conversions3-137-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers14
Possession31:3128:29

Passing Leaders

UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Moffett15/241837.600-
UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hackney20/392406.212-

Rushing Leaders

UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peters15845.6114
Smith17673.9118
UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Elliott811614.5252
White11464.207

Receiving Leaders

UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker47117.8041
Marshall44611.5018
UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lindsey38628.7170
Rhodes34314.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCFUAB
TD13:15KEVIN SMITH 9 YD RUN (MATT PRATER KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 61 yards.
70
SECOND QUARTERUCFUAB
TD2:36MARCULUS ELLIOTT 22 YD RUN (PARKER MULLINS KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 86 yards.
77
FG0:00MATT PRATER 47 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 36 yards.
107
THIRD QUARTERUCFUAB
TD13:27REGGIE LINDSEY 70 YD PASS FROM DARRELL HACKNEY (PARKER MULLINS KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 84 yards.
1014
TD8:44MARCULUS ELLIOTT 52 YD RUN (PARKER MULLINS KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards.
1021
FG0:38MATT PRATER 36 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yards.
1321
FOURTH QUARTERUCFUAB
TD13:01JASON PETERS 14 YD RUN (MIKE WALKER 2PT PASS FROM STEVEN MOFFETT)
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yards.
2121
FG5:31MATT PRATER 25 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yards.
2421
FG0:50MATT PRATER 23 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yards.
2721