Lester Ricard pitches out to running back Matt Forte as Central Florida defensive back Jason Venson grabs Ricard's face mask.
Oct. 21, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Smith ran for 113 yards and a touchdown, and he also threw a pass to Darcy Johnson for a key third-quarter score to lead Central Florida to a 34-24 win over Tulane on Friday night.
Smith had a long run of 44 yards among his 18 carries, and Jason Peters added 111 yards on just nine carries to lead UCF to 286 yards rushing.
UCF (4-3, 3-1 Conference USA) led 27-21 when Smith found Johnson on a halfback pass with 3:19 left in the third quarter. Johnson had three catches for 32 yards in the game, while Brandon Marshall led UCF with 10 catches for 110 yards.
Lester Ricard tossed three touchdown passes and had a career-high four interceptions, including on on each of the Green Wave's last two drives. Ricard went 27-of-47 for 360 yards. He found Preston Brown on a 44-yard pass play with 10:21 left in the first half that gave Tulane (2-4, 1-3) a 14-13 lead.
But UCF answered when Peters busted loose for a 50 yard touchdown run, then added another touchdown with 7 seconds left in the half on a 7-yard scoring pass from Steven Moffett to Mike Peters that made the score 27-14.
Moffett was 17-of-20 with no interceptions. John Brown had field goals of 32 and 22 yards for the Golden Knights.
UCFs 27 points and 307 yards of offense in the first half were both records for the team under coach George O'Leary.
Senior receiver Bubba Terranova caught six passes for 109 yards in the loss to record his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. Matt Forte collected 58 rushing yards and added six catches for 41 yards while Anthony Cannon led the Green Wave defense with 12 tackles.