ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Ohio's Stafford Owens scored on a 21-yard
pass from Ryan Hawk in overtime, and the Bobcats snapped a
four-game losing streak by hanging on to beat Central Florida 17-16
on Saturday night.
Ohio (4-6, 2-5 Mid-American) missed a chance to win in
regulation, but freshman Brooks Rossman missed a 29-yard field goal
at the final gun. In the third quarter, he missed a 42-yard kick
that would've snapped a 3-all tie.
The Golden Knights nearly sent the game into a second overtime
after Steven Moffett's 9-yard touchdown pass to Luther Huggins, but
kicker Matt Prater missed the extra point. UCF (0-9, 0-6) set a
school record by losing its 13th straight game.
On Ohio's second overtime play, Hawk had plenty of time to find
Owens on a slant pattern and the H-back bounced off a defender
before entering the end zone.
Hawk, who relieved struggling sophomore Austen Everson in the
third quarter, was 7-for-15 for 73 yards. Owens caught four passes
for 47 yards.
UCF scored its overtime touchdown when Moffett rolled right and
found a diving Huggins in the near corner. Moffett, also coming off
the bench, completed four of seven passes for 93 yards and two TDs
with an interception.
But Prater, a junior who had made 77 of 82 PATs in his career,
pushed the kick wide right to set off a celebration on the Ohio
sideline that quickly spilled out into the field. He also missed
field goals of 31 and 45 yards in the first half.
It was Ohio's first win in three overtime games in the program's