HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Central Florida spoiled Marshall's
emotional night that included Matthew McConaughey roaming the
Thundering Herd sidelines.
The Golden Knights, who ended a 17-game losing streak last
season with a home win over Marshall, got a 22-yard field goal from
Michael Torres with 6.7 seconds left for a 23-22 victory Wednesday.
Anthony Binswanger gave Marshall a 22-20 lead with a 50-yard
field goal with 3 minutes left, but Torres made the last of three
22-yarders to make for a poor start to the season in which he
missed three of four previous tries.
"Happy to see a kicker whom we had a lot of trouble with make
that last kick," Central Florida coach George O'Leary said.
McConaughey is starring in the upcoming film "We Are Marshall"
on the aftermath of a 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people,
including most of the Marshall football team.
He led the current team on a walk to the stadium before the game
and roamed the sidelines during the contest.
A 4-minute scene from the film, scheduled to be released Dec.
22, was shown at halftime as cameras flashed throughout the
But the energy didn't seem to help Marshall's offense much.
UCF's Kevin Smith rushed for a season-high 166 yards before
bruising his ribs late in the third quarter. He didn't return.
Jason Peters ran for 108 yards for the Golden Knights (2-3, 1-1
UCF outgained Marshall 488 yards to 366, but the Golden Knights
were kept out of the end zone on four trips inside the Thundering
"I thought we ran the ball well but I didn't see that many
points up on the board. I thought someone up there had an eraser,"
O'Leary said. "We moved the ball great from 20 to 20. But give
Marshall credit for stopping us in the red zone."
Marshall (1-4, 0-1) couldn't take advantage of the 181-yard
rushing effort of Ahmad Bradshaw and the excitement surrounding
"This is a hard one to swallow," Marshall coach Mark Snyder
said. "They just made one more play than we did. I knew it was
going to be a barn burner."
Smith's 34-yard run set up Steven Moffett's 28-yard TD pass to
Mike Walker to give UCF a 20-9 lead early in the third quarter.
Bradshaw answered a minute later with a 32-yard TD run and
Binswanger kicked a 26-yard field goal with 10 minutes left in the
After Binswanger's 50-yarder, UCF got the ball back at its
"With two timeouts, it seemed like an eternity left," O'Leary
Moffett, who sat out most of the first half, completed four
straight passes to move the Golden Knights to the Marshall 17 with
50 seconds remaining. Among the completions was a 12-yarder to Mike
Merritt on fourth down.
"We had it defended. That's what makes it such a
heartbreaker," Snyder said. "He scrambles back across the field
and the coverage got skewed and he found a guy open. On fourth
down, you have to do your job."
Peters then ran 14 yards to the Marshall 3, setting up Torres'