Scores

Final

Marshall 20

(5-4, 3-2 C-USA)

UCF 21

(5-3, 3-2 American)

Coverage: ESPN

8:15 PM ET, November 1, 2009

Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 0 17 3 020
UCF 0 7 0 1421

Top Performers

Passing: B. Hodges (UCF) - 342 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Marshall (MRSH) - 28 CAR, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Ross (UCF) - 6 REC, 76 YDS, 1 TD

UCF scores at :23 to cap rally, sink Marshall

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Brett Hodges threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Rocky Ross with 23 seconds left and Nick Cattoi added the extra point to give UCF a 21-20 victory over Marshall on Sunday night.

UCF (5-3, 3-2 Conference USA) scored twice in the final 8 minutes to overcome a 20-7 deficit and beat Marshall (5-4, 3-2) for the fifth straight time.

Brynn Harvey scored on a 2-yard burst with 7:51 left to cut it to 20-14. The Knights turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, but got a break when Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson fumbled on his own 30 with 2:12 left.

Josh Robinson recovered the fumble to give UCF one more opportunity. Hodges had to convert a fourth-and-1 play from the 20, then found Ross uncovered in the end zone.

"These kids have a lot of fight in them," UCF coach George O'Leary said. "They don't worry about mistakes, they worry about making the next play and that's what we did. When we needed a play, somebody stepped up and made it."

Anderson and Marshall had dominated the game to that point. The Marshall quarterback completed 13 of 28 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.

Thundering Herd running back Darius Marshall, the second-leading rusher in the nation coming into the game, was held to 80 yards on 28 carries and scored once.

"That's one of the wackiest games I've seen in my career," Marshall coach Mark Snyder said. "I thought we dominated the whole game, we played our hearts out, but we had some mistakes at the end that cost us the game."

Anderson and tight end Cody Slate carried the Thundering Herd to a 17-7 halftime advantage. Anderson was 9 of 19 for 164 yards and one touchdown in the first two periods. Slate caught five of those passes for 80 yards, including a 4-yard scoring play that finished off a 91-yard drive that made it 7-0.

UCF tied it on Hodges' 4-yard pass to Aiken on fourth-and-1. UCF converted five of six fourth-down plays in the game.

Marshall kicker Craig Ratanamorn, who is 11-for-11 on field goals this season, made a 30-yarder to make it 10-7.

Cattoi lined up a 48-yard attempt to tie it with just over 2 minutes left in the half, but hit it low and it bounced off the back of one of his lineman. Marshall safety Ashton Hall returned the ball 68 yards to the UCF 28.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
UCF
1st Downs1823
Total Yards293401
Passing237342
Rushing5659
Penalties5-398-76
3rd Down Conversions4-125-18
4th Down Conversions0-05-6
Turnovers20
Possession31:0628:54

Passing Leaders

MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Anderson13/282378.511
UCFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hodges23/453427.620

Rushing Leaders

MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall28802.9110
Booker133.003
UCFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harvey21472.216
Newsome11717.0017

Receiving Leaders

MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Slate58016.0147
Dobson27537.5046
UCFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Guyton510020.0041
Ross67612.7121

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERMRSHUCF
TD12:03Cody Slate 4 Yd Pass From Brian Anderson (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 70
TD07:57Kamar Aiken 4 Yd Pass From Brett Hodges (Nick Cattoi Kick) 77
FG04:58Craig Ratanamorn 30 Yd 107
TD01:02Darius Marshall 3 Yd Run (Craig Ratanamorn Kick) 177
THIRD QUARTERMRSHUCF
FG03:25Craig Ratanamorn 21 Yd 207
FOURTH QUARTERMRSHUCF
TD07:51Brynn Harvey 2 Yd Run (Nick Cattoi Kick) 2014
TD00:23Rocky Ross 1 Yd Pass From Brett Hodges (Nick Cattoi Kick) 2021