ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Moffett accounted for three scores,
Kevin Smith scored a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter,
and the Central Florida defense held off a late Houston drive to
preserve a 31-29 win on Saturday night.
The Cougars (5-3, 3-2 Conference USA) climbed to within two
points on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Kolb to Donnie Avery
with 6:12 left in the game.
Houston then took possession after a nine play Central Florida
drive that shaved 4:22 off the clock, but Kolb was sacked and
tossed three incomplete passes, giving up the ball on downs.
Smith ran for 93 yards on 29 carries for Central Florida (6-3,
5-1), while quarterback Stephen Moffett completed 21-of-30 passes
for 278 yards and two first-half touchdowns. Moffett's 13-yard run
with 8:40 left in the third quarter gave Central Florida a 24-10
Houston missed a chance to tie the game at 24 when Ernest Miller
was stopped on a two-point conversion attempt after a 2-yard
touchdown run by Ryan Gilbert.
Kolb threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, including the long
strike to Avery and a 54-yard pass to Anthony Alridge in the second
With the win, Central Florida becomes bowl-eligible with road
games remaining against UAB and Rice. Central Florida has never
been to a Division I bowl.