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UCF routs Rice to stay unbeaten in conference

ORLANDO — Ronnie Weaver ran for three touchdowns and freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey passed for one and ran for another, leading Central Florida to an easy 41-14 victory over Rice on Saturday.

The Knights (5-2, 3-0 C-USA) are off to their best start since 1998, setting up next week's game against East Carolina for the East Division lead.

The Owls hardly threatened, falling behind 34-0 before scoring midway through the third quarter.

Weaver ran for touchdowns of 1, 4 and 2 yards. He carried 15 times for 53 yards.

Godfrey, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, completed 13 of 18 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. He ran 10 times for 41 yards and another score.

UCF led 27-0 by halftime, dominating from the opening kickoff. The Knights struck quickly, using a 59-yard, play-action pass completion from Godfrey to Kamar Aiken on the first play from scrimmage to set up their opening score.

Godfrey scored on a 5-yard touchdown run just 1:23 into the game.

B-CU 23, N.C. CENTRAL 10: Ryan Lewis returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Matt Johnson gained 56 of his 71 rushing yards in the first quarter for the visiting Wildcats (7-0).

Johnson had a 25-yard run on the opening drive, which ended with Isidore Jackson's 7-yard touchdown run.

The Eagles then drove to the Bethune-Cookman 38 before Lewis intercepted Keon Williams' pass at the 33 and returned it all the way.

FAMU 17, NORFOLK ST. 13: Phillip Sylvester scored on a 10-yard run with 6:21 left, capping a 13-play, 98-yard drive that lifted the visiting Rattlers (4-3, 3-1 MEAC).

The winning drive started with a 36-yard run by Sylvester from the Florida A&M 2. Quarterback Martin Ukpai was 4-of-6 for 44 yards and had one carry for 15 yards on the drive.

JU 56, MARIST 14: J.J. Laster rushed for 177 yards and scored two touchdowns and Rudell Small ran for 168 yards and had three scores for the host Dolphins (7-1, 5-0 Pioneer Football). Jacksonville rushed for a school-record 433 yards, breaking the mark of 389 yards set in 1998.

ARKANSAS ST. 37, FAU 16: Anthony Robinson scored two touchdowns and Adrian Hills had two interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown, as the host Red Wolves scored 28 in the fourth quarter to rally against the Owls (1-5, 0-3 Sun Belt).

UCF 41

Rice 14

UCF routs Rice to stay unbeaten in conference 10/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:52pm]
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