Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

UCF wins after long delay for lightning

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Ronnie Weaver rushed for a career-high 150 yards, Jeff Godfrey ran for two touchdowns and Central Florida beat Marshall 35-14 on Wednesday night.

UCF (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) broke open a close game in a steady rain with two touchdowns in the span of a minute in the third quarter and Marshall (1-5, 0-2) never recovered.

The nation's ninth-best defense limited Marshall's running game to 37 yards. And on a soggy night, two Marshall quarterbacks couldn't complete enough passes to overcome a big deficit.

The game was stopped for more than an hour in the second quarter due to lightning. Only a few thousand fans returned to their seats when play resumed and halftime was canceled.

When the third quarter started, the Knights were ready.

Jamar Newsome returned the kickoff 70 yards and Godfrey, who earlier had a 9-yard scoring run, finished the short drive with a 5 yard run up the middle.

On Marshall's third play from scrimmage in the quarter, A.J. Bouye intercepted Brian Anderson's pass and weaved his way 42 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-7. It was the third time in fourth games that UCF returned an interception for a score.

Marshall's Vinny Curry, the nation's sack leader, had no sacks.

BC freshman QB ready to start against FSU

BOSTON — Chase Rettig said he is on track to return as starting quarterback when Boston College plays No. 14 Florida State on Saturday.

The freshman started his first game Oct. 2 against Notre Dame but sprained his left ankle during the second quarter. Mike Marscovetra relieved. But he was ineffective, and BC went back to its original starter, Dave Shinskie, last week against N.C. State. Shinskie sustained a concussion against the Wolfpack and won't be available Saturday.

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban said receiver Julio Jones, who broke his left hand Saturday against South Carolina, practiced and caught passes Wednesday but he must be evaluated further before determining his status for Saturday. Saban said the main issue will be pain tolerance.

Illinois: Offensive lineman Hugh Thornton was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and fined $1,143 for violating the terms of his court supervision by using a friend's ID to get into a campus bar. The sophomore was on supervision for his 2009 arrest for consumption of alcohol by a minor. The school said he will play Saturday against No. 13 Michigan State after serving a two-game suspension.

Notre Dame: Tight end Kyle Rudolph is scheduled to have season-ending surgery Friday to repair a torn hamstring, coach Brian Kelly said. Rudolph, who was injured in last week's win over Pitt, will probably need six months of rehab. He is considered a top NFL prospect.

Texas: The No. 12 of former quarterback Colt McCoy will be retired during the Oct. 30 game against Baylor. McCoy, now with the Browns, won an NCAA-record 45 games as a starter from 2006-09, was a Heisman finalist in 2008 and last season led the Longhorns to the Big 12 title and a berth in the BCS title game. Other Longhorns honored include: Earl Campbell (No. 20), Bobby Layne (22), Tommy Nobis (60), Ricky Williams (34) and Vince Young (10).

UCLA: Quarterback Kevin Prince sat out the final 20 minutes of practice, saying his right knee "started bugging me." Prince injured his knee against Texas on Sept. 25 and missed the Washington State game the following week. He played against California on Saturday but said he was not 100 percent.

West Virginia: Third-string quarterback Jeremy Johnson left the team for undisclosed personal reasons. He lost fall camp's competition for the No. 2 spot to fellow freshman Barry Brunetti and had not played this season.

UCF wins after long delay for lightning 10/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:29am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Clarity coming this week on Florida Gators, Malik Zaire


    After months of speculation, we could finally get some clarity this week on the Florida Gators and graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire.

    SEC flags outside the hotel of last year's spring meetings in Destin. This year's meetings could have a huge impact on the Florida Gators' season.
  2. Jose De Leon sent back to minors after helping Rays win


    RHP Jose De Leon worked 2 2/3 innings to get the win in his Rays debut Monday and then was optioned back to Triple-A Durham.

    De Leon was brought up to provide length and depth in the bullpen after the Rays played 15 innings on Sunday, and he did that, allowing three runs on four hits while throwing 69 …

  3. Rays rally twice to beat Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Starting Erasmo Ramirez on Monday after he closed out Sunday's marathon win turned out, despite the Rays' best intentions and rigid insistence, to be a bad idea as he gave up four runs without getting through three innings.

    Erasmo Ramirez, starting a day after closing a 15-inning marathon, struggles against the Rangers and comes out after throwing 43 pitches in 21/3 innings.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    The Rays had good reason to have faith in RHP Erasmo Ramirez starting Monday after closing Sunday based on his resiliency, versatility and efficiency. But it still turned out to be a bad idea as he allowed four runs without getting through three innings.

  5. Rays journal: Dugout bench becomes bed for Logan Morrison at end of long night

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays found creative ways to get through the physical and mental fatigue of the 6½ hours they spent playing — and ultimately winning — Sunday's game in Minnesota.

    Corey Dickerson drapes towels over an exhausted Logan Morrison in the dugout during the 15th inning of Sunday’s marathon victory.