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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 1:29am]
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