UCF beats Marshall, snaps 17-game losing streak

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Central Florida snapped major college
football's longest losing streak at 17 games, knocking off Marshall
23-13 Saturday night behind Steven Moffett's 260 yards passing and
Matt Prater's three field goals.

The first Conference USA game for the former Mid-American
Conference members resulted in the Golden Knights' first victory
under second-year coach George Leary.

UCF (1-2, 1-0) last won Oct. 23, 2003, when it beat Central
Michigan 31-13.

"Well, I am very happy for the kids," UCF coach George O'Leary
said. "You can hear the excitement in the locker room, and I'm
very happy for them."

The Knights jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half on a
touchdown pass from Moffett to Brandon Marshall, Kevin Smith's
1-yard run to cap a 12-play, 84-yard drive and Prater's 49-yard
field goal.

Marshall quarterbacks Jimmy Skinner and Bernie Morris combined
to go 33-for-58 for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Moffett was 19-for-26 and Prater added field goals of 33 and 43
yards in the second half.

The Knights held Marshall (1-2, 0-1) to 11 yards rushing.