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UCF gets needed victory

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 02:12 AM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -

Central Florida running back Brynn Harvey, a former Largo High star, rushed 30 times for 180 yards and quarterback Jeff Godfrey threw his first passing touchdown of the season as the Knights held on to beat Marshall 16-6 Saturday.

The win ended a two-game skid for UCF (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) and gave coach George O'Leary his 100th career victory.

Marshall (2-4, 1-1) came in with lots of momentum after an upset win over Louisville last week but struggled to find its offensive footing in a steady rainfall throughout the game.

The Thundering Herd had only one first down in the first half and 130 total yards in the game. Quarterback Rakeem Cato, who was huge in the Louisville victory, completed only 11 of 29 throws for 87 yards.

FIU 27, AKRON 17

Darriet Perry set a school record for career rushing touchdowns to pace Florida International (4-2). Perry scored twice for a total of 26 in his career. His 2-yard run tied the game at 10 in the second quarter, and then his 3-yard run with 12:38 to play provided the final margin. Perry surpassed Rashod Smith, who ran for 24 career touchdowns.

Also, Kendrick Rhodes rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown for FIU. Wes Carroll, who threw for 303 yards, became the first FIU player to pass for at least 300 yards in consecutive games. T.Y. Hilton set a school record with 12 catches for 144 yards, and has at least 100 yards receiving in four games this season.

HOWARD 29,

FLORIDA A&M 28

Howard scored all its points in the fourth quarter, including 16 in the final 1:27, capping the improbable comeback with a Parker Munoz field goal with 4 seconds left to beat FAMU.

Greg McGhee threw a 10-yard TD pass to Brandon Drayton with less than two minutes to go, and Andra Williams ran in for a 1-yard score with 26 seconds left to pull Howard (3-3, 2-2 MEAC) within 28-26.

All FAMU (3-3, 1-2) had to do was run out the clock, but Damien Fleming fumbled the ball on the Rattlers' 28-yard line. Howard's Sackie Kerkulah picked up the loose ball and rumbled to the FAMU 15 with 15 seconds left, setting up Munoz's 21-yard game-winner.

JACKSONVILLE 34,

DAYTON 26

J.J. Laster scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes as Jacksonville (4-2, 3-0) rallied to defeat Dayton in a battle of Pioneer Football League defending co-champions.

The Dolphins have won 14 conference games in a row and 11 straight at home.

N. CAROLINA A&T 22,

BETHUNE-COOKMAN 3

B-CU (2-3, 1-2), which had won the previous seven meetings in the series by scoring an average of 47 points, was held to 108 yards of offense.

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