The game featured
both teams going on extended scoring runs as the Hokies started the game with 28
straight points before UCF answered with 21 straight of its own. Virginia Tech responded with a 21-7
run to close out the
Virginia Tech scored on its
first four possessions while UCF went three-and-out three consecutive series to
start the game.
Virginia Tech scored first as the Hokies marched 80
yards in 11 plays. Kevin Jones ran in from one yard out to give Virginia Tech a
7-0 lead. Jones set up the goal-to-goal situation with a 25-yard run earlier in
Virginia Tech continued to pour it on early as the Hokies
scored on their next three possessions to take a 28-0 lead.
got on the scoreboard with 6:43 to go in the second quarter when Ryan Schneider tossed an 11-yard
touchdown pass to Tavaris Capers.
The touchdown pass for Schneider marked his 22nd consecutive game that he has
thrown a touchdown pass. The streak of 22 consecutive games also tied the UCF
school record held by Daunte
The Golden Knights marched in for their second straight
touchdown as Alex Haynes scored on a
16-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit in half at 28-14. Haynes also had a
38-yard run on the drive.
The UCF special teams came up with a blocked
field goal as Tech attempted a 21-yard field goal with 6:34 remaining in the
third quarter. The momentum was short lived for the Golden Knights as Brandon Marshall fumbled the
ball in Virginia Tech territory after a 13-yard reception that would have given
the Knights a first down.
Later in the third quarter, UCF went to its bag
of tricks on third and inches. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall tossed a 56-yard completion to Darcy Johnson on a reverse to set
up the Golden Knights inside the Tech 20. Just three plays later, Schneider
found Capers on a seven-yard scoring strike. The Golden Knights marched 95 yards
in eight plays on the drive to cut the lead to 28-21.
The Hokies finally
stopped UCF’s run of 21 straight points as Randall hit DeAngelo Hall on a 29-yard
touchdown pass with 12:11 remaining in the game. The touchdown extended the Tech
lead to 14 at 35-21.
Football Head Coach Mike Kruczek
The Hokies put
away the Knights as Jason Lallis
intercepted Schneider and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown
padded the Hokie lead to 42-21 with 11:32 remaining in the contest.
Marcus Vick accounted
for the game’s final touchdown with his first career touchdown pass to give the
Hokies a 49-21 lead.
Schneider tossed his third touchdown pass of the
game to Darcy Johnson with 29 seconds remaining in the game to close out the
scoring at 49-28.
UCF at Virginia Tech
August 31, 2003
Ryan Schneider’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tavaris Capers
marked the 22nd consecutive game that Schneider has thrown at least one
touchdown pass. Schneider tied Daunte Culpepper’s school record with a touchdown
pass in 22 straight games.
Dating back to the final two games last
season, Ryan Schneider has thrown for at least three touchdowns in three
straight games. Over that streak, Schneider has 10 touchdowns and three
Matt Prater set
a new UCF record with a 55.7 yardage per punt average Sunday vs. the Hokies.
Prater totaled six punts for 334 yards and had three kicks over 60 yards. The
old single-game record for UCF was held by Glenn McCombs, who averaged 49.6
yards per punt vs. Carson-Newman on November 5, 1983.
67-yard punt in the first quarter tied for the fifth-longest punt in UCF
history. Prater tied Marek Butcher, who kicked a 67-yarder vs. Auburn Sept. 27, 1997. In the second
quarter, Prater booted a 71-yard punt, the second longest punt in school
Eight Golden Knights made their first career starts including:
Brandon Marshall (wide receiver),
Dan Veenstra (right guard), Larry
Peoples (left tackle), Cedric Gagne-Marcoux (center), Craig Harvey (middle linebacker), Paul Carrington (defensive end), Trenton Jordan (defensive end),
and Al Peterson (wide
With his 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Alex
Haynes has now scored at least one rushing in four consecutive games. That is
the third longest streak in school history.
Darcy Johnson hauled in a
56-yard reception by wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the third quarter. The
reception was Johnson’s longest of his career while it was the first career pass
completion for Marshall.
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