Kent State Cruises Past UCF
Kent State Antonio King (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Kent State Antonio King (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Posted Sep 27, 2003


KENT, Ohio – Kent State used eight UCF turnovers in a 36-16 victory over the Golden Knights Saturday afternoon at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. Nine Kent State possessions started in UCF territory as the Golden Flashes moved to 2-0 in the MAC for the first time since 1986 and only the second time since 1977.

UCF-Kent State Box Score

Kent State improved to 3-2 overall with the win and 2-0 in the conference while UCF dropped to 1-3 and 0-1 in the MAC.

Kent State jumped out to a commanding 23-3 lead thanks to the arm of Joshua Cribbs. The junior tossed two touchdown passes to Darrell Dowery -- 39 and three yards – along with three Travis Mayle field goals.

In four games in 2003, UCF has been outscored 48-3 after the Golden Flashes scored 13 first quarter points. UCF’s first score of the game came when Matt Prater chipped in a 26-yard field goal.

Cribbs’ second touchdown pass to Dowery came at the start of the second quarter to extend the KSU lead to 20-3. All four of Kent State’ scoring drives began in UCF territory.

Mayle drilled his third field goal of the half with 12:52 remaining in the first half to give the Golden Flashes a 23-3 lead. The drive was set-up after UCF fumbled for the second time in its own territory.

The Golden Knights finally scored a touchdown with 4:03 left in the first half when Ryan Schneider found Tavaris Capers on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The scoring pass marked the 25th consecutive game that Schneider has thrown a touchdown, extending his own school record.

Capers tied a career-high with nine receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown on the day. Capers has finished with nine receptions in each of UCF’s four games this season.

Kent State capitalized on UCF’s fourth turnover of the game and the second interception thrown by Schneider when Usama Young picked off Schneider at the UCF 25-yard line. From there, Charles Newton scored on a two-yard touchdown run to give the home team a 29-10 lead.

Redshirt freshman Dontavius Wilcox scored from two yards out with 3:30 remaining in the game to close the deficit to 29-16. The touchdown was the first career score for Wilcox.

The Golden Knights return to the Florida Citrus Bowl next Saturday to face Buffalo in MAC action. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.


UCF Game Notes
UCF at Kent State
September 27, 2003

Ryan Schneider found Tavaris Capers on a 13-yard touchdown pass to extend his school record of 25 straight games with at least one touchdown pass.

Schneider also tied Donovan McNabb (Syracuse), Rex Grossman (Florida) and John Elway (Stanford) for 16th place all-time in NCAA history with his 77th career touchdown pass on the 13-yard touchdown pass to Capers.

Capers tied a career-high with nine receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown on the day. Capers has finished with nine receptions in each of UCF’s four games this season.

For the first time in 2003, the UCF offense scored in the first quarter when Matt Prater kicked a 26-yard field goal. The first quarter score broke a streak of four straight games without a first quarter score.

UCF trailed 13-3 after the first quarter. In four games in 2003, UCF has been outscored 48-3 in the opening period of play.

Anthony Willis made his first career start at cornerback Saturday for the Golden Knights.

Junior defensive end Josh Stephens recorded his first career sack in the first half. Stephens also forced his first career fumble by Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs in the second quarter.

For the third time this season, UCF’s special teams blocked a kick as Antoine Poe blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Redshirt freshman Dontavius Wilcox scored his first career touchdown with a two-yard score in the fourth quarter.

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