Eastern Michigan Past UCF 19-13

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YPSILANTI, Mich. -Eastern Michigan tailback Anthony Sherrell rushed for 155 yards on 43 carries to lead the Eagles to a 19-13 victory over UCF Saturday afternoon at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich. The win was the first this season for Eastern Michigan in the MAC (2-8, 1-5 MAC) while UCF dropped to 3-7 and 2-4 in the MAC.

Box Score

In its final road game of the season, UCF finished 0-7 in 2003 on the road. The last time UCF went winless on the road in a year, it was 1987 when the Golden Knights went 0-2.

Eastern Michigan scored all 17 points off three UCF turnovers, which gave the Eagles the ball inside the UCF 30-yard line on all three turnovers.

Eastern Michigan scored first after UCF turned the ball over on its second play from scrimmage. True freshman quarterback Steven Moffett, making his first career start, fumbled to set up the Eagles inside the UCF 30 yard-line. From there, the Eagles scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ken Bohnet to Alonzo Harris just three minutes into the game.

Another UCF turnover inside the UCF 20 gave Eastern Michigan the ball inside the UCF five yard-line. Moffett had a snap in the shotgun sail over his head from center Adam Butcher, who was also making his first career start, and the Eagles recovered the ball deep in UCF territory.

The UCF defense held and forced EMU to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Andrew Wellock to make the score 10-0. The field goal came after a pass interference penalty on EMU, which pushed the attempt back 15 yards.

The turnovers continued, this time UCF collected its first of the game when Antoine Poe recorded his second interception of the season to give UCF the ball on Eastern Michigan's 23 yard-line. The Golden Knights pounded the ball on the ground from there, ending the scoring drive on an eight-yard touchdown run by Dontavius Wilcox. The touchdown sliced the EMU lead to 10-7.

UCF tied the game at 10 after Matt Prater drilled a 40-yard field goal. The scoring drive started with a 24-yard pass play from Moffett to tight end Darcy Johnson.

After a Moffett interception, Eastern Michigan started its possession on the UCF 29 and scored on a 16-yard touchdown run by Anthony Sherrell to give the Eagles a 17-10 lead with 4:25 left in the half.

Both teams combined for five turnovers in the first half.

UCF used its two-minute offense at the end of the first half to add three points to the scoreboard. Prater boomed a 46-yard field, his longest of the season, to cut the lead to 17-13. Prater is 4-for-4 on field goals from 40-49 yards this season.

In the third quarter, UCF drove all the way to the EMU 7, before the Eagles stopped Haynes on a fourth down and inches play. The defensive stop gave EMU the ball back with 1:31 remaining in the third quarter after UCF totaled an 11-play drive to get inside the Eagle 10-yard line.

The Eagles stingy defense added two points on a safety as Jerry Gaines forced Moffett to an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, which gave EMU the two points and a 19-13 lead with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter.

UCF Game Notes
UCF at Eastern Michigan
Rynearson Stadium
November 8, 2003

UCF lost 19-13 Saturday afternoon at Eastern Michigan. The loss drops UCF to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the MAC.

Four Golden Knights made their first career start vs. Eastern Michigan. True freshman Steven Moffett (quarterback), true freshman Ron Ellis (cornerback), redshirt sophomore Adam Butcher (center) and redshirt freshman Sean Gilhuly (offensive guard) each started their first career games for UCF.

The game time temperature at kickoff was 33 degrees, the coldest temperature at kickoff for a UCF game in school history since the Golden Knights have played a Division I-A game. UCF began play in Division I-A in 1996.

In its final road game of the season, UCF finished 0-7 in 2003 on the road. The last time UCF went winless on the road in a year, it was 1987 when the Golden Knights went 0-2.

Alex Haynes moved into second place on the career rushing attempts list at UCF with 27 carries for 102 yards. Haynes was tied with Elgin Davis with 485 carries entering the game.

Eastern Michigan led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter. In eight games this season, UCF has been outscored 91-19 in the opening period of play.

Redshirt freshman tailback Dontavius Wilcox scored on his longest touchdown run of his career, an eight-yard scamper in the second quarter.

Matt Prater drilled a 46-yard field goal in the second quarter, his longest field of the year. Prater is 4-for-4 on field goals between 40-49 yards in 2003.

Antoine Poe intercepted his second pass of the season and the third of his career in the first half. Poe leads UCF in 2003 with two interceptions.

Alex Haynes rushed for his 11th career 100-yard game with 27 carries for 102 yards.

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