UCF sputters against Missouri
BOCA RATON - Marcus Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown and James Franklin added an 80-yard touchdown pass as Missouri ground out a 21-16 win over Central Florida on Saturday. UCF trailed 21-10 before a late score, but following a Tigers punt, Knights receiver Jeff Godfrey's fumble with 2:26 left allowed Missouri (3-2) to hang on. UCF (2-2) controlled most of the game, using five sacks and a huge advantage in time of possession to take an early lead. But miscues on defense and special teams unraveled it all, and the Knights sputtered on offense down the stretch in their bid to defeat their first Southeastern Conference opponent at home.Coming off a dismal passing performance last week at South Carolina, Franklin was efficient, going 19-for-30 for 257 yards. Knights quarterback Blake Bortles connected on 29 of his 43 passes for 267 yards and two scores. JACKSONVILLE 26,MARIST 14 Former Hillsborough High player Colby Walden returned a kickoff a school-record 99 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Jacksonville came from behind to defeat Marist, extending the nation's longest active home winning streak to 16 games. Walden's 85-yard return last week lifted the Dolphins over Dayton 21-17 with 1:23 left. Jacksonville (4-1, 2-0 Pioneer Football League) has won four straight. Walden's return came after Emmanuel Onakoya rushed for a 2-yard touchdown to push the Red Foxes (2-3, 1-1) ahead 14-10 with 12:13 remaining. BETHUNE-COOKMAN 38, HAMPTON 26 Bethune-Cookman forced seven turnovers — including a pair of interceptions by Nick Addison — to beat Hampton in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action. The Wildcats (3-2, 2-0) picked off four Hampton (0-4, 0-2) passes and recovered three more forced fumbles. Of the Pirates' final 10 possessions, six ended in turnovers, and another finished with a turnover on downs. At one point, Hampton tossed interceptions on three consecutive drives, with Bethune-Cookman using those picks to rack up 17 consecutive points and take a 31-10 lead. Among those scores was a 90-yard interception return by Addison, the fourth longest in school history and the team's first interception return for a score since 2010. On top of his two picks, Addison led the Wildcats with 11 tackles. SOUTHERN 21, FLORIDA A&M 14 Dray Joseph threw two second-half touchdown passes and Daniel Brown returned a fumble 6 yards for the winning score as Southern (2-2) defeated Florida A&M (2-3) in nonconference play. For the Jaguars, Joseph engaged in a passing battle with Rattlers' quarterback Damien Fleming. Fleming completed 30 of 35 passes for 256 yards and touchdown passes of 7 and 51 yards to Travis Harvey. Joseph — 25 of 35 passing for 226 yards and an interception — hit Sylvester Nzekwe and Lee Doss for two short touchdown passes. Midway through the fourth quarter, FAMU had the ball deep in its own territory when Fleming was hit and fumbled. Brown recovered at the 6-yard line and scored. Fleming, then drove the Rattlers to the Southern 3-yard line, but his fourth-down pass to Harvey fell incomplete in the waning seconds and Southern ran out the clock. NORTH TEXAS 20, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 14 Derek Thompson threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns as North Texas beat Florida Atlantic (1-4). It marks the third time since 1997 that North Texas has been 2-3 after five games. The Mean Green was also 2-3 in 2003 and 2005 and had started 1-4 or worse in every year since 2005. Thompson's first touchdown pass, a 68-yard strike to Brelan Chancellor, opened scoring and Zach Olen's 48-yard field goal gave North Texas a 10-0 advantage.
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