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UCF wins 1st bowl on 4th try Central Florida downs Georgia, 10-6, in school’s best season Teresa M. Walker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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stopped with 2 seconds left. Players from both teams went back to their sideline. The Bulldogs had one more shot to pull out the win. Murray rolled to his left and heaved the ball into the end zone, but Ishmael knocked it to the ground with one hand to start the Knights’ celebration. They had to move under cover quickly because a storm front that caused tornadoes in Arkansas hit minutes after the

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game ended, prompting security to order everyone off the field and out of the stands because of lightning. Latavius Murray finished with 104 yards on 18 carries. UCF came in with C-USA’s stingiest defense and 18th best in the nation. The Knights held Georgia to 280 yards total offense, well below the Bulldogs’ average of 393.8. Senior captain and twotime C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Miller had 1 1/2 sacks in the fourth quarter, including one on the final drive.

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Latavius Murray scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:01 left, and Central Florida held on to beat Georgia, 10-6, Friday in the Liberty Bowl and cap the best season in school history with the program’s first postseason victory. The Knights (11-3) had never won more than 10 games in a season and had lost their first three bowl games, including their last visit here in 2007. The Conference USA champs made this win even sweeter by knocking off a Southeastern Conference team in the process. Georgia (6-7) snapped a fourgame bowl winning streak with its first loss since the 2006 Sugar Bowl. Worse for the Bulldogs is notching their first losing season since going 5-6 in 1996. The Bulldogs had the ball last and converted two fourth downs before Kemal Ishmael knocked down Aaron Murray’s final long throw into the end zone as time expired. And in an ending reminiscent of Thursday night’s Music City Bowl, the game seemed to be over before it actually was. Murray’s first deep throw into the end zone landed incomplete and the clock appeared to run out. But replay officials reviewed the play and ruled the clock should have

Steamboat Today, Jan. 1, 2011  
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