2005 UCF Knights Football Team
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2005 UCF Knights Football Team
2005 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
C-USA East Division champion
Hawaii Bowl, L 48-49 OT vs Nevada
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast
2005 record8-5 (7-2 C-USA)
Head coach
Home stadiumCitrus Bowl
(Capacity: 65,438)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
UCF x   7 1         8 5  
Southern Miss   5 3         7 5  
Memphis   5 3         7 5  
East Carolina   4 4         5 6  
Marshall   3 5         4 7  
UAB   3 5         5 6  
West Division
Tulsa x$   6 2         9 4  
UTEP   5 3         8 4  
Houston   4 4         6 6  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
Tulane   1 7         2 9  
Rice   1 7         1 10  
Championship: Tulsa 44, UCF 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary, in his second season with the team. It was their first year in Conference USA, in the East Division.[1]

After going 0-11 in 2004, their final season in the Mid-American Conference, and O'Leary's first season as head coach, many did not expect much from UCF in its first C-USA season. After losing their first two non-conference games, the Golden Knights broke the nation's longest losing streak at the time, 17 games, by defeating Marshall for their first C-USA victory. From there, UCF would stun the conference by going 7-1 in-conference to win the East Division and host the first C-USA Championship, which they lost, 44-27, to Tulsa.

The Golden Knights also earned their first bowl invitation, going to the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada, the Western Athletic Conference co-champions. UCF fought the Wolf Pack hard and pushed the game to overtime, before a missed PAT lost the game for UCF, 49-48. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named co-MVP of the game.

Schedule

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field
DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:45pmat South Carolina*ESPNL 15-2482,753
September 177:00pmat South Florida*FSNL 14-3145,139
September 246:00pmMarshallCSTVW 23-1322,127
October 18:00pmat Louisiana-Lafayette*W 24-2118,262
October 86:00pmMemphis
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
CSTVW 38-1720,562
October 157:00pmat Southern MissCSTVL 31-5228,366
October 217:00pmTulane
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
W 34-2415,009
October 292:00pmat East CarolinaCSTVW 30-2034,410
November 56:00pmHoustondagger
  • Citrus Bowl
  • Orlando, FL
ionW 31-2932,635
November 124:00pmat UABCSTVW 27-2112,199
November 193:00pmat RiceCSTVW 31-288,267
December 312:00pmTulsa
ESPNL 27-4451,978
December 248:30pmvs. NevadaESPNL 48-49 OT26,254

References



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