|2005 UCF Golden Knights football|
C-USA East Division champion
|2005 record||8-5 (7-2 C-USA)|
|Home stadium||Citrus Bowl|
|2005 Conference USA football standings|
|Championship: Tulsa 44, UCF 27|
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.
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.
|September 1||7:45pm||at South Carolina*||ESPN||L 15-24||82,753|
|September 17||7:00pm||at South Florida*||FSN||L 14-31||45,139|
|September 24||6:00pm||Marshall||CSTV||W 23-13||22,127|
|October 1||8:00pm||at Louisiana-Lafayette*||W 24-21||18,262|
|October 8||6:00pm||Memphis||CSTV||W 38-17||20,562|
|October 15||7:00pm||at Southern Miss||CSTV||L 31-52||28,366|
|October 21||7:00pm||Tulane||W 34-24||15,009|
|October 29||2:00pm||at East Carolina||CSTV||W 30-20||34,410|
|November 5||6:00pm||Houston||ion||W 31-29||32,635|
|November 12||4:00pm||at UAB||CSTV||W 27-21||12,199|
|November 19||3:00pm||at Rice||CSTV||W 31-28||8,267|
|December 3||12:00pm||Tulsa||ESPN||L 27-44||51,978|
|December 24||8:30pm||vs. Nevada||ESPN||L 48-49 OT||26,254|