2005 UCF Golden Knights football team

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2005 UCF Golden Knights football
UCF Golden Knights logo.png
C-USA East Division champion
Hawaii Bowl, L 48–49 OT vs Nevada
Conference Conference USA
Division East
2005 record 8–5 (7–2 C-USA)
Head coach George O'Leary (2nd season)
Home stadium Citrus 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, Central Florida 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.

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[edit]

The Citrus Bowl, the Knights home field
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:45pm at South Carolina* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, South Carolina ESPN L 15–24   82,753
September 17 7:00pm at South Florida* Raymond James StadiumTampa, Florida (UCF–USF football rivalry) FSN L 14–31   45,139
September 24 6:00pm Marshall Citrus BowlOrlando, Florida CSTV W 23–13   22,127
October 1 8:00pm at Louisiana-Lafayette* Cajun FieldLafayette, Louisiana W 24–21   18,262
October 8 6:00pm Memphis Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida CSTV W 38–17   20,562
October 15 7:00pm at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, Mississippi CSTV L 31-52   28,366
October 21 7:00pm Tulane Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida W 34-24   15,009
October 29 2:00pm at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, North Carolina (Rivalry) CSTV W 30–20   34,410
November 5 6:00pm Houstondagger Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida ion W 31–29   32,635
November 12 4:00pm at UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama CSTV W 27–21   12,199
November 19 3:00pm at Rice Rice StadiumHouston CSTV W 31–28   8,267
December 3 12:00pm Tulsa Citrus Bowl • Orlando, Florida (C-USA Championship) ESPN L 27–44   51,978
December 24 8:30pm vs. Nevada Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Hawaii Bowl) ESPN L 48–49 OT  26,254
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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