ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Imarjaye Albury blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Central Florida freshman Matthew Wright in the closing seconds, and Florida International held on to beat the Knights 15-14 on Thursday night.
FIU trailed 14-3 at the half, but shut out UCF in the second half to snap a string of three straight season-opening losses.
Golden Panthers sophomore Alex McGough was steady, completing 29 of 38 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown. Alex Gardner rushed for 75 yards and a score.
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UCF had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, driving inside the FIU 30 before a false-start penalty pushed Wright's kick back 5 yards.
The loss ends a 10-game home win streak for the Knights, which was the second-longest in school history.