2006 UCF Golden Knights football team
The 2006 UCF Golden Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary, in his third season with the team. They played in Conference USA, in the East Division.
|2006 UCF Golden Knights football|
|2006 record||4–8 (3–5 C-USA)|
|Head coach||George O'Leary (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Citrus Bowl|
|2006 Conference USA football standings|
|Southern Miss x||6||–||2||9||–||5|
|Championship: Houston 34, Southern Miss 20|
Rankings from AP Poll
After a surprise showing in 2005, where they went 7–1 in C-USA and 8–3 in the regular season overall, UCF suffered a bit of a letdown, going 4–8 in 2006 under the new 12-game regular season schedule, and 3–5 in-conference. Their sole non-conference win came against I-AA Villanova. Part of the problem was the transition from a pass-dominated offense led by graduated wide receiver Brandon Marshall to a run-dominated offense led by sophomore running back Kevin Smith.
2006 was the final season that UCF would play at the aging Citrus Bowl. Already under construction was a new 45,000-seat on-campus stadium, which would open in time for the 2007 season. It would also be the final year that UCF would play under the "Golden Knights" nickname. They would drop "Golden" before the 2007 season, becoming simply the UCF Knights, and would soon unveil an updated logo.
One of the highlights of the season was a last-second, nationally televised victory at Marshall on October 4. UCF kicker Michael Torres kicked a go-ahead field goal with eight seconds left, but removed his helmet on the field of play, suffering an excessive celebration penalty. Despite the tense moment, the UCF special teams was able to hold off on the ensuing kickoff. The Golden Knights upset Marshall on the night they celebrated the release of the film We Are Marshall, with the film's star Matthew McConaughey in attendance.
|September 2||6:00pm||Villanova*||W 35–16||29,398|
|September 9||6:00pm||No. 7 Florida*||PPV||L 0–42||90,210|
|September 16||2:30pm||South Florida*||CSTV||L 17–24||46,708|
|September 26||7:30pm||Southern Miss||ESPN2||L 14–19||23,540|
|October 4||7:30pm||Marshall||ESPN2||W 23–22||27,572|
|October 13||8:00pm||Pittsburgh*||ESPN||L 7–52||35,858|
|October 21||4:00pm||Rice||L 29–40||30,307|
|October 28||3:30pm||Houston||CSTV||L 31–51||13,242|
|November 4||4:00pm||East Carolina||L 10–23||31,414|
|November 11||8:00pm||Memphis||CSTV||W 26–24||20,611|
|November 18||2:00pm||Tulane||L 9–10||15,341|
|November 25||12:00pm||UAB||CSS||W 31–22||23,755|
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