NCAAF Game Recap - Stanford at Central Florida
Sat Sep 14, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Sep 14, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Stanford (1-2)

7

0

3

17

27

(17) Central Florida (3-0)

28

10

0

7

45

Gabriel throws 4 TD passes, No. 17 UCF routs Stanford 45-27
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:59 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) New quarterback, same results for No. UCF 17, which continues to state its case for inclusion in the discussion about elite teams in college football by lighting up the scoreboard and winning.

"I think since we've been here, we've been a part of the noise," coach Josh Heupel said Saturday after the Knights dominated Stanford 45-27 for their 28th win in 29 games.

"I think people that watch us play, know that we play championship caliber football," the second-year coach added. "We'll hold our own every single week. They're probably the most competitive group of kids that I've ever been around. They knew this was big."

Freshman Dillon Gabriel threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in his second college start, and UCF scored at least 30 points for the 29th consecutive game - the longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 1936.

The Knights (3-0) scored on six of seven possessions, building a 31-point halftime lead in what was expected to be a much tougher test for the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions, who won their first two games of the season by a combined score of 110-14 against Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic.

"Pretty straightforward today, we got beat by a very good football team. Going into it all this Group of Five talk ... I don't know what any of that stuff is," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "Doesn't matter. What matters is they've got talent, they've got speed. They've got playmakers, and they're a tough team ... one of the best teams in America the last two years. They don't need a statement win."

Gabriel completed 22 of 30 passes, including TD throws of 28 yards to Marlon Williams, 38 yards to Tre Nixon, 38 yards to Gabriel Davis and 1-yard to Jake Hescook. Greg McCrae rushed for109 yards and one touchdown for UCF, which has won 25 consecutive regular-season games and 28 of 29 overall since the start of 2017.

Stanford (1-2), which tumbled out of the Top 25 after losing 45-20 at Southern California the previous week, yielded four touchdowns in the opening quarter and 413 yards total offense in the first half alone.

"We tried to slow them down early, but you can't slow them down if you're giving up big passes," Shaw said. "We gave up too many balls over our heads today. Double moves and straight up go routes. Too many big gains. Can't beat a good football team by giving up big plays."

K.J. Costello returned to Stanford's lineup after sitting out against USC with a head injury and completed 21 of44 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and an interception that led to one UCF score. Austin Jones had a 35-yard TD run and finished with 65 rushing for the Cardinal, while Costello's 24-yard TD pass to Michael Wilson's 24-yard TD reception trimmed the Cardinal's big halftime deficit to 38-17 early in the fourth quarter.

"I didn't feel like I played well," Costello said. "There's certain situations that make the game hard, but there are certain situations where you have to make plays. I made a couple. But compared to what I expect from myself, I didn't play well."

Gabriel started for the second straight week for UCF, which entered the game with an unsettled quarterback situation, even though the Knights beat FAMU 62-0 and FAU 48-14 the previous two weeks.

Brandon Wimbush, a senior transfer from Notre Dame, started the opener before sitting out last week with an undisclosed injury. He was inserted into Saturday's game for one play in the second quarter, losing 2 yards on a run on second-and-goal from the Stanford 2. Two plays later, the Knights settled for a field goal.

"They haven't changed their offense in three years," Shaw said. "They don't care who plays quarterback. They run the ball and take (deep) shots."

THE TAKEAWAY

UCF's quarterback situation was unsettled before Saturday only because Gabriel, Wimbush and Darriel Mack, Jr., who is practicing again after recovering from a broken ankle, have all demonstrated they are capable of thriving in the Knights' high-powered offense. Mack took over last season when McKenzie Milton was injured and led the team in the AAC championship game and Fiesta Bowl, where UCF's school-record 25-game winning streak was ended by LSU.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Critics of UCF's success the past two years argue the two-time defending AAC champions play a relatively weak schedule, so beating Stanford is huge for the Knights. Pittsburgh is the only other Power Five conference opponent they'll face during the regular season, so it's important to make the most of those limited opportunities.

TIGER'S JACKET

Tiger Woods, who lives in Orlando and attended Stanford, was among the crowd of 45,008. He spoke to the Cardinal before the game and even let Shaw slip on one of green jackets he received for winning the Masters.

"Tiger's great. He tries to come to at least one game a year and it's been awhile because he's been playing a lot and it's been tough for him to make it out to Stanford," Shaw said. "So this was perfect for time, coming back to his hometown, perfect time to see him."

RARE TRIP EAST

Stanford played a regular season game in Florida for the first time. It was the fourth appearance in the Sunshine State all-time. The Cardinal played Clemson in the 1986 Gator Bowl, Penn State in the 1993 Blockbuster Bowl and Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Returns home to face No. 15 Oregon next Saturday.

UCF: at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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Passing

Stan Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Costello 44 21 47.7 1 199 25 1 58.8
D. Mills 5 3 60.0 0 34 15 0 80.4
UCF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Gabriel 30 22 73.3 4 347 40 0 151.0

Rushing

Stan Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Jones 7 65 9.3 35 1
C. Scarlett 12 45 3.8 14 0
UCF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. McCrae 11 109 9.9 73 1
A. Killins Jr. 8 44 5.5 17 0

Receiving

Stan Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Wilson 5 71 14.2 24 1
O. St. Brown 3 51 17.0 25 0
UCF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Nixon 5 88 17.6 38 1
M. Williams 3 73 24.3 28 1

Fumbles

Returning

Stan KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Wilson 0 - 0 0 1 21.0 0 21
C. Wedington 1 21.0 0 21 0 - 0 0
UCF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
O. Anderson 0 - 0 0 2 2.0 0 2
A. Killins Jr. 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Stan Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Sanborn 7 290 41.4 51
UCF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Osteen 3 129 43.0 48

Takeaways

Stan Int Yds InTD
J. McGill 0 0 0
UCF Int Yds InTD
A. Robinson 1 40 0

Team Stats Comparison

Stan UCF
Points For 27 45
Total Yards 349 545
Rushing Yards 116 198
Passing Yards 233 347
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/49 22/30
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 21 24
Penalties - Yards 6/48 8/72
Time Of Possession 31:31 29:29
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/18 8/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 7/41 3/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Stan UCF
UCF 3:19 TD Marlon Williams 28 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 7
UCF 4:16 TD Greg McCrae 1 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 14
UCF 6:39 TD Tre Nixon 38 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 21
Stan 9:11 TD Austin Jones 35 yd run (Jet Toner kick) 7 21
UCF 10:27 TD Gabriel Davis 38 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 7 28
2nd Quarter Stan UCF
UCF 7:23 FG Dylan Barnas 21 yd FG 7 31
UCF 14:00 TD Otis Anderson 1 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 7 38
3rd Quarter Stan UCF
Stan 6:43 FG Jet Toner 36 yd FG 10 38
4th Quarter Stan UCF
Stan 0:06 TD Michael Wilson 24 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Jet Toner kick) 17 38
UCF 3:43 TD Jake Hescock 1 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 17 45
Stan 7:03 FG Jet Toner 35 yd FG 20 45
Stan 13:19 TD Jonathan McGill 28 yd fumble return (Jet Toner kick) 27 45

Game Information

Stadium: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 45,008
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