NCAAF Game Recap - Florida A&M at Central Florida
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Central Florida 62, Florida A&M 0

Aug 29, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

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31

7

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62

Wimbush, Gabriel shine, No. 17 UCF trounces Florida A&M 62-0
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:02 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Brandon Wimbush was impressive. Dillon Gabriel may have been just as good.

Together the redshirt senior transfer, true freshman and even third-stringer Quadry Jones could make UCF's quarterback situation interesting this fall after combining to throw for 356 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-0, season-opening rout of Florida A&M on Thursday night.

"I thought all of them did a ton of positive things," coach Josh Heupel said.

"It doesn't matter who's in there," running back Adrian Killins offered. "They're all capable of leading this team where we want to go."

Wimbush, the former Notre Dame star who won the starting job this summer, threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

Gabriel sparkled, too, after finishing second in the competition for the position that opened because of an injury sidelining two-time American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year McKenzie Milton.

"It felt great," Wimbush said after the two-time defending AAC champions amassed 694 yards total offense and won for the 26th time in 27 games.

"We have to keep building ... keep getting better," Wimbush added. "I think that's important for a young and developing team."

Wimbush, who tossed TD passes of 37 and 12 yards to Gabriel Davis, was 13-2 as a starter over the past two years at Notre Dame. He lost his job there to Ian Book despite helping the Fighting Irish begin last season with three consecutive wins.

Gabriel, meanwhile, arrived at UCF from the same high school where Milton played in Hawaii. He performed well enough in fall camp that Heupel felt he deserved some playing time in the opener, and the freshman showed why by going 9 of 13 for 127 yards with TD passes to Otis Anderson, Tre Nixon and Alex Harris.

"I think it's spectacular what he did," Wimbush said, adding Gabriel "did a heck of a job of staying poised" for a freshman in his first college game.

Jones, a redshirt freshman, was 2 of 2 for 61 yards and one TD in the fourth quarter.

The Knights improved to 26-1 since the start of 2017, with the lone loss coming against LSU in last season's Fiesta Bowl. The setback ended a school- and American Athletic Conference-record 25-game winning streak.

TOTAL DOMINATION

The Knights ran 65 plays to FAMU's 32, outgaining the Rattlers 462 yards to 25 - in the first half. Punter Chris Faddoul arguably was FAMU's most effective player, averaging 49.9 yards on 10 punts before halftime. Of course, all of the news on that front wasn't good. Anderson fielded six of those kicks, returning one of them 79 yards to set up Greg McCrae's 25-yard TD run in the second quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

It was business as usual for UCF, which has scored at least 30 points in 27 consecutive games, the longest such streak for a FBS team since 1936. Wimbush looked comfortable running the offense, making plays with his feet and arm. In the first quarter alone, he ran the ball five times for 42 yards, with each of the runs resulting in a first down.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Opening the season against FAMU won't do anything silence critics of the overall strength of UCF's schedule. The Knights, however, will be tested before beginning conference play in late September, with No. 25 Stanford visiting Orlando in two weeks and UCF traveling to Pittsburgh on Sept. 21.

UP NEXT

Florida A&M: The Rattlers have two weeks to prepare for their Sept. 14 home opener against Fort Valley State.

UCF: At Florida Atlantic on Sept. 7.

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Passing

FlaAM Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Stanley 24 7 29.2 0 52 15 0 39.6
R. McKay 12 7 58.3 0 40 17 0 64.6
UCF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Wimbush 23 12 52.2 2 168 37 0 105.0
D. Gabriel 13 9 69.2 3 127 26 0 140.1

Rushing

FlaAM Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Smith 1 10 10.0 10 0
E. Tillman III 1 9 9.0 9 0
UCF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Killins Jr. 14 106 7.6 31 1
B. Thompson 6 64 10.7 24 0

Receiving

FlaAM Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Manigo 2 26 13.0 15 0
A. Rey 2 18 9.0 9 0
UCF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Davis 3 68 22.7 37 2
A. Johnson 2 67 33.5 49 1

Fumbles

FlaAM F FL
X. Smith 1 0

Returning

FlaAM KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Webb 2 16.0 0 20 0 - 0 0
A. Rey 2 17.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
UCF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
O. Anderson 0 - 0 0 6 13.2 0 49
M. Williams 1 25.0 0 25 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

FlaAM Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Faddoul 11 533 48.5 63
J. Duarte 2 85 42.5 44
UCF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Osteen 4 168 42.0 56

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

FlaAM UCF
Points For 0 62
Total Yards 96 694
Rushing Yards 4 338
Passing Yards 92 356
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/36 23/38
Turnovers 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/0
First Downs 8 42
Penalties - Yards 12/106 7/65
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/18 7/16
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 3/3
Punts - Average Yards 13/48 4/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter FlaAM UCF
UCF 1:27 TD Gabriel Davis 37 yd pass from Brandon Wimbush (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 7
UCF 9:24 FG Dylan Barnas 42 yd FG 0 10
UCF 12:38 TD Otis Anderson 24 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 17
2nd Quarter FlaAM UCF
UCF 1:46 FG Dylan Barnas 23 yd FG 0 20
UCF 4:44 TD Gabriel Davis 12 yd pass from Brandon Wimbush (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 27
UCF 6:58 TD Greg McCrae 25 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 34
UCF 11:23 TD Tre Nixon 6 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 41
UCF 15:00 TD Adrian Killins Jr. 1 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 48
3rd Quarter FlaAM UCF
UCF 1:28 TD Alex Harris 26 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 55
4th Quarter FlaAM UCF
UCF 6:29 TD Amari Johnson 49 yd pass from Quadry Jones (Daniel Obarski kick) 0 62

Game Information

Stadium: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 44,073
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