NCAAF Game Recap - Connecticut at Central Florida
Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Clem
21
UNC
20
F
Miss
31
Ala
59
F
OHSt
48
Neb
7
F
TxTch
16
Okla
55
F
MisSt
23
Aub
56
F
NW
15
Wisc
24
F
Tows
0
Fla
38
F
UVA
20
ND
35
F
PSU
59
MD
0
F
MidTN
3
Iowa
48
F
AzSt
24
Cal
17
F
USC
14
Wash
28
F
WaSt
13
Utah
38
F
Rut
0
Mich
52
F
UConn
21
UCF
56
F
TxAM
31
Ark
27
F
K St
13
OkSt
26
F
Ind
31
MSU
40
F
Navy
23
Mem
35
F
Duke
45
VaTec
10
F
SJSU
24
AF
41
F
C Mi
15
WestMI
31
F
Buff
20
MiaOH
34
F
NIU
18
Vand
24
F
Kans
14
TCU
51
F
BYU
21
Toled
28
F
HolyC
3
Syr
41
F
Del
14
Pitt
17
F
CoCar
37
App
56
F
IASt
21
Bayl
23
F
GATec
2
Temp
24
F
Minn
38
Purd
31
F
Akr
29
UMass
37
F
FlAtl
45
Char
27
F
Wake
27
BC
24
F
SMU
48
SoFL
21
F
Cin
52
Marsh
14
F
ArkSt
50
Troy
43
F
ULLaf
37
GaSo
24
F
ECU
24
OD
21
F
NM
10
Lib
17
F
SoAl
17
ULMon
30
F
Stan
31
OreSt
28
F
UAB
13
W Ky
20
F
Nich
3
TxSt
24
F
UTEP
13
SMiss
31
F
LaTec
23
Rice
20
F OT
ColSt
24
UtSt
34
F
KY
7
SCar
24
F
NCSt
13
FlaSt
31
F
UNLV
17
Wyo
53
F
Fres
30
NMSt
17
F
Hou
46
NorTx
25
F
Hawaii
54
Nev
3
F
UCLA
17
Ariz
20
F

Sep 28, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Connecticut (1-3)

0

0

7

14

21

(22) Central Florida (4-1)

28

14

14

0

56

Gabriel throws for 3 TDs, No. 22 UCF trounces UConn 56-21
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:04 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) No. 22 UCF shrugged off its first regular-season loss in nearly three years with a performance that sent a message to the rest of the American Athletic Conference.

The two-time defending league champions are hungry for a third straight title.

"Our kids are resilient," Knights coach Josh Heupel said Saturday night, after his team amassed 607 yards total offense and forced four turnovers in a 56-21 rout of Connecticut in an AAC opener that wasn't nearly as close as the final score might suggest.

"There were a lot of questions because It had been so long since our program had lost a regular-season football game," Heupel added, "but our guys are competitors."

Dillon Gabriel threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns while UCF (4-1, 1-0) held UConn (1-3, 0-1) scoreless until late in the third quarter.

The Knights improved to 29-2 since the start of 2017, bouncing back from a 35-34 loss at Pittsburgh that stopped a league- and school-record 25-game regular-season win streak.

"It's been a long time since we lost in the regular season," said running back Adrian Killins, who had a 73-yard TD run. "The locker room after the game, the vibes and everything were off (last week), it wasn't normal. ... This Saturday we played lights out."

Gabriel completed 11 of 16 passes without an interception for UCF, and he threw TD passes of 73, 16 and 13 yards to Gabriel Davis while building a 42-0 halftime lead.

Darriel Mack Jr. replaced the true freshman at the start of the third quarter. It was his first action of the season after sitting out the first four games recovering from an ankle injury that had opened the door for Gabriel and Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush to play early.

UConn, rebuilding under coach Randy Edsall, fell to 0-7 in ACC openers and has lost 12 consecutive conference games.

"This is part of the growing process we have to go through," said Edsall, whose has also lost to Big Ten teams Illinois and Indiana since opening the season with a three-point win over Wagner.

UConn's Steven Krajewski came off the bench to throw for 273 yards, including second-half TD passes of 16 yards to Cameron Ross, 12 yards to Ardell Brown and 15 yards to Matt Drayton.

Edsall said the redshirt freshman settled after a turning the ball over twice and played well enough to be the Huskies' starting quarterback moving forward.

"We knew the front end of the schedule was going to be hard," Edsall said. "I was very pleased with the way guys competed in the second half."

Mack, who was 9 of 13 for 97 yards and one TD, led the Knights in the AAC title game and Fiesta Bowl after two-time AAC offensive player of the year McKenzie Milton sustained a serious knee and leg injury in last year's regular-season finale.

THE TAKEAWAY

Total domination for UCF, as expected. UConn began the game with pair of runs that were stopped for no gain, and it was pretty much downhill from there. Starting quarterback Jack Zergiotis was intercepted on third down. Krajewski's first pass was intercepted, too, and returned 48 yards by UCF's Nevelle Clarke for a touchdown.

Zergiotis lost a fumble on the Huskies' second possession, and Krajewski lost one in the first half as well, when the redshirt freshman lost his grip on the ball trying to throw a pass. UCF was up 42-0 by the time UConn drove into field-goal range twice in the closing minutes of the first half, only to watch kick Clayton Harris miss from 40 and 52 yards.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Knights tumbled seven spots in the Top 25 after losing to Pitt. Beating a 44-point underdog that's dropped 12 straight conference games and 19 in a row to FBS opponents likely won't do much to improve their ranking this week.

UP NEXT

UConn returns home to host South Florida on Saturday.

UCF visits Cincinnati on Friday night.

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Passing

UConn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Krajewski 33 22 66.7 3 273 32 1 109.8
J. Zergiotis 3 1 33.3 0 8 8 1 2.8
UCF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Gabriel 16 11 68.8 3 281 74 0 151.0
D. Mack Jr. 13 9 69.2 1 97 21 0 116.5

Rushing

UConn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Mensah 23 123 5.3 18 0
S. Krajewski 8 26 3.3 17 0
UCF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Killins Jr. 3 77 25.7 75 1
B. Thompson 11 71 6.5 15 1

Receiving

UConn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Ross 6 91 15.2 32 1
A. Brown 4 55 13.8 22 1
UCF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
G. Davis 5 119 23.8 73 3
J. Harris 1 74 74.0 74 0

Fumbles

UConn F FL
K. Mensah 1 0
J. Zergiotis 2 1
UCF F FL
B. Thompson 1 1

Returning

UConn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Thompkins 3 28.0 0 31 0 - 0 0
UCF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Thompson 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

UConn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
L. Magliozzi 5 201 40.2 54
UCF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Osteen 2 68 34.0 40

Takeaways

UCF Int Yds InTD
K. Davis 0 0 0
A. Collier 1 19 0

Team Stats Comparison

UConn UCF
Points For 21 56
Total Yards 426 607
Rushing Yards 145 230
Passing Yards 281 377
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/36 21/30
Turnovers 4 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 4/2 1/1
First Downs 24 27
Penalties - Yards 7/60 11/90
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 4/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/40 2/34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UConn UCF
UCF 2:16 TD Greg McCrae 1 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 7
UCF 7:39 TD Gabriel Davis 73 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 14
UCF 11:43 TD Nevelle Clarke 48 yd interception return (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 21
UCF 13:54 TD Adrian Killins Jr. 75 yd run (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 28
2nd Quarter UConn UCF
UCF 3:56 TD Gabriel Davis 16 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 35
UCF 4:54 TD Gabriel Davis 13 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 42
3rd Quarter UConn UCF
UCF 2:23 TD Marlon Williams 21 yd pass from Darriel Mack Jr. (Dylan Barnas kick) 0 49
UCF 9:12 TD Bentavious Thompson 2 yd run (Daniel Obarski kick) 0 56
UConn 13:30 TD Cameron Ross 16 yd pass from Steven Krajewski (Clayton Harris kick) 7 56
4th Quarter UConn UCF
UConn 4:24 TD Ardell Brown 12 yd pass from Steven Krajewski (Clayton Harris kick) 14 56
UConn 14:41 TD Matt Drayton 15 yd pass from Steven Krajewski (Clayton Harris kick) 21 56

Game Information

Stadium: Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 44,164
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