NCAAF Game Recap - Tulsa at Central Florida
Sat Oct 3, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

UVA
23
Clem
41
F
TxAM
24
Ala
52
F
SCar
24
Fla
38
F
Aub
6
UGA
27
F
TCU
33
Tex
31
F
Tuls
34
UCF
26
F
UNC
26
BC
22
F
SoFL
7
Cin
28
F
Ark
21
MisSt
14
F
OkSt
47
Kans
7
F
Okla
30
IASt
37
F
LSU
41
Vand
7
F
Mizzu
12
Tenn
35
F
LaTec
14
BYU
45
F
NCSt
30
Pitt
29
F
Mem
27
SMU
30
F
Camp
14
Wake
66
F
ArkSt
23
CoCar
52
F
Bayl
21
WVU
27
F(1OT)
ECU
29
GASt
49
F
UTSA
13
UAB
21
F
N AL
7
Lib
28
F
Abil
23
Army
55
F
TxTch
21
K St
31
F
JacSt
24
FlaSt
41
F
Miss
42
KY
41
F OT
VaTec
38
Duke
31
F
Char
17
FlAtl
21
F
W Ky
20
MidTN
17
F
Navy
7
AF
40
F
GaSo
35
ULMon
30
F
SMiss
41
NorTx
31
F

Oct 3, 2020, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tulsa (1-1)

2

10

13

9

34

(11) Central Florida (2-1)

16

7

3

0

26

Tulsa snaps No. 11 UCF's 21-game home winning streak, 34-26
Sun Oct 4, 2020 1:18 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) There is something about UCF that brings the best out of Tulsa.

Zach Smith threw three touchdown passes and Tulsa erased an 18-point first-half deficit to beat No. 11 UCF 34-26, snapping the Knights' 21-game home winning streak Saturday night.

The Golden Hurricane (1-1) made it two straight wins over UCF (2-1), which was plagued by penalties (18 for 124 yards) and turned the ball over three times.

"New year, new season," Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. "We've got a lot of talent on this football team. On the road in a tough environment . I'm proud of these guys for sticking together. We've always been a gritty, tough, hard-nosed football team and we proved that again tonight."

Smith threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Keylon Stokes to give Tulsa a 31-26 lead with 12:56 remaining. Zack Long added a 34-yard field goal with 1:30 remaining to make it 34-26.

UCF (2-1) drove into Tulsa territory, but after a holding penalty pushed the Knights out of the red zone Dillon Gabriel's Hail Mary pass fell incomplete.

Gabriel was 28-of-51 for 330 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

"There were opportunities in the game that we didn't take advantage of," Gabriel said. "I put this on me. There has to be better QB play. I have to execute at a higher level."

Tulsa was the last team to beat UCF at home with a 35-20 win on November 19, 2016, when Scott Frost was the Knights' head coach. The Golden Hurricane also upset UCF last season 34-31 in Tulsa.

Smith threw for 273 yards and T.K. Wilkerson rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown to lift the Golden Hurricane to their first win against a Top 15 opponent since 1991. Stokes had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

"I thought we found ways to run the football, we got some explosive runs," Montgomery said. "And we found ways to protect Zach and give him time. Our offensive line and tight ends did a fantastic job to help us push the ball down the field."

UCF led 23-5 with 1:39 left in the second quarter after Cole Schneider, the Knights' starting left guard, lined up at fullback and scored on a 1-yard run. Tulsa answered quickly to make the score 23-12 at halftime when Josh Johnson hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Smith.

Tulsa recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and on the next play Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Sam Crawford Jr. to make it 23-19. After UCF got a 26-yard field goal from Daniel Obarski, Wilkerson scored on a 2-yard run to make it 26-25, and Tulsa missed the PAT.

"Turnovers were huge in the football game," UCF coach Josh Heupel said. "We gave up the one play at the end of the half. We had a turnover on the kickoff. At the end of the day all three facets of the game have to work together. We have to play better complementary football."

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane have two wins over UCF in their past five games.

UCF: The Knights' long-shot College Football Playoff hopes take a major blow.

THERE'S A FLAG ON THE PLAY

Many of UCF's 18 penalties were pre-snap infractions. The Knights had 19 false start penalties in the past two games.

"Offensively you start moving and then you get yourself behind the chains," Heupel said. "Eventually you're not going to be able to overcome those things and it costs us a ball game tonight."

THE SAFETY DANCE

The first quarter featured safeties from both teams. UCF linebacker Eriq Gilyard tackled Smith in the end zone on QB keeper to give the Knights a 9-0 lead with 7:35 remaining in the quarter.

Tulsa returned the favor when linebacker Zaven Collins stopped Otis Anderson in the end zone to make it 16-2 with 2:16 remaining.

STREAKS AND NOTES

Tulsa's last win over a Top 15 team was a 35-34 win over No. 15 Texas A&M on September 21, 1991. .. UCF is 1-5 in their last six one-score games dating back to the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.

INJURY REPORT

UCF wide receiver Marlon Williams stayed on the ground for several minutes after the final play before leaving the field with assistance.

UP NEXT

Tulsa will host Cincinnati on October 17.

UCF will travel to Memphis on October 17.

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Passing

Tuls Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
Z. Smith 29 17 58.6 3 273 49 1 110.3
UCF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Gabriel 51 28 54.9 1 330 53 1 73.2

Rushing

Tuls Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Wilkerson 22 86 3.9 24 1
C. Taylor II 11 60 5.5 14 0
UCF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Richardson 5 0 0.0 3 0
O. Anderson 17 84 4.9 49 1

Receiving

Tuls Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
E. Hall 1 0 0.0 0 0
T. Wilkerson 1 0 0.0 0 0
UCF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Robinson 3 111 37.0 53 0
M. Williams 9 98 10.9 22 0

Fumbles

Tuls F FL
C. Taylor II 1 1
Z. Smith 1 1
UCF F FL
O. Anderson 1 1

Returning

Tuls KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Stokes 0 0 0 2 8.0 0 0
C. Lovick 2 22.0 0 24 0 0 0
UCF KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Richardson 4 19.3 0 26 0 0 0
O. Anderson 0 0 0 1 14.0 0 0

Punting

Tuls Punt Yds Avg LgPu
L. Wilson 7 316 45.1 67
UCF Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Osteen 7 327 46.7 56

Takeaways

Tuls Int Yds InTD
B. Powers 0 0 0
Z. Collins 1 13 0
UCF Int Yds InTD
R. Grant 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Tuls UCF
Points For 34 26
Total Yards 438 455
Rushing Yards 165 125
Passing Yards 273 330
Passing Completions / Attempts 17/29 28/51
Turnovers 3 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 2/2
First Downs 21 23
Penalties - Yards 8/95 18/124
Time Of Possession 34:34 26:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/15 7/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Tuls UCF
UCF 4:47 TD Jacob Harris 12 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Daniel Obarski kick) 0 7
UCF 7:25 SF Team safety 0 9
UCF 8:02 TD Otis Anderson 49 yd run (Daniel Obarski kick) 0 16
Tuls 12:44 SF Team safety 2 16
2nd Quarter Tuls UCF
Tuls 3:19 FG Zack Long 20 yd FG 5 16
UCF 13:21 TD Cole Schneider 1 yd run (Daniel Obarski kick) 5 23
Tuls 14:07 TD Josh Johnson 48 yd pass from Zach Smith (Zack Long kick) 12 23
3rd Quarter Tuls UCF
Tuls 0:11 TD Sam Crawford Jr. 34 yd pass from Zach Smith (Zack Long kick) 19 23
UCF 3:44 FG Daniel Obarski 26 yd FG 19 26
Tuls 7:40 TD T.K. Wilkerson 2 yd run (missed kick) 25 26
4th Quarter Tuls UCF
Tuls 2:04 TD Keylon Stokes 13 yd pass from Zach Smith (failed 2pt pass) 31 26
Tuls 13:30 FG Zack Long 34 yd FG 34 26

Game Information

Stadium: Bounce House, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 8,874
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