Central Florida’s Dillon Gabriel made his completions rely.
The freshman went 7 for 19 in his first get started however had landing throws of 57 and 74 yards, and No. 18 UCF prolonged its regular-season successful streak to 24 video games by way of easing previous Florida Atlantic 48-14 Saturday night time.
Gabriel additionally hooked up on passes of 45 and 32 yards, which greater than made up for his widespread misfires. The left-hander totaled 245 yards passing — 35 consistent with of entirety — and ran 4 occasions for 19 yards and a rating.
“He did some issues truly smartly,” trainer Josh Heupel mentioned. “In the long run he made sufficient performs to present us some offensive stability.”
Gabriel began after coming off the bench to throw 3 landing passes closing week in opposition to Florida A&M. Notre Dame switch Brandon Wimbush, who began the opener, was once nursing an damage from that sport and sat out.
“When my identify’s known as, I’ll be there — regardless of the workforce wishes,” Gabriel mentioned.
The Knights (2-Zero) totaled 574 yards and reached the 30-point mark for the 28th sport in a row, the longest such streak since a minimum of 1936. The one factor that stopped them was once lightning within the house, which precipitated the sport to be known as with four:20 to play.
Florida Atlantic (Zero-2) disenchanted a house crowd of 30,811, greatest in this system’s historical past.
“That is an embarrassing efficiency by way of us,” trainer Lane Kiffin mentioned. “It was once a large sport for a large number of other people right here, so I express regret to our fanatics, I express regret to the individuals who were given us right here, from the president down.”
The Owls have by no means crushed a Best 25 workforce in 15 tries.
UCF operating again Adrian Killins Jr. scored one landing speeding and every other receiving. Otis Anderson had the Knights’ longest run when he juked previous a security for a 39-yard rating.
UCF wanted not up to six mins to take a 14-Zero lead, and by way of halftime the margin was once 28-6, even if Gabriel had finished simply 3 passes.
“We have now were given so much left in the market,” Heupel mentioned. “We have now were given to be extra constant within the passing sport.”
Gabriel sealed the end result halfway in the course of the 3rd quarter with a of entirety to Killins, who was once open by way of 10 yards at midfield and weaved previous 4 defenders to the top zone for a 74-yard rating.
“This offense is deadly and fatal, as a result of we have now such a lot of other other people at other positions who can do a large number of issues,” Killins mentioned.
UCF sacked Chris Robison 4 occasions and stopped the Owls on 3rd down 14 occasions. The Knights led 48-6 ahead of permitting a landing for the primary time this season.
Heupel mentioned Wimbush will have performed in an emergency. The trainer declined to mention which quarterback will get started subsequent week’s sport in opposition to Stanford.
The Knights received 120 yards within the first 5½ mins to take a 14-Zero lead. They drove 75 yards in seven performs for his or her first rating, and after a blocked punt, Gabriel hit Jacob Harris deep for a 57-yard landing.
After their 62-Zero season-opening win closing week, the Knights dropped one spot within the ballot. That most definitely would possibly not occur once more.
UCF: The Knights were not examined however stay on time table for every other banner season.
FAU: The Owls, enjoying a ranked workforce at house for the primary time in this system’s historical past, were not able for a leap forward win.
Ex-NFLers Ray Lewis and Edgerrin James watched from the FAU sideline.
UCF: The Knights have a possibility to reply to grievance a couple of perennially cushy time table once they play at house subsequent Saturday in opposition to No. 23 Stanford.
FAU: After dealing with ranked groups within the first two video games, Florida Atlantic performs at Ball State on Saturday.
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