Orlando- The Stanford Cardinals (1-2) take another loss in week 3 of college football 45-27, as they traveled to the Spectrum Stadium in Florida for the first time in history. After Stanford loss 45-20 at USC last week and gave up 35 unanswered points, the road only grew more relentless as they cruised across country to face a stacked offense in Orlando.
The No.17 UCF Knights hosted the power 5 team and scored on eight of their nine possessions with Dillion Gabriel throwing for 347 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns. This is the first time that UCF has started the same quarter back two games in a row since losing their all-star QB McKenzie Milton last season. Dillion Gabriel, a true freshman from Hawaii, has become another UCF offensive weapon and could be the Knights new starting QB.
Even with such a strong performance by Dillion Gabriel the Knights are still reluctant to decide on who will consistently start for the Knights.
“I don’t know. We’ll see as we go through the week and evaluate where we’re at,” explained Knights second year Head coach Josh Heupel when asked if Gabriel was the Knights new starting quarterback.
UCF has won 27 of their last 28 games, with their lone loss at the fiesta bowl against the LSU Tigers last season and have averaged 3o points a game for over 20 games. Stanford did not prepare for the quick offense of UCF and found themselves in a hole after allowing the Knights to score twice in the first five minutes. The Knights executed 8 plays in 1:53 seconds to score after Gabriel threw to Davis for 28 yards giving the Knights another 1st down. Dillion picked apart the Cardinals defense and became the first UCF Knight to throw for 4 touchdown passes in a single game since Milton McKenzie did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 2018.
“I feel like we just did our job, and that’s the main thing,” expressed Gabriel. “We stayed together as a unit with everyone believing in each other, and it worked out.”
The Knights extend their regular season win streak to 25 games and their 17th consistent home wins dating back to 2016. UCF continues to build on their success as they plow through powerhouse teams including Auburn, Maryland, and Pittsburgh.
“We’ve got to take every opponent the same way no other opponent is bigger than the other,” expressed Knights Marlon Williams, who scored the first touchdown on a 28-yard toss by Gabriel.
“Did we ever leave?” asked coach Heupel when asked if the Knights have entered back into the conversation of national contingency. “I think since I’ve been here, we have been apart of the noise the chatter as you want to call it. I think people that watch us play understand that we play championship caliber football each and every week. We have tremendous, tremendous players man.”
UCF: The Knights will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers (1-2), who lost to Penn State on Saturday.
Cardinals: Head home to face Oregon on Saturday 9/21.