The Knights Re-Watch: UCF vs. Stanford (2019)

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ORLANDO – UCF Athletics is set to begin a new series of classic game re-airs. The Knights Re-Watch presented by DEX Imaging will begin this Friday night at 7 p.m. with the UCF football team's 45-27 victory over Stanford from this past season.
Knight Nation can join in on the fun by watching Friday night's re-air live on YouTube (Click Here).

The Knights Re-Watch presented by DEX Imaging
DateFriday, April 17, 2020
Time7 p.m.
Original Broadcast
DateSaturday, September 14, 2019
Time3:30 p.m.
TalentMark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia Dekker
LocationSpectrum Stadium
Game NotesUCF | Stanford
Box ScorePDF | XML

Gabriel Gets The Nod
• True freshman Dillon Gabriel had success off the bench in the week one win over FAMU and then led the Knights to victory on the road in his first career start in week two against FAU.
• Gabriel has completed 16-of-32 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns, while rushing for another in his first two collegiate games.
• The Hawaiian ranks seventh in the nation with a 199.2 passing efficiency rating, 25th with his five touchdown passes, and leads the nation with 23.25 yards per completion. His 11.63 yards per pass attempt also rank fourth in the nation.
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Fresh legs and fast yards.
UCF football is making a living with those elements in a big way in 2019.
While lots of college programs boast of their skill-position depth, the Knights put it on display every night.
UCF head coach Josh Heupel and his running backs coach, Anthony Tucker, boast a four-headed monster at the running back spot that may be as talented, productive--and-fast—as any quartet in the country.
Individually, they came to Orlando from Florida high schools in Miami, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
Collectively—and particularly in UCF's high-tempo attack—they terrorize opposing defensive coordinators these days with their ability to throw fresh—and ultra-talented--bodies at worn-down defenders.
They've also created a magical culture in the Knights' running backs room where the conversation is way more about winning than carries or yards.
And it's paying off in a huge way in the UCF win-loss column.
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Can UCF keep up anywhere near this statistical pace? (We asked this same question last week.)
Josh Heupel has no reason to complain, but the devil's advocates suggest it's tough to assign value to the Knights' start when the average margin of victory is 48 points (ranking fourth nationally behind Maryland, Wisconsin and Penn State). UCF's numbers are off the charts (no pun intended) so far in 2019, and that created comfortable victories against both Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic. Offense, defense and everywhere in between, the Knights put up some eye-popping statistical figures that would seem to be tough to maintain. But don't think the Knights won't have fun trying—and don't think Heupel will forget to mention the standards he likes his players to appreciate and measure themselves against.
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With 21 unanswered points to start the game, and four touchdown passes from freshman Dillon Gabriel, the no. 16 UCF football team cruised to a 45-27 victory over visiting Stanford in front of 45,008 fans at Spectrum Stadium Saturday afternoon.
For the third straight game to start the 2019 season, the Knights (3-0) found the end zone on their first drive of the game, as Gabriel led a 77-yard drive that culminated with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Williams, the receiver's first of the season.
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The questions—some fastballs down the middle, some curveballs that dropped off a table--came from all directions.
Fans, media, alumni—seemingly everyone—begged someone from UCF to say that playing Stanford, a Power 5 Pacific-12 Conference member, meant more than usual.
They tried that line of questioning early and often, from the moment the Knights' win at Florida Atlantic went into the books until a few late postgame raindrops began to fall early Saturday evening at Spectrum Stadium.
They lobbed them in from left field and they tried to sneak them past the unsuspecting. They tried respect and they tried lack of respect.
Yet, in the end, neither the questions nor the answers (from the ever politically correct UCF players and coaches) really mattered much at all.
And that's because whatever questions anyone had about the Knights' football program were answered in absolutely emphatic fashion in a first half in which UCF gained 413 yards and built a 38-7 lead over Stanford.
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