No. 17 Central Florida routs Cardinal 45-27

gostanford.com photo: Stanford Cardinal running back Austin Jones (20) finds day light on this carry against the UCF Knights Saturday September 14, 2019.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Stanford’s football trip to Orlando, Fla., was less than satisfying on Sept. 14, as No. 17 Central Florida routed the Cardinal 45-27. It was the Knights’ 28th win in their last 29 games.

Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in his second start for UCF (3-0). Gabriel completed 22 of 30 passes; his TD throws were 28 yards to Marlon Williams, 38 yards to Tre Nixon, 38 yards to Gabriel Davis and 1 yard to Jake Hescook.

Greg McCrae gained 109 rushing yards and a touchdown for UCF.

In addition, the Knights scored 30-or more points for the 29th straight game – the longest streak since 1936 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Cardinal (1-2) surrendered four touchdowns in the first quarter and 413 total offense yards in the first half alone.

Offensively for the Cardinal, K.J. Costello completed 21 of 44 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and an interception that led to a Knights score. Costello sat out the USC game with a head injury.

Cardinal running back Austin Jones scored from 35 yards out and led Stanford with 65 rushing yards.

UCF’s domination included scoring on six of its seven possessions while building a 31-point halftime lead.

This was the first regular season game Stanford has ever played in the state of Florida. The Cardinal have appeared in three bowl games in the Sunshine State – the 1986 Gator Bowl (vs. Clemson), the 1993 Blockbuster Bowl (vs. Penn State) and the 2011 Orange Bowl (vs. Virginia Tech).

Next week, the Cardinal return home to host No. 15 Oregon on Saturday.

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