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INSTANT REAX: #22 UCF Settles the Final ConFLiCT, 56-21

Knights have no problem getting back on the winning track

Photo: Derek Warden

It’s safe to say the UCF Knights’ conference opener against UConn was absolutely no contest. The final edition of the Civil ConFLiCT, such as it is, was hardly civil, as UCF led by eight TDs through the first 40 minutes before UConn scored three garbage time TDs en route to a 56-21 victory.

Highlights

Postgame Presser

Four Downs

  1. It wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. UCF was completely dominant on both sides of the ball in the first half, and led 56-0 in the first 40 minutes. UConn scored three garbage TDs against UCF’s scout team to end the game.
  2. The defense is elite. They forced three turnovers in the first quarter that led directly to two touchdowns, racking up five total takeaways.
  3. Gabriel to Gabriel. Dillon Gabriel and Gabriel Davis hooked up on five of six targets completions for 119 yards and three touchdowns. They made it look too easy at times.
  4. Mack is Back! Darriel Mack Jr. started the second half, going 9/13 for 97 yards and a TD pass, plus 27 yards on six rushes. Yes, it was garbage time, but it was nice to see him out there looking pretty sharp.

Stat of the Game

13.2 yards per play. That’s what UCF posted in the first half, up 42-0, on just 28 plays.

Knights of the Night

Nevelle Clark. How about a pick-six for his first career TD:

Gabriel Davis. He’s just adding to the highlight reel:

Adrian Killins Jr. He GOOOOOOOONE:

Next Week’s Opponent

Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium - Friday at 8 p.m.