Tampa Bay Sports Day

Explosive First Half Lifts No. 17 UCF Past FAMU

Photo Courtesy FAMU Sports Information

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida A&M University football team could not slow down the high-powered offense of 17th-ranked Central Florida as the Knights cruised to a 62-0 victory in the 2019 season opener on Thursday night at Spectrum Stadium.

The Rattlers (0-1) elected to receive off the opening kickoff, but Florida A&M went three-and-out and were forced to punt the football.

Central Florida (1-0) immediately went to work on its opening drive. The Knights went 80 yards, in just five plays, and used 1:04 off the clock as Brandon Wimbush connected with Gabriel Davis for a 37-yard touchdown to give UCF an early 7-0 advantage with 13:33 remaining in first quarter.

With the Rattlers unable to move the football, UCF went 71 yards, on 12 plays, as Dylan Barnas booted a 42-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0 with 5:36 left.

The Knights added to lead with 2:22 remaining in the first as Dillon Gabriel connected with Otis Anderson for a 24-yard scoring strike to give UCF a 17-0 advantage.

A Barnas 23-yard field with 13:14 remaining in the second quarter capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive to push the margin to 20-0.

The Knights continued to add to the lead as Wimbush threw his second score of the night, a 12-yard touchdown, to Davis to extend the advantage to 27-0 with 10:16 left in the first half.

A Greg McCrae 25-yard touchdown run extended the UCF lead to 34-0 with 8:02 left and capped the explosive first half with touchdowns by Tre Dixon and Adrian Killins, Jr. to extend the lead to 48-0 at the break.

Central Florida added one touchdown in the third quarter and one in the fourth for the 62-0 victory.

Turning Point
The Rattlers got the ball to begin the game, but used just 12 seconds off the clock on three straight pass plays.

After a Chris Faddoul punt, the Knights marched 80 yards in five plays as Gabriel Davis caught a 37-yard pass from Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush. That scoring strike gave UCF a quick 7-0 lead, just 1:27 into the game.

Central Florida added a 42-yard field goal from Dylan Barnas and a 24-yard touchdown reception from Dillon Gabriel to Otis Anderson to extend the advantage to 17-0 with 2:22 left in the opening quarter.

Florida A&M could not recover from the early deficit.

Up Next
Florida A&M will have two weeks to prepare for its next game as the Rattlers will have their 2019 home opener against Fort Valley State in the Third Annual Jake Gaither Classic on Sept. 14 at Bragg Memorial Stadium.