HIGHLIGHTS: UCF Knights Defeat Houston Cougars 44-21 in Solid Road Win
By Space Coast Daily // November 1, 2020
Next Game: vs Temple on Nov. 14
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCF Knights) – The UCF football team dominated from start to finish, winning 44-21 on the road at Houston Saturday afternoon in an American Athletic Conference contest at TDECU Stadium.
The Knights defense, without four starters, held the Houston offense to 14 points in the game and turned the Cougars over twice in the win.
On the first drive of the game, UCF (4-2, 3-2) forced Houston (2-2, 2-1) to punt. The Knights then came right back and put three points on the board with one of Daniel Obarski’s three made field goals in the contest.
After a fumble recovery touchdown gave Houston a short, four-point lead, UCF scored 20 straight points to take a 23-7 lead at halftime. The Knights cruised to the 23-point victory, scoring three second-half touchdowns.
Eriq Gilyard and Richie Grant both recorded interceptions for the #UCFierce defense, while Grant, Landon Woodson and Noah Hancock all had sacks in the win. For Grant, a two-time all-conference safety, it was the first sack of his career.
And the nation’s top offense didn’t miss a beat. Dillon Gabriel led the Knights to 681 yards of offense, after coming into the weekend on pace to set a new FBS record with 646.8 yards of total offense per game.
The sophomore quarterback went over 300 yards passing for the sixth straight game to start the 2020 season and threw two touchdowns, both to Ryan O’Keefe.
O’Keefe, a native Texan, caught three passes for 97 yards and his second and third career scores. Teammate Jaylon Robinson, also from Texas, went over 100 yards, going for five catches and 107 yards, the fifth 100-yard game in six outings for the sophomore.
It was the running attack that made the difference, though, as the Knights finished with a season high 353 yards on the ground.
Both Otis Anderson and Greg McCrae went over 100 yards, the first UCF duo to do so since Kevin Smith and Jason Peters in 2006.
Anderson rushed 16 times for 170 yards and a score, McCrae rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a score, and Bentavious Thompson carried the ball eight times for 87 yards and a touchdown.
The Knights will now take their second off week of the season before returning to the Bounce House to host Temple on Nov. 14.
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