ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Rivalry weekend did not disappoint, including the “War On I-4” matchup with USF at UCF. USF (4-7) had lost 3 games in a row prior to Friday night’s game, making their hunger for a win quite apparent. Regardless of their progressive strides, the Knights made more impactful plays on both sides of the ball throughout the night.
Hungrier or not, USF couldn’t keep up with UCF, who was originally predicted to win by 23.5 points and went into halftime already up 24-0. UCF got on the board within the first ten minutes of the game and their defense was a force to be reckoned with from the start, getting a fumble recovery that they turned into touchdown. And then before halftime, picking off Bulls quarterback Jordan McCloud, taking it into the end zone. Those are just some of the highlights of the Knight’s defense.
Offensively, UCF executed 95 plays of 20 or more yards before the rivalry face-off, and between Killins and Anderson Jr., they have a run game that likes to put up points. Knights’ quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns and the speedy Adrian Killins rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown. The success of UCF, like any other rivalry, began to frustrate USF players, causing many flare ups and a few big fights on the field.
All in all the War On I-4 was awarded to the Knights, helping them close out the 2019 season at 9-3.
Kasey Hudson is Sports Associate Editor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org