Sophomore Dillon Gabriel tied a career high with four touchdown passes, two each to wide receivers Marlon Williams and Tre Nixon, and No. 14 Central Florida won its 2020 opener 49-21 over Georgia Tech Saturday in Atlanta.
The Knights used a fast tempo on offense and a hot first half from Gabriel, who completed 15-of-20 for 252 yards and three scores by the break. He finished 27-of-41 for a career high 417 yards.
Williams caught 10 passes for 154 yards, and running backs Greg McCrae, Otis Anderson and Bentavious Thompson each ran for a touchdown as UCF amassed 660 yards of total offense and won for the 36th time in its last 40 games.
The Yellow Jackets (1-1) lost five turnovers on the day and for the second time in as many weeks had a field goal attempt blocked. Georgia Tech, which won its opener last week at Florida State, trailed 28-7 in the second quarter before making it a one-score game early in the fourth.
Freshman Jahmyr Gibbs, getting a chance for regular carries with starter Jordan Mason out, ran for a 33-yard touchdown with 13:12 to play, cutting UCF’s lead to 28-21. But the Knights responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive before Marlon Williams caught a seven-yard TD pass from Gabriel with 5:30 to play that finished off the Yellow Jackets.