Posts Tagged ‘University of Central Florida (UCF)’

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-2 Stanford

September 17, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 17, 2019

Saturday was the first time I caught a Stanford football game in person since the Cardinal traveled to Boulder in 2015. It was the team’s first trip to the East Coast since their 2013 visit to West Point.

For a hot minute, it seemed as though the contest in Orlando might be staged in the fringes of the tropical storm that subsequently evolved into Humberto. The system’s track shifted to the east; still, for a short time Saturday morning it rained fiercely, and a strong threat of precipitation was forecast for the late afternoon as recently as a few hours before kickoff.

I’d brought just one pair of shoes on my trip to Florida, and I didn’t want them to get deluged during my spectating. I purchased some Teva boat shoes the day before the game and donned them after parking on campus. Five minutes into my trek to the stadium, I had a blister on the back of my left foot. I tried adjusting the straps, to no effect. I walked barefoot for a short distance, but the campus grass felt coarse and unpleasant beneath my feet.

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UCF embarrasses hapless Cardinal football squad in a 45-27 thrashing

September 15, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 15, 2019

Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel went 22 for 30 with 347 yards, four touchdowns and no picks to lead UCF to a 45-27 rout of Stanford in Orlando on Saturday.

A week after USC went down by two touchdowns early before going on to win by 25, Central Florida scored three touchdowns in the game’s first nine minutes and was never in any serious danger. The Knights only had seven points in the second half, but that touchdown slammed the door on what were Stanford’s already slim comeback chances.

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Breakthrough: Stanford finds its scoring groove in home opener against UCF

September 19, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 19, 2015

Stanford football’s 2015 home debut against the University of Central Florida was one of the final games to begin last weekend, with a kickoff at 7:35 p.m. Pacific Time. It took more than two minutes of game time before either team got a first down.

On the second play of the Cardinal’s second possession, fifth-year running back Remound Wright ripped off a 10-yard carry. That seemed to get Stanford’s attack untracked — sort of — as two of the next three plays resulted in first downs. (In order, they were an incomplete pass by Kevin Hogan, a 13-yard rush by Christian McCaffrey and a 15-year connection between Hogan and wideout Michael Rector.)

Rector’s reception gave the Cardinal first down and 10 yards to go at the UCF 45-yard-line, but the team soon faltered. A holding penalty on Stanford nullified the snap at the 45; a false start followed, as did an illegal block call on senior left guard Joshua Garnett that wiped out what might otherwise have been a first-down run by Hogan. Stanford punted from UCF’s 33, and the remainder of the first quarter was one gigantic bog of mediocrity.

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