Update: 11:28 p.m. Dillon Gabriel did leave the field on a cart, but didn’t appear to be in pain.
Jaylin Alderman’s 66-yard interception return of Dillon Gabriel for the game winning touchdown was the difference as the Louisville Cardinals upset the Central Florida Knights 42-35 on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.
PICK SIX! INSANITY Jaylin Alderman picks off Dillon Gabriel and returns it for a 68 yard TD! #UCF #UCFvsLOU #Louisville pic.twitter.com/LdecicM8rb— Dalton (@DaltonEastNE) September 18, 2021
The Knights closed as seven-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.
A golden night for a Cards VICTORY #GoCards pic.twitter.com/Zu58lHsqyS— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 18, 2021
This is a huge blow to the American Conference’s hope for some strength of schedule to help get a team like Cincinnati into the College Football Playoff, and a big boost to rocky tenure of Scott Satterfield at UL.
Gabriel’s interception was preceded by one from UL quarterback Malik Cunningham on the previous play, who had put the Cards on the edge of field goal range in a 35-all game. But Tre’mon Morris-Brash’s INT with 25 seconds changed all the momentum.
That is until the next snap, where Gabriel’s INT was taken to the paint for the win. Gabriel also needed assistance to get off the field after getting hit on the last play of the game following the ensuing kickoff, but his status is unknown at this time.
Both quarterbacks were near flawless for the first 59:30 of game action. Cunningham finished 23-38 for 265 yards with a passing touchdown as well as 13 carries for 99 yards and two rushing scores. Gabriel was 21-28 for 189 yards and three TD’s, but also caught one on a double pass and rushed for a score as well.
After an early injury to Knights starting running back Isaiah Bowser, sophomore Johnny Richardson filled in admirably with nine totes for 101 yards.
Central Florida now has a bye ahead of facing Navy to being conference play on October 2nd, while Louisville gets a wounded Florida State next Saturday in Tallahassee.