UCF Dominates In Win Over Maryland With No Signs Of Rust

The UCF Knights went on the road and took out Maryland with ease by the final score of 38-10 to get their second win of the season.

The story leading up to the game was whether the Knights would have trouble getting off the rust after not playing for almost three weeks and the Knights answered the call and dominated the entire game.

UCF started the game having to punt the ball a couple of times and looked slow on the offensive side of the ball.

But then everything began to click after Maryland’s starting quarterback, Kasim Hill went down with what looked to be a knee injury in the middle of the first quarter. That gave the Knights a ton of momentum on both sides of the ball.

They attacked Maryland by putting the running game down their throats and Maryland couldn’t do anything about it.

The Knights combined for 250 yards on 39 attempts. That’s an average of 6.4 yards per carry. They also combined for three rushing touchdowns.

Both Adrian Killins and Taj McGowan were the focal points in the running game, as they both combined for 79 yards and all three rushing TDs.

Central Florida running back Taj McGowan, center, rushes for a touchdown past Maryland linebackers Jermaine Carter Jr., left, and Shane Cockerille, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Also pictured is Central Florida offensive lineman Aaron Evans (66). Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky.

UCF Quarterback McKenzie Milton had a big day using his legs. He had 94 of the 250 rushing yards including a big 55-yard run in the third quarter.

Milton also had a good day in the passing game, going 18/30, 178 yards, one touchdown, and no turnovers.

Defensively, the Knights made it a “Knightmare” for Maryland to run their offense especially after Hill went down with the injury. Maryland had to put in their third string QB, Max Bortenschlager after losing their starter in the season opener against Texas.

Bortenschlager had no chance, as the pressure of the Knights defense forced him to turn the ball three times, two interceptions and one fumble.

The Knights also sacked Bortenschlager five times and only allowed Maryland to run for only 42 yards for the entire game.

The defense was huge for the Knights and was a big part of their dominating effort today.

However, there is one negative that happened to the Knights that you need to keep a close eye on.

Running Back Jawon Hamilton looked to suffer a dislocated ankle in the early part of the game; he couldn’t even put any pressure on it as he had to be carried to the sideline. That would be a significant loss this early in the season.

However, with the win against Maryland, the Knights are now 2-0 in this young season and will be heading back to Orlando tomorrow and will begin preparations against Memphis, which got rescheduled after being canceled early on.