Unlike Florida State, who was upset at home Saturday, and Miami, who struggled throughout their game with Toledo, UCF came out sharp on the road and blew out Maryland
Playing for the first time since August 31st, the Knights took a 14-3 lead on a pair of short Taj McGowan TD runs. Their defense held a Maryland rushing attack that had been tremendous in their two wins over Texas and Towson in check throughout the day.
Then, to start the third quarter, UCF QB McKenzie Milton capped an 82 yard scoring drive with a six yard TD pass to Jordan Akins, as the Knights built a 21-3 lead.
This was particularly impressive, after UCF had their previous two games and multiple practices cancelled or disrupted by Hurricane Irma.
The Terps, who were coming off an off week themselves, finally showed something late in the third, when their top receiver D.J. Moore hauled in a 20 yard score from QB Max Bortenschiager. That capped an 82 yard drive of their own and got them back in the game briefly at 21-10.
But, UCF dominated the fourth quarter with two more scoring drives building the lead back to 31-10 and then, got this sealing play on defense to end it:
UCF did not Fear the Turtle. pic.twitter.com/O0qKvAXaBh
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 23, 2017
Mike Hughes 57 yard pick six provided the final margin of 38-10, and gave second year head coach Scott Frost arguably the biggest road win of his young career on the road.
Milton was the top offensive star throwing 18-30 for 178 yards and the touchdown. He also carried it six times for an impressive 94 yards to lead the Knights in rushing.
We mentioned UCF’s run defense? Maryland’s Ty Hill, who had racked up over 200 yards in their first two wins and was averaging 15 yards per carry coming in, had just four yards at the half. He finished with 25 yards on 11 carries and the Terps as a team had only 42 yards rushing for the game.
UCF’s win sets up their make-up conference opening game with Memphis back at home next Saturday night.