UCF vs Maryland Recap: What we learned
What a difference one year makes. Last season, Maryland came to Orlando and took a double-overtime win against this same UCF team. In my preview of this game, I had pointed out some of the keys to UCF getting the victory this time around. They needed to control the line of scrimmage, protect the football and improve their running game. Not only did they accomplish this, they dominated.
During the first quarter, the Knights on offense looked like a team who hadn’t played in 23 days, but during that time the defense was flexing their muscle early. As a matter of fact, during the first quarter, they injured 2nd string QB Kasim Hill with a couple of big hits. Enter 3rd string QB Max Bortenschlager, but that defense was vicious, dominating the line of scrimmage.
Coming into this game RB Ty Johnson was averaging 15 yards per carry but UCF’s front 7 held him to 2.3 yards per on 11 attempts. Once Kasim Hill left the game you could feel the momentum swing into Central Florida’s favor as they no longer had to worry about the threat he brings to the game. As the game went on the offense looked more like the team who put up 61 on FIU as they scored 38 points in 3 quarters after being shut out in the first. On their way to dominating the game, UCF outgained Maryland 428-197.
Quotes from coach Frost about the team: “they are not celebrating like they won the Super Bowl because they came here expecting to win and got the job done.” The attention now shifts to AAC Conference play as Memphis will make their 2nd trip to Orlando to face UCF. Last time they stayed a total of 24 minutes and then flew back to Memphis because of Hurricane Irma. This time they will have to deal with the Knightmare that is UCF. If UCF plays the way they did at Maryland this week then Memphis will have their hands full.
My early prediction UCF 35- Memphis 28.