UCF dominates Maryland on the road

Written by Garin Turner
​The UCF Knights (2-0) made their return to the football field for the first time in two weeks in dominating fashion, beating the Maryland Terrapins (2-1) 38-10 in their first road game of the season. This was the first time UCF has played in the state of Maryland.

Maryland came into the contest ranked second in the nation in scoring at 57 points per game while averaging 508 yards of offense, including 315 yards on the ground. The Knights defense held the Terrapins to 197 yards of total offense and only 42 yards on the ground. The Knights had 12 tackles-for-losses for 45 yards. Senior defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman led the way with two of the Knights five sacks. UCF also forced two Maryland turnovers both interceptions by junior defensive back Kyle Gibson and junior defensive back Mike Hughes who returned his interception 57 yards for a touchdown. Maryland only made it into UCF territory five times in the game.

The UCF offense scored on a nine play, 55-yard drive that was capped off by a one yard run by Taj McGowan for its first score of the day which came in the second quarter. McGowan scored again later on a three-yard run that capped off an 80-yard drive to make the game 14-3 UCF. UCF carried 39 yards as a team for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback McKenzie Milton had a busy day throwing and running the ball for UCF. Milton was 18 of 30 for 178 yards and a touchdown. He was the leading rusher for the Knights carrying the ball six times for 94 yards. Tight End Jordan Akins had three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown to led all UCF receivers.

The Knights return home next Saturday for their American Athletic Conference opener against Memphis at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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