Maryland football will host UCF at home after its bye week, and it might be the Terrapins’ toughest test yet.
DJ Durkin’s team is 2-0 after a season-opening win over Texas and a Week 2 blowout of in-state FCS school Towson. Scott Frost’s UCF is 1-0 after a Week 1 win over Florida International. The Knights’ second game of the season was canceled due to Hurricane Irma, so the team has not played since Aug. 31.
Maryland vs. UCF score, game updates
Saturday was not Maryland’s day. After leading 3-0 after the first quarter, the Terrapins were out-scored 38-7 over the the final three periods, eventually falling 38-10 to UCF. The Knights dominated in every fact, gaining 428 total yards, compared to only 197 for Maryland. Terps quarterback Max Bortenschlager completed 15 of 26 passes for only 132 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interception, including a pick-six. The loss drops Maryland to 2-1 on the season.
FINAL – UCF – 38, Maryland – 10
Fourth quarter (5:10) – UCF – 38, Maryland -10: And another score for Knights, this one via their defense. Defensive back Mike Hughes picks off a pass from Max Bortenschlager and returns it 57 yards for a touchdown.
Fourth quarter (7:29) – UCF – 31, Maryland -10: The Knights’ latest score comes on a 15-yard run from running back Adrian Killins. This one might be just about over.
Fourth quarter (12:34) – UCF – 24, Maryland – 10: Maryland keeps UCF out of the end zone, but the Knights knock home a 20-yard field goal to extend their lead.
End third quarter: UCF – 21, Maryland – 10
Third quarter (2:04) – UCF – 21, Maryland 10: The Terps aren’t done yet. Max Bortenschlager connects with D.J. Moore for a 20-yard score. Forty-three minutes in, it was Maryland’s first touchdown of the day.
Third quarter (10:17) – UCF – 21, Maryland 3: McKenzie Milton finds Jordan Akins for a 6-yard touchdown pass, and the Knights now have a three-score lead.
HALFTIME: UCF 14, Maryland – 3
Second Quarter (3:49) – UCF 14, Maryland – 3: Taj McGowan bursts three yards for his second touchdown of the game, extending the Knights’ lead, with minutes to play before halftime.
Second Quarter (6:48): Maryland kicker Henry Darmstadter misses a 34-yard field goal, failing to bring the Terps within a point. The first half has not gone as planned for D.J. Durkin’s team.
Second Quarter (13:42) – UCF 7 Maryland 3: The Knights respond to the earlier Maryland field goal, going ahead on a one-yard touchdown run by running back Taj McGowan.
First Quarter (3:58) – Maryland 3, UCF 0: The Terps take advantage of a short field, and take an early lead with a Darmstadter 34-yard field goal.
First Quarter (8:03): UCF and Maryland trade punts to open the game. We’re still scoreless early on here, and UCF has the ball at their own six-yard line.
First Quarter (15:00): Kickoff, UCF has the ball to start this one.
Maryland-UCF details: Game time, details
Game time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: College Park, Md.
Weather: High of 84, partly cloudy
The line: Maryland -4
What TV channel is Maryland-UCF on?
The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
How can I watch Maryland-UCF online?
FOXSportsGo has it. Here’s a link directly to where it’ll be streaming.
Where to listen to Maryland-UCF on the radio
Tune in to 105.7FM in Baltimore, 980AM in D.C. and Sirius channel 83.
Maryland-UCF game preview
Maryland traveled to Florida and topped UCF in overtime on a Tyrrell Pigrome run last season. At the time, UCF seemed to be a team undergoing a long rebuild under Frost, then a first-year coach. Later in 2016, it became apparent that was not the case. Maryland finished 87th in Bill Connelly’s S&P+, while UCF ended as No. 75.
Three keys to the game:
- Maryland has one of the best ground games in the country through Week 3. Ty Johnson is out to a ridiculous start this season, averaging 15.1 yards per carry, which is three yards more than the next-best mark. But everyone gets in on the action in Maryland’s backfield. Lorenzo Harrison is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, but his success last season is reason to think that will go up. QB Kasim Hill ran for 41 yards on just 5 carries against Towson, and WR D.J. Moore took his only carry of the season for a 21-yard touchdown.
- How will UCF look in its first football game in three weeks? The Knights have had to deal with so many things that aren’t football in the past few weeks. “We’re just excited to play again. I don’t know the state of our team very well, other than how we’re practicing because of unfortunate circumstances, but our guys are excited to play,” Frost said on Monday, according to The Washington Post. “We certainly put their safety at the forefront of all the decisions that were made and the kids are upset that they had to miss some time, but they’re looking forward to playing again.”
- Maryland’s freshman quarterback has his first start against a non-FCS team. Kasim Hill looked great against Towson in Week 2. The problem with that is Towson is not on the same level as any team Maryland will play for the rest of the season. It’s hard to draw anything definitive from his performance against Texas, either, when he was 4-for-4 for 44 yards through the air. None of this is his fault. Hill has done well when he’s had the chance. It’s just impossible to know how he will look against a tougher defense. And UCF provides a tougher defense.