UCF-Maryland Postgame Notes

UCF 38 (2-0) at Maryland 10 (2-1)
Sept. 23, 2017 | Maryland Stadium | Attendance: 33,289
Weather: Sunny | Temp: 84 degrees | Wind: 4 MPH from North/Northwest


  • UCF captains: Chequan Burkett, Tony Guerad, Tyler Hudanick, Tre'Quan Smith
  • Coin Toss: Maryland won toss, deferred. UCF elected to receive and defend the north end zone.
  • Saturday's contest marked the first time the Knights have played in the State of Maryland.
  • This is the second season in a row UCF has played a Big Ten team on the road. The Knights played at Michigan in 2016.
  • With today's result, the series record between the Knights and Terrapins is now tied 1-1. Both teams have won on the road.
  • Saturday marked the second win for the Knights over a Big Ten opponent.


  • Taj McGowan scored on a 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter. It was his first TD of the season and the fifth of his career.
  • McGowan score the Knights' second TD of the game on a 3-yard plunge. It marks his first career multi-touchdown game.
  • Michael Colubiale's 32-yard reception in the second quarter was his career-long.
  • Tre'Quan Smith carried the ball for a 4-yard gain in the second quarter. It was his first career rushing attempt.
  • McKenzie Milton tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Jordan Akins in the third quarter. It was Akins' second touchdown reception of the season.
  • Milton's 55-yard run in the third quarter was the fourth play of 50 yards or more this season. Milton has had a hand in each of them, three passing and his long run vs. Maryland today.


  • Maryland entered the game averaging 508 yards and 57 points per game. The Knights held the Terrapins to just 86 yards and three points in the first half.
  • Maryland failed on its first eight third-down conversion attempts against the UCF defense. The Terps' first third-down conversion came with less than four minutes left in the third period.
  • UCF also held on a key fourth-down in the first half.
  • UCF went more than four quarters without allowing a third-down conversion. The most recent third-down conversion for an opponent came with less than six minutes left in the third quarter of the FIU game.
  • Kyle Gibson's second-quarter interception was the first of his career.
  • Back-to-back sacks in the third quarter for Tony Guerad and Jamiyus Pittman were the first of the season for both defensive linemen.
  • Maryland's only touchdown drive of the game was aided by three first downs by penalty.
  • The Knights tallied 12 tackles for-loss for 45 yards, of which eight came from the defensive line.
  • Mike Hughes' interception return for a touchdown was the first for the Black and Gold since Nov. 19 of last season against Tulsa.
  • The UCF defense has scored in both games this season, including a safety in the season opener against FIU.

Special Teams

  • Matthew Wright successfully converted five PATs and a 20-yard field goal in the contest.
  • Punter Mac Loudermilk finished the afternoon with seven boots for a 37.6-yard average and a long of 49 with two downed inside the 20.