Maryland football lost their first real test against the UCF Knights Saturday, 38-10. Terps football quarterback Kasim Hill left early to an injury with his playing future this season is in question.
In a time where Maryland football needed to come together and fight through adversity after losing another Quarterback, they failed to show resiliency. D.J. Durkin in his opening remarks at the post-game press conference gave credit to the UCF Knights, and the spoke on the Terps mishandling of adversity.
"Give credit to UCF. They’re a good ball club and they were prepared, played well and made the plays to win the game. Our guys as a team – I think – did not handle adversity well. I think so far this year in the three games we played we had adversity and had handled it. But now we had adversity and we didn’t. It certainly showed when you’re playing a good team like that. It was in all aspects of the game and it was all different guys. It was all over.That’s part of our game. When someone goes down the next guy comes in but it’s also about the guys around them to step up and elevate their level of play. We did not do that today and that’s why you saw the score you saw."
UCF outscored the Terps in total offense 428 yards to the Terps 197. Both teams had 18 first downs apiece and time of possession was nearly identical, but UCF again had the edge there as well. UCF head coach Scott Frost, in the win, spoke about Kasim Hill’s injury and how it impacted the game.
"I’m broken-hearted for them, and Kasim. He’s going to be a great player. To see anybody go down on a football field isn’t what you want to see. That certainly took the wind out of their sails. We had a couple guys go down too, we’ll evaluate and see how serious it is. It’s just heartbreaking to see college football players or any football players get injured on the field. Our thoughts and prayers will be with him."
Now having lost two quarterbacks, the Terps only have a few true quarterbacks on the roster in Bortenschlager, Ryan Brand (Former Air Force quarterback and preferred walk-on at Maryland) and Legend Brumbaugh.
Bortenschlager finished the game with 132 yards on 15 completed passes, a touchdown, and two interceptions. With D.J. Moore’s sole touchdown Saturday, he now has 13 career receiving touchdowns and is tied for fifth all-time in Maryland program history in that category.
How long Maryland will be without Kasim Hill now is going to be known sometime soon but given the fact that Hill wasn’t able to walk off the field under his power could spell trouble.
Now it’s up to the rest of the team that they can handle adversity throughout the remainder of this season. Losing two quarterbacks is a lot to overcome for the Maryland Terrapins football program but what defines a football team is how they bounce back from adversity.
The Maryland football schedule puts the Terps on the road next week to take on the Minnesota Gophers Sept. 30 with a noon kickoff. Fox Sports 1 will air the Big Ten matchup.