Trysten Hill, defensive line displayed dominance against Maryland

Brandon Helwig, Publisher
UCF Sports

The biggest takeaway from UCF's 38-10 win at Maryland? The dominating defense.

The Terrapins did lose their quarterback early to injury, but the defensive line in particular controlled the line of scrimmage throughout, accounting for five sacks and effectively shutting down a Maryland team that came into the game as one of the nation's leaders in rushing.

"As a defense, we feel really good about it, especially as a defensive line," Trysten Hill said on Monday. "Holding a team to 42 rushing yards and making them one-dimensional is a huge win for us. Those guys came in averaging over 300 yards on the ground. Ty Johnson was averaging 15 yards a carry. That was a really big win for us."

While the blowout win did turn some heads, Hill stressed they're not letting it get to theirs. Maryland might be in a more traditional conference, but Hill sees it as a game they should have won anyway.

"Honestly, that's what we're trying to stay away from," he said. "A lot of the culture keepers, the leaders on the team, are making it prevalent that (prior Maryland opponents) Texas wasn't at the Texas level and Towson wasn't one of the best teams, so us beating Maryland, it was a statement, they're Big Ten and stuff like that, but we're just getting ready to play the next game. We understand we can do that week after week after week and that's what we're preparing for."

This week's opponent, Memphis, features a potent offense led by quarterback Riley Ferguson. A couple weeks back they upset then-No. 25 UCLA, then eeked out a closer-than-expected 44-31 victory against Southern Illinois this past weekend.

"(The key is) stopping the run and making their QB be a QB," Hill said. "That's what we're focusing on as a defensive line. You don't want to let a team run all over you. We're looking to do what we've been doing the last two games."

Hill is also looking forward to playing a home game for the first time in a month.

"I like to play in front of the fans," Hill said. "I live for the fans. I like to be entertainment on the field. I'm excited for the students to come out. I'm excited for us to be at home where we're comfortable not having to get on that plane."

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