Unranked Maryland Upends No. 23 Texas, Spoiling a Coach's Debut

Predictions for the Texas football season, beat writers talk Longhorns backfield

Predictions for the Texas football season, beat writers talk Longhorns backfield

The second year of the D.J. Durkin era at Maryland got off to a good start Saturday, as the Terrapins defeated No. 23 Texas 51-41 in Austin.

The injury to Pigrome, who was helped off the field, late in the third quarter led to the insertion of Hill, the much-hyped four-star recruit from St. John's College High in Washington.

Maryland (1-0) led 27-7 in the second quarter, and then held off a Texas rally to snap a 17-game losing streak to ranked opponents, the third-longest streak among Power 5 conference teams.

Special teams gaffes and a defense unable to seize momentum were crippling for Texas (Maryland recovered a kickoff fumble and returned a blocked field goal for a score - although, so did Texas), but the offense was the most disappointing part of the Texas effort on Saturday.

Pigrome ran 25 yards for Maryland's first touchdown, hit D.J. Moore for a 20-yard score and found Tavion Jacobs on a 46-yard TD pass in the first half.

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They kept numbers behind the ball and waited to hit on the counter, and found some success in doing so in the opening half-hour. Going forward, the USA looked to counter quickly through Pulisic, but the teenager rarely had support.

Jefferson, who led Texas with nine tackles and delivered a punishing block on Reggie Hemphill-Mapes' 91-yard punt return, has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard way too much. Hill converted a third-and-19 pass before running 3 yards for the crucial touchdown.

With that, the elation over Herman's hiring and enthusiasm about his capacity for restoring Texas to its rightful place atop the Power 5 hierarchy had given way to the sad realization that maybe this is going to be more hard than expected.

Ty Johnson added 132 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Terrapins, who outgained Texas 482-473 despite running just 58 plays to 84 for the Longhorns.

Texas drove again, reaching the Maryland 12 before a holding penalty pushed the Longhorns back to the 29. Hill scored with 7:36 left to put Maryland up 10, and the Terps never looked back. For Texas, it's a devastating home loss in Tom Herman's first game as the Horns' head coach. A 44-yard field goal by Joshua Rowland was blocked by junior Derwin Gray and returned 71 yards for a touchdown by sophomore Antoine Brooks. The Maryland Terrapins came back on the very next drive.

The third quarter might have been even wilder, featuring three touchdowns in three minutes. With Maryland leading 37-34 in the fourth quarter, Buechele was sacked on fourth down at midfield after Texas decided not to punt and potentially pin the Terrapins deep in their own territory. It was more the kind of performance you would expect from a quarterback coached by Herman.