The beginning of the Tom Herman in Texas era was not supposed to look like this.
Texas-Maryland was off the charts in terms of weirdness, with multiple blocked field goals and interceptions returned for touchdowns, seemingly every other drive. When the dust settled the Terrapins had upset the No. 23 Longhorns 51-41, as Texas was able to score at will, but couldn't shut down the Maryland offense.
These highlights are well worth a look.
The Texas defense picked up right where it left off last season, completely unable to stop their opponent on pretty much any type of play. The Longhorns allowed 263 rushing yards on 43 carries (6.1 yards per carry), and four TDs on the ground to four different Terps. And really, that wasn't the worst part.
Texas' defensive backfield looked terrible. Maryland's two quarterbacks (Tyrrell Pigrome at the beginning, and Kasim HIll late) went 12-for-15 through the air, with a few big, extremely preventable plays. The Longhorns just didn't seem willing or able to look for the ball when it was in the air. Maryland took advantage.
The Terps ran 58 offensive plays — 12 of them went for 15 yards or more.
Give credit to Maryland head coach DJ Durkin for preparing his squad to face a ranked Texas squad on the road in the season opener.
Fun fact, this was the fourth time Maryland and Texas have faced off. Not only was it the Terps' first win over the Longhorns, it was the first time they had ever scored even a single point. Maryland lost the first three matchups with Texas 42-0, 34-0, and 26-0.