Texas Football loses season opener in stunning fashion

Tyrrell Pigrome passed for two touchdowns and ran for another before leaving with an injury and Maryland stunned No. 23 Texas 51-41 Saturday, spoiling new Longhorns coach Tom Herman's debut.

Texas struck first, although Hill's interception return wasn't exactly a score predicted by anyone.

Pigrome left the game late in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.

There were miscues abound on defense, including four touchdowns allowed of more than 20 yards.

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele had a good showing, but the Longhorns didn't get much help in the run game.

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.

Where to start with the list of problems unveiled for the first time in the 2017 season for Texas?

Ty Johnson carried the ball 12 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, while D.J. Moore took seven catches for 133 yards and a TD and Taivon Jacobs also caught a pass for a score in the win for Maryland.

His longest run of 25 yards was the first touchdown scored for the Terrapins.

Meanwhile, Maryland cornerback Antwaine Richardson was carted off the field on a stretcher late in the third quarter and didn't return. At one point, the Longhorns attempted a 44-yard field goal before a dose of deja vu hit like a bad headache.

The day started with such promise - a bright, sunny morning, a pick-six touchdown on the third play of the game, and the excitement over a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and new offensive and defensive schemes. Maryland had been outscored 102-0 in three previous meetings with Texas. "That shouldn't be taken away from our offense". Besides the five sacks, there were several blocking breakdowns and penalties. Jake McMillon missed a block on third down, forcing a punt. Even Connor Williams was flagged for holding - twice, on the same fourth quarter drive. The lesson being just because you change the head coach doesn't mean much once the games are played, unless you make the adjustments needed. He got 4 yards on a third-and-3 play in the third quarter. The Terrapins got a hand on junior Joshua Rowland's kick, and Maryland's Antoine Brooks returned it 71 yards to the end zone. One wide left, one blocked.

The Tom Herman homecoming celebration lasted less than half a quarter.

Texas will host San Jose State next week before preparing for a major road test in Week 3 at USC.

  • Angelo Rivera