The Maryland Terrapins upset the 23rd ranked Texas Longhorns 34-29 much to the delight of the home crowd at FedEx Field, home of the crosstown Washington Redskins.
It was the second straight opening-season win for the Terrapins (1-0) over a ranked Texas team.
The game was an emotional and uplifting win for Maryland as the players have been dealing with the loss of teammate Jordan McNair who passed away tragically as a result of heat stroke suffered during Spring practice.
They have also been burdened with a story written by ESPN that the football program has a “toxic culture” which may have contributed to McNair’s death.
As a result of the story Coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave and the University Board of Regents has appointed a task force to investigate the ESPN reports.
The Terrapin football players have dedicated the season to McNair. The captains of the team carried his number 79 jersey as they met with the Longhorns at midfield before the start of the game.
There was also a moment of silence in his honor to start the game and players had a number 79 sticker on their helmets.
In a very emotional tribute to start the game, the players decided to run their first offensive play with only ten men on the field.
Texas graciously declined the delay-of-game penalty as interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada allowed his players to honor their fallen friend.
The Terps also entered the field with a big number 79 flag that was waved in McNair’s honor during and after the game.
The offensive star of the game was Maryland’s JeShaun Jones who incredibly scored a touchdown the first three times he possessed the football.
He ran for a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass and caught a touchdown pass from Terrapins quarterback Kasim Hill who finished the game 17 of 29 for 222 yards and one touchdown.
Maryland jumped out to a 24-7 lead but a tough Texas team rallied for 15 second quarter points as the Terps took a 24-22 lead into the break.
The Longhorns took their first lead of the game at 29-24 with 4:14 to go in the third quarter.
The Terps responded with a 17-yard touchdown run from Tayon Fleet-Davis to retake the lead at 31-29 with 14:25 to play in the game.
Right after that score the game was stopped due to lightning in the area which resulted in an hour and a half delay.
After the weather delay Maryland added an 18-yard field goal by kicker Joseph Petrino to take a 34-29 lead with 6:50 to go.
Texas had opportunities to win but was stymied by three turnovers after the delay.
Their final drive to win the game ended with an interception by Terps linebacker Antoine Brooks Jr.
His diving grab sealed the satisfying win for Maryland as the team jumped for joy at their victory which as Canada said was a “win for Jordan.”
Fleet-Davis led the Terps in rushing with 31 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.
Taivon Jacobs was their leading receiver with five catches good for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Jones finished the game with a 28-yard touchdown run, a 65-yard scoring reception and a 20-yard touchdown pass in his college debut. He finished with 121 total yards.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 21 for 39 for 263 yards. He had two interceptions and two touchdowns.
The Longhorns were led by Lil’Jordan Humphrey who had six catches for 82 yards and Tre Watson who carried the ball 12 times for 52 yards in a losing effort for the (0-1) Longhorns.