Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Maryland Shocks No. 23 Texas, 51-41; Pigrome, Richardson Injured

Maryland Shocks No. 23 Texas, 51-41; Pigrome, Richardson Injured

Pigrome was responsible for Maryland's first two touchdowns of the game, with his 25-yard run tying the score at seven apiece and his 20-yard pass to D.J. Moore giving Maryland a 14-7 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter. Backup quarterback Kasim Hill drove the ball 52 yards down the field for a touchdown to go up 44-34. No update yet on Pigrome's status.

The Texas Longhorns were solid favorites going into their season opener against Maryland, and that's not surprising. Neither Porter (who started) nor Warren established themselves as the alpha rusher; Porter had 8 carries for 21 yards and averaged 2.6 yards per carry, Warren had 6 carries for 31 yards. One thing you can say about a game like this from Texas is you have a laundry list of items you now know can be addressed.

But, the first Texas Football offensive possession of the game proved to be the beginning of the end. It began with Maryland starting offensive tackle Derwin Gray blocking a field goal, which was returned 71 yards for a touchdown by starting safety Antoine Brooks. The Terrapins amassed 489 yards and rode the legs of junior running back Ty Johnson (132 yards) and the arm of sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome, who picked the Longhorns apart all afternoon and finished 9-for-12 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns, after his first pass of the day was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Texas had its same problems: It gave up a special-teams touchdown, it missed field goals, and its defense was battered and gave up big plays.

Texas crawled back to within 30-27 in the third quarter on a 23-yard TD pass from Buechele to Armanti Foreman and a 91-yard punt return touchdown by Reggie Hemphill-Mapps. That's when Hill took a blocked field goal and took it to the house. The Longhorns had five penalties in the first two quarters - three which directly stopped drives - and Buechele was sacked three times.

Texas now has a long list of areas to work on moving forward, and it will be up to Herman to address each as needed.

Maryland led early the fourth quarter 37-34. But Herman said there was no sign of doubt or here-we-go-again from his team after the loss.

"We're our own worst enemy right now", Herman said.

"We've got to do better", Herman said. Week 1 of the 2017 college football season is off to a insane start. Overreacting to this loss would be unwise, because the college football season is a marathon and not a sprint, but a game like this may be just what the doctor ordered for Herman and his staff. Texas now has a checklist of all of the weaknesses that were exposed in Week 1 by Maryland.

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