Coming into their season-opening game, the Maryland football team was not given much of a chance by anyone.
Playing on the road against No. 23 Texas, the Terrapins set out to prove the nay-sayers wrong, and they did. The Terps marched to Austin an snatched a 51-41 win despite numerous obstacles.
Coach D.J. Dunkin commented after the game that he had “never seen a game with that many non-offensive scores”.
Both teams combined to score four touchdowns on special teams and defense. Texas started the game with an interception returned for a touchdown, and laster added a blocked field goal and 91-yard punt return for six points.
Maryland also had a blocked field goal that they returned for a touchdown.
The defensive side of the ball was Maryland’s strong point, as they held the Texas offense scoreless until there was 7:20 left in the third quarter. Linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr set the tone from the start with a massive sack that left Texas on their own one yard line.
Maryland had to power through so much adversity in the second half, as injuries tried to ravage their momentum. First, ccornerback Antwaine Richardson took a hit on defense and had to be carted off due to a neck/spine injury. Texas would score immediately after that, leaving the Terps to try and fight back.
It was soon on offense that quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome would go down with a non-contact leg injury. The extent of his injury is unknown, but he was walking around on the sideline with just a limp.
This threw true freshman Kasim Hill onto the field to lead Maryland to victory.
Pigrome left the game after going 9-of-12 with 175 yards and two touchdowns passing, while also adding 64 yards and a score on the ground. Hill came in went 3-of-3 with 44 passing yards and 14 yards on the ground and a touchdown that put the nail in the coffin.
Running back Ty Johnson continued right where he started off last season, racking up 132 yards on 12 carries, including a 40-yard touchdown. Maryland fans also should be pleased with wideout D.J. Moore, who had 7 catches for 133 yards and a score.
This win marked Maryland’s first against a ranked team since 2010, ending what was the third longest active streak by a Power 5 team. It was also their first on the road since 2008 against Clemson.