Then Maryland spoiled the Longhorns' unveiling - in an emphatic fashion.
It would be one thing if the #23 ranked Longhorns lost a close game, say 27-21, where the two sides battled back and forth and Maryland was one play better in the fourth quarter.
"It's a breakthrough for the program".
Maryland's first pass of the season was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. A 19-yard run by Pigrome to the Texas 46 set up a play-action touchdown to streaking senior wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, who missed last season with a knee injury. The offense didn't produce a touchdown until Shane Buechele connected on a 33-yard TD to Armanti Foreman midway through the third quarter. Then Texas badly muffed the ensuing kickoff and the Terrapins recovered for a chance to make it a four-touchdown game. Pigrome kept the Longhorns off balance with his runs and confident throws.
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Texas' return teams gave up big plays and the Longhorns couldn't take advantage of Maryland's second-string quarterback when the game - then only a 3-point margin - was on the line; the Terrapins turned a tight 37-34 lead into a 10-point victory. With so many problems becoming so shamefully and publicly visible on Saturday against Maryland, there is no reason to expect the Longhorns will correct everything in the course of the next week, or even two weeks.
"Why can't we get out of our own way?" Running a conventional offensive, Maryland rushed for 263 yards, getting 132 from Ty Johnson, with a lot coming between the tackles.
The Longhorns mounted a long drive that began at their 20 and ended at the Maryland 25 after senior linebacker Jalen Brooks sacked Buechele for a 2-yard loss on third-and-8. Tom Herman called it just plain weird. But Herman said there was no sign of doubt or here-we-go-again from his team after the loss.
It felt like the Longhorns might finally take control after Pigrome left the game in the third and Maryland up 37-34. They likely won't come back for a while. The Longhorns carried the ball 31 times for 98 rushing yards and just one touchdown.
Just minutes after taking the field for the very first time under Herman, the Horns stuffed the talented Maryland rushing attack on the first two running plays of the season. The Longhorns suffered from numerous same issues that hurt them when they went 5-7 season in 2016, with defensive lapses, turnovers and missed opportunities.
"That was a wild game", Durkin said.