Kasim Hill passed for 222 yards and a touchdown, and Jeshaun Jones had scores in different manners in each of his first three touches as Maryland outlasted No. 21 Texas 34-29 on Saturday afternoon in the season-opener for both teams at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
It was the second straight year the unheralded Terrapins beat a ranked Texas team to begin the season.
The game was delayed for 1 hour and 26 minutes by a severe thunderstorm and lightning with 14:25 to play.
Jones, Maryland’s true freshman wide receiver, had an afternoon to remember in his first collegiate game, running 28 yards for a touchdown, catching a 65-yard pass for another, and passing 20 yards to Tavion Jacobs for a third, with scoring plays coming on his first three touches of the game.
The Longhorns had a 39-yard TD pass from Sam Ehlinger to Devin Devernay in which Devernay fully extended on the dead run to snag the football.
Ehlinger finished 21 of 39 for 263 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions. The Longhorns turned over the ball on their final three possessions in the game.
Down 24-7, true freshman Keaontay Ingram got the Longhorns back in the game with 5-yard scoring run with 6:51 to play before halftime at the end of a six-play, 69-yard drive.
Maryland then handed Texas two-points on a safety when the ball was dropped on a flawed jet sweep in the end zone with the intended ball carrier, Jake Funk, falling on the loose football before the Longhorns’ defense could get to it but still allowing Texas to within 24-16.
A 22-yard TD pass from Ehlinger to Collin Johnson allowed Texas to cut the Terrapins’ lead to 24-22 at halftime.
Kyle Porter rumbled into the end zone from 2 yards out early in the third quarter to grant the Longhorns their first lead of the season, at 29-24, with 4:14 to play in the third.
Texas returns home to face Tulsa, Southern Cal and TCU the next three weeks.
–Field Level Media