Texas loses to Maryland in Tom Herman's debut

Florida quarterback Malik Zaire is sacked by Michigan safety Khaleke Hudson in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Sept. 2 2017 in Arlington Texas

Then Chuck F'n Strong - Charlie Strong's fake Twitter account - posted: "It's like I was never fired". Or 2015. Or 2014.

This was Texas' first game under new head coach Tom Herman, who came to Austin after two successful seasons at Houston. There were missed opportunities on offense, there were defensive issues stopping runs up the middle, the secondary gave up chunk plays, there were costly penalties and there was a general malaise of not being able to sustain drives. And, potentially crushing to the fragile psyche of Texas Longhorns football players who have suffered through three straight losing seasons.

Herman appropriately was wearing black. A embarrassing home loss was certainly not what Herman was expecting - or the result expected from him.

Why Texas lost: See above.

Moore caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown. McSorley also ran for a touchdown. The sophomore turned a Buechele interception into a five-play scoring drive, and his touchdown pass capped a three-play, 74-yard drive.

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold right is sacked by Western Michigan defensive lineman Eric Assoua during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Sept. 2 2017 in Los Angeles
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Their most egregious error was a blocked field goal of their own returned 71 yards for a touchdown by Maryland's Antoine Brooks early in the second quarter. At one point, the Longhorns attempted a 44-yard field goal before a dose of deja vu hit like a bad headache.

The wild game featured three special teams' touchdowns, two of those by the Longhorns, and another score by Texas on an interception return. The Terps moved the ball to the Texas 38 before getting pushed back to the 47.

Buechele drove the Horns to midfield and had a third and short situation. They each ran for a first down.

In Tampa, Fla., Quinton Flowers threw for 186 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to help South Florida shrug off a slow start.

To offset the unexpected, Tyrrell Pigrome passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 yards and another score for Maryland (1-0) before suffering a knee injury late in the third quarter. Greene's 50-yard field goal try wasn't even close. At the end of the third, the Terps were up three, 37-34. Buechele was stopped for no gain. 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. Texas added a touchdown pass to Collin Johnson late. Take away that one play and he had four grabs for 24 yards. The only problem with this is there was 7:20 remaining in the third quarter. One wide left, one blocked. After hosting Mountain West foe San José State in a week, the Longhorns travel to USC for a battle pitting two national heavyweights but, as we learned Saturday, only one serious national title contender. Tom Herman called it just plain weird.

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