Maryland’s 51-41 victory against No. 23 Texas in the season opener was filled with wild moments that probably had Maryland and Texas fans on the edge of their feet. Here are some of the top moments from Saturday’s matchup.
Maryland didn’t get off on the best start especially on offense. Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome’s first pass of the game was picked off and return for a touchdown, which gave the Longhorns a 7-0. Momentum shifted in the Terps favor Texas’ quarterback Shane Buechele threw an interception to Terps’ junior cornerback JC Jackson.
Jackson’s interception led to a 25-yard rushing touchdown by Pigrome that tied the game at 7-7. Pigrome ran for 64 yards on 11 carries.
Pigrome showcased his arm strength when he connected with junior wide receiver D.J. Moore for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Moore led the Terps with 133 receiving yards.
Texas was prepared to cut into the Terps’ 14-7 lead with a field goal early in the second quarter. However, Maryland was able to block the field goal attempt and Antoine Brooks picked up the ball and took it into the end zone.
Maryland continued to put points on the board when Pigrome threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to receiver Taivon Jacobs. Pigrome was 9-12 with 175 passing yards.
The Longhorns outscored Maryland 20-3 towards the end of the second quarter and the early parts of the third quarter. One of the biggest plays during that stretch was a 91-yard punt return by Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, which cut the deficit to 30-27.
Maryland’s running back Ty Johnson, who tallied 132 yards on the ground, was in midseason form when ran 62 yards on a kick return that set up a 40-yard touchdown.
Terps’ freshman quarterback Kasim Hill made his college debut quicker than expected when Pigrome left the game with an apparent leg injury. Hill handled the big moment as he threw a 30-yard pass to Moore, which put the Terps in the red zone.
Hill picked up his first career touchdown when he ran three yards into the end zone.