Six weeks into the college football season, Maryland’s opening week win over Texas looks like it will go down as one of the weirdest wins of 2018.
If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a quick refresher. The Terps beat then-No. 23 Texas, 34-29, in a wild game on Sept. 1 that included a nearly 90-minute weather delay, a record-setting day by freshman Jeshaun Jones and three turnovers on Texas’ final three possessions to seal the victory. For the second straight year, the Terps proved that Texas is still not back.
Well, at least for that week. The Longhorns haven’t lost since, and skyrocketed to No. 9 in the AP Poll this week following an epic Red River Rivalry win over then No. 7 Oklahoma. Texas’ resurgence becomes even more unexplainable when you realize it only beat Tulsa (who’s now 1-4) by a touchdown after falling to Maryland. It’s quite the formula—lose to a middling Big Ten school, struggle against a bad AAC school, then improve enough to beat a team led by Kyler Murray, who’s one of the most electrifying players in college football.
While Texas has played up to and above its potential, Maryland’s season has gone as expected except for a head-scratching 35-14 loss to Temple. In a time where the Terps aren’t within light years of most top-10 teams, they now own a win over a current one.
In other news
Linebacker Tre Watson was ejected in the third quarter for targeting, and here’s how his interpretation compares with the current rules.
BTN did a nice segment on how Derwin Gray and Damian Prince are making an impact by playing close to home.
A couple things @Teamgrayy & @HeavyGleesh enjoy:— Maryland On BTN (@MarylandOnBTN) October 7, 2018
1. Blocking for @TerpsFootball offense.
2. Making an impact in hometown.
"Our path is totally different, but, at the same time, we never forget where we come from, and how much impact we have on people around this community." pic.twitter.com/6caVM5pdff
After his comments about Jordan McNair’s death this week, Champions Club booster Rick Jaklistch didn’t travel with the team to Ann Arbor.
Men’s soccer wasn’t as lucky, falling 2-0 to No. 13 Michigan State on Friday night.
Maryland field hockey lost for the first time this season yesterday, falling 3-1 to No. 7 Penn State. However, the Terps still picked up a win this weekend, knocking off No. 15 Rutgers, 3-1, on Friday afternoon.
Former Terp DJ Moore exchanged jerseys with Saquon Barkley after Moore’s Panthers beat Barkley’s Giants Sunday afternoon.