For the second straight Labor Day weekend, Maryland football exited Saturday with a win over the Texas Longhorns, this time 34-29.
After the win, interim head coach Matt Canada, starting quarterback Kasim Hill and senior receiver Taivon Jacobs spoke to the media.
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“Tremendous win by our players,” Canada said to open the press conference. “Just a tremendous job. It was a back-and-forth game. Great credit to Texas, a very good football team. Obviously we jumped out on them early and they came back. We made some mistakes and did some things that didn’t go quite as well as we wanted them to go.
“Obviously, great credit to our players for hanging in there, doing everything they had to do to win the football game. I just can’t say enough about our players, everything they’ve been through and they way they’ve stuck together.”
It was an emotionally charged day. It’s the first game the Terps have played since the death of their teammate, Jordan McNair. In a way, this game was always going to be played for him. Maryland had already announced a handful of ways the players and the team would honor McNair this year and for years to come, but the Terps went beyond that Saturday.
On the first play of the game, they took the field without a right guard and incurred a delay of game penalty. Texas declined. A 79 flag was flying on Maryland’s sideline all day, and his jersey was carried out to midfield for the coin toss.
“It was a great way to honor Jordan,” Canada said of the win. “We presented the game ball to Jordan’s locker. We’re going to put it in his locker and we’ll give it to his parents on senior day. This was a win for Jordan.”