After facing a tumultuous offseason, Maryland football kicked off its 2018 campaign with a 34-29 win over No. 23 Texas on Saturday at FedEx Field. The Terps were the only unranked team to knock off a ranked opponent on opening weekend.
With the win, the Terps briefly get a reprieve from the turmoil that’s followed the team since Jordan McNair’s death. Maryland weathered multiple comebacks and a rain delay to come out victorious and sweep the home-and-home against the Longhorns.
This game caught the attention of college football Twitter, so we dedicate some time on Labor Day to revel a little in the disdain of Texas fans. The victory was just the second time Maryland has beat a ranked opponent since 2011. The only other win: also over Texas to open the 2017 season.
Maryland is 2-22 against ranked teams since 2011. Both wins come against Texas.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 1, 2018
Texas joins an exclusive club of teams that Maryland has beat twice since 2015. Come on down Longhorns, Rutgers is happy to welcome you.
Teams Maryland has beaten twice since 2015:— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) September 1, 2018
There were also a lot of salty Texas fans after the game ...
When are y'all gonna stop getting excited for Texas Football when we're obviously a volleyball school pic.twitter.com/WwCkaSSY2n— Caucasian Nature Boy (@leftynick96) September 1, 2018
When you pick Texas for the College Football Playoff but they lose to Maryland week 1 pic.twitter.com/xCLutzI8fS— Barstool Big 12 (@BarstoolBig12) September 2, 2018
No— Is Texas Back? (@IsTexasBackYall) September 1, 2018
... and a bunch of elated Maryland fans (and players) happy to rub in the win.
This might not be the content you want, but it's the content you deserve and the content you are getting pic.twitter.com/D1ne6MYTeo— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) September 1, 2018
2 peat— Damian Prince (@HeavyGleesh) September 1, 2018
Maryland as a program still has a lot to figure out regarding coaches and personnel, but as of now, the Terps are 1-0. It will probably be a while before Texas schedules another series with Maryland.
In other news
There’s so much to talk about with this win. Here are some takeaways from the game.
The Terps opened the game by lining up with just 10 players to honor McNair and took a delay of game. Texas declined the penalty.
True freshman receiver Jeshaun Jones had an astounding start to his collegiate career, scoring a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown on his first three offensive touches.
Cornerback Tino Ellis was named to the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week, graded as the top cornerback and third-best defensive player, from InsideMDSports.
After a strong opening weekend, volleyball swept the Akron Invitational to push its record to 5-1.
After playing three-time reigning champions Stanford to a scoreless draw at Ludwig Field, the Terps will try to score their first goal of the season against No. 7 Virginia at the brand new Audi Field.
The Mystics forced a do-or-die Game Five against the Atlanta Dream, as former Terp Kristi Toliver dropped 22 points in a series-tying win on Sunday. Washington could advance to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history with a win on Tuesday, from Pete Volk for Swish Appeal.
Want to relive Maryland’s second straight win over Texas? Here’s Amy Jennings’ recap from FedEx Field.
Maryland only seems to be good at two things right now: crab cakes and beating Texas. There’s a shirt for that.