Texas falls to Maryland in season opener for second straight year

Sam Ehlinger threw an interception with under 90 seconds left to seal the win for the Terrapins


For the second consecutive season, Texas fell to Maryland in the Longhorns' season-opening game as Sam Ehlinger threw an interception with under 90 seconds left and the Terrapins held on to win 34-29 at FedEx Field.

Ehlinger, named the starter for the game over junior Shane Buchele, was 21-39 with 263 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Running back Tre Watson had 12 rushes for 52 yards in the loss.

With Maryland up 24-7, Texas tallied 22 unanswered points to secure a 29-24 lead as the fourth quarter began. The run started with Keaontay Ingram (six carries, 37 yards) rushing it in from six yards out, followed by a Maryland jet sweep in the end zone that ended in a safety.

Collin Johnson (three catches, 59 yards) caught a touchdown strike from Ehlinger, followed up Kyle Porter's two-yard rushing touchdown. The home squad finally found a response, as Tayon Fleet-Davis ran the ball in from 17 yards out to make it 31-29 in favor of Maryland.

For more than an hour, the teams were kept off the field as rain fell the Landover area. The game resumed early in the fourth quarter.

In their four fourth-quarter possessions, Texas punted once, fumbled, and threw two interceptions.

With an interim coach, Maryland pulled off the upset against a Longhorns team that was ranked 23rd in the AP Top 25 preseason poll last week.

The Longhorns are 0-2 in season openers under Herman after last season's 51-41 loss in Austin.

The Longhorns return to Austin for their home opener on Saturday when Tulsa comes to Central Texas. Their Big 12 schedule kicks off when they host TCU on Sept. 22.

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