Terps Come Back to Top #23 Texas, 34–29
McNair Honored With Moment of Silence, Empty Spot on Field for 1st Offensive Play
Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34–29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday, shaking off a lengthy weather delay to give Matt Canada a satisfying victory in his debut at the Terrapins' interim coach.
After blowing a 24–7 lead, Maryland forced three turnovers in the final 6:09 and scored the game's final 10 points to stun the Longhorns in the opener for the second year in a row.
Maryland has dedicated its season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died in June, 15 days after collapsing from heatstroke during a team workout. The Terrapins paid tribute to McNair by lining up with 10 players on their first offensive play of the game. Maryland waited for a delay of game to be called, and Texas declined the penalty in a show of sportsmanship.
Maryland players wore a sticker with No. 79 on their helmets and emerged from the tunnel with one of his former teammates carrying a red flag, also emblazoned with McNair's number. In addition, there was a moment of silence before the game.
“I just can't say enough about our players, everything they've been through and the way they stuck together," Canada said. "It was a great way to honor Jordan. This was a win for Jordan. We're certainly proud of our team, proud of our program.”