McNair Honored With Moment of Silence, Empty Spot on Field for 1st Offensive Play
Team captains Brett Kulka and Taivon Jacobs return to the sidelines after bringing teammate Jordan McNair’s No. 79 jersey out to midfield for the coin toss. (Photos by Greg Fiume/Maryland Athletics)
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.”
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