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Maryland Looks to Defeat Texas in Opener for Second Straight Year
Game photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics; press conference photo by John T. Consoli
Maryland opens its 126th season of football at noon Saturday at FedEx Field as it looks to pick up its second straight season-opening victory over the No. 23 Texas Longhorns. It marks Texas’ first trip to the East Coast to face the Terrapins since the teams played each other in College Park in 1960.
Maryland is dedicating its season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died in June, 15 days after collapsing at a team workout. Initiatives to honor McNair's life include wearing a “79” decal on helmets and a moment of silence prior to this weekend’s game.
“Our players did a tremendous job of focusing on each other, focusing on sticking together, continuing to think about, talk about and find different ways to play for Jordan,” interim head coach Matt Canada said in a press conference yesterday. “That’s something our entire program is doing, and we’re very proud of the way our players are handling that.”
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