Texas Longhorns Game 1 Recap And First Impressions
They say that the first impression is the most important part of meeting someone. Tom Herman came to Texas from the Houston Cougars, and he was looking to make an immediate impact. Or at least that’s what some media expected. However, this Longhorns team looks very similar to the ones fans have seen over the past few years.
Texas began the game with an interception return for a touchdown. Tyrone Pigrome attempted a pass in which Hilton Hill jumped on, like a magnet to metal. To go with the “good” quarterback Shane Buechele completed 34 passes out of 52 attempts. Buechele would finish the night with a 65.4 completion percentage. Oddly enough, this would come close to his young career completion percentage already. Buechele, Chris Warren, III and Kyle Porter helped the rushing attack. Between the three of them, there was 73 rushing yards total. This would end up being the majority as Texas only had 98 rushing yards overall.
Receiver Collin Johnson had himself a game with seven receptions, 125 yards, and a touchdown catch. Johnson’s longest reception would go for 32 yards. Reggie Hemphill-Mapps also had a field day compiling 69 yards off 7 receptions. Not only that, but Hemphill-Mapps would also take a punt to the end zone during the game. The Texas receiving core as a whole caught 34 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns.
This game to those who watched really seemed like a 12-round boxing championship match. Texas was batted around like a mouse in the paws of an angry cat. But, as fans saw, they kept coming. Before the end of the first half, the score would go in the favor of Maryland. The score at the half would be 30-14. And, it would get better from there. Every time Maryland would score, Texas would fight back. At one point, the Texas Longhorns had the game within three points. However, this is when the game seemed to turn. On a “4th and goal” situation, the Longhorns gambled as they attempted to make a first down. The wise decision would have been to kick a field goal and take the points. Being close to the goal line, Texas chose to go for it instead. As we all know, the decision blew up in their faces. So, along with some more bad coaching decisions, the players seemed to have trouble keeping up as well.
The Texas Longhorns would allow 219 yards passing, 263 yards rushing, and only be able to capitalize on one turnover. The Longhorns played pretty well defensively, but couldn’t hold Maryland off in the end. Another thing to note, the Longhorns might want to consider having a balanced offense. Shane Buechele is a decent quarterback, but there are other players on the team that should touch the ball. There are a lot of questions about this team after just week one. While expecting an instant turnaround for Texas is illogical and quite honestly impossible, it seemed like there were hope fans would see a change. Yes, it’s just one game. However, Texas just didn’t seem prepared.