LANDOVER – After an offseason filled with scandals and off-the-field tragedies, the Maryland Terrapins football team finally had the opportunity to change the narrative through their play.
And they succeeded. In a back-and-forth battle against No. 23 University of Texas, Maryland scored the game’s final 10 points to come away with their second straight victory over the Longhorns, 34-29, on Sept. 1 at FedExField.
The Terrapins took an early 24-7 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to the play of freshman wide receiver Jeshaun Jones.
The Fort Myers, Florida native, scored the game’s opening points after a 28-yard run on the first carry of his college career. After receiving a Kasim Hill pass for a 65-yard touchdown, Jones threw to a diving Taivon Jacobs for Maryland’s third score of the game.
Both teams traded momentum swings with Texas taking over the lead after a two-yard touchdown run by junior Kyle Porter with less than five minutes remaining. Potomac High School grad and sophomore running back Tayon Fleet-Davis fought off three tacklers to score his first rushing touchdown of the season and giving Maryland the lead back early in the fourth quarter.
Three straight turnovers thwarted Texas’s attempts of a comeback in their final drives in the game.
With 1:04 remaining, sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s attempted downfield pass that was intercepted off by DuVal High School alum Antoine Brooks Jr. to give the Terrapins their second victory over a ranked opponent.
Maryland dedicated the game, and their whole 2018 season, to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died on June 13 after collapsing during a spring workout on May 29. Players work a No. 79 sticker on their helmets and carried around a red flag adorned with McNair’s jersey number during the pre and postgame festivities.
The Terrapins will travel to Ohio to take on Bowling Green on Sept. 8 before their Sept. 15 home opener against Temple.
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