Halftime: It’s Maryland 30, Holton Hill 14 as Texas shockingly trails

Posted September 2nd, 2017


It’s halftime.

The score: Maryland 30, Holton Hill 14.

Appropriately, Tom Herman is wearing black today.


Texas, which is an 18 1/2-point favorite, has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and new offensive and defensive schemes — but so far, it’s looking like the same offense that sputtered in Lawrence, the same defense that missed tackles and was gouged up the middle all last year and the same team that’s as sloppy in September as it was last November.

First, let’s get the good stuff out of the way: Holton Hill, the junior cornerback, is playing lights out. He returned a Maryland interception 31 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game. And in the second quarter he plucked a blocked field goal attempt in mid-air off a fortuitous bounce off the turf 65 yards for Texas’ second touchdown.

As far as positives, that’s it.

Shane Buechele is 17 of 22 for 143 yards and an interception. He nearly threw a second pick at the end of the first half, but the Maryland defensive back was out of bounds. Kyle Porter got the start at running back, Chris Warren spelled him and neither has done much — Warren has 3 carries for 13 a yards, Porter 5 for 11.

The Terrapins have outgained the Longhorns, 271-171. Outgained the Horns, 167-28. Texas has committed five penalties and two turnovers. Buechele has been sacked three times.

Texas defensive back Holton Hill (5) celebrates his interception returned for a touchdown with defensive back Kris Boyd (2) during an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, September 2, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Some first-half observations:

1. The Texas offense has not scored. It’s been two touchdowns courtesy of Hill.

2. The first quarter was all over the place — a pick-six for Texas, a new safety for Maryland, a Buechele interception, a touchdown pass and run from Terrapins quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, who’s making the defense look bad.

2. In the second quarter, the ESPN number crunchers figured out that Texas has lost 39 straight games when it’s trailed by 14 points. Then Twitter blew up when Charlie Strong’s fake Twitter account, Chuck F’n Strong, posted: “It’s like I was never fired.”

By halftime, that tweet had been liked more than 2,400 times and retweeted nearly 1,800 times.

3. Tom Herman glowed about his offensive line earlier this week, saying the group is the best O-line he’s been around this side of the 2014 Ohio State national champions. But the running backs are averaging xx yard a carry, and Patrick Vahe and Jake McMillon both let defenders blow right by them. McMillon’s error came on third down and forced a punt.

4. Several mental miscues. Besides the missed blocks, freshman running back Daniel Young botched a kickoff return and fumbled it away. Jeffrey McCulloch was flagged 15 yards for a facemask. Joshua Rowland has missed two field goals — one wide left, one blocked for a touchdown return. And he missed a wrap-up tackle on Antoine Brooks on the front end of the 71-yard return.

5. Contrary to game-week theory, Maryland quarterback Tyrell Pigrome is not a one-trick player. He can run AND throw. He’s burned the Horns for 185 total yards, including a 25-yard touchdown run and 46- and 20-yard touchdown passes.

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