04 Sep



Disappointed by loss to Maryland, Longhorns focused on building program for long-term success

After a season-opening home loss to Maryland, the Texas Longhorns will try to even their record Saturday when San Jose State comes to Austin (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the Texas football team’s rebuilding efforts won’t be a quick fix either. But knowing those parameters tempered little as the Longhorns’ 51-41 loss to Maryland was a shock to the team’s fans, and even more so to new Texas coach Tom Herman and his staff.

The Longhorns got two special teams touchdowns and another score on an interception return, passed for 375 yards and still lost to a Maryland team that is picked to finish fifth in the Big 10 Conference’s six-team Eastern Division.

“Obviously it was not the result that any of us expected or anticipated, or


Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .