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


The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .