AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Tyrrell Pigrome passed for two touchdowns and ran for another before leaving with an injury and Maryland stunned No. 23 Texas 51-41 Saturday, spoiling new Longhorns coach Tom Herman's debut.
"I'm proud of our guys for how they hung tough and fought through adversity," said head coach DJ Durkin. "There was a lot of adversity in that game. We started not only the game, but not only our season with a pick six going the other way and just there wasn't, no one flinched on the side. There wasn't anyone who panicked, flinched. It was like, ‘Okay, let's keep going about our business,’ and that was kind of the mentality throughout the whole game. So very proud of that, happy about that. That's a big step for us."
Pigrome had to be helped off late in the third quarter after twisting his knee, but freshman Kasim Hill came in and led two crucial fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
Maryland (1-0) led 27-7 in the second quarter, and then held off a Texas rally to snap a 17-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
The Longhorns scored three non-offensive touchdowns: an interception return and blocked kick return by Holton Hill and a 91-yard punt return by Reggie Hemphill-Mapps. But those highlights couldn't deliver a win for Herman, who was brought from Houston to replace Charlie Strong after three straight losing seasons. Texas had its same old problems, giving up a special teams touchdown, missed field goals and a defense that was physically battered all game and give up big plays.
Shane Buechele passed for 375 yards for Texas (0-1).
The Terps pounded Texas on the line of scrimmage with an impressive running game and rolled up 263 yards rushing in a huge road win for second-year coach DJ Durkin.
The Terrapins will host Towson Saturday at noon at Maryland Stadium at Capital One Field. Season tickets are now on sale. The Terrapin Ticket Office will be open Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or visit online here.