DALLAS (FWAA) – After an emotional
offseason, the Maryland Terrapins
rallied through a fourth quarter deficit and a long weather delay by scoring the game’s final 10 points
to upset Texas, 34-29, in Landover, Md. The win gave interim
head coach Matt Canada
his first victory as the Terps earned
the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor
for the extended opening weekend of the 2018 season.
This is the first time for Maryland (1-0) to win the honor in the award’s
17-year history. The announcement came on "Off Campus with
Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during
the season, the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will be unveiled
during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET. The FWAA's
All-America Committee selects the weekly winner and all Division
I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
Freshman wide receiver Jeshaun Jones ran for a score, threw another
and caught a 65-yard touchdown pass – all in the first half of his
first career game. No player in the last 20 years has accomplished
that feat in his debut. After squandering a 24-7 lead, Maryland
forced three turnovers in the final six minutes to secure the win.
Quarterback Kasim Hill was 17-for-29 for 222 yards and led a go-ahead
79-yard scoring drive that put Maryland up 31-29 with 14:25 remaining.
A potential thunderstorm then caused an 86-minute delay, and after
the stoppage the three turnovers halted any Texas comeback.
Maryland has dedicated its season to offensive lineman Jordan
McNair. The Terrapins paid tribute to McNair, who passed away following
a summer training session, by lining up with 10 players on their
first offensive play. The team waited for a delay of game to be
called, a penalty that Texas declined in a show of sportsmanship.
Maryland players also wore a No. 79 sticker on their helmets.
"I just can't say enough about our players, everything they've
been through and the way they stuck together," Canada said. "It
was a great way to honor Jordan. This was a win for Jordan. We're
certainly proud of our team, proud of our program."
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 1 were:
• Cincinnati (1-0): Running back Michael Warren
II rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Bearcats
spoiled the UCLA coaching debut of Chip Kelly with a 26-17 win
in the Rose Bowl. Cincinnati’s Cortez Broughton forced a fumble
that UCLA recovered in its end zone for a tie-breaking safety
with 9:45 left, and Warren’s third touchdown run with 1:44 remaining
sealed the game. The Bearcats’ had five sacks and eight tackles-for-loss.
• LSU (1-0): The Tigers rolled to a
33-3 lead entering the fourth quarter and won a prime-time matchup
between ranked opponents, 33-17 over Miami. Nick Brossette ran
for 125 yards on 22 carries and broke the game open early with
a 50-yard scoring run. Quarterback Joe Burrow led the Tigers
to six scoring drives without a turnover in his first start
and Cole Tracy made all four of his field goal attempts and
tied a school record with a 54-yarder in his Division I debut.
• Virginia Tech (1-0): The Hokies blocked
a punt for a touchdown and forced five turnovers as Virginia
Tech got up early and stuffed Florida State on the road, 24-3,
for a key ACC win. The win snapped a six-game losing streak
in Tallahassee dating back to 1974. Tech's special teams made the biggest play
of the first half when tight end Chris Cunningham blocked an
FSU punt, and Eric Kumah caught the deflection and ran three
yards for a touchdown for a 17-3 halftime lead. Tech's defense
recorded 14 tackles for a loss, and Trevon Hill had three tackles
for a loss and two sacks.
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