The Texas football program did not kickoff the Tom Herman era as planned.
On Saturday afternoon, the Longhorns played host to the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. It was an opportunity for Herman to show the improvement Texas has made during his brief time leading the team.
Unfortunately, it went terribly wrong.
Texas, which started the season ranked No. 23 in the nation, struggled to get anything going against the Terrapins and were gashed by the Maryland offense en route to a 51-41 defeat.
There were very few bright spots for Herman and company and they must now go back to the drawing board.
Following the loss, Herman discussed the loss and shared what advice he will give his players after a disappointing start to the season.
Here’s what Herman had to say, via Tom VanHaaren of ESPN:
“I told our guys, never get used to this feeling. But that if we all thought that we were going to come in here and in nine months sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we’ve arrived, then we’re wrong.
“We knew there would be adversity and we knew the key to the adversity would be how we responded to it. And we responded to it in the right mental and attitudinal way. But the execution and just the self-inflicted wounds at just the most inopportune time are things that are difficult to recover from, if not impossible.
“We’ve got to figure out the why. And the only way to do that is to work and put your nose to the grindstone and get back after it.”
The good news for the Longhorns is that there is still a long season ahead and they now have an opportunity and added motivation to bounce back.
Texas can begin its turnaround next weekend against San Jose State at home.