For a second straight season, the Texas Longhorns opened the season with a shocking and beyond disappointing loss to the Maryland Terrapins. The Longhorns lost 34-29 and their last three drives of the game resulted in turnovers. After having one of the best defenses in the Big 12 last season, Texas gave up over 400 total yards. UT was also sloppy, committing 10 penalties for over 100 yards.
However, don’t harp on the bad stuff to Texas head coach Tom Herman, who said, after the game, “We know how much better we are now than we were probably at any point last year. We didn’t show it in the 1st quarter and the 4th quarter.”
This may be the quote that perfectly sums up Texas football over the past ten years. Other iterations of this quote include:
“We are good, we just don’t win games.”
“We know we have great players, we just don’t outscore our opponents.”
“I love our guys, they’re talented, but our opponents typically end games with more points than us.”
You get the point.
For the better part of the past decade, the Longhorns have been a very mediocre football program. Their record in previous years go as follows: 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 6-7, 8-5, 9-4, 8-5, 5-7.
Yet for whatever reason, from the end of the Mack Brown tenure, through Charlie Strong, and now to Tom Herman, there has been excuse after excuse after excuse.
Herman went on to say in his press conference, “A lot of people are going to want to say this feels a lot like last year. It doesn’t to me.”
Well, you lost the game, so it is the same as last year. And not only did you lose the game, you lost it to a team with inferior talent that did not have its head coach due to an explosive investigation into the treatment of its players.
And Herman was asked after the loss how big of a setback this game was. His answer? “Not very.”
Of course it’s not a big setback. Where is there to be set back to?
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