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Maryland loses standout WR Jeshaun Jones to torn ACL

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Some injuries that hit college football teams during the run-up to a new season hurt more than others, and this certainly qualifies as one of those instances.

Maryland confirmed Tuesday morning that wide receiver Jeshaun Jones has been diagnosed with a torn ACL.  The true sophomore suffered the injury during a practice session the day before.

Obviously, the injury and subsequent rehab from surgery, which will be performed on an unspecified future date, will sideline Jones for the entire 2019 season.

As a true freshman this past season, Jones, who started just two of the 12 games in which he played, led the Terrapins with five receiving touchdowns.  His 22 receptions and 288 receiving yards were both good for second on the team as well.

Most notably, Jones scored a rushing, receiving and passing touchdown on the first three touches of his collegiate career in the season-opening win over Texas.

Maryland true freshman scores TDs via run, catch and pass on first three touches in win over Texas

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Jeshaun Jones certainly knows how to make a debut.

In Saturday’s opener that featured heartbreaking tributes to a fallen teammate, Maryland rode that emotional wave all the way to a 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas.  It marked the second straight opener in which the Terrapins upended the Longhorns.

Playing a huge role in the win was Jones, who as a true freshman scored three touchdowns in his collegiate debut.  Not only that, but the touchdowns came by three different means — a 28-yard run, a 65-yard reception and a 20-yard pass.  That trio of touchdowns came in the first 22 minutes of the game.

Not only that, but they came on the first three touches of Jones’ career.

Jones is the first freshman with a rushing, passing and receiving touchdown in the same game since Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in October of 2012.  The future Heisman Trophy winner didn’t, though, do it in his first-ever game or on his first three touches.

Jones, meanwhile, finished his freshman debut with two receptions for 73 yards; one carry for 28 yards; completed his only pass for 20 yards and a touchdown; one false start penalty; and one drawn pass interference call on the Longhorns.

A three-star member of the Terps’ 2018 recruiting class, the Fort Meyers, Fla., product was the No. 118 wide receiver in the country on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.

After extended weather delay, Maryland sends No. 23 Texas home with loss

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For the second year in a row, Maryland (1-0) is starting the year with a win against Texas (0-1). The Terrapins managed to regroup after blowing a big first-half lead and weathered a nearly 90-minute weather delay in the fourth quarter to close out a 34-29 win against the No. 23 Longhorns.

Turnover issues popped up at the most unfortunate of times for Texas. After Maryland kicked a field goal to take a five-point lead, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was picked off on the second play of the ensuing possession. Fortunately for Texas, the defense stood tall and forced a three-and-out to get the ball back. But on that next offensive series, Tre Watson fumbled the football after a pass completion for a six-yard gain on third-and-three. After video review, the ball was awarded to Maryland.

Maryland had a 24-7 lead in the first half, but Texas stormed into the locker room with momentum after cutting the lead to 24-22. As things seemed to settle down after the break, Texas took their first lead of the game on a Kyle Porter touchdown run in the third quarter. Maryland would answer with a lengthy 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on the ensuing possession. Tayon Fleet-Davis ran for a 17-yard score to grab the lead back for Maryland, but it was at this point Mother Nature decided to interrupt the game with Maryland up 31-29 early in the fourth quarter.

The weather delay clocked in at 1 hour 26 minutes and the game resumed with Maryland kicking off to the Longhorns after their go-ahead touchdown. The break did not hurt Maryland, as the defense made some plays, including a game-clinching interception by Antoine Brooks as Texas was moving down the field in the final minutes of the game. Texas was just 3-of-15 on third downs and Texas had three turnovers in the game, while Maryland was without a turnover all game long.

Kasim Hill led the Maryland offense with 222 passing yards and a touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Jeshaun Jones had a grand debut as well, becoming the first FBS freshman to score a touchdown with a reception, run, and a pass in the same game since Marcus Mariota did it in 2012.

Ehlinger was 21-of-39 for 263 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

Say what you will about the current state of the Maryland program and all that has happened, but the players wearing the Maryland football uniforms absolutely deserved to enjoy the moment with a victory over the Longhorns once again.

Maryland will be on the road next week at Bowling Green. The Terrapins will play their first true home game in Week 3, against Temple. Texas will play their home opener next week with a game against Tulsa.

Texas swings momentum in their favor, but Maryland holds 24-22 lead at half

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Maryland looked to be in prime position to make it a second straight year with a season-opening victory over the Texas Longhorns, but the Terrapins have to regroup after letting a 24-7 lead nearly vanish before halftime. Texas missed on a two-point conversion attempt in the final minute of the half after a late touchdown pass from Sam Ehlinger to Collin Johnson. Maryland leads Texas, 24-22, at halftime.

After a tumultuous offseason leading up to the start of the new season, Maryland’s football program finally had a chance to get on the field in uniform and pay tribute to Jordan McNair, who passed away during offseason training. On the first play of the game, Maryland’s offense took the field with 10 players and left an open spot at McNair’s position, right guard, before taking an intentional delay of game penalty. Texas head coach Tom Herman declined the penalty in a show of good sportsmanship.

Maryland wide receiver Jeshaun Jones has rushed for a 28-yard touchdown and tossed a 20-yard touchdown. He is the first FBS freshman to accomplish that trifecta since Marcus Mariota did it with Oregon. Of course, Mariota was a quarterback and not a wide receiver.

Texas was called for five penalties in the first half, including a targeting call on Gary Johnson that resulted in an ejection. But while things did not start well for Texas, the Longhorns chipped away and cut into a 24-7 deficit. A Keontay Ingram touchdown run in the second quarter seemed to help turn the game in favor of Texas. The defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back quickly, but Texas had to punt away. The punt pinned Maryland down against its own goal line, which led to a free two points for the defense when Maryland botched a handoff on third down.

The safety made it a one-score game and Texas, and the Longhorns continued to capitalize on the safety by scoring a late touchdown in the final minute of the half.

We’ll see if Maryland can get it back together or if Texas can keep this going after a break in the action.