Texas' Herman on loss: 'I told our guys, never get used to this feeling'

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This wasn't how it was supposed to go for Texas head coach Tom Herman.

After a disappointing 5-7 record last season, Herman replaced Charlie Strong as coach, and grabbed a No. 23 ranking in the preseason polls.

However, despite being an 19-point favorite at home, the Longhorns were upset 51-41 by Maryland Saturday, resulting in fans tossing debris onto the field at the end of the game.

"I told our guys, never get used to this feeling," Herman told Tom VanHaaren of ESPN. "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."

The Texas defense a gave up 482 total yards and turned the ball over twice, while committing eleven penalties for 117 yards, and giving up a special teams touchdown.

"We knew there would be adversity and we knew the key to the adversity would be how we responded to it," said Herman. "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."

The Longhorns will look to rebound next Saturday versus San Jose State at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

"We've got to figure out the why," added Herman. "And the only way to do that is to work and put your nose to the grindstone and get back after it."

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