Texas’ comeback hopes — which looked so exciting after Jerrod Heard’s electric 45-yard touchdown run with 1:11 left in the game — were dashed when Nick Rose missed the third extra point of his career.
The previous two were nowhere near as big as this.
Rose’s missed conversion gave Cal a 45-44 win. The Longhorns attempted an onside kick, but couldn’t control it.
The loss drops Texas to 1-2. The Longhorns open Big 12 play next Saturday, at home vs. Oklahoma State.
Cal (3-0) scored 31 unanswered points, a stretch that spanned the end of the second quarter into the beginning of the fourth. The Longhorns allowed 548 yards.
Texas had its chance, however. D’Onta Foreman’s 27-yard touchdown run brought the Cal lead to 45-38 with 3 minutes left. Heard drove Texas down the field and then scored on his long keeper. Texas needed only Rose’s extra point to tie it.
Heard was 20 of 31 for 364 yards. He was intercepted once, and didn’t throw a touchdown. He rushed for 163 yards on 24 carries, however, with three scores.
Daje Johnson had another big night: 5 catches for 145 yards.
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