Jonathan Gray goes in for a touchdown during the game against Rice at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday September 12, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Next up for Texas: Cal

Posted September 14th, 2015


Next up for the Horns

Texas (1-1) vs. Cal (2-0), 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Royal-Memorial Stadium, Fox, 104.9

About Texas: As low as the Longhorns looked in the opener at Notre Dame, Saturday’s 42-28 win over Rice was full of highs. New starting quarterback Jerrod Heard threw a 69-yard touchdown pass but also nearly rushed for 100 yards. Daje Johnson had two long punt returns, including one for a touchdown, and Texas forced four turnovers. The Longhorns scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.


About Cal: The Bears have made it look easy so far, outscoring Grambling State (73-14) and San Diego State (35-7) by a combined score of 108-21. This is nothing new; the Bears hit 45 points five times last year, when they had the nation’s 11th-ranked scoring offense. Quarterback Jared Goff, who had 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year, has picked up right where he left off — 630 yards, six touchdowns in two games.

Injury watch: Texas WR Marcus Johnson, who hurt his ankle in the opener, missed Saturday’s Rice game. He didn’t dress out. Cal receivers Jack Austin (sprained foot) and Matt Rockett (sprained knee) missed Saturday’s win over San Diego State. Austin will miss this week’s game, though Rockett may be available.

About the series: They’ve only played five times, but Texas has won every one. The last meeting came in the 2011 Holiday Bowl, a 21-10 Longhorns victory.

The last five Texas-Cal results:

2011: Texas 21, Cal 10

1970: Texas 56, Cal 15

1969: Texas 17, Cal 0

1961: Texas 28, Cal 3

1959: Texas 33, Cal 0

The last time: David Ash and Jaxon Shipley certainly hooked up for their share of touchdown passes, but it was usually Ash throwing to Shipley, not the other way around. But Ash’s 4-yard touchdown was Texas’ first score and the quarterback went on to earn MVP honors in the 21-10 Holiday Bowl victory. Texas’ defense forced five turnovers, and Ash added a 47-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Goodwin.