Texas 7, Cal 7 — Who said Jerrod Heard couldn’t pass? Making his second start, Heard hooked up with Johnson for 45 and 54 yards. And who said Jared Goff couldn’t run? The Cal quarterback, who is typically chained to the pocket, got loose and converted a third-and-10 for his first positive rushing gain of the season. Later, he eluded Hassan Ridgeway’s sack attempt and connected with Maurice Harris in the end zone on third down. Texas entered the day with the nation’s worst third down defense and actually regressed in the opening quarter, surrendering conversions on four of five tries. Both Longhorns safeties had to leave — Dylan Haines (ejected for targeting) and Jason Hall (shoulder). Goff, a first-round draft projection, had to be slobbering. Haines’ replacement, Kevin Vaccaro, forced a fumble near the goal line that denied Cal a second touchdown.
Cal: Maurice Harris 6-yard TD pass from Jared Goff (Matt Anderson PAT), 8:49
The drive: 11 plays, 64 yards, 3:25
Key play: On one of three third-down conversions of the drive, Goff hit Stephen Anderson for a 22-yard gain at Texas’ 7. Longhorns safety Dylan Haines was flagged for targeting on the helmet-to-helmet tackle, and was ejected from the game.
Texas: Jerrod Heard 2-yard TD run (Nick Rose PAT), 5:16
The drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 3:28
Key play: Facing a third-and-20, Heard found an open Daje Johnson on the sideline for a 45-yard gain down to Cal’s 30-yard line.
Halftime. Texas 24, Cal 24 — Finally, a big play by the defensive line. Missing in action all season, Shiro Davis blew by left tackle Brian Farley for a sack and fumble that set up Johnathan Gray’s second touchdown of the quarter. Gray’s first score came on a 95-yard drive that began after he inexplicably took a kickoff out of the end zone with the coverage team quickly approaching. … John Burt is nothing if not economical. The freshman deep threat pulled in his third catch of the season, this one for 43 yards, and brought his average to 53 yards per reception. Heard went back to Burt on the final drive before halftime, but was intercepted for Texas’ first offensive turnover of the season. That led to a 34-yard field goal that tied the game at 24-24. It was a tough half for redshirt freshman cornerback John Bonney. He let Kenny Lawler roam free on fourth down for a 17-yard touchdown and was beaten again by Lawler for 22 yards.
Texas: Rose 27-yard FG, 12:52
The drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 4:23
Key play: Heard and Johnson connected on their second long pass play of the night, a 54-yard catch and run through Cal’s zone down to the Bears’ 23-yard line.
Cal: Kenny Lawler 17-yard TD pass from Goff (Anderson PAT), 10:00
The drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:52
Key play: Goff’s 14-yard pass to Darius Powe moved Cal into field goal range, at Texas’ 24.
Texas: Johnathan Gray 4-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 7:53
The drive: 6 plays, 95 yards, 2:01
Key play: Heard’s back-to-back big gainers — a 34-yard run out of his own endzone, then a 45-yard pass to John Burt — set Texas up at the 6-yard line.
Texas: Gray 6-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 1:32
The drive: 1 play, 6 yards, :3
Key play: Shiro Davis forced a Goff fumble, which was recovered by Desmond Jackson at Cal’s 6.
Cal: Vic Enwere 1-yard TD run (Anderson kick), :52
The drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, :40
Key play: Enwere’s 37-yard run through the middle of the Texas defense jump-started the drive.
Cal: Anderson 34-yard FG, :4
The drive: 4 plays, 13 yards, :20
Key play: Another first for Heard — his first career interception — followed by a 22-yard return by Jalen Jefferson set Cal’s offense up at Texas’ 30.
Cal 45, Texas 24 — Two days after the Notre Dame loss, Sedrick Flowers took ownership and apologized for punching an Irish player. Apparently, he didn’t learn from his mistake. The senior left guard took out a Cal player’s legs far away from the play, drawing a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and setting up third-and-24. It was a tough quarter for Heard, who followed his interception before halftime with a fumble on the opening drive that led to a Cal touchdown. Later on, Heard was at the center of a scary moment when he was pulled down hard by his facemask by James Looney. Somehow Heard stayed in the game. Curiously, Texas went a full drive with Burt on the sideline and with Johnson appearing scarcely. In their place were non-factors Jacorey Warrick, Caleb Bluiett and Andrew Beck.
Cal: Enwere 1-yard TD run (Anderson PAT), 11:08
The drive: 8 plays, 42 yards, 3:08
Key play: Goff’s 22-yard pass to Lawler set the Bears up at Texas’ 2. Lawler beat Kevin Vaccaro on the play.
Cal: Lawler 3-yard TD pass from Goff (Anderson PAT), 4:28
The drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 3:34
Key play: Goff threw incomplete on third-and-3, but Malik Jefferson was flagged for a hands to the face infraction as he leaped at the line to block the pass. That 15-yarder gave Cal a first down at Texas’ 30.
Cal: Khalf Muhammad 74-yard TD run (Anderson PAT), 1:16
The drive: 2 plays, 92 yards, :36
Key play: It was Muhammad’s long run, right up the middle of the field. But he set it up with an 18-yard run over left tackle in the previous play.
Final. Cal 45, Texas 44 — After going silent in the third quarter, Texas erupted for 231 yards and scored on drives of 75, 92 and 81 yards. Heard zigged and zagged to cut Cal’s lead to 14 points, and then the defense stopped Cal before midfield. A holding penalty against Gray ruined the next drive and Heard took a sack on third-and-17. In between TD runs by D’Onta Foreman (27 yards) and Heard (45), safety Kevin Vaccarro made a hit to break up a ball intended for Stephen Anderson. Rose will get roasted for missing the extra point that would’ve tied the game, but his feeble attempts on two onside kicks should not be ignored. Too hard, not enough bounce.
Texas: Heard 13-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 13:24
The drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:52
Key play: Cal’s James Looney was flagged 15 yards for a scary head-turning facemask penalty that set Texas up at the Bears’ 22.
Texas: D’Onta Foreman 27-yard TD run (Rose PAT), 3:00
The drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 3:56
Key play: Texas went for it on fourth and 1 from its own 34; Foreman slipped behind Flowers for a 5-yard gain and a first down to keep the drive (and the Longhorns’ hopes) alive.
Texas: Heard 45-yard TD run (Rose PAT failed), 1:11
The drive: 6 plays, 81 yards, :40
Key play: Heard’s scoring run was the key play. But he also had a nice pass to Gray for 17 yards that moved the ball from Texas’ 19 to its 36.
First downs: California 26, Texas 28. Rushes-yards: California 41-280, Texas 52-286. Passing: California 268, Texas 364. Comp-Att-Int: California 27-37-0, Texas 20-31-1. Return Yards: California 22, Texas 0. Punts-Avg.: California 4-33.0, Texas 3-43.0. Fumbles-Lost: California 2-2, Texas 2-1. Penalties-Yards: California 6-50, Texas 10-93. Time of Possession: California 29:28, Texas 30:32.
Passing: California, Goff 27-37-0-268. Texas, Heard 20-31-1-364.
Rushing: California, Muhammad 10-164, Enwere 16-73, Watson 9-37, Goff 3-14, Coprich 1-3, Team 2-(minus 11). Texas, Heard 24-163, D.Foreman 9-47, J.Gray 11-46, Warren III 5-24, D.Johnson 2-6, A.Foreman 1-0.
Receiving: California, Lawler 6-79, S.Anderson 6-56, T.Davis 4-44, Powe 4-31, Harris 2-19, Muhammad 2-16, Enwere 1-9, Hudson 1-7, Treggs 1-7. Texas, D.Johnson 5-145, J.Gray 4-71, A.Foreman 4-70, Burt 4-65, De La Torre 1-13, Newsome 1-5, Warrick 1-(minus 5).