Texas freshman Brandon Jones (19) blocks a punt by Dylan Klumph (42) of the California Golden Bears for a safety in the second quarter on September 17, 2016 at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)


Cal 50, Texas 43: Five key plays

Posted September 18th, 2016


BERKELEY, Calif. — There were 170 snaps taken in Texas’ 50-43 loss to Cal on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference:

1. Another early score

It didn’t take long for Cal to grab a 7-0 lead on Saturday, but Texas stormed back with a 13-play drive that was capped by Chris Warren III’s four-yard touchdown run. Warren’s run – his fifth carry over the course of the 84-yard drive – gave Texas a first-drive touchdown for the second time in three games (the Longhorns fumbled out of UTEP’s end zone in the other contest). Freshman quarterback Shane Buechele found four different receivers on the drive.


2. Inopportune interception

Buechele’s threw his second interception of the season in the second quarter, and Luke Rubenzer’s 45-yard return set Cal up for a lead-taking touchdown before halftime. The turnover was a momentum-shifting moment as it came one play after Texas earned a safety on freshman Brandon Jones’ blocked punt. Texas held a 33-28 lead with 1:38 left, but 43 seconds later the Longhorns found themselves trailing 35-33.

3. Texas hold’em

Texas junior D’Onta Foreman rushed 21 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, but one of his bigger runs was negated by a penalty flag. On the first drive of the second half, Foreman turned a second-down hand-off into a 21-yard run to the Cal 7. The play, though, was brought back because of a holding call on freshman Zach Shackelford. Texas gained six yards in the two plays after the penalty, and Trent Domingue then missed a 49-yard field goal attempt.

4. Another catch for Cal

Texas tied the game at 43 with 5:29 left, but Cal put together a seven-play, 65-yard touchdown drive for the victory. The possession’s longest play was Jordan Veasy’s 30-yard reception, but the Golden Bears took the lead on Chad Hansen’s 12-yard catch. On the play, Hansen ditched Texas cornerback Kris Boyd on a post route and withstood a hit from Jason Hall in the end zone. The touchdown was Hansen’s 12th reception of the evening.

5. The recovery that wasn’t

A timeout-less Texas team needed a defensive stop on a 3rd-and-1 from the Cal 45, but Vic Enwere picked up 54 of the Golden Bears’ 111 rushing yards with 90 seconds to go. Cal, however, needed 55 yards for another touchdown, and Enwere dropped the football before he crossed the goal line. Texas safety Dylan Haines recovered the fumble, but referees gave the football back to Cal after ruling the play was dead since Haines did not make what was deemed as an immediate recovery. Ball game, Cal.