Texas defensive end Desmond Jackson recovers a fumble by California quarterback Jared Goff forced by Texas defensive end Shiro Davis late in the second quarter. Teas scored two plays later on a touchdown by running back Johnathan Gray. Sept. 19, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Sept. 19, 2015 at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. RODOLFO GONZALEZ/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Football

Texas vs. Cal: Horns up, Horns down

Posted September 20th, 2015

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HORNS UP

  • Jerrod Heard keeps wowing Texas fans. He finished with 527 yards of total offense, including three touchdown runs, and showed the clutch gene that hasn’t been seen on this campus since Colt McCoy left.
  • Daje Johnson caught five passes for 145 yards and was great after the catch. He didn’t shine in the kicking game because the Cal coaching staff smartly refused to kick it in his direction.
  • Junior safety Kevin Vaccaro had two huge plays to stifle drives. The first came in the first quarter when he separated running back Khalfnai Muhammad from the ball. Antwuan Davis recovered the fumble in the end zone. He made a similar play on a third down with about two minutes left when he broke up a pass play to Stephen Anderson to set up Texas’ final scoring drive.

HORNS DOWN

  • Texas was poised to tie the game at 45 after Heard’s final touchdown, but kicker Nick Rose shanked the extra point, sucking the air out of what was a raucous DKR crowd.
  • The defense did its part to get Texas to a 24-14 lead, but just couldn’t do enough to corral Cal, particularly in the third quarter when the Bears outscored Texas 21-0. The Bears reeled off 31 straight points to take a commanding lead before the Horns cut the lead to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior guard Sedrick Flowers was flagged for a personal foul for the second time in three games, this time for unnecessary roughness in the first half. Getting called for holding is one thing. Personal fouls can be managed. Flowers needs to get a hold of his emotions.

OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

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It came in a losing effort, but Heard’s 45-yard touchdown run with 1:11 remaining was the most clutch play this place has seen in years.

DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME

On a night when the defense struggled, Shiro Davis strip-sacked Cal quarterback Jared Goff and Tank Jackson recovered the fumble to set up a Texas touchdown.

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