How They Scored: Cal 45, Texas 44


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By Ted Lee
Posted Sep 19, 2015
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Despite watching Texas nearly rally from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit, the Cal Bears hung on for their third victory of the season as Longhorn kicker Nick Rose missed a game-tying extra point with 40 seconds left. The Bears at one point scored 31 unanswered points in taking a 45-24 lead.

The Bears overcame a Herculean performance from Texas redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard who personally gained 527 of the Longhorns' 650 yards - 364 passing and 163 running including a 45-yard touchdown with 1:11 left.

Jared Goff was 27-of-37 for 268 yards and three touchdowns including two to Kenny Lawler.

Cal was without starting running back Daniel Lasco, but received strong play from Khalfani Muhammad, who had 10 carries for 164 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run. Vic Enwere had 73 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

The Bears' offense gained 548 yards.

Next week, Cal travels to Seattle to play Washington in their Pac-12 opener.

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7 0 Harris – 6-yard pass from Goff, 8:49
11 plays, 64 drives, 3:25
After both teams stopped each other on 4th down, the Bears drove the length of the field. Cal had three big 3rd down plays on the drive, a 12-yard scramble by Jared Goff on 3rd-and-10 from the Bear 36, a 21-yard completion from Goff to Stephen Anderson on 3rd-and-7 from the Longhorn 36, and the Goff-to-Maurice Harris touchdown pass on 3rd-and-goal. On the play, Goff faced pressure, stepped up, kept the play alive and Harris broke free on the left side.
7 7 Heard – 2-yard run, 5:16
8 plays, 76 yards, 5:16
Jerrod Heard scrambled on a 2-yard run on a 1st-and-goal. The Bears played good defense at the beginning of the drive, forcing the Longhorns into a 3rd-and-20 from their own 25. But Daje Johnson found a huge hole in the Cal zone, and by the time he caught the ball, there wasn't a Cal defender near him. The 44-yard gain put the ball deep in Cal territory. Two plays down, Heard found running back Jonathan Gray on the left sideline for a 26-yard gain that advanced the ball to the Cal 2.

7 10 Rose – 27 yard field goal, 12:52
10 plays, 71 yards, 4:23
Following a long drive where the Bears appeared on their way to a touchdown but ended when Khalfani Muhammad fumbled the ball on the Texas 3-yard line, Texas responded by driving down the field. Texas had two big plays – a 54-yard pass from Heard to Johnson on a 3rd-and-8, another play where Johnson ran past the initial defender in the zone, but nobody picked him up after that, so again, he was wide open down the right sideline. Texas also had a 12-yard completion from Heard to Alex De La Torre on a 3rd-and-8 from the Cal 21.
14 10 Lawler – 17-yard pass from Goff, 10:00
8 plays, 75 yards, 2:52
On a 4th-and-3 from the Texas 17, Lawler was lined up on the right side of the field, ran down the field and Goff threw a terrific pass that was high and to Lawler's back right shoulder. The defender had no chance of making a play on the ball, while Lawler leaped and twisted to make a catch that's routine by his standards.
14 17 Gray – 4-yard run, 7:53
6 plays, 95 yards, 2:01
After being backed up on their 2 following a penalty, Texas rode a 34-yard scramble by Heard on 2nd-and-13, a 15-yard run by Gray, and a 43-yard pass from Heard to John Burt, took the ball down to the six. Gray scored on a 2nd-and-4. Up to this point, Texas had plays of 22, 44, 25, 56, 34, and 43 yards.
14 24 Gray – 6-yard run, 1:32
1 play, 6 yards, 0:03
Cal had just forced Texas to punt, and was faced with the prospect of driving 80-yards in 1:53 with no timeouts remaining. On a 3rd-and-3 from the Cal 27, Goff faced heavy pressure, took a sack from Shiro Davis and fumbled the ball. Although the Longhorn defense had often tried rushing Goff with five players, on this particular play, they rushed four. Texas recovered on the Cal 6, and Gray ran through a big hole to score easily.
21 24 Enwere – 1 yard run, 0:52
4 plays, 75 yards, 0:40
A minute and a half is plenty of time for the Cal offense, and the Bears drove down the field quickly. Khalfani Muhammad, with his first carry after fumbling at the Texas 2-yard-line late in the first half, gained 49 yards on a 1st-and-10 from the Bear 25. A 22-yard completion from Goff to Lawler took the ball to the Texas 4. Two plays later, Enwere scored on a short-run.
24 24 Anderson – 33-yard field goal, 0:04
4 plays, 13 yards, 0:20
Instead of running out the clock, Texas chose to attack the Bears, but Heard under threw his receiver running an out route – Jalen Jefferson dropped off one received and slid over in front of Burt for the interception. His return took it down to the Longhorn 30. The Bears drove to the Texas 17, and Anderson made the field goal. Instead of possibly facing a 10-point halftime deficit, the Bears scored 10 points in 1:28 to tie the game at 24.

31 24 Enwere – 1 yard run, 11:08
8 plays, 42 yards, 3:08
Facing a 4th-and-goal at the Texas 1, the Bears had no hesitation about going for it. Enwere took the handoff from Goff and ran up the middle for his second touchdown of the day. Jordan Rigsbee was lined up in the backfield as a fullback of sorts, and he stoned a linebacker coming from the outside. Texas received the opening kickoff of the second half, but Heard fumbled the ball, giving Cal the ball on the Longhorn 42. The big play on the drive was a 19-yard pass from Goff to Lawler on a 2nd-and-3 from the Texas 24.
38 24 Lawler – 3-yard pass from Goff, 4:28
8 plays, 71 yards, 3:34
Following a Texas punt, the Bears went on a soul-crusher of a drive where they ran at and through the Longhorn defensive line. While the big plays on the drive were a 15-yard scramble (!) by Goff and a 13-yard pass from Goff-to-Harris, Cal used the running of Muhammad and Tre Watson to work their way down the field. The Bears were also helped by a 15-yard illegal hands to the face penalty on Texas, when the Bears faced a 3rd-and-3.
45 24 Muhammad – 74-yard run, 1:16
2 plays, 92 yards, 0:36
This was an all-Khalfani drive as he followed an 18-yard run with a 74-yard run. Cal started with the ball on the 8, following a Texas punt. The punt marked the Longhorns fourth straight possession without a score. On a 1st-and-10 from the 26, Muhammad ran through a huge hole up the middle, which was helped by a trap block by Malik McMorris, who took out two Longhorn defenders.

45 31 Heard – 6-yard run, 13:24
6 plays, 75 yards, 2:52
The Longhorns demonstrated some fight by driving quickly down the field. After a 37-yard pass from Heard to Armanti Foreman, Texas received a boost from a 15-yard face mask penalty on James Looney and then the scrambling efforts of Heard. On a 3rd-and-goal from the Cal 13, Heard couldn't find any receivers open, ran towards the right side of the field and then broke all the way back to left, outrunning the Bear defense for his second rushing touchdown of the day.
45 38 Foreman – 27-yard run, 3:00
11 plays, 92 yards, 3:55
In a slow-moving drive where the Bear defense was able to do a decent enough job of taking away the Longhorn receives, but had a tougher time stopping Heard's scrambles, On a 2nd-and-2 from the Cal 27, Texas caught the Bear defense off-guard as Foreman broke through the line and had lots of open space on his way to the end zone.
45 44 Heard – 45-yard run, 1:11
6 plays, 81 yards, 0:40
This drive went considerably more quickly for the Longhorns. With the Bear defense noticeably tiring, Following the preceding touchdown, Texas forced Cal into punting, The result gave the Longhorns the ball on their 19 with1:51 left. With the Bears being conservative with the pass rush, leaving linemen back at the line to contain Heard, Texas was able to complete a series of passes that took the ball into Cal territory. On a 3rd-and-3 at the Cal 45, the Bears brought the blitz – but Heard recognized and took off up the middle of the field then ran to the left as he scored what appeared to be the game-tying. But Nick Rose missed the extra point. Cal recovered the onside kickoff, and then ran out the clock.



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