by CFP Staff
December 29, 2011
Texas trudged to a 21-10 win over California in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night (December 28) in a game that produced a combined total of 450 yards. Cal was held to a measly 195 yards as it lost four fumbles and had a pass intercepted, while Texas gained just 255 yards but had no turnovers.
Indeed, it was a forced fumble that led to the Texas touchdown that put the game away in the fourth quarter as Cody Johnson's 4-yard touchdown run was set up by one of six sacks on Cal QB Zach Maynard whose resulting fumble was recovered by Chris Whaley at the 44-yard line of the Golden Bears.
The game wasn't entirely without entertainment. Texas scored its first touchdown on a fake reverse that resulted in wide receiver Jaxon Shipley throwing a 4-yard pass to QB David Ash.
Both teams brought 7-5 records and no sizzle to San Diego. Texas did manage to beat four bowl teams in BYU, UCLA, Iowa State and Texas A&M. Cal's most-notable victories were over Utah and Arizona State.
This was the fifth meting between the two schools with the four previous battles taking place between 1959 and 1970. Texas has won each one by at least 11 points and outscored the Golden Bears by a cumulative 155-28 with two shutouts. This was only the second time that Cal managed to score more than 3 points against Texas. Cal's all-time high scoring output against the Longhorns came in a 56-15 loss in 1970.
This was Cal's third appearance in the bowl game, having split the first two.
Texas improved to 3-2 in Holiday Bowls.
Texas came into the game as the No. 14 defense in the nation in yards allowed, and did so despite having faced six of the nation's top 15 teams in total offense – Baylor (2nd), Oklahoma State (3rd), Oklahoma (4th), Texas A&M (7th), Missouri (12th) and Texas Tech (14th).
Texas improved to 26-22-2 all -time in bowl games while Cal slipped to 10-10-1.
A whopping 85.7% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked the Longhorns to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings favored Texas by 5.30 points.