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QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:52 pm

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TEXAS WON. It wasn't pretty, and they still didn't see much out of the offense, but it was a win for the Longhorns. If you're a Texas fan, you had to be impressed with what coordinator Manny Diaz has done all season long with the defense and the Holiday Bowl served as a great way to finish out the year. After neither team went to a bowl game last year, it was interesting to see how they respond to the layoff and it appeared to be not well. Cal turned the ball over five times and quarterback Zach Maynard was sacked six times - largely the difference in a game that was pretty close for three quarters.

WHY TEXAS WON. Don't look at the offense, which struggled most of the night. Quarterback David Ash was given the start and despite having issues moving the ball through the air early, got the ball in the hands of his playmakers. The reason the Longhorns will be able to enjoy their trip back to Austin however, is because of Diaz' defense. The front seven was particularly active and put plenty of pressure on Maynard. They also bottled up running back Isi Sofele, who showed some flashes but was limited after scoring a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Underclassmen Jackson Jeffcoat and Jordan Hicks were particularly active with two sacks each.

WHEN TEXAS WON. Cal had threatened several times throughout the game but always seemed to shoot themselves in the foot. In great field position following a punt return, the offense just started to go backward and then Adrian Phillips sacked Maynard, who committed the fourth turnover of the night by fumbling. Reggie Wilson recovered and on the next play, Marquise Goodwin ran it 36 yards to set the Longhorns up inside the 10. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Cody Johnson punched it in from the four-yard line to push the lead to 21-10.

WHAT TEXAS WON. It was a disappointing season by the Longhorns' high standards but plenty of programs would be happy with a bowl win and eight wins. With such a young team, Mack Brown hopes this win can be a building block for next season. Sticking with Ash despite his early struggles seemed to indicate that he would be the guy going into 2012. The halftime adjustments were really good and both sides of the ball came alive in the second half. It's not the bowl win Texas wanted but a win is a win.

WHAT CALIFORNIA LOST. The ball for one. The Bears fumbled four times against Texas after only coming into the game with eight. The offense had issues up front all night and Sofele finished with just 58 yards rushing. The lone bright spot might be the kickers and that's not something to be proud of. The defense had its moments but couldn't stop a couple of big plays after bailing out the offense several times. This game was billed as a revenge match because of what happened a few years ago with the BCS but Cal didn't exactly fight like they wanted to win the game.

FINAL GRADE: This game was the definition of ugly for the entire first half. It wasn't as though the defenses were great - they were solid - but the offenses never could get anything going. Were it not for a few big plays out of Goodwin, there wouldn't be much to write home about on this one. The storyline coming into the game was about Cal's BCS snub in favor of Texas a few years ago but after watching this one, it would have been ok if the Holiday Bowl selection committee had snubbed both of these teams based on the way they played. At least Bevo enjoyed the San Diego weather and went home happy. GRADE: C


Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:44 pm

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

Defense is one of the best in the NCAA and will be much better next year with no learning curve of the complex Fire Zone schemes...also add in some serious talent at tackle.  Cal had 7 rushing yards on 36 carries....Just imagine if those DTs were playing too.  Wow.  

LSU has the 75th ranked offense.    Texas will finish in the top 20 because it plays a difficult schedule. The Big 12 is the best conference top to bottom... as we will soon see that all the Big 12 teams will not only sweep but do so in decisive fashion.

So far Big 12 is 2-0.  I see OSU and OU winning by very large margins.  Compare this to Alabama who only played three teams with a winning record...they lost one of home.   Bama has no business playing in the national title game....though I think they will defeat LSU.  OSU deserves to be in that game and would win it.

This group of freshmen and sophomores will be national title contenders in 2012 and most certainly win it in 2013.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:52 pm

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

Jeffcoat or Hicks or someone on defense deserved the MVP.  The writers or whoever votes took the easy way out and picked the winning QB.  That stinks.  The writers/voters mailed this in, they must have been as bored as we will be during the bama-LSU replay.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:47 pm

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

The season ending victory does not give this Longhorn alum/fan any cause for optimism next year.  Why?  David Ash.  He doesn't have it and there is not reason to think he does.  Yes, Mack will go with him like he did with Gilbert during the 5 and 7 season.  Most experts figure you are better off sticking with one guy than giving two guys half the snaps.  That is fine if you have a guy who is going to take control.  Ash is supposed to be the runner.  Huh?  He looks neither fast nor elusive.  He probably was, like Gilbert, an above average high school QB.  Rather than belabor the point, this Longhorn is depressed looking at 2012.  Jhonathan Gray may be a real find, the offensive line will grow a little more and have a year's experience under their belts, but without a playmaking QB we are looking at another below average season.  We are not used to many back to back 4 and 5 and 6 loss seasons.  Mack and Major Applewhite and the geek engineering student all know we need a stud.  And Ash is not enough stud and too much dud.  I wish McCoy was the answer but he doesn't seem to be it.  "Wait 'til next year" is not my cry.  I'm afraid it will be more of the same and UT will not be competitive enough to get into the top 20 teams let alone crack the top 10.

Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:28 am

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

I picked Cal to win this game for 3 reasons

1- thought it would be sloppy game
2- thought Texas would out slop Cal
3- thought playing out west would give Cal slight advantage

WHAT I saw

1- Cal is terrible
2- Tex aint much better
3- Tex took advantage of the turnovers and Cal mistakes

Final analysis

if they want to think THAT Texas d is good....
well sorry but that is lower tier D

LSU D would have converted 5 T/O's into 2 to 3 more TD's

40-10 if that close

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:57 am

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

UT clearly has no offense.  Their best win is Iowa State.  They have no business being ranked in any year-end top 25 polls.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:20 am

QUICK HITS: Texas 21, California 10

Outstanding game by the Longhorn defense. Go Big 12.

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