Holiday Bowl 2011, Texas Vs. Cal: Longhorns Clamp Down In 21-10 Win

Texas forced five turnovers en route to a 21-10 Holiday Bowl win over Cal.

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Texas Turns Focus To 2012 Recruiting Class

Fresh off a 21-10 win over Cal, the Texas Longhorns turn their attention to recruiting. And Texas readers are fortunate to have a tremendous Longhorns resource in Burnt Orange Nation. And Wescott Eberts of BON joins us to talk Texas football recruiting. In typical fashion, Texas is battling Alabama for the top recruiting class. Again. Texas currently sits at 25 commitments, and almost all of them are stars. Take it away, Wescott:


2011 Holiday Bowl Final Score: Texas Defense Strong In 21-10 Win Over Cal

The Cal Bears turned the ball over five times -- four fumbles and a pick -- as Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz dialed up the pressure, leading to a 21-10 Longhorn victory in the 2011 Holiday Bowl. Texas sacked Cal quarterback Zach Maynard five times while limiting the Bears to just 10 points and one yard net rushing in a somewhat dominant win.

Cal kicker Georgio Tavecchio got the scoring started, putting the Bears on top 3-0 with a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second, Texas broke out a trick play deep in Cal territory as wide receiver Jaxon Shipley found quarterback David Ash for four yards and a touchdown. At the half, Texas held a 7-3 lead, with each defense asserting itself in the first 30 minutes.

After Isi Sofele gave Cal a 10-7 lead five minutes into the second half, it was all Longhorns. The defense clamped down and continued forcing turnovers while the offense did just enough to get Texas out in front and keep it there. Just under two minutes after Cal took the lead in the third quarter, Ash answered with a 47-yard strike to Marquise Goodwin for the score, putting the Longhorns on top for good.

Texas added one more touchdown for good measure on the first play of the fourth quarter, coming on a four-yard Cody Johnson touchdown. The Texas defense forced one more turnover, a fumble, as Cal tried to claw back into it late in the fourth quarter, sealing the win and running out the clock on the ensuing possession.

For more on the Longhorns, visit Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For a view from the Bears' side, head over to California Golden Blogs.

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