Football: Holiday Bowl game thread

FINAL SCORE: Texas 21, Cal 10. The Bears finish 7-6 after a 4-4 start. Texas, which had dropped three of its previous four games, winds up 8-5. There were lots of telling statistics in the game, but none moreso than the 5-0 turnover margin. Cal had coughed up just two turnovers in its previous four games.

The Bears finished with 195 total yards, their season low. The running game, which opened things up nicely for Maynard in recent weeks, netted seven yards (thanks partly to six sacks). Sofele, who averaged 143 yards the previous four games, had 20 carries for 52 yards.

Wideouts Allen (9 catches for 82 yards) and Jones (8-88) accounted for 170 of the Bears’ 195 yards. Jones finished his career with a catch in 38 consecutive games. Maynard was 19 for 33 for 188 yards, with three turnovers (2 fumbles, 1 INT). But he was harassed all night.

14:57 4th Q: Cody Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 252-pound running back, powered in from the 4 on the first play of the quarter and Texas leads 21-10. Four turnovers may be too much to overcome.

END OF THIRD QTR: The Bears just squandered a great chance. They forced a Texas punt from the end zone and took possession at the 27 after a 16-yard return by Marvin Jones. But Anthony Miller was flagged for a personal foul on a second-down play, pushing the ball back to the 44, and Maynard fumbled after being sacked. Goodwin raced 37 yards to the 7 and Cody Johnson powered to the 4 before the quarter ended. Texas leads 14-10.

4:52 3rd Q: Defense holds and forces Texas punt. Cal begins anew at own 25.

6:18 3rd Q: Cal’s third turnover of the game details a promising drive. Sofele lost the ball and Reggie Wilson recovered at the Texas 47.

8:06 3rd Q: Well, that didn’t last long. The Longhorns stuck quickly, going 76 yards in four plays, the final 47 on a pass from Ash to Marquise Goodwin, who beat Marc Anthony. Texas leads 14-10. Game on. 

9:47 3rd Q: Cal takes a 10-7 lead after an 11-play, 69-yard scoring drive to open the half, capped by a 6-yard run by Sofele. Maynard completed three passes to half-brother Allen — a 21-yarder, a 19-yarder and a 10-yarder — all for first downs.

HALFTIME STATS: Texas leads 7-3 and neither team has done much offensively. Cal has 73 total yards, only 33 since its first series leading to the Tavecchio field goal. Texas has 92 yards, 85 of them in the second quarter. Cal has eight first downs to four for Texas.

Maynard is 9 for 18 for 63 yards. He’s been intercepted once and sacked twice. Ash is 10 for 16 for 84 yards. Isi Sofele has 39 rushing yards on 9 tries. Texas has just 4 rushing yards on 11 carries.

4:39 2nd Q: Anger punts 51 yards into the end zone. Cal offense is going nowhere right now.

6:08 2nd Q: Texas just took a 7-3 lead after a beautifully executed trick play. Tailback Malcolm Brown took the ball on a toss left, flipped the ball to WR Jaxon Shipley coming right and Shipley delivered a 4-yard TD pass to quarterback David Ash. The play followed a 29-yard pass from Ash to Blaine Irby to the 4. 

7:27 2nd Q: The Bears haven’t been so hot on offense, either. Another 3-and-out and they have six net yards since their first possession. Bryan Anger’s punt slides off the side of his foot and goes OB at the Cal 48-yard line — just 24 yards.

9:34 2nd Q: Cal defense forces its fifth punt in five Texas possessions. Tucker runs for a first down on a fake punt, but the play is wiped out by an illegal formation penalty. His subsequent punt goes 64 yards into the end zone. Cal begins at the 20. Cal’s defense has held Texas to 16 yards and one first down on 19 plays.

13:36 2nd Q: Justin Tucker misses 38-yard FG wide left. Cal retains 3-0 lead.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Bears lead 3-0 after a first quarter that featured a total of 41 yards of offense. Bears have 34 of them, Texas just seven. Tavecchio’s 47-yard field goal was the longest ever made by a Cal player in a bowl game. Texas begins the second quarter with a 2nd-and-14 play from the 23.

0:27 1st Q: Bears loses ball on fumbled exchange between Maynard and C.J. Anderson and Calvin Howell recovers for Texas at the Cal 19-yard line.

1:10 1st Q: Bears defense force another punt with a 3-and-out. Punt rolls dead at the Cal 11. Texas has 11 yards of offense.

2:18 1st Q: Maynard overthrows Allen and Quandre Diggs intercepts at the Texas 42.

3:40 1st Q: Pass interference on Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro trying to defend Keenan Allen and Bears have first down at the 45.

4:28 1st Q: Cal forces a 3-and-out. Takes over at own 39 after fair catch on the Texas punt. Bears lead 3-0. Texas has seven net yards after two possessions.

6:06 1st Q: Tavecchio makes it from 47 yards even after a sideline check presentation ceremony served to “freeze the kicker.” No penalty this time. Cal leads 3-0. The Bears moved 40 yards in 11 plays. The big play was Zach Maynard’s 10-yard completion to Marvin Jones on a third-and-9 play to the Texas 32.

6:11 1st Q:Giorgio Tavecchio delivers 42-yard field goal, giving Cal a 3-0 lead. But an illegal formation penalty nullfies the field goal. Tavecchio will try again from 47 yards.

REVIEW: The ruling on the field stands, which means the officials judged that the ball first hit a Texas player and was dead at the 30.

11:05 1st Q: Cal gets a huge break. Marvin Jones fumbled the ball while fielding a punt, but Texas is flagged for “illegal touching,” and the Bears get possession at the 30. Otherwise, Texas would have had it at the Cal 20 after Ryan Roberson recovered the fumble. Now the play is being reviewed.

ASH AT QB: David Ash is starting at quarterback for Texas.

COIN TOSS: Cal won the toss and will kick off. The Vears are wearing white jerseys and dark blue pants. Texas is in all burnt orange.

BANDS EXIT: The Cal and Texas bands have finished performing. We may actually have a game here in a few minutes.

NATE BOYER UPDATE: The 30-year-old redshirt freshman safety from Pleasanton is on the sidelines but will not dress for the game. Boyer earned a spot on the Longhorns roster during a spring 2010 walk-on tryout camp after serving in the Green Berets. 

GAME TIME CHANGE: Kickoff has been moved back five minutes. The game will begin at 5:11 p.m.

WELCOME: I’m here at Qualcomm Stadium on a clear, comfortable late afternoon. Both teams are on the field warming up. Fans are arriving slowly and the bands are preparing to come into the stadium now.

Jeff Faraudo