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Controversial ruling on Cal running back Vic Enwere's one-yard line fumble explained

BERKELEY -- Big 12 official Mike Defee explains controversial call to award Cal the ball at the Texas one-yard line after running back Vic Enwere dropped the ball at the end of a would-be 55-yard touchdown.

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BERKELEY -- As California running back Vic Enwere rumbled 55 yards for the would-be back-breaking score against No. 11 Texas on Saturday, he dropped the ball as he entered the end zone. Upon review, the play was ruled a fumble, and Big 12 official Mike Defee awarded the Bears possession at the Longhorns' one-yard line.

Enwere turned, and walked towards the ball, which was picked up by Texas safety Dylan Haines. Enwere then walked towards the bench, where he was given a chewing-out by head coach Sonny Dykes. "The big thing I did, I hollered at him for a little bit and hugged him and told him I love him and that I'm proud of him, and just don't do it again," Dykes said. "These guys are young people, and young people make mistakes and they learn from them. We get teaching opportunities all the time. That's the great thing about watching our film, is we come in here and watch the film on a Sunday, and you can pull off clips all the time. We have opportunities to teach our kids about the game, and decisions, and how to handle situations. I think there's a pretty good chance that's going to make our reel this week."

Cal retained possession, and ran the clock out with a pair of kneel-downs, ensuring the Bears their first win over a top-15 opponent since the 2009 Big Game.

After consulting with the replay official in the booth, Haines' recovery was deemed not to have met the standard of an "immediate recovery."

"The ruling on the field was a touchdown, which replay determined that there was a fumble at the 1-yard line," Defee told ESPN. "The ball rolled into the end zone, came to rest, Cal players ran past it, and many Texas players ran past it. I think it was 14 [Haines] that picked up the ball and handed the ball to the official." Top Stories