Texas Run Game: Both D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III well over 100 yards rushing - and running with fire.
D Foreman had 21 for 157 yards (7.5 ypc) and 2 TDs and C Warren had 18 carries for 119, 2 TDs (6.6 ypc)
Texas ran it for more than 300 yards as a team - 51 carries for 307 yards (6.0 ypc). Texas also had a season-high 90 plays on offense for 568 yards.
Big 10-yard pass for a first down from Buechele to Devin Duvernay on third-and-10 that had to be reviewed and remeasured to the Cal 23 with 8 minutes to play. Buechele to Armanti Foreman for 19 yards to the Cal 45 with 9:40 left. Both of those plays came on a drive in which Texas reached the Cal 19 and would have reached 13 on a 6-yard run by Swoopes. But it was negated by a holding penalty on Andrew Beck, forcing a 35-yard FG by Trent Domingue, tying the game at 43-43 with 5:29 left.
D’Onta Foreman takes it 47 yards to the house, right up the gut, putting the Horns up 40-35 with 13:28 to go.
Chris Warren III running with fire for 25 yards to help Texas get off the shadow of its goal line after Armanti Foreman misplayed a punt return and allowed it to hit and roll to the Texas 10.
Breckyn Hager with a HUGE sack on third-and-1 for the Longhorns, forcing a rare Cal punt with 8:42 in the 3Q.
After two quick throws to start the second half, the Horns started handing it to Chris Warren III, who ripped off a 20-yard run on third-and-8.
Brandon Jones with a blocked punt that goes through the back of the end zone for a safety, putting Texas up 33-28 in the 2Q. Jones also blocked a punt against UTEP, becoming the first Longhorn to block two punts in a season since Mykkele Thompson in 2012.
Chris Warren III pounding on Cal. His first 9 carries went for 49 yards and TD runs of 4 and 12 yards. His 12-yard TD run included dragging two Cal defenders into the end zone the final 8 yards.
D’Onta Foreman pounding on Cal.
Paul Boyette and Anthony Wheeler both came up big on back-to-back plays - on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 - stuffing both run plays for no gain. The turnover on downs helped set up a Texas FG.
During the three series Buechele was out with the chest injury, Swoopes led Texas to touchdowns on two of the possessions.
It was wobbly pass from Swoopes - I mean wobbly - but Armanti Foreman went up between two defenders and brought it down for a 34-yard reception to the Cal 22. A personal foul mask on Cal put the ball at the 11. D’Onta Foreman did the rest on a rush of 7 yards and then 4 yards into the end zone, putting Texas up 24-14 in the 2Q.
Michael Dickson continues to punt the ball well for the Horns, averaging 43.8 yards on 4 punts.
Did I mention D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren pounding on Cal?
A defensive game plan that rushed three and had DBs playing well off the WRs, allowing Cal’s Davis Webb to pick Texas apart while only getting sacked once in a first half in which Cal scored 35 points. Your offense scores 40-plus points - that should be good enough to win.
With the game tied, Texas allowing Cal to go 65 yards in 7 plays in 1:40 and score yet another passing TD from Davis Webb to Chad Hansen from 12 yards out, putting Cal up 50-43 with 3:41 left. At that point, Webb was 27 of 40 for 397 yards passing and 4 TDs. And Hansen had 12 catches for 196 yards and 2 TDs.
Texas gives up 508 yards - 397 through the air - and gives up three different 10-point leads in the game. Texas led 17-7 ... 24-14 ... and ... 31-21 ... before giving up TD drives after interceptions thrown by Tyrone Swoopes and Shane Buechele and falling behind 35-33 at halftime.
Andrew Beck flagged for holding, negates a 6-yard Tyrone Swoopes run to the Cal 13 and bogs down a great opportunity for Texas to take the lead. Instead, Texas settles for a 35-yard Trent Domingue FG that ties the game 48-48 with 5:29 to play.
Holton Hill’s poor form leads to a missed tackle on the sideline, and instead of a short gain, Cal WR Melquise Stovall goes for 13 yards to the Cal 27 and gets the Bears out of bad field position at the end of the 3Q.
False start on Patrick Vahe brings up second-and-15, and John Burt drops a Buechele pass when he’s wide open with room to run. Burt then comes out of the game, replaced by Dorian Leonard. Drive stalls.
Armanti Foreman gets a look on punt returns and inexplicably lets the ball go over his head, and the ball is downed at the Texas 10 with 2:57 left 3Q.
False start penalty on Zach Shackelford takes Texas from third-and-3 near midfield to third-and-8, and Shane Buechele nearly throws an INT.
Head-scratching decision by Jacorey Warrick to field a punt at his own 5 that would have gone into the end zone, giving Texas the ball at the Horns' 10 instead of the 25.
Questionable holding call on Zach Shackelford wipes out a 21-yard run by D’Onta Foreman to the Cal 7 early in the third quarter. Drive ends in a missed, 49-yard Trent Domingue FG.
Holton Hill let Marquise Stovall run by him - obviously thinking he had safety help - but Jason Hall got twisted around, biting toward the inside and wasn’t able to get back outside, where Stovall caught an easy, 29-yard TD pass from Davis Webb, cutting UT’s lead to 31-28 with 4:55 left in 2Q.
Sheroid Evans let Cal’s Demetrius Robertson run right by him for a 16-yard reception to the Texas 3, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Vic Enwere, cutting Texas’ lead to 24-21 with 9:43 left 2Q. That Cal drive started after an interception of Tyrone Swoopes.
Swoopes’ pass for Collin Johnson was high, and Cal intercepted it, returning it to the Texas 46 with 11:18 left 2Q with Texas leading 24-14.
Shane Buechele takes a shot to the chest/chin on an incomplete pass on third-and-8 from the Cal 22 with 7:16 left in the first quarter and is slow to get up.
"I took a shot in the chest, but I'm fine," Buechele said after the game.
After going to the locker room to be evaluated, Buechele left the stadium for what appeared to be X-Rays. He came back to the sideline, warmed up and even put his helmet on. But it was Swoopes who stayed in the game at QB.
Cal’s first drive was way too easy. An end around for 16 yards on third-and-1. A 26-yard WR screen catch and run with Sheroid Evans playing well off the line of scrimmage.
And then the 29-yard TD pass to Veasy against Davante Davis.
The defensive game plan for this game.
When asked if you score 43 it should be good enough to win, Charlie Strong said, "You'd think."
On the defense possibly holding Texas back from achieving big this season, Strong said:
"I don't think the defense will hold us back. We just have to get defensive stops, and we have to make plays on defense. If you go back to the start of the second half, we were able to get off the field. And right there in the fourth quarter, we were able to make some plays. But we do have to get better on defense."
Asked if Vance Bedford should be fired or demoted the way Shawn Watson was last year, Strong said, "I don't blame no coach. It's all about executing the game plan."
The game plan in the first half lacked any pressure on the QB. It took until the second half for Breckyn Hager and Malcolm Roach to come into the game, and they were able to help apply pressure, both recording sacks, in a scoreless third quarter.
Asked why it took so long for Hager and Roach to get on the field, senior DT Paul Boyette said, "That's a coaching decision."
Boyette said DC Vance Bedford did not address the defense after the game.
Hager said after the game the problems on defense weren't a talent issue.
"It's not a talent issue," he said. "We were the most talented team out there. And it's not a scheme issue. It was an execution issue. We as players didn't do what we were supposed to do. Busted coverages. Not enough pressure. We've got a bye week to get it fixed before we start conference play."
Sheroid Evans said, "We're still searching for our identity on defense."
Cal QB Davis Webb said Vance Bedford inspired him this week.
"I grew up watching the Longhorns for so long, and you grow up in Texas, that's the college in that state. And seeing Vance Bedford's press conference this week and him throwing a couple jabs at me, personally, saying how I was only a top-four quarterback in the Big 12, if I was still in the Big 12.
"So I had a lot of motivation for this game, and we out-toughed them."
D'Onta Foreman (21 carries, 157 yards, 7.5 ypc, 2 TDs) said, "It's difficult when you run for 300 yards (307) and don't win. But we just have to keep fighting. We gotta make some changes wherever they need to be made. I feel like we gotta really good team and can make those changes and be really good this season.
"We gotta make stops on defense and can't shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties on offense and not capitalize on the touchdowns we could've had."
Foreman, who said he missed last week's game with a groin injury, was asked if he was worried about any finger-pointing about the offense doing its job while the defense is falling short.
"I can't speak for those guys on that side of the ball," Foreman said. "But I know Coach Strong and the defensive coaching staff will get it together. And I know those guys are probably upset about the performance they had tonight. They'll get it done. They'll get it fixed. I just gotta worry about what's going on the offensive side of the ball and make sure we don't have the stupid penalties like we had tonight."
When asked how the offense performed, Shane Buechele said:
"We played all right. We just have to take advantage of stuff the defense gives us, and we didn't execute well enough tonight. On the last drive, they dropped a lot of people, and guys were covered. We have to learn from this win and get better. We have all the talent in the world. It's just - we have to execute, and we didn't do that well enough tonight."
"This is a tough and disappointing loss. We gave up too many big plays on defense, had our chances on offense and turned it over a couple times. In our first road game, we expected to play better. We have to play better, knowing our whole attitude when you're on the road and how your preparation has to be different. Having two home wins and then coming out on the road, we had to have our team better prepared and we didn't."
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