Kicker Nick Rose lost it

He missed the PAT that would have tied the game. After QB Jerrod Heard’s heroic rushing touchdown with under two minutes to play. What a shame.

Cal 45, Texas 44.

Still, the best game I’ve seen Texas play in years. Good on ya, Horns!

“Cool under pressure, Heard’s legs and precision passing were a huge positive for a team that never gave up despite struggling mightily during the third quarter.”—Wescott Eberts, SB Nation.

Coach Charlie Strong: “Our team grew up tonight.” Indeed they did.

(As usual, a great many of the fair-weather Texas fans left when the Horns were down 21 points—before they got all but Rose’s one of them back. It’s an old story that has nothing to do with fired AD Patterson. Shame on you all.)

UPDATE:  Heard broke Vince Young’s rushing 2005 showcase record (527 vs 506) and played a lot like Colt McCoy used to. Could these Longhorns run the table on the Big 12? Dreamin’ big.

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