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2011 Holiday Bowl Score: Texas Leads Cal 7-3 In Defensive-Minded Contest

The California Golden Bears and the Texas Longhorns are locked in a defense death-grip, as neither team's offense has really managed to make anything happen the conventional way. Both teams have combined for 164 yards of offense on 63 players for just around 2.6 yards per play. Cal and Texas have combined for ten rushing yards. TEN! We'll probably have a 100-yard rusher by the end of the twentieth half, if we get to it.

If that sounds fun to you, you probably can't wait for the BCS National Championship game, and for that I pity you.

Cal drove 42 yards on 11 plays to set up a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal to put Cal up 3-0. The defense then locked down the Longhorns for most of the game, but David Ash found Blaine Irby sneaking back on a backside tight end throw and Jaxon Shipley then found Ash on a wide receiver end-around throwback to the quarterback. That's been the difference for the Horns in this contest.

Texas has shown more punch late in the first half. By contrast Cal's offense has looked progressively worse. After the first drive, the Bears have committed two turnovers and punted four times while not once crossing midfield.

For more on Texas football, head to Burnt Orange Nation. For more on Cal football, go to the California Golden Blogs.