By Steve Habel
The point-after kick in college football — a kick taken from the 10-yard line and amounting to a 20-yard field goal — is the most basic of plays.
So when Texas’ Nick Rose lined up to perform the kick that would punctuate a final touchdown run by Jerrod Heard to tie the game against California, coach Charlie Strong didn’t even bother to watch.
“It’s an extra-point and that’s automatic, right?” Strong said. “Then I looked up and saw one of the Cal players yelling and running down the field and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’”
With only 1:11 left to play, Rose saw Cal’s Darius White roar around the end of the line. Rose missed the extra-point kick, kicking the ball wide right and securing Cal’s 45-44 victory before a feverish, and then stunned, crowd of 91,568 fans Sept. 19 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The missed kick placed an irreversible down note on the