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PAT-rified: Heard-led comeback against Cal falls short when extra point kick is blocked

Redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard had 527 yards of total offense against Cal.

Redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard had 527 yards of total offense against Cal.

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

The extra point kick in college football, taken from the 10-yard line, is the most basic and near-automatic of plays. So when Texas’ Nick Rose lined up to punctuate the final scintillating touchdown run by Jerrod Heard with the kick that would tie the Longhorns’ game with California with 1:11 to play, coach Charlie Strong didn’t even bother to watch what was happening on the field.

“Hey, it’s an extra-point kick, 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.'”

Rose had his PAT partially blocked and it missed wide right, securing Cal’s 45-44 victory over Texas before a feverish, and then stunned, crowd of 91,568 fans Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The blocked kick placed an ultimate

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .