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Wild, wild Webb — former Texas Tech quarterback leads Cal past Texas, 50-43

The first road trip of the year was a disappointing one for the Texas football team, as the Longhorns fell, 50-43, at Cal (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

The first road trip of the year was a disappointing one for the Texas football team, as the Longhorns fell, 50-43, at Cal (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

BERKELEY, Calif. — There is no way that the Texas Longhorns' 50-43 loss Saturday night to California can be considered anything but a step backward for the suggestion that UT had surged back into the ranks of the pertinent of the college football world.

What 50,448 fans in California Memorial Stadium and a red-eyed nationwide viewership discovered (or was it reaffirmed?) was that the Texas defense can’t stop anyone, save from the occasional team like UTEP. With the game in the balance late in the fourth quarter, the Longhorns folded, finally doomed by defensive breakdowns, bad execution and poor coaching decisions.

The record will show that Cal quarterback Davis

 

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 .