San Diego (AP) - The next time Texas coach Mack Brown sees Joey Harrington, the memory shouldn't be quite so painful.
Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who've caught a
touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and he also threw for one score to
lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California on Wednesday night.
caught a 4-yard pass from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley in the second
quarter to join BYU's Steve Young, Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson and
Oregon's Harrington as quarterbacks who've caught touchdown passes in
the Holiday Bowl.
The Longhorns had the ball first-and-goal when
Ash handed off to running back Malcolm Brown who then handed off to
Shipley as if the Longhorns were going to run a reverse. Ash slipped
into the end zone and caught Shipley's pass to give Texas a 7-3 lead.
Shipley has thrown three touchdown passes this season, all while lining
up at wide receiver.
Brown joked on Tuesday how much it still
bugged him that Harrington caught a TD pass in the Ducks' 35-30 win
against Texas in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. The Oregon offensive coordinator
then was Jeff Tedford, who has been Cal's coach since 2002. Harrington
now works for the Longhorn Network.
Brown credited the play to co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, who previously had coached and played at Boise State.
Harsin grew up in that Boise system and that's the stuff Jeff did with
Oregon back in the early 2000s," Brown said. "And it's one of the
reasons why I hired Bryan. He believes in running the football, he
believes in being physical, but he's got toys in the pocket that he's
going to take advantage of things when he can.
"If you're not moving the ball, he's got some imagination in the offense to make a play," Brown said.
That play helped salvage a little bit of the Holiday Bowl's reputation for high-scoring, wide-open games.
knew they were going to throw something like that out there," Cal
defensive end Trevor Guyton said. "It was only a matter of time before
they did it. They got us. No excuses."
Ash had another impressive
play in the third quarter when he threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to
Marquise Goodwin, who made a nice over-the-shoulder catch in full
stride. That gave the Longhorns a 14-10 lead.
The Longhorns (8-5)
were even more impressive on defense, getting five takeaways and sacking
Cal's Zach Maynard six times, both season highs.
The Golden Bears (7-6) are winless in five games against the Longhorns dating to 1959.
put it away on Cody Johnson's 4-yard touchdown run on the first play of
the fourth quarter, which was set up when Maynard was sacked and
fumbled, which was recovered by Chris Whaley at the Cal 44. Goodwin ran
for 37 yards and Johnson had a 3-yard gain before his touchdown run.
Cal briefly took the lead at 10-7 after Isi Sofele's 6-yard run to cap the opening drive of the second half.
Ash's long TD pass to Goodwin came four plays into the next Texas drive.
"We had our chances and gave the ball away," Tedford said.
fumbled six times, losing four. The other turnover was an interception
by Quandre Diggs, the younger brother of former Texas star cornerback
and current San Diego Chargers starter Quentin Jammer.
"They did a
good job of stripping it. They got it out today," Tedford said. "They
got their hands on the ball, their hats on the ball and stripped it.
There's really no explanation for something we've worked on."
Maynard was under pressure the whole game.
kept getting caught in second-and-long, third-and-long," the QB said.
"It's hard to build a decent pass game and run game. ... It's hard to
overcome those turnovers. It's hard to build momentum."