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Pacific Life HOLIDAY BOWL
San Diego - Dec. 28, 2006
ESPN, 8 p.m. ET
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CALIFORNIA VS. TEXAS A&M
ESPN'S TAKE
Jim Donnan Heading into the Holiday Bowl, it looked like Cal and Texas A&M were teams going in different directions. The Bears had lost two of three games, while the Aggies were coming off a win over Texas. That didn't matter. When Nate Longshore plays well, Cal is tough to stop. And he played very well against the Aggies, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown. With Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett each rushing for over 100 yards, the Bears were an offensive machine. Their host of athletic offensive options buried the Aggies. Once Cal's defense got a feel for stopping Texas A&M's option attack, it was over. The Bears defense was physical, swarmed to the football, fundamentally sound and did a good job of open-field tackling. Jeff Tedford deserves a lot of credit. His first class of seniors have done a good job turning the program around. Texas A&M is a young team with a promising future. Now that Stephen McGee has two years under belt and the Aggies gained some confidence with their win over the Longhorns, they have a shot to move up in the Big 12 South next season.
-- Jim Donnan

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Nate Longshore
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Nate Longshore threw for 234 yards and a TD against the Aggies.
Bear Necessities
Cal didn't treat its trip to the Holiday Bowl as a vacation. And it showed. After spending the season answering questions about losses to Tennessee and USC, the Golden Bears delivered a physical message in their 45-10 pounding of Texas A&M. Bruce Feldman
 
HOLIDAY BOWL OVERVIEW
It was over when ...

Nate Longshore connected with Lavelle Hawkins on a 4-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to put the Bears up 28-10.

Game ball goes to ...

Longshore, who completed 19-of-24 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Stat of the game ...

111, 124. Cal had two running backs go over 100 yards. Marshawn Lynch ran for 111, while Justin Forsett sprinted for 124.


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