Did Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George strip the ball from Texas' Johnathan Gray at the Cyclone 1-yard line with 1:08 left in Thursday night's game? Iowa State's Paul Rhoads expresses his displeasure over the call in the postgame news conference.
All the fireworks were before kickoff of Wednesday night's Holiday Bowl in San Diego. Texas and California entered with 7-5 records and the game turned into a dud, with the more athletic Longhorns prevailing, 21-10, before 56,313.
Texas sacked Cal quarterback Zach Maynard six times and forced five turnovers.
San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Nick Canepa wrote that the game was "a flop" and says "the Holiday, once among the top six bowls, has allowed itself to slip past the likes of the Alamo."