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COACH AND PROGRAM
Mack Brown took a lot of heat last year when he publicly campaigned for his Longhorns to be included in the BCS after his team's regular-season ending 26-13 win over Texas A&M.
California, a team having its best season in years with its lone loss a four-point setback to eventual national champion USC, held a slight lead over the Longhorns in the BCS Standings heading into the final week. The Bears did their part to maintain that advantage, defeating Southern Mississippi, 26-16, on the road in their finale.
When the final votes were tabulated, it was Texas that edged Cal for the final bid in the BCS and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Those in Pasadena weren't exactly thrilled, considering the tradition of the Pac-10 matching up against the Big-10 in the "Granddaddy Of Them All." And those in Berkeley were irate.
Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers called Brown's stumping "classless." Others across the nation persecuted Brown's pleas like he had broken the law.