The 2006 Holiday Bowl was played in San Diego on December 28, 2006, with the California Golden Bears beating the Texas A&M Aggies 45-10. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Forsett went for 124 yards and a touchdown, Nate Longshore threw for another, and Cal blew open the game late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, stifling Texas A&M's power offense and moving the ball down the field at will late.
Cal would start the game off by going three and out, and then would allow Texas A&M to strike first. It would be the last time the Aggies would see the end zone that day. Longshore would come right back down the field and would find Will Ta'ufo'ou, DeSean Jackson, Lavelle Hawkins, Robert Jordan and Craig Stevens on pass plays of nine yards or more, and would then rush it in for the tying touchdown, 7-7.
Texas A&M would again manage to drive down the field to the Cal 33, but a holding penalty stalled the drive and on 4th and 8, Texas A&M's attempt to convert it was stalled when quarterback Stephen McGee was sacked by Nu'u Tafisi. The Bears would take advantage as Longshore would find Jordan for a 43 yard scamper that immediately brought the Bears within scoring range as the quarter wound down.
Lynch would rush the remainder of the period into the end zone to make it 14-7, California.
Desmond Bishop would come up with a huge tackle on 3rd and 9 that would stop
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