SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even though he’s won a Super Bowl, it still irks Aaron Rodgers that he and the California Golden Bears were bumped from the Rose Bowl seven years ago by Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns.
The Longhorns went on to beat Michigan in Pasadena. Relegated to the Holiday Bowl, Cal played like a jilted team and was overrun by Texas Tech in Rodgers’ final game.
The Golden Bears can get a measure of revenge when they play the Longhorns in a matchup of 7-5 teams in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night.
Rodgers said earlier this month that he’s still upset about Cal getting overhauled by Texas in the final BCS standings of 2004, because he and his teammates wanted to be the ones to break Cal’s long Rose Bowl drought.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford said he understands how Rodgers feels and that it was unfortunate at the time. But he says he’s moved on and is now friends with Brown.