BCS: Top 10 Moments in BCS Championship History
Over the last 14 years, college football fans have experienced the highs and lows of the BCS Championship Game.
There have been nail-biters and blowouts along the way, some of which provided images that will last a lifetime in the minds of college football fans.
With the BCS providing the stage, players from across the country have made their mark on college football, and left fans wanting more.
The BCS Championship Games have given fans numerous images that they will store away forever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, and while some fans may remember a certain game for being the greatest moment in their program's history, other fans have tried to erase that same game from their minds.
The following list will surely bring much debate and criticism, as different fan bases will definitely see each moment from a different point of view.
10. Marcell Dareus Gets the Pick and the Score
Alabama's Marcell Dareus not only knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the 2010 BCS Championship Game, but he also picked off McCoy's replacement Garrett Gilbert right before halftime and returned it for a touchdown to give Alabama a 24-6 lead that they would never lose.
Alabama went on to win the game 37-21, winning their first of two national championships over a three year period.
9. Ted Ginn, Jr. Provides Opening Kickoff Fireworks
The Ohio State Buckeyes entered the 2007 BCS Championship Game as favorites over a Florida Gators team that was not supposed to be able to handle the high powered Buckeye offense.
Ted Ginn, Jr. did his part to make sure Florida fans knew what they were up against by returning the opening kick-off 93 yards for a touchdown.
It was the only highlight of the game for Ohio State however, as Florida went on to upset the Buckeyes 41-14. The Gators' victory was the first of six in a row for the SEC.
8. Torrance Marshall Makes His Heisman Vote Public
The 2001 Orange Bowl served as the BCS Championship Game, featuring the Florida State Seminoles and the Oklahoma Sooners.
Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke had just won the Heisman Trophy, over a list of finalists including Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel.
Oklahoma linebacker Torrance Marshall let Weinke know that Weinke had won Heupel's trophy and Marshall was not happy about it.
Marshall went on to be the game's MVP, as the Sooners knocked off Florida State, 13-2.
7. Tee Martin Finds That the "Price Is Right"
In the inaugural BCS Championship Game, the Tennessee Volunteers found themselves matched up with the Florida State Seminoles.
The Volunteers were in their first year without future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and were led by Tee Martin.
With the Volunteers up 14-9 and less than 10 minutes to play, Martin found his main target, Peerless Price for a 79 yard touchdown pass that sealed Tennessee's 23-16 victory over the Seminoles.
6. Wes Byrum Kicks Auburn to a National Championship
The 2011 BCS Championship Game was expected to be an offensive explosion never seen before. Auburn was led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, while Oregon entered the game averaging over 49 points per game.
However, the game came down to a last second field goal attempt by Auburn's Wes Byrum to give the Auburn Tigers the championship, their first since 1957.
5. Colt McCoy Injury Derails Texas' Championship Hopes
Colt McCoy had become a legend in Austin, but had yet to deliver a national championship to Texas fans like Vince Young had just four years before.
The 2010 BCS Championship Game was the opportunity McCoy had been waiting for, but his night was cut short after being knocked out with a shoulder injury after a hit by Alabama's Marcell Dareus.
The injury ended the Longhorns chances of winning a second BCS championship and the career of Colt McCoy at Texas.
4. Willis McGahee Suffers Serious Injury
No matter which team you were pulling for in the 2003 BCS Championship Game, everyone watching the game found themselves pulling for Willis McGahee as he laid on the field with all of the ligaments in his knee torn.
While the game between Miami and Ohio State is arguably the best BCS Championship Game in the history of the series, one of the biggest moments was one of the most somber.
McGahee obviously went on to recover from the injury and to have a tremendous NFL career, but at the time, everything seemed in jeopardy.
3. The Legend of Tim Tebow Grows
There are no shortage of moments to define the collegiate career of Tim Tebow, but the one moment fans will remember about his appearance in the 2009 BCS Championship Game against Oklahoma was his halftime speech.
Florida and Oklahoma had played to a 7-7 tie heading into halftime, and Tebow gathered his troops to get them ready for the second half.
It worked, as the Florida Gators went on to win, 24-14.
2. The Buck(eye) Stops Here
The 2003 BCS Championship Game, held at the Fiesta Bowl, is certainly one of the best games the series has provided.
The Miami Hurricanes featured numerous future professional stars, including Willis McGahee, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey and Sean Taylor. Ohio State entered the game at 13-0, led by freshman running back sensation, Maurice Clarett.
After Miami kicked a last second field goal to force overtime, both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime.
Ohio State scored first in the second overtime on a five yard run by Clarett.
Miami had a 1st and Goal situation from the Ohio State two yard line after a pass interference penalty, but were unable to find the end zone on four consecutive plays, giving the Buckeyes a 31-24 win to cap their perfect season and a BCS Championship.
1. Vince Young Converts on 4th and 5
The 2006 BCS Championship Game was held at the Rose Bowl, which was perhaps the perfect setting for one of, if not the most, historic moments in college football.
The USC Trojans entered the contest as favorites over the Texas Longhorns, being led by former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and the current Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush.
USC had been billed by numerous analysts as one of the best college football teams of all-time.
However, Texas quarterback Vince Young had a chip on his shoulder. Young was the runner-up to Bush in Heisman voting, and he wanted to prove he should have won the award.
Down 38-33 in the closing moments of the game, Young and the Longhorns were facing a 4th and 5, with the BCS Championship on the line.
Young ran around the right side into the end zone, giving Texas a 39-38 lead, before a two point conversion extended their lead to 41-38, which was the final.