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Greatest Performances in BCS Championship Game History

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2014

Greatest Performances in BCS Championship Game History

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    Can anyone match Vince Young's performance?
    Can anyone match Vince Young's performance?Harry How/Getty Images

    With the final BCS Championship Game only days away, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane.

    Every year since 1998, college football’s two best teams have fought for the right to be crowned No. 1. Thirty teams have competed, but only 15 can call themselves BCS champions.

    In that time period, we’ve seen plenty of memorable performances.

    Join Bleacher Report as we take a look at some of the best that ever played in the game.

7. Florida QB Tim Tebow (2009)

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    Tim Tebow proved why he was one of the best to ever play the game against the Sooners.
    Tim Tebow proved why he was one of the best to ever play the game against the Sooners.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 18-of-30, 231 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT; 22 CAR, 109 YDS (W 24-14 vs. Oklahoma)

     

    Why He’s Here

    He may not admit it, but quarterback Tim Tebow didn’t like losing out on the 2008 Heisman Trophy to Sam Bradford.

    As a result, Tebow made Bradford’s Sooners pay for it.

    Although his first-half stats may not be great (two interceptions), Tebow made up for it in the second half. He finished with 231 yards passing while rushing for another 109 yards.

    Of course, Tebow capped it all off with his trademark jump-pass to secure Florida’s second BCS title in three years.

    It was a clutch performance by one of the greatest college football players of all time.

6. Tennessee WR Peerless Price (1999)

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    Peerless Price gave the Seminoles fits all night.
    Peerless Price gave the Seminoles fits all night.Vincent Laforet/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 4 REC, 199 YDS, 1 TD (W 23-16 vs. Florida State)

     

    Why He’s Here

    Sure, Peerless Price only managed to haul in four catches in the game. However, he sure made his moments with the ball count.

    Earlier in the game, Price had a 76-yard catch and run that set up a Vols touchdown. He also scored the eventual game-winner on a 79-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Tee Martin in the fourth quarter.

    Furthermore, he added 43 yards off punt returns to give him 242 all-purpose yards. That ranks second all time behind Reggie Bush’s 279.

    Price’s 199 receiving yards is tied for the single-game record in BCS Championship Game history.

5. USC RB Reggie Bush (2006)

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    Reggie Bush had a field day against the Longhorns.
    Reggie Bush had a field day against the Longhorns.Harry How/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 13 CAR, 82 YDS, 1 TD; 6 REC, 95 YDS (L 41-38 vs. Texas)

     

    Why He’s Here

    It’s hard to look good in defeat.

    However, that’s exactly what Trojans running back Reggie Bush accomplished.

    In a tough loss to the Longhorns, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner (before it was vacated) rushed for 82 yards on 13 carries while also catching six passes for another 95 yards. He also returned five kickoffs back for 102 yards.

    Altogether, Bush finished with a BCS Championship Game-record 279 all-purpose yards.

    If it weren’t for the gutsy play of Texas quarterback Vince Young, it’s likely Bush's play would have been what we remembered. 

    Instead, he’s just another statistic for believers of the Heisman curse.

4. Florida State WR Peter Warrick (2000)

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    Peter Warrick had a special day against the Hokies.
    Peter Warrick had a special day against the Hokies.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 6 REC, 163 YDS, 2 TD (W 46-29 vs. Virginia Tech)

     

    Why He’s Here

    Seminoles wide receiver Peter Warrick was quite the busy guy during the 2000 BCS Championship Game.

    Offensively, he hauled in six receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns. But Warrick was also a force on special teams, adding a 59-yard punt return touchdown. 

    Throw in his two-point conversion, and he was responsible for 20 points—a BCS title game record.

    But what people most remember from Warrick's performance is his spectacular touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. He fought through a defensive pass interference call and somehow brought it in for a score.

    Deservedly so, Warrick took home Sugar Bowl MVP honors. 

3. Miami WR Andre Johnson (2002)

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    Andre Johnson was a nightmare to opposing secondaries.
    Andre Johnson was a nightmare to opposing secondaries.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 7 REC, 199 YDS, 2 TDS (W 37-14 vs. Nebraska)

     

    Why He’s Here

    Before wide receiver Andre Johnson was a star in the NFL, he served as the Hurricanes' go-to guy in the passing attack.

    That was evident during Miami’s 37-14 over Nebraska. Johnson hooked up with quarterback Ken Dorsey for seven catches, 199 yards and two touchdowns.

    The most memorable part of his performance was his 50-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring.

    He gave Nebraska defenders nightmares all game long, as the Hurricanes took a 34-0 lead into halftime. Johnson and Dorsey were named the game's co-MVPs. 

2. USC QB Matt Leinart (2005)

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    Matt Leinart had a great game against the overmatched Sooners.
    Matt Leinart had a great game against the overmatched Sooners.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 18-of-35, 332 YDS, 5 TD (W 55-19 vs. Oklahoma)

     

    Why He’s Here

    In one of the most disappointing BCS Championship Games of all time, Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart put in a very special performance.

    The Santa Ana, Cali., native connected on strikes of 54, 33 and 33 yards among his five touchdowns to help USC race out to a 38-10 halftime lead. In fact, all five of his touchdowns came in the first 35 minutes of game play.

    Had the Sooners put up more of a fight, it’s likely that Leinart’s numbers would have been even flashier.

    Still, Leinart became the only player ever to throw five touchdowns in BCS Championship Game history.

    Paired with his 332 yards, it’s safe to say he had one heck of a performance.

1. Texas QB Vince Young (2006)

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    Vince Young had a performance to remember.
    Vince Young had a performance to remember.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Stat Line: 30-of-40, 267 YDS; 19 CAR, 200 YDS, 3 TD (W 41-38 vs. USC)

     

    Why He’s Here

    Expecting anyone else?

    Longhorns quarterback Vince Young was dominant in pulling Texas to the 2006 BCS title. His 467 yards of total offense set a Rose Bowl record.

    In a game that the Longhorns defense almost let slip away—the Trojans led 38-26 with under five minutes remaining—Young willed his team back into the game.

    Two of his three touchdowns came in the game’s final minutes—the first on a 17-yard scramble, breaking tackles along the way.

    The last is a play that has been replayed over and over again, in which Young found the end zone on an eight-yard run on 4th-and-5.

    Needless to say, it’s hard to find a more impressive performance than this one.

     

    All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBstats.com.

    For complete coverage and everything college football, you can reach Sebastian on Facebook, on Twitter and via email at Sebastian.LenaBR@gmail.com.

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