Vince Young and Co. make it to the Rose Bowl yet again. This time, with a feared opponent, and the team with the best record in the Rose Bowl—USC.
Both teams were undefeated coming into the Rose Bowl. But as ESPN states, "the game was heart-pounding action from start to...finish".
This was only the third time the No. 1 and No. 2 teams have matched up in the Rose Bowl. The other two being '63 and '69.
There was a lot of build-up surrounding the game, as Reggie Bush had just won the Heisman Trophy—ahead of second place Vince Young. Matt Leinart also had won the Heisman previously. This was the only game in Rose Bowl history where two Heisman winners would play in the same backfield.
ESPN was nearly unanimous in saying that the '05 Trojans were the second best team in the last 50 years (second to the '01 Hurricanes, or '95 Cornhuskers depending on who you ask). But Texas was gonna take 'em down hard.
Young broke the Rose Bowl record set in '05 with 467 yards of total offense. He averaged 10.5 yards per carry as he rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
It was 7—0 to USC at the end of the 1st. While Reggie Bush tried to pull off a lateral into the Endzone, Texas recovered it leading to a field goal. The next USC drive ended in a pick, which Young turned into a Touchdown.
A few turnovers and Vince Young Touchdowns later, and viola...16—10 at the half with the Longhorns up. As we know, USC always plays better in the second half, and that they did.
Forcing a punt, then scoring, USC went ahead 17—16. On a 4th down play, USC's Running Back LenDale White muscled his way in for a score. At the end of the third it was 24—23 USC.
The 4th was by far the most exciting, breathtaking, and contraversal quarter of the Rose Bowl, and possibly any Rose Bowl.
There was 2:09 left on the clock. The ball was on the Texas 44-yard line. After making some amazing passes, the ball was then on the USC 13-yard line—with only 19 seconds left to play.
Vince Young being In-Vince-ible, he rushed for a Touchdown (and got the 2 point conversion) making the score 42—38 which stood till time ran out.
Read the whole summery here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Rose_Bowl
Vince Young's Scramble is listed as the 5th biggest play in NCAA College Football history. The 2006 Rose Bowl was the best according to ESPN since the '86 Rose Bowl, also in our list.
Four players in this game were Top 10 picks in the 2006 NFL draft, including Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Michael Huff, and Matt Leinart.
For many reasons, this Rose Bowl is most definitely memorable now, and will be for a long long time.