Top 10 College Football Games of the Decade
This slideshow highlights the very best games of the decade in college football, from 2000 up until the end of last year.
It includes great comebacks, historic upsets, and amazing National Championship Games that went down to the wire and have been the most amazing college football games played this decade.
Included are the very best teams in college football over the decade, including USC, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, and Florida.
We may have more to come in '09, but this is the best up to this point. Enjoy.
10. Fresno State @ USC (2005)
In a game that secured the Heisman Trophy for Reggie Bush, Fresno State also earned the respect of USC.
Bush had 513 all-purpose yards in making a highlight tape for the ages but the Bulldogs continued to play the Trojans tough.
Fresno led as late as with 9:47 left in the fourth quarter with a 42-41 lead, but the Trojans showed their resilience.
LenDale White capped an 89-yard drive with a touchdown, and the Trojans would add another field goal, beating Fresno State 50-42 and winning their 33rd straight game.
9. Florida @ Miami, Fla. (2003)
The Hurricanes and Gators renewed their rivalry in 2003 in an early season marquee matchup. Miami quarterback Brock Berlin, a former Florida Gator, was the main story, but it soon was the dominance of the Gators.
Miami kick returner Devin Hester returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, electrifying the Orange Bowl.
However, the Gators would control the game until the mid-third quarter and take a 23-point lead.
The Hurricanes stormed back in the second half behind Berlin's 340 yards passing. Miami scored 28 unanswered points, including the game-winning touchdown by Frank Gore, giving Miami a 38-33 win and their 23rd consecutive home victory.
8. Louisville @ Rutgers (2006)
In the famous "Pandemonium in Piscataway" call, the battle of Big East unbeatens ended in the biggest win in Rutgers history.
Ranked No. 3 in the country, the Louisville Cardinals came into this prime time Thursday game hoping to secure a spot against the winner of Ohio State-Michigan in the National Championship game.
They looked well on their way until the second half, when the Scarlet Knights battled back. Tying the game after trailing by 18, Rutgers then drove down the field for a game-winning kick that was missed.
Miraculously, Louisville was offside, giving kicker Jeremy Ito another shot, and he hit it from 28 yards, giving Rutgers a 25-22 victory.
7. Texas @ Texas Tech (2008)
The battle of unbeatens was easily the biggest game in Texas Tech history, coming into the game ranked No. 7 against their in-state rival, No. 1 Texas.
After starting out the game with a 19-0 lead, the Red Raiders looked like they would cruise to a historic upset, but the Longhorns would have none of it.
Behind quarterback Colt McCoy, Texas would eventually take a 33-32 lead with 1:29 left in the fourth, presumably keeping their undefeated season alive.
However, Heisman Trophy candidates Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree would hook up on a 28-yard touchdown with one second left on the clock for a 39-33 win over Texas.
6. Arkansas @ LSU (2007): 3 OT
Behind their dynamic running back duo of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, the Razorbacks stunned No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge on the day after Thanksgiving in 2007.
McFadden stole the show, running for 206 yards and even throwing for a touchdown in Arkansas' 50-48 triple-OT victory.
The late-season loss, however, did not prevent LSU from playing for and eventually winning the National Championship.
5. Appalachian State @ Michigan (2007)
I-AA Appalachian State went to the Big House to open up the 2007 season against No. 5 Michigan. The Mountaineers were not intimidated by Michigan.
After falling behind early, the Wolverines came back to setup a game winning field goal attempt at the end of the game.
Cory Lynch blocked the field goal and gave Appalachian State one of the greatest upsets in college football history.
4. USC @ Notre Dame (2005)
The 2005 USC Trojans headed to South Bend as defending National Champions and winners of 27 consecutive games.
The luck of the Irish nearly proved too strong for the Trojans, as the game was all but over, but Matt Leinart's fumble went out of bounds, giving USC one last play.
As Leinart ran the ball up the middle, he was given "The Bush Push" and gave the Trojans a 34-31 win.
3. Ohio State vs. Miami (2003 Fiesta Bowl): 2 OT
In a game where the defending National Champion Miami Hurricanes were favored by nearly two touchdowns, the Ohio State Buckeyes proved that their season was no fluke.
The Buckeyes came out early and punched Miami in the face in a game that would eventually go into two overtimes.
After a controversial pass interference call in the first overtime and a tough Ohio State defensive stand in the second overtime, the Buckeyes were crowned National Champions for the first time since 1968.
2. Boise State vs. Oklahoma (2007 Fiesta Bowl)
Trick play after trick play is what will be remembered for the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The hook and lateral, the Statue of Liberty, and the proposal—this game had everything.
The touchdown-favored Oklahoma Sooners were in shock as Boise State jumped out to a 28-10 lead in the third quarter.
After Oklahoma scored 18 unanswered points to tie the game, Boise State's offense went back to work.
However, Jared Zabransky's pass was intercepted by Marcus Walker of Oklahoma and was returned 34 yards for a touchdown and a 35-28 lead for the Sooners.
Boise State responded by scoring a touchdown with 18 seconds left. During overtime, Boise State's trick plays were too much for the Sooners, as Ian Johnson scored on a two-point conversion rather than kicking the extra point for a 43-42 win for Boise State.
1. USC vs. Texas (2006 Rose Bowl)
The 2006 Rose Bowl was supposed to be the cap on USC's dominance and a three-"Pete" for Coach Carroll. Vince Young didn't care.
Throwing for 267 yards and running for another 200, Young torched the Trojan defense, which was named the "Greatest Team of All Time" by ESPN in the weeks leading up to the Rose Bowl.
With 19 seconds left, Young ran towards to the corner of the end zone and gave the Longhorns their first National Championship since 1970.