Vince Young Refuses To Play as a No. 2 Quarterback

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IJune 9, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans walk off the field during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 28, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

In January 2006, now Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young put on one of the best performances we've ever seen at the college level in a National Championship game.

The former Texas Longhorns quarterback helped his No. 2 ranked team shock the world by upsetting the No. 1 ranked USC Trojans 41-38 in arguably one of the most exciting games in NCAA history.

In my opinion (and I'm sure others will agree), Vince Young would not have been selected as high in the draft a few months later if not for his performance in the National Championship game.

He single-handedly denied the Trojans their third straight national championship and ended their 34-game winning streak, their first loss since a regular season game against California in September 2003.

Young took home MVP honors as he finished the night 30-for-40 for 267 yards, along with his 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

With the Longhorns down 12 late in the fourth quarter, Young ran for two scores in the final five minutes of the game, including an eight-yard touchdown on a critical fourth-and-five play with 19 seconds left in the game, to give Texas their first lead since the midway point of the third quarter.

After Young ran in to complete a two-point conversion, the Longhorns took a 41-38 lead en route to their fourth national championship in school history.

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