Rose Bowl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The 2. 00. 6 Rose Bowl Game, played on January 4, 2. Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was an American college footballbowl game that served as BCS National Championship Game. It featured the only two unbeaten teams of the 2.
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NCAA Division I- A football season: the defending Rose Bowl champion and reigning Big 1. Conference champion Texas Longhorns played Pacific- 1.
Conference titleholders and two- time defending AP national champions, the USC Trojans. The game was a back- and- forth contest; Texas's victory was not secured until the game's final 1. Vince Young, the Texas quarterback, and Michael Huff, a Texas safety, were named the offensive and defensive Rose Bowl Players Of The Game.ESPN named Young's fourth- down, game- winning touchdown run the fifth- greatest play in college- football history. The game is the highest- rated BCS game in TV history with 2. It is widely considered the greatest game in college- football history. Texas's Rose Bowl win was the 8. Longhorns ended the season ranked third in Division I history in both wins and winning percentage (.
It was only the third time that the two top- ranked teams had faced each other in Rose Bowl history, with the 1. Rose Bowl and 1. 96. Rose Bowl games being the others. The 9. 2nd- annual Rose Bowl Game was played, as it is every year, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, in the United States. This was the final game ever called by longtime broadcaster Keith Jackson (as well as the final Rose Bowl to telecast under ABC Sports branding); the 2. Rose Bowl would be an ESPN on ABC presentation.
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This was the first college football game to feature two Heisman Trophy winners in the same starting lineup. USC's quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush won the award in 2. Bush would later forfeit the award. Pre- game buildupUSC entered the game on a 3. It was the longest active streak in Division I- A. Many of those wins have since been vacated following NCAA sanctions surrounding illegal benefits given to USC's Reggie Bush.) Texas brought the second- longest active streak, having won 1. Rose Bowl champion, after defeating Michigan in the 2.
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Rose Bowl. The teams' combined 5. NCAA record for teams playing each other. The game was also the first to pit against each other the teams ranked first and second in every iteration of the BCS standings.
This was Texas's second trip to the Rose Bowl in two years (and second trip in the history of UT football). A few weeks before the game, USC's Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy (since vacated in 2. Vince Young. Bush had the second- highest number of first place votes in Heisman history (behind O. J. Simpson) and the highest percentage of first- place votes, while Young had a record number of second- place votes. Bush's 9. 33- point margin of victory was the 1. Heisman voting history. The other finalist was USC's Matt Leinart, who had won the Heisman trophy in 2.
This meant that the Rose Bowl would mark the first time that two Heisman- trophy winners had ever played in the same backfield.The 2. Rose Bowl was, in the eyes of many, the most- anticipated matchup in college- football history.[1. Both teams were considered good enough to win the National Championship had they existed in different years instead of having to play each other. USC had been ranked No.
Texas had held the No. Before the game, some commentators postulated that the 2. USC team was one of the greatest college- football teams of all time.[1. ESPN analysts were virtually unanimous in declaring the 2. USC Trojans as having the best offense in college- football history [1. Texas did).[1. 4]Mark May and Kirk Herbstreit declared that the 2. USC Trojans were the second- best college- football team of the past 5.
May placed them behind only the 1. Nebraska Cornhuskers; Herbstreit behind only the 2. Miami Hurricanes).[1. This led Texas fans to mockingly chant "Best.. Team.. Ever" during the post- game celebration.[1.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated later observed, "ESPN spent the better part of Christmas season comparing that Trojans squad to some of the most acclaimed teams of all time only to find out that they werenвЂ™t even the best team that season."[1. Lee Corso was one of the few ESPN analysts to predict a Texas win.[1. Game summaryFirst quarterUSC received the opening kickoff and managed just three yards against a Texas defense that was stout early in the game. Aaron Ross fumbled the ball on the ensuing punt return, committing the first of four Texas fumbles on the day (though it would only lose one), and the Trojans recovered.
A 2. 3- yard Leinart pass to senior fullback David Kirtman, who was hit hard by Cedric Griffin and forced to leave the game briefly (Kirkman finished the game with three catches for 6. Len. Dale White, a bruiser who out- rushed his speedy counterpart, Bush, on the day, gaining 1. Kicker Mario Danelo's extra point gave USC a seven- point lead. The teams twice exchanged possessions to end the first quarter, as each defense held the opposing offense in check. Second quarterOn the second play of the second quarter, Reggie Bush exploded for 3. Leinart pass, reaching Texas's 1. Texas strong safety Michael Huff recovered the loose ball.[1.
The Pac- 1. 0 football- officiating coordinator later stated that Bush's pass was incorrectly officiated because it was an illegal forward pass, not a lateral, so the Trojans should have retained possession.[1. Young drove his team 5. David Thomas, who finished the day as Young's leading receiver, catching ten passes for 8. The Trojans' defense tackled sophomore running back Ramonce Taylor five yards behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble that Young recovered for an additional five- yard loss. This forced a Texas field- goal attempt, which David Pino converted from 4.
Texas's deficit to four. On USC's next possession, Leinart drove his team into Texas territory, this time to the 2. Texas free safety Michael Griffin, who appeared to be out of the play but ran halfway across the field before making a leaping catch and barely staying in- bounds in the end zone.
The turnover ended a second Trojans' drive with USC in scoring position. On the following Texas drive, Young connected with wide receiver Limas Sweed, who caught eight balls for 6.
Young then led his team with his legs, capping the drive by running 1. Selvin Young, who ran for 1. The lateral, made after Young's knee had touched the ground, was not reviewed because of issues with the replay equipment. The game continued with a failed extra- point attempt by Texas, which, not knowing of the equipment issues, appeared to rush the kick to get the play off before the prior play could be reviewed.[1. The NCAA football- officiating coordinator later asserted that Young's knee had been down, and expressed confusion about how the call had been handled.[1.
A defensive stop on USC's next possession and a 1. Texas the ball near midfield, and the Longhorns capitalized when Young found Thomas for 1. Taylor running 3.
Pino's extra point extended the Longhorns' lead to 1. On the next drive, Leinart threw a pass intended for Reggie Bush that was grabbed by Texas linebacker/safety Drew Kelson. But Kelson landed on his back after catching the pass and the ball popped out. The pass was ruled incomplete; equipment issues again prevented a review. USC's drive continued with a Leinart pass to wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, the top Trojan receiver of the day with ten catches totaling 1. Bush 1. 2- yard run took the Trojans to the Texas 1. But two sacks by defensive tackle Frank Okam pushed USC back 1.
Trojans to use two timeouts. Consequently, Danelo's 4. USC three points, and the half ended with Texas still ahead, 1. Third quarterThe Trojan defense came back strong from the halftime break and forced a punt on the Longhorns' opening drive of the third quarter. During the following USC drive, Leinart hit Jarrett for three passes totaling 3. White added the final 1. It was his second of the game, and it put the Trojans ahead, 1.
Behind the running of Jamaal Charles, who finished the game with five carries for 3. Young, who ran 1. Texas quickly answered. Young scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns from 1. Pino's successful extra- point attempt moved the Longhorns ahead, 2.
The lead changed hands once more with 4: 0. Leinart hit tight end Dominique Byrd for two of his four catches and 2. Although USC had been stopped on a fourth- and- short attempt earlier in the game, it decided to gamble again on fourth- and- one from the 1. White muscled it all the way to the end zone to record his third rushing touchdown of the game and the 5. The achievement set a USC record.[2. The Longhorns reached Trojan territory on the ensuing drive, with Young's 4.
Trojans forced a field- goal attempt from USC's 1. Pino missed a 3. 1- yard kick that would have put his team ahead by two.
Fourth quarter. Vince Young about to score the go- ahead touchdown. Behind Leinart's precise throwing (despite one interception, Leinart finished the day with otherwise stellar numbers, completing 2. Trojans drove 8. 0 yards over nine plays in 3: 3. Bush scored his only touchdown of the game on a 2.
Bush finished the game with 9. The LonghornsвЂ™ next possession began with an apparent reception and fumble by Jamaal Charles. The error would have given USC the ball on the Texas 4. Two Vince Young completions to wide receiver Billy Pittman, who caught four passes for 5.
Longhorns drive to USC's 1. When Young fumbled on third down, Texas settled for a 3. Longhorns to within five, 3. On the ensuing possession, the Trojans gained 4. Leinart pass to Kirtman and a 1.
This set up a 2. 2- yard toss from Leinart to Jarrett вЂ“ a play that saw Texas cornerback Tarrel Brown get injured while trying to tackle Jarrett at the goal line. Brown and a teammate collided as Jarrett stretched the ball over the goal line, and the successful extra- point attempt gave USC its biggest lead of the game, 3.