BCS Rewind: Vince Young Carries Texas Over USC

12/25/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns cheerleaders carry the Texas flags on the field after a score against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsIt probably doesn't hurt too many people's feelings that the Bowl Championship Series will cease to exist following the January 6 national title game between Florida State and Auburn.

But, not everything surrounded the BCS has been bad.

There have actually been some thrilling moments and games throughout the years. With that in mind, let's take a trip down memory lane and spotlight the best of the best in the BCS as we head towards the collision course between the Seminoles and Tigers.

Today, we start at the top.

The 2006 Rose Bowl game between the USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns offered up plenty of intrigue. For USC, you had Matt Leinart at quarterback (who had won the Heisman the year before), and Reggie Bush at running back (who had won the Heisman that season).

On the other side, Texas was led by Vince Young. The Longhorns QB had his coming out party the previous year in Pasadena in accumulating five touchdowns in a 38-37 Texas win over Michigan. 

But after many believed that he was given the shaft in not winning the Heisman, everyone wondered how Young would fare against the Trojans, who came into the meeting on a 34-game winning streak.

Well, it's fair to say that Young would do just fine.

Despite leading 16-7 in the second quarter, Texas would eventually relinquish the lead to USC in the third quarter, and the Longhorns found themselves down 38-26 with under seven minutes to go in the game following a Dwayne Jarrett touchdown catch.

That's when Young began the march towards one of the most memorable performances in title game history. 

It started with an eight play, 69 yard drive that ended in a 17-yard scoring run from the man himself. Texas inched a little closer, only down five with four to go. After a game-changing stand by the Longhorn defense on fourth down, Young took the ball with about two minutes to play, needing to lead his team to a touchdown to secure the win.

We all know what happened next. Young led a drive for the ages, capping it off with perhaps one of the most recognizable plays in college football history -- an eight-yard touchdown scamper on fourth down to give Texas the lead.

The Longhorns snapped the long USC winning streak and gave Young the last laugh over the Trojans after failing to win the Heisman.

Unless Florida State and Auburn top it in a few weeks, this game will likely be remembered as the best of the BCS era. It had the players, it had the drama, and it had everything you could want out of a national title game.

Even though Young's NFL career hasn't quite worked out the way that he wanted it to, no one can ever take away his shining moment as a football player -- the night he put Texas on his back and came home with a championship trophy.

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