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Reviewing the Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38

American-Statesman relives the Longhorns' biggest athletic achievement of 21st century.

Posted August 30th, 2015

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It’s the 10th anniversary season since Texas beat down USC to win the 2005 national championship. So much has happened since that unbelievable night Vince Young scrambled into history and Mack Brown raised the Waterford crystal football, symbolizing the national title.

Texas coach Mack Brown and quarterback Vince Young celebrate the National Championship after defeating USC 41-38, Wednesday, January 4, 2006. (Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman)
Texas coach Mack Brown and quarterback Vince Young celebrate the National Championship after defeating USC 41-38, Wednesday, January 4, 2006. (Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman)

The American-Statesman took an exhaustive look at the Rose Bowl win here on its 10th anniversary in the Sports section on Aug. 30. Here are links to every story that appeared in print and on Hookem.com that day, along with an electronic version of the special pages from the newspaper.

Ten seasons later, what a long strange trip its been for Texas, USC.

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Columnist Kirk Bohls, who did not put Vince Young atop his Heisman Trophy ballot that year, still has some explaining to do.

Columnist Cedric Golden loves linemen. So he took a long look at Texas’ offensive line in 2005. The “big uglies” were a thing of beauty. 

Relive the top 10 plays from Texas and USC’s seasons.

How did the Texas-USC game change college football? Let us count the ways.

Was Texas-USC the best game ever played in the BCS era?

Do fans truly realize how much future NFL talent was on display that night in Pasadena? Take a look at the Texas-USC roster breakdown.

Breakdown down of Texas-USC by the numbers.

Statesman reporters remember what it was like that night to cover the big game. 

Here’s what the special section looked like from the pages of the Austin American-Statesman. Or, click here to see the pages in an expanded form.

And here’s what the pages looked like from Jan. 5, 2006.

 

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