Texas' Vince Young celebrates with teammates after defeating USC 41-38 for the National Championship in the Rose Bowl. (Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman)

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10 years ago today: 2006 Rose Bowl – Texas 41, USC 38

Posted January 4th, 2016

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It’s the 10th anniversary 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.

The American-Statesman took an exhaustive look at the Rose Bowl win here on its 10th anniversary in the Sports section in August. Here are links to every story that appeared in print and on Hookem.com that day.

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

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Texas' quarterback Vince Young scrambles into the end zone for a touchdown during fourth quarter action against USC in the 2005 National Championship game. (Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman)
Texas’ quarterback Vince Young scrambles into the end zone for a touchdown during fourth quarter action against USC in the 2005 National Championship game.
(Rodolfo Gonzalez / American-Statesman)

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. 

 

 

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