ORG XMIT: NY169 FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2005, file photo, Heisman Trophy finalists quarterback Vince Young, left, of Texas, and running back Reggie Bush of Southern California, pose for a photo with the Heisman Trophy at the ESPN Zone Times Square in New York. There will be no 2005 Heisman winner now that Reggie Bush has returned the award from that year. The head of the Heisman Trophy Trust said Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, that the 2005 award will be vacated. Former Texas quarterback Vince Young finished a distant second to Bush in the voting that year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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Vince Young flashes Oscars ballot proclaiming him as 2005 Heisman Trophy winner

Posted February 28th, 2017


Back in December of 2005, video-game-come-to-life running back Reggie Bush, of Southern California, won the Heisman Trophy, beating out his teammate, quarterback Matt Leinart, and a guy who would go on to lead his team to the national championship the following month while having the greatest bowl game performance, arguably, of all time.

That guy was Vince Young, Texas quarterback. The team he beat in the Rose Bowl for the title was USC. It was one of the greatest nights in the history of Texas football. 

But, a little over 11 years ago, Bush was the runaway Heisman winner. He won the award with a total of 2,541 votes compared to the runner-up’s 1,608. The runner-up was Young. No one outside of Austin really believed Bush wouldn’t win the Heisman, after all,  he had rushed for 1,740 yards, 16 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 478 yards and was playing for the defending two-time national champions.


But looking back at it, maybe Vince Young should have won, after all, he sure did show it in Pasadena. Now, after the biggest flub in the history of the Academy Awards, Young may be thinking that he was “moonlighted” at the Heisman ceremony and went to Twitter:


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