As we reflect on the 2012 season and try to remember a better time of Texas Longhorns football, today was a special day in Longhorns history. The Texas Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38 in the 2006 Rose Bowl to win the National Championship.
We all know the results but let’s reflect on the backdrop of that game.
One year earlier, Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns made it to their first BCS bowl game. Oklahoma won the Big 12 and was on it’s way to the Orange bowl. The Rose Bowl had the first at-large selection that year over the Fiesta Bowl because USC had the higher ranked team in the Orange Bowl for the national championship. In the final BCS standings, Texas jump Cal to get in the Top 4 of the BCS even though Cal played the Saturday before the final BCS Standings were released.
The Rose Bowl selected the Longhorns amid much controversy. But it didn’t matter to Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns, Mack Brown finally got to a BCS bowl in his 7th season at Texas.
The 2005 Rose Bowl was as good as advertised. Two great teams in Texas and Michigan meeting for the first time in the Granddaddy of them all. The game was one for the ages ending on a game winning field goal.
Vince Young after the game said “We’ll be back (to the Rose Bowl)!”
In the 2005 campaign, the Longhorns faced little opposition from the competition, ending with a 70-3 victory over Colorado in the 2005 Big 12 championship.
The Longhorns though were disrespected the entire time leading up to the Rose Bowl. ESPN went as far as to compare the 2005 USC Trojans to the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers and 2001 Miami Hurricanes before the game was even played.
But on January 4th, it was settled on the field