After the Texas defense forced a 3 and out, Aaron Ross fumbled the punt and the Trojans recovered. Matt Leinart then connected with the fullback David Kirtman for a 23 yard touchdown. The first quarter would end with a 7-0 lead for USC.
The second play of the second quarter, Matt Leinart hit Reggie Bush on a middle screen. Reggie Bush takes off down the field and is about to get tackled and then this happens:
That was a huge turnover that changed the momentum of the game. The Longhorns drove it down the field but could only get a field goal out of the drive. On the next USC drive, the Trojans were able to move the football down the field but Leinart was intercepted by Michael Griffin and his momentum carried him into the endzone. The Longhorns would take the football down the field for a touchdown to take the lead 10-7 over the Trojans. The game would go into the half with a 16-10 lead.
The real magic happened in the 4th quarter.
With the Trojans up 24-23, Reggie Bush atones for his lateral fumble with a monster run to put the Trojans up 31-23
The Longhorns were only able to get a field goal on their next drive. The Trojans were able to to score a touchdown on their next drive extending their lead to 38-26. The Longhorns were running out of time and options.
Except the most important option, Vince Young.
Vince Young drove the ball down the field and scored on a 17 yard touchdown run to bring the score to 38-33. Then the Longhorns defense made a huge play on 4th and 2 and took over on downs. Then Vince Young drove the ball down the field but they were stopped and on 4th and 5, Vince Young made history on his final collegiate snap of his career.
The two point conversion was good and the Longhorns stopped the Trojans to win the national championship. Their first since 1970.