Jan 1, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; General view of the Rose Bowl before the 2013 Rose Bowl between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Stanford Cardinal. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Longhorns Vault: 2005 Rose Bowl Vs. Michigan

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In anticipation of the college football season. Hook’em Headlines will go back in time and relive some of the greatest game in Texas Longhorns football history. Today we breakdown the 2005 Rose Bowl

Prelude to the game:

In the 2005 Rose Bowl, Texas and Michigan faced off for the first time in the history of these 2 prestigious programs. This was also the first time Texas played in the Rose Bowl. After the controversy that led Texas to land in the Rose Bowl, it was the first time since 1997 that Texas played in one of the 4 BCS designated bowls (Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange). Michigan was 9-2 and #13 in the BCS while Texas was ranked #4.

The Game

Despite the difference in rankings (Texas #4, Michigan #13), Michigan was a very good team that came to play that night in Pasadena. Michigan was in the game from the beginning until the very end. The game was tied 14-14 going into the half. Vince Young had an amazing game rushing for 192 yards and throwing for 180. He scored 4 rushing touchdowns and passed for 1 more, but with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Texas was down 31-21 until Vince Young scored from 10 yards out to get Texas within a field goal. A Michigan field goal put the score at 34-28. Then Vince Young (pictured above) runs for 23 yards for the go ahead touchdown with 4:56 to go in the game. But Michigan answered with another field to make it 37-35. Then, Texas got the ball back and took it to the 27 yard line and with 2 seconds left, a field goal would decide the game.

The play Longhorn Fans will always remember:

The Field goal was good and Texas won their first ever Rose Bowl where after the game, Vince Young proclaimed that they would be back for next year’s national championship.

What did this mean for the Longhorns?

Although Mack Brown did a great job at building a consistent winner and making Texas into what it is today, he hadn’t won the big one yet. He got another chance against Michigan in the Granddaddy of them all and he finally did it. The win help put Texas into serious consideration for the 2005 national title. It also introduced the college football world to what a special football player Vince Young was.

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