The one game that most college football fans, let alone Horns fans, will never forget is the 2006 Rose Bowl where Texas’ Vince Young and USC’s Matt Leinart took center stage. This was a prime example of what could happen when a Mack Brown-coached team had a quarterback that got through a title game healthy.
Young’s game-winning touchdown run took advantage of a Reggie Bush turnover that completely changed the tide of the second half. USC was the highly-touted team that entered the BCS National Championship Game as the favorite, but Texas didn’t go away quietly and unseated the reigning National Champions.
USC actually entered this contest on a 34-game winning streak while the Horns had a dominant run to this affair too. And, the Heisman finalists for the 2005 award were also both from Texas and USC, in Bush, Leinart, and Young. Even though Bush would eventually be revoked of that award, it had to have given Young some type of motivation to win this one.
Young had three touchdown runs in the second half alone. His clutch ability came to the forefront here, but he had multiple instances of coming through at the right time throughout the course of his entire Texas career. Young handed Leinart just his second loss of his college career, en route to possibly the best game in the modern era of college football altogether.