On this day in 2006: Vince Young shines in epic Rose Bowl

Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush didn’t go on to have the type of careers many expected in the NFL, but their roles in arguably the greatest BCS National Championship will live on.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
4th January 2017

article:4th January 2017

Vince Young.
Vince Young.

On this day in 2006, Young led Texas past USC 41-38 to win the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California in a thrilling contest. The game was back-and-forth until USC appeared to pull away, up 38 26 in the fourth quarter.

But Young would respond with two defining drives, first scoring on a 17-yard run before punching in a 9-yard scamper on fourth-and-five to put Texas ahead for good with 19 seconds remaining.


Young, Bush, Leinart and Michael Huff would be drafted in the top 10 of the 2006 draft.

Other memorable events to happen on this day

1937: Don Bradman begins his assault of 270 against England.

1981: Hana Mandlikova beats Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5 in the Australian Open.

1991: China’s Fu Mingxia, 12, wins the gold medal in diving 10m at the World Swimming Championships.

2000: Bill Belichick resigns as head coach of the New York Jets, one day after accepting the position.


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