Texas has final say over Michigan in Rose Bowl

Last-second field goal gives Longhorns 38-37 win

January 02, 2005|By Reid Hanley | Reid Hanley,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

PASADENA, Calif. - The rain was turned off for the Rose Bowl, just as it always is. It hasn't rained on the game - or the accompanying parade - in 50 years.

Thus the 91st Rose Bowl woke up in sunshine, after a week of record rains, as No. 6 Texas squared off against No. 13 Michigan for the first time in the schools' long and glorious histories.

And the game didn't disappoint, as Texas sophomore quarterback Vince Young and Michigan freshman quarterback Chad Henne had a Rose Bowl game for the ages that the Longhorns won, 38-37, as time expired.

Young rushed for 192 yards and passed for 180 more, and Henne tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes to the delight of the crowd of 93,468 almost evenly divided between Texas burnt orange and Michigan blue.

"You score 37 points, and it should be enough," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "But it wasn't, and you give Texas credit for that. We don't have any excuses. We're disappointed, as you might imagine."

Dusty Mangum kicked a 37-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Longhorns victory in their first Rose Bowl. Texas trailed 31-21 going into the fourth quarter, but Young led his team to its 11th victory in 12 games.

"It really didn't squeeze in there as close as you might think," Mangum said. "I hit it, looked up and it was going in. ... I didn't know what to say. I was speechless."

Young was named the Offensive Player of the Game. He rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another while completing 16 of 28 passes.

Michigan linebacker LaMar Woodley was named the Defensive Player of the Game after making nine solo tackles, assisting on two and helping limit Texas star tailback Cedrick Benson to 70 yards on 23 carries and denying him a touchdown for the first time in 38 games.

Young led the Longhorns to 17 fourth-quarter points, scoring on runs of 10 and 23 yards before guiding a 10-play, 47-yard drive that led to Mangum's field goal.

"All the big games we've had, from way back, helped me out," Young said. "It helped me gain confidence in myself and my teammates. Things like that help you out. We've been down way more than that and we have so many weapons."

Michigan's loss couldn't take away from the stellar games by senior wide receiver Braylon Edwards, all-purpose runner Steve Breaston and Henne.

Edwards caught 10 passes for 109 yards and a Rose Bowl record three touchdowns. Henne completed 18 of 34 passes for 227 yards and tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes.

Breaston gained 315 all-purpose yards, 221 on kickoff returns, to eclipse O.J. Simpson's 1969 Rose Bowl record of 276.

"That was two of the most phenomenal performances I've ever seen," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "Braylon Edwards, I've said all along he was worthy of the Biletnikoff Award. Breaston, I think the only time we stopped him [on kickoffs] was when he ran into somebody."

Twice in the fourth quarter Michigan (9-3) drove deep into Texas territory and had to settle for Garrett Rivas field goals. Rivas hit from 32 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter after nailing a 44-yarder in the third quarter.

The Texas offense had success against the Wolverines in the first half, gaining 179 yards total offense with 11 first downs. The Longhorns drove 85 yards in 15 plays late in the first quarter and took a 7-0 lead when Young tiptoed his way 20 yards on a quarterback draw with 1:41 left.

Michigan took advantage of a Texas special teams gaffe and drew even 14-14 at the half. Longhorns punt returner Ramonce Taylor fumbled Adam Finley's punt with 2:36 left in the half and Anton Campbell recovered at the Texas 34. Henne, who hit Breaston with a key 16-yard pass on third down, found Edwards open in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown. Rivas' extra-point kick tied it 14-14 with 20 seconds left in the half.

Edwards' touchdown was the 38th in his career and gave him the Michigan and Big Ten record over Anthony Carter. It was the 15th pass he had caught in a Rose Bowl, another record.

"There will never be a better game in the Rose Bowl," Brown said. "You had two of the top four winningest programs, and it should come down to two seconds left."

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