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By Mike Huguenin | September 4, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Last season, there were numerous questions about Texas quarterback Vince Young going into the second game of the season - a showdown at Ohio State. While everyone knew Young was a great athlete who could hurt you with his scrambling ability, there were questions about how well he could pass against a legitimate defense. To be fair, there were questions about Texas as a team, too, most notably whether it could win in a hostile environment despite the opponent not having an established quarterback.
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By ALAN SCHMADTKE and ALAN SCHMADTKE,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 20, 2006
Dallas -- Rick Barnes can look down his bench for a chief reason his Texas Longhorns are back in the Sweet 16. Backup guard A.J. Abrams came off Barnes' bench to score 16 points yesterday, including a four-point play and a trio of three-point shots, and reserve post player Mike Williams provided 22 minutes of shut-down defense as Texas swarmed North Carolina State, 75-54, at American Airlines Center. "Coach told me I needed to stop passing up open shots, so I got more of them and just knocked them down," said Abrams, who could become a bigger factor for Texas now that guard Kenton Paulino reinjured an already sore left knee yesterday.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | January 7, 2006
The Rose Bowl was remarkable for many reasons - Texas quarterback Vince Young's performance, the back-and-forth fourth quarter, the amount of talent on the field. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect was that Texas' victory gave the Longhorns their first national championship since Richard Nixon was president. I'm not here to throw cold water on their triumph. (As the husband of a Texas grad proud enough to fly a state flag out our window first thing Thursday morning, I wouldn't dare.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | January 6, 2006
PASADENA, Calif. -- Hours after leading second-ranked Texas to a stunning 41-38 victory over top-ranked Southern California in the Bowl Championship Series national title game at the Rose Bowl, Longhorns quarterback Vince Young was alone on the balcony of his hotel room, crying. "I just sat out there and had my little words with the man upstairs," Young said yesterday. "I'm just a real blessed guy to be in the position I am right now. This is a big flashback of me growing up, me making that big transition to work hard in football and get away from the negative things going on in my life."
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 5, 2006
PASADENA, Calif.-- --Maybe Reggie Bush was the best player in college football this season, but Texas quarterback Vince Young made a pretty convincing argument last night that the Heisman Trophy went to the wrong guy. There was no question that on this glittering night at the Rose Bowl, Young was the man and - by the simple force of his will - the Longhorns were the best college football team in the nation. He had 467 all-purpose yards. Bush had 281. Young scored three touchdowns, including the decisive score with 19 seconds left to play to win his second Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy in a row. Bush scored one touchdown and made a momentum-shifting mental error in the first half that probably was the turning point in the game.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | January 4, 2006
PASADENA, Calif. -- A few days after Southern California's top-ranked football team stayed unbeaten by surviving a huge scare in November against Fresno State, Trojans coach Pete Carroll received an interesting phone call. It came from Texas coach Mack Brown. "It really sounds a little facetious now, but really it was to congratulate him on being able to win 34 straight games," Brown said yesterday. "I've learned something from Pete out here. Pete says that if you keep talking about the streak and you keep thinking about the streak, they're more likely to end."
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By DON MARKUS | January 4, 2006
Star power With the last two Heisman Trophy winners, tailback Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart, lining up for the Trojans, and this year's Heisman runner-up, quarterback Vince Young, playing for the Longhorns, it's fitting that this game is being held near Hollywood. It marks the first time that two Heisman-winning teammates will play in the same championship game. USC certainly has more marquee names - the Trojans also boast All-Americans in wide-out Dwayne Jarrett and tailback LenDale White - but that could just give the mostly no-name Longhorns more motivation.
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By PAUL MCMULLEN and PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER | December 9, 2005
Texas has an identity problem. The state that contributed Friday Night Lights to the culture is sending its namesake university to the Rose Bowl, where it will play Southern California for the national championship in college football. It won't be the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting of the school year for the Longhorns. The Texas basketball team takes on top-ranked Duke tomorrow at Continental Airlines Arena, aka The Meadowlands. The biggest state in the lower 48 has three of the NBA's most vibrant franchises and a prep pipeline that has turned out, among others, Shaquille O'Neal and reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | December 3, 2005
Instant replay erased much of the potential controversy from the 2005 college football season. Southern California and Texas, the two best teams since the start of the season three months ago, can eliminate any other chaos by winning today. The top-ranked Trojans need to beat crosstown rival UCLA at the Los Angeles Coliseum and the No. 2 Longhorns must defeat Colorado in the Big 12 championship game at Houston's Reliant Stadium to set up their much-anticipated Bowl Championship Series national championship matchup next month at the Rose Bowl.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 2, 2005
PASADENA, Calif. - For a guy who grew up in the shadow of the Matterhorn (and we're talking about the fake one in Southern California, of course), the Rose Bowl has always been a repository of tradition in a land of constant change. The Tournament of Roses spawned the first bowl game more than a century ago and tried hard to resist the siren call of the Bowl Championship Series, but you can only stand in the way of progress for so long if you want the biggest share of all that TV money.
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