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PostThe Texas-USC Championship Game, 2006 (Randy Black, USA, 07/12/15 5:12 am)
In his post about California's accounting smoke-and-mirrors game, Ric Mauricio (10 July) more or less seemed to agree with my summation of the state's financial problems. The difference is that Ric makes his case based on his extensive experience with accounting practices, while mine is more or less gossip coupled with research.
That said, Ric made a final comment about a football game that occurred January 4, 2006 between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Southern California Trojans for the National Championship.
Ric wrote that the UT QB's knee touched the ground prior to crossing the goal line on the final game-winning touchdown near the end of the game, in short, a missed call. He alluded to the NCAA's East Coast referee's favoritism to UT for some strange reason.
Because Ric concluded that Young's knee touched the ground, he concluded that USC really (morally) won the game and the National Championship.
I have a rather vivid memory of Vince Young running untouched into the end zone untouched from the 9-yard-line, so I looked the video up on YouTube. It's a guy thing, these vivid memories of athletic events of importance. What could be more important than UT football for the National Championship?
When Young ran for the go-ahead TD with 19 seconds left, my narrative goes as follows:
On 4th and 5 from the 9, game almost over and lost for UT, Young takes the snap from center in a shotgun formation, looks left like he might throw, pressure from his left flushes Young out of the pocket, he steps to his right, hesitates and then takes off for the right corner of the end zone where he runs in untouched. No knees anywhere except those of the USC players on the ground as he flies in with room to spare.
At the 2-yard-line, the safety dives for Young but misses badly. Touchdown! Texas 39, USC 38. On the point after, Young ran for the 2-point conversion to make it 41-38 was moot.
Ric is misremembering the facts. He is apparently referring to the point-after attempt--not the winning TD. On the 2-point attempt, Young was wrapped up at about the 2, but falls forward on the tackler, his knees on that man's chest and into the end zone.
USC had no time outs left when they got the ball back at 16 seconds. After a quick toss to a running back for 20 yards, with 8 seconds left, on the next play, Bush, the USC QB, scrambled around and finally threw the ball out of bounds as the clock expired and the game was over.
I've attached the YouTube video of the game and it's clear that the UT QB was untouched as he ran for the winning score. To see the final couple of plays, you want to scroll ahead to the 2:05:01 mark on the YouTube counter, which will bring you to the final :30 seconds of the game with USC leading 38-33. On 3rd and 5, Young takes the snap from the 9-yard-line and throws incomplete up the middle. Note: UT scored two TDs in the final six minutes of the game to win.
It was UT's 800th win in their long history.
That was the good news from a decade ago. By 2015, UT will be lucky to win five games this year.
Hook ‘em Horns. (I attended Oklahoma for two years but graduated from Texas Tech.)
JE comments: Texas pride vindicated! Randy Black has a great gift for sports play-by-play. I'm going to put David Duggan on color commentary, and we have the WAIS sportscaster Dream Team.