2006_01_syoung.jpgIt was a perfect confluence of events: a big game that lived up to the hype, the fall of a dynasty and the birth of a legend. Texas beat USC 41-38 behind the legs and arm of Vince Young who accounted for 467 yards of offense.

Young saved his best for the end of the game. With just over six minutes remaining, USC scored to go ahead by 12 points. Texas came down the field and scored a touchdown to cut the lead to five. USC then elected to go for it on 4th and 2 from the Texas 45 and when they didn’t make it Young led the Longhorns down the field and kept the ball himself on 4th down to score the winning touchdown. A two-point conversion play that forced USC to burn their last time out put Texas up by three. USC got the ball to the Texas 43 with eight seconds left, but Matt Leinert couldn’t find a receiver and time ran out on the Trojans.

So, Texas has returned to the top for the first time in 35 years. Now UT fans will have to hope that Vince Young decides to return to school and lead them again in 2006.

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