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Yards to Glory: Vince scrambles into history

8/6/2011

Last Monday, we began a week-long project looking at the most famous touchdowns from 100-plus yards down to one yard, and we'll be taking a look at each of the Big 12 entrants on the blog throughout the week.

You can see the full project here.

The eight-yard spot is taken by one of the most famous plays from one of the best players in college football history. In one of the greatest national championship games ever played, Vince Young capped a game-winning drive with a career-defining play, winning his second consecutive Rose Bowl, and doing it against one of the greatest college dynasties ever.

Jan. 4, 2006: It was fourth-and-5, but it might as well have been fourth-and-goal -- the goal being Texas' first national championship in 35 years. Quarterback Vince Young spent all night outplaying the guy who took the Heisman Trophy from him, USC tailback Reggie Bush. On the final play of his college career, Young took the shotgun snap and outraced Trojans end Frostee Rucker to the right pylon. Texas won 41-38. The confetti still rains in Austin.

-- Ivan Maisel