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Bush powers top-ranked USC toward Rose Bowl

USC's mix of enthusiasm, perspective and competitive spirit has Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and the top-ranked Trojans on the cusp of a threepeat, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: December 4, 2005, 11:30 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- On an afternoon of USC performances stunning in their virtuosity, the Trojans stood out as much for what they lacked as for what they achieved.

The achievements are many: a humiliation of their crosstown rival, No. 11 UCLA, 66-19; a clinching of a place in the Rose Bowl to play No. 2 Texas for the national championship; a stemwinder of a final campaign speech by Heisman Trophy candidate Reggie Bush, who rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

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