2005 Rose Bowl

The 2005 Rose Bowl Game was the 91st edition of the college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2005 at the self-named stadium in Pasadena, California. The Texas Longhorns, second-place finishers in the Big 12 Conference's South Division, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, co-champions of the Big Ten Conference, 38-37. Texas quarterback Vince Young and Michigan linebacker LaMarr Woodley were named the Rose Bowl Players of the Game, the first time that the Rose Bowl separately recognized an offensive and defensive player of the game.[2]

The contest marked the first time Texas and Michigan faced each other in football, despite the long history of each school's football program,[3] and also marked the first Rose Bowl in which a Big Ten team appeared without an opponent from the Pacific-10 Conference. ABC broadcast the game nationally in 720p format, the first time the Rose Bowl was telecast in HDTV in the United States.[4]

2005 Rose Bowl
91st Rose Bowl Game
Michigan Wolverines Texas Longhorns
(9–2) (10–1)
Big Ten Big 12
37 38
Head coach: 
Lloyd Carr
Head coach: 
Mack Brown
1234 Total
Michigan 014176 37
Texas 77717 38
DateJanuary 1, 2005
StadiumRose Bowl
LocationPasadena, California
MVPOffensive: Vince Young (QB, Texas)
Defensive: LaMarr Woodley (LB, Michigan)
National anthemMichigan Marching Band
RefereeDennis Hennigan (Big East)
Halftime showMichigan Marching Band
University of Texas Longhorn Band
PayoutUS$14.5 million[1]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersKeith Jackson (play-by-play)
Dan Fouts (analyst)
Todd Harris (sideline)


The USC Trojans and the Oklahoma Sooners were invited to play in the BCS Championship game in the 2005 Orange Bowl. This gave the Rose Bowl an at-large pick, as it gave up its traditional Pacific-10 Conference champion representative. The 2005 Fiesta Bowl also got an at-large pick, having given up Oklahoma to the Orange Bowl. Because the BCS non-AQ Utah Utes team had finished ranked in the top eight, either the Fiesta Bowl or Rose Bowl had to select them. That left one other slot open for the highest BCS ranked team. The Rose Bowl had first choice of this team over Utah, having given up the higher-ranked team.

There was a BCS controversy in the remaining at-large team that was selected to play in the BCS bowl games. The California Golden Bears expected to get the invite, having only lost one game to the top-ranked and undefeated Trojans. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns had lost only one game as well - to the #2 and undefeated Oklahoma Sooners. In the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football rankings on November 27, Cal was in the #4 BCS position and Texas was #5. Texas remained idle the next Saturday, but Cal had defeated the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in a makeup game from Hurricane Ivan on December 4. Going into the game, the Golden Bears were made aware that while margin of victory did not affect computer rankings, it did affect human polls and just eight voters changing their vote could affect the final standings.[5] In a dramatic twist, Texas, who had been left out of the BCS the year before because of the Oklahoma loss in the Big 12 championship, got enough voters to change their mind in the final vote and more computer points to slide into the BCS #4 slot. When the December 4 rankings came out, Texas was in the #4 BCS position and Cal was in the #5 position. Texas edged California out of the #4 spot by a mere .0102 points.[6] The final poll positions had been unchanged with Cal at #4 AP, #4 coaches, and #6 computers polls and Texas at #6 AP, #5 coaches, and #4 computer polls.[6]

Michigan Wolverines

A 28-20 loss at Notre Dame took the Wolverines out of contention for the BCS championship. They went through the Big Ten schedule, playing close games except for a 42-20 blowout of the Northwestern Wildcats. In the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game, the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines 37-21. Iowa and Michigan shared the Big Ten Conference title with identical 7-1 records. A 30-17 Michigan win over Iowa on September 25 ultimately decided the conference's Rose Bowl participant. Michigan was awarded the traditional Big Ten Rose Bowl selection by virtue of the victory in head-to-head competition over Iowa.

Texas Longhorns

Texas lost only one game, to the 2004 Oklahoma Sooner football team. In the Big 12 South division, this meant that Oklahoma would face Colorado in the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma was invited to the National Championship game. Because the Longhorns were not conference champions, their next bowl game would be arbitrarily picked, and the outcome heavily depended on the play of other teams. Texas would eventually gain an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game by virtue of its #4 BCS ranking (the top four BCS teams are guaranteed spots in a BCS bowl game if the first three teams are conference champions). As USC was participating in the Orange Bowl (that year's BCS Championship Game), the Longhorns were chosen to play in "The Granddaddy of 'em All" by the Tournament of Roses Rose Bowl Committee as an at-large team.

Game summary

The scoring was even 14-14 at halftime. The second half began with quarterback Vince Young scoring on the Wolverines with a 60-yard touchdown run. Michigan held a 10-point lead in the third quarter. Both teams traded scores and it looked as though Michigan would take the game with a late go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. But enough time remained for Texas to win. Driving 47 yards in ten plays, Texas had one final chance. Dusty Mangum's 37-yard field goal wobbled through the uprights as time expired.

Scoring summary

First quarter

Second quarter

  • Michigan - Braylon Edwards, 39-yard pass from Chad Henne (Garrett Rivas kick); 4 plays, 50 yards in 1:39 (Texas 7 - Michigan 7)
  • Texas - David Thomas, 11-yard pass from Vince Young (Dusty Mangum kick); 13 plays, 58 yards in 7:52 (Texas 14 - Michigan 7)
  • Michigan - Braylon Edwards, 8-yard pass from Chad Henne (Garrett Rivas, kick); 8 plays, 34 yards in 2:16, (Texas 14 - Michigan 14)

Third quarter

  • Texas - Vince Young, 60-yard run (Dusty Mangum kick); 6 plays, 72 yards in 2:07 (Texas 21 - Michigan 14)
  • Michigan - Steve Breaston, 50-yard pass from Chad Henne (Garrett Rivas kick); 3 plays, 50 yards in 0:30 (Texas 21 - Michigan 21)
  • Michigan - Braylon Edwards, 9-yard pass from Chad Henne (Garrett Rivas kick); 10 plays, 77 yards in 4:21 (Texas 21 - Michigan 28)
  • Michigan - Garrett Rivas, 44-yard field goal; 6 plays, 18 yards in 2:10 (Texas 21 - Michigan 31)

Fourth quarter

  • Texas - Vince Young, 10-yard run (Dusty Mangum kick); 7 plays, 50 yards in 3:08 (Texas 28 - Michigan 31)
  • Michigan - Garrett Rivas, 32-yard field goal; 10 plays, 60 yards in 3:42 (Texas 28 - Michigan 34)
  • Texas - Vince Young, 23-yard run (Dusty Mangum kick); 3 plays, 69 yards in 1:13 (Texas 35 - Michigan 34)
  • Michigan - Garrett Rivas, 42-yard field goal; 5 plays, 18 yards in 1:52 (Texas 35 - Michigan 37)
  • Texas - Dusty Mangum, 37-yard field goal; 10 plays, 47 yards in 3:04 (Texas 38 - Michigan 37)


Texas coach Mack Brown was criticized for publicly politicking voters to put Texas ahead of California. Cal coach Jeff Tedford called for coaches' votes to be made public. California's cause was hurt when it was less than impressive in a 26-16 victory over Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi the night before bowl bids were extended. This game was rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Ivan. Weakening Cal's cause after the fact was its 45-31 loss to Texas Tech University in the 2004 Holiday Bowl. Cal played without two of the highest performing receivers in the NCAA,[7] however, this loss was attributed in many press reports to the Bears' disappointment over being denied their first Rose Bowl appearance in 45 years.[8]

The Associated Press, as a result of two consecutive seasons of BCS controversy, pulled its poll out of the BCS formula. The AP poll was replaced by the Harris poll, and the AP continues to give out its own national-championship trophy.

Many in the press consider the 2005 Rose Bowl to be one of the most exciting contests the Bowl has ever produced. Ratings were spectacularly high and the game itself was an instant classic. Many players from the game (e.g. Young, Edwards, Breaston, Henne, Woodley, Johnson) would move on to prominent roles in the National Football League.

This win set the stage for Texas to return to the Rose Bowl for the BCS Championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Vince Young would be the Offensive MVP for a second consecutive year.


  1. ^ "Football 2004-05 bowl schedule". Deseret News. November 26, 2004.
  2. ^ 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine, 2008 Rose Bowl. Accessed January 26, 2008.
  3. ^ Associated Press, "Texas vs. Michigan is first for Rose Bowl," January 1, 2005, msnbc.com.
  4. ^ Rose Bowl will be first game. (beginning Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005). ESPN.com Page 2. December 22, 2004
  5. ^ Kelly Whiteside = California bears burden of making point that it's BCS-worthy. USA TODAY, November 29, 2004
  6. ^ a b *"2004 BCS Standings, BCS Rankings" (PDF). The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. Archived from the original (.pdf) on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2007-12-14.
  7. ^ "Wounded Cal could use a hand at receiver," Union-Tribune, December 29, 2004, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-02-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link);
  8. ^ For example, "The perfect ending for Cal," Palo Alto Daily News, December 29, 2006, http://www.paloaltodailynews.com/article/2006-12-29-cal-holiday-bowl;

External links

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2004 Texas Longhorns football team

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2006 Rose Bowl

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The game was a back-and-forth contest; Texas's victory was not secured until the game's final nineteen seconds. Vince Young, the Texas quarterback, and Michael Huff, a Texas safety, were named the offensive and defensive Rose Bowl Players Of The Game. ESPN named Young's fourth-down, game-winning touchdown run the fifth-highest rated play in college football history. The game is the highest-rated BCS game in TV history with 21.7% of households watching it, and is often considered the greatest college football national championship game of all time. Texas's Rose Bowl win was the 800th victory in school history and the Longhorns ended the season ranked third in Division I history in both wins and winning percentage (.7143). It was only the third time that the two top-ranked teams had faced each other in Rose Bowl history, with the 1963 Rose Bowl and 1969 Rose Bowl games being the others.

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Bowl Championship Series

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Dusty Mangum

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According to news reports, just before Mangum's kick, Brown told the senior "You're the luckiest human being in the world because your last kick at Texas will win the Rose Bowl." The kick made him an instant state celebrity — he appeared on radio and television programs, was honored by the Mesquite Independent School District, where he is from, and has appeared at autograph signings at Texas bookstores.

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Mangum achieved numerous other honors during his time at Texas, though he was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. Although Mangum was no longer with the Longhorns for their 2005 championship season, his last-second kick foreshadowed the Longhorns second trip to Pasadena, where a sprint by Vince Young into the end-zone in the final minute of play gave Texas back-to-back Rose Bowl wins.

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Little Brown Jug (college football trophy)

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Texas Longhorns

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