Texas and Ohio State faced off in the desert, and after a mildly entertaining first half, things picked up by the fourth quarter. Down four, quarterback Colt McCoy led the Longhorns on a two-minute drive that ended in a go-ahead TD with 16 seconds left. McCoy threw for 414 yards and three touchdowns (one pick), and Texas won 24-21.
2008 Sugar Bowl
Georgia entered the game against West Virginia as double-digit favorites, but the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 28-0 in the second quarter. They closed the gap to 31-21 by halftime and to three points by the final quarter. With 1:26 left and West Virginia facing fourth-and-6 on its own 45-yard line, the Mountaineers dialed up a fake punt and converted the first down to seal a 38-35 victory.
2005 Sugar Bowl
Auburn beat Virginia Tech 16-13, and the exciting part is what transpired after. Auburn finished its season 14-0 and was hoping for an AP No. 1 ranking to split the national championship with the winner of Oklahoma-USC. The Trojans crushed the Sooners in the BCS title game and would be the outright national champ, but Auburn’s plea to be considered No. 1 added unusual significance to the Sugar.
2005 Rose Bowl
Because USC was playing in the BCS title game, the ’05 Rose Bowl didn’t have a Pac-10 representative. Instead, Texas played Michigan and trailed the Wolverines 37-35 with just over three minutes to play. But Texas drove, and kicker Dusty Magnum booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Horns a 38-37 win.
2004 Fiesta Bowl
Trailing Ohio State 35-14 in the fourth quarter, Kansas State appeared done. But the Wildcats scored two touchdowns to pull within 35-28 and give fans a momentary glimpse of hope (and stress for Buckeyes fans). The hope wouldn’t last though, as Ohio State recovered an onside kick and held on for a 35-28 win.
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2000 Orange Bowl
Alabama against Michigan – it already sounds good. Tied 28-28 in the fourth quarter, the Crimson Tide blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt to force overtime. A Michigan QB named Tom Brady connected on a TD in overtime and Alabama responded with a TD of its own … only to have kicker Ryan Pflugner miss the PAT, giving Michigan a 35-34 win.
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2003 Fiesta Bowl Championship Game
No. 1 Miami entered the game with a 24-game winning streak and faced No. 2, and undefeated, Ohio State. The game would go into overtime tied at 17, and after Miami scored a TD, Ohio State faced a fourth-and-3 from the 5-yard line. QB Craig Krenzel’s pass to Chris Gamble fell incomplete, but pass interference was called, giving Ohio State another chance. Replay showed Gamble dropped the ball before being contacted by Glen Sharpe, and a great BCS controversy was born. Ohio State would win in the second overtime, leaving college football with a game that’s still being debated.
2007 Fiesta Bowl
No. 7 Oklahoma faced No. 9 Boise State, and in the final 86 seconds of regulation, the teams combined to score 22 points. What you probably remember: Boise State executing a perfect “Statue of Liberty” play, with Jared Zabransky handing off to Ian Johnson, on a two-point conversion attempt to give Boise a 43-42 win. Johnson then raced to the sidelines and proposed to his girlfriend, a Boise State cheerleader.
2006 Rose Bowl BCS Championship Game
No. 1 USC vs. No. 2 Texas. Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush vs. Vince Young and the Horns. Most predicted Pete Carroll’s Trojans would beat Texas, but Young put on a performance for the ages, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including his scamper to the right pylon to give Texas a 41-38 win.