Heading into the game, the teams had a 22-3 combined record. Clemson WR Sammy Watkins won the game's MVP honors after posting 227 receiving yards in his final college performance. The Braxton Miller-led Buckeyes took a one-point advantage into the fourth quarter only to fall behind as Tahj Boyd completed a touchdown pass to Stanton Seckinger. Miller was intercepted in the closing moments to finalize the win for the Tigers.
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2011 Rose Bowl - No. 3 TCU 21, No. 5 Wisconsin 19
Undefeated Mountain West champion TCU took a step up in competition on New Year's Day and beat big bad Big Ten champion Wisconsin, led by head coach Bret Bielema. Horned Frog QB Andy Dalton won MVP honors after scoring two touchdowns. The Badgers scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the game but failed to convert the following two-point conversion.
In a rare Big 12-Big Ten Rose Bowl, Vince Young had his first Rose Bowl MVP performance, as the Texas QB put up 372 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Michigan WR Steve Breaston had a great day of his own, gaining 315 yards of total offense. The Wolverines took the lead with three minutes left but Young led one last drive to put the Longhorns into position for the game-winning 37-yard field goal by Dusty Mangum.
2014 Rose Bowl - No. 4 Michigan State 24, No. 5 Stanford 20
The Big Ten champion Spartans beat Pac-12 champion Stanford at its own game by stuffing the Cardinal on fourth-and-1 in the closing moments of the 100th Rose Bowl. Michigan State QB Connor Cook won the MVP award after throwing for 332 yards and two touchdowns. The Spartans surrendered only 11 first downs and 143 passing yards to Stanford QB Kevin Hogan.
The first night of the college football playoff saw one of the biggest upsets of the season, as the Big Ten champions jarred the favored Tide. MVP Ezekiel Elliott ran wild on the Tide, gaining 230 rushing yards with third-string QB Cardale Jones adding 286 total yards to propel the Buckeyes to the title game. Despite facing an early 21-6 deficit, the Buckeyes outscored Alabama 22-14 in the second half.
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2011 BCS Title - No. 1 Auburn 22, No. 2 Oregon 19
Cam Newton capped his only season at Auburn by leading the SEC champions to a last-second victory over Pac-12 champion Oregon at the site of the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks tied the score late in the fourth quarter with the only touchdown of the second half but left two and a half minutes on the clock. That's all Newton needed to drive Auburn to victory, which came on a game-winning field goal as time expired.
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2014 BCS title - No. 1 Florida State 34, No. 2 Auburn 31
The Tigers' magical run came to an end thanks to the clutch efforts of Heisman Trophy winner and Seminoles QB Jameis Winston. Facing a four-point deficit with 1:19 left, FSU drove down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the game. ACC champion Florida State ended the BCS era by winning the last title before the playoff era began.
The Wolverines twice faced a 14-point deficit but, thanks to quarterback Tom Brady, rallied to score in the closing seconds. Alabama blocked a potential game-winning Michigan field-goal attempt, sending the game into overtime. Brady gunned a 25-yard touchdown pass for Michigan's first lead of the game. Alabama answered back, but on the ensuing PAT, Ryan Pflugner missed the chip shot and Michigan prevailed.
WAC champion Boise did the unthinkable when it beat the Sooners in overtime. In the last 86 seconds of regulation, the teams combined to score 22 points. It finally ended when Boise quarterback Jared Zabransky brilliantly faked a pass to his right and executed a 'Statue of Liberty' play. To cap off the amazing finish, Boise running back Ian Johnson proposed to his girlfriend after scoring the winning two-point conversion.
The Buckeyes downed the defending national champions and ended the Hurricanes' 34-game winning streak in double overtime to capture the 2002 national title. Neither team led by more than seven the entire game. This bowl featured a number of future pros, as 37 players would go on to be drafted by the NFL.
2006 Rose Bowl - No. 2 Texas 41, No. 1 USC 38
'The Granddaddy of Them All' certainly lived up to its name as Big 12 champ Texas and Pac-12 champ USC faced off in Pasadena, Calif. Thanks to Vince Young's 467 yards of total offense against the Trojans, his name will forever be remembered in Austin, Texas. USC had two Heisman Trophy winners on its side in Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, but unfortunately neither played defense as Young scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds remaining.