AUSTIN — It was a game for the ages.
I'm talking about the Texas game against the University of Southern California to determine college football's 2005 national champion at the grand daddy of them all, The Rose Bowl.
It was a star-studded game on that Jan. 4 night in 2006. The Longhorns and Trojans roster was littered with future NFL talent.
Texas was led by quarterback Vince Young. USC was led by quarterback Matt Leinart and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush.
Young led the Longhorns on a late fourth-quarter drive to take the lead for good, ultimately scoring the national title-clinching touchdown on 4th down and 5.
"It was a beautiful moment for me because all the hardship and tears to get to that position," said Young, who continues to reflect on that special night in Pasadena, California. "I think it was a huge deal for me just to see the smiles, the tears of my teammates and coaching staff as well as our fans."
A special night indeed for Young and for the Texas football program that captured its fourth national title that night.
Last season, Texas and USC met for the first time since that January night in 2006. It was exciting and thrilling. It was a double overtime loss for the Longhorns at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
On Saturday, these two college football powers will meet again, this time in Austin.
The Longhorn legend, who will be inducted into the latest Rose Bowl Hall of Fame class, has planned events beginning Thursday. Part of the proceeds will benefit two charitable organizations. One of the charities belong to one of Young's teammates the other is in the Austin area.
"They don't know yet, as well as one of the foundations here in Austin. I'm looking forward to surprising them," said Young.
Young has a golfing event planned Thursday morning at Top Golf and a formal fundraising event at the J.W. Hotel in Austin Friday night.
Young said he expects former USC running back and Tennessee Titan teammate LenDale White to make an appearance and possibly USC legend Marcus Allen.
Tune into KVUE at 10 p.m. Wednesday for more on Young and this special week for the Longhorns.
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