Everything comes up roses for Texas

Sunday, January 2, 2005

PASADENA, Calif. -- A winning kick put the controversy to rest. The Texas Longhorns proved they did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl.

Dusty Mangum made a 37-yard field goal as time expired and No. 6 Texas, behind quarterback Vince Young, edged No. 13 Michigan 38-37 Saturday in the first matchup of two of college football's elite programs.

With flashbulbs popping throughout the Rose Bowl, Mangum sent a wobbly kick through the uprights as the final 2 seconds ticked off and the Longhorns players rushed the field. The kick came after Michigan took its final two timeouts.

Young ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns while passing for 180 yards and another score. He led the final drive to Mangum's kick, giving coach Mack Brown his biggest win in seven years at Texas.

Michigan freshman quarterback Chad Henne tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes, three to All-American wide receiver Braylon Edwards.

Garrett Rivas kicked three field goals, the last a 42-yarder with 3:04 left to give Michigan a 37-35 lead.

All week, Brown and his Texas players were barraged by questions about their worthiness to play in a Bowl Championship Series game.

The Longhorns (11-1) earned their trip West when they leapfrogged fourth-ranked California in the final BCS standings, helped by Brown's public pleas.

By bumping Cal, Texas also crashed the Rose Bowl's long-standing tradition that the "Granddaddy" of bowl games pits a Pac-10 team against the Big Ten champ.

Michigan (9-3) ranks No. 1 in college football with 842 wins and Texas No. 3 with 787. And while it took more than 100 years for them to meet on the field, their first was a doozy.

With Young's razzle-dazzle on touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and Henne's scoring throws to Edwards, the game was an offensive showcase that simply came down to who had the ball last.

Michigan's Steve Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 yards total between his catches and kick returns, breaking the mark of 276 set by O.J. Simpson back in 1969.

Young, who ran and passed for a touchdown in a first half that ended in a 14-14 tie, ran for another touchdown to put Texas ahead 21-14.

Michigan tied, then took its first lead on Henne's 9-yard pass to Edwards. Rivas' 44-yard field goal gave Michigan a 31-21 lead.

But the Michigan defense had nothing left to stop Young, who scored two TDs to set up the frenetic ending.

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