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NCAA Bowl Game Summary - Texas vs. Michigan



(Saturday, January 1st)

Final Score: (6) Texas 38, (13) Michigan 37

Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Dusty Mangum hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to hand No. 6 Texas a dramatic 38-37 victory over 13th-ranked Michigan in the 91st Rose Bowl.

Sophomore quarterback Vince Young accounted for all five of the Longhorns' touchdowns -- four on the ground and one by air -- as Texas rallied from a 10- point deficit in the fourth quarter to capture the victory in its first BCS bowl game.

Texas (11-1) was also making its first trip to the Rose Bowl after edging out No. 4 California in the BCS standings at the end of the regular season. The Golden Bears did little to justify their top-five ranking in the Holiday Bowl, getting trounced by Texas Tech 45-31 on Thursday.

Michigan's senior receiver and the 2004 Biletnikoff Award winner Braylon Edwards set a Rose Bowl record with three touchdown receptions and finished with 10 catches for 109 yards in his final game.

Freshman signal-caller Chad Henne completed 28-of-34 passes for 227 yards and four scores for the Wolverines (9-3), who have come up empty in back-to-back visits to Pasadena. The Big Ten champions dropped a 28-14 decision to Southern California last New Year's Day.

The Rose Bowl, except for when deciding the national championship, traditionally pits the Big Ten champ against a Pac-10 school. Instead, it marked the first meeting between two storied football programs that did not disappoint.

"There will never be a better game in the Rose Bowl," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "You had two of the top four winningest programs and it should come down to two seconds left. I don't think we'll ever answer all the critics in sports."

Young, who along with teammates and Brown faced much criticism as to the validity of their BCS berth, let his legs take over with the Longhorns trailing by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter. He glided his way into the end zone from 10 yards out for his third rushing touchdown to pull his team within three, 31-28, just five minutes into the period.

After a 32-yard field goal by Michigan kicker Garrett Rivas made it a six- point game, Young danced his way into the end zone again, escaping the arms of a would-be tackler on his way to a 23-yard TD -- his last of the day.

Young finished with 192 rushing yards while passing for 180 more.

After Rivas connected from 42 yards out to put Michigan back ahead, 37-35, with 3:04 to play, Young carried five times for 33 yards to get Texas into field goal range.

The Longhorns took the clock all the way down to two seconds before Michigan tried to ice Mangum with a pair of timeouts. The strategy didn't work as Mangum's wobbly kick made it inside the right upright with just a few yards to spare for the game-winner.

"I was hoping they would quit calling timeouts," Mangum said. "It's something I've dreamed about."

Texas had the lone points of the opening quarter, as Young scampered 20 yards up the middle on a quarterback draw to cap an 85-yard march with 1:41 to go in the stanza.

The Wolverines broke even early in the second on Henne's first scoring strike to Edwards, who showed great body control to haul in a 40-yard deep ball and come down in bounds for the touchdown.

A 39-yard return on the ensuing kickoff by Ramonce Taylor enabled the Longhorns to answer right back. Young's 11-yard TD pass to David Thomas in the right flat put the wraps on a 7:30 drive that was prolonged by a 4th-and-1 offsides penalty against Michigan.

Taylor then committed a freshman mistake after the Wolverines were forced to punt. Taylor didn't look the ball all the way in while setting up the return and coughed it up to Michigan 33 yards away from a game-tying score just 2:30 before halftime.

Henne worked the ball down to the eight-yard line before floating a pass to Edwards in the back of the end zone with 20 ticks left, as the teams went into halftime tied 14-14.

The halftime presentation did little to dampen either offense, as Young exploded for 60 yards down the right sideline to give his team a 21-14 advantage just two minutes into the third quarter.

The game was tied again 30 seconds later when Henne hooked up with Steve Breaston for a 50-yard TD, only three plays after Breaston's 43-yard kick return out to midfield.

Texas was forced to punt on its next series, ending a string of five consecutive possessions ending in touchdowns, but Michigan kept attacking. Edwards ran a quick slant from eight yards out for his third score of the day to hand the Wolverines their first lead with 6:29 to play in the third.

Young followed with his only mistake of the day, throwing an interception to Prescot Burgess, who returned it 23 yards to get near midfield. Rivas then connected on a 44-yard field goal to push the Michigan cushion to 31-21 going into the final quarter.

Game Notes

Texas' only loss this season came at the hands of second-ranked Oklahoma...The Longhorns improved to 21-21-2 in bowl games, a season after a 30-28 setback to Washington State in the Holiday Bowl...The Wolverines fell to 8-11 all-time in the Rose Bowl...Texas running back Cedric Benson, who injured his leg on the team's first play from scrimmage, carried 23 times for 70 yards...Young and Benson have both eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau, the first time two Longhorns accomplished the feat in the same season...Benson ends his collegiate career with 5,540 rushing yards, good for sixth all-time in NCAA history.

01/02 00:11:49 ET


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