Thursday, January 05, 2006



In one of the greatest individual performances of all time, Texas upset USC to win college football's championship game. The final score was, perhaps appropriately, the same as one of the NFL's "greatest games ever" -- San Diego's 1982 playoff victory over Miami.

Longhorns QB Vince "Mr. 467 total yards" Young has established himself as the best player in college football and -- if he chooses to go pro (GO PRO, VINCE!!!) -- may have catapaulted himself over USC's Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart to become the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

All that said, how on earth could USC head coach Pete Carroll go for it on fourth-and-two, with the game on the line in the fourth quarter -- and leave your best player (Bush) on the sidelines!?!?!?

Going for it on fourth down was the correct call. LenDale White had a great game. But, when the frickin' game is on the line, you need to have your best player in there. For one thing, the USC offense was unstoppable in the second half; Texas' defense was worn down. Bush, arguably, would have had an easier time taking the ball in the backfield and running to the outside, rather than -- as USC did -- have White try to run it up the middle.

But, even if Bush was used as a decoy, it would have forced the Longhorns to account for him on the field, possibly opening another hole for White.

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