'Horns win high-scoring Rose
Dusty Mangum's 37-yard field goal with no time left gives criticized Texas a 38-37 victory over Michigan.
Published January 2, 2005
PASADENA, Calif. - A winning kick put the controversy to rest. Texas proved it did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl.
Dusty Mangum made a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and the No.6 Longhorns, behind quarterback Vince Young, edged No.13 Michigan 38-37 Saturday in the first matchup of two of the nation's elite programs.
Mangum sent a wobbly kick through the uprights as the final two seconds ticked off, and the Longhorns rushed the field. The kick came after Michigan took its final two timeouts.
"I was hoping they would quit calling timeouts," said Mangum, a walk-on senior. "It's something I've dreamed about. To come down to a pressure kick, why not?"
And exactly the ending Texas coach Mack Brown wanted.
"There will never be a better game in the Rose Bowl," Brown said. "You had two of the top four winningest programs, and it should come down to two seconds left."
All last week, Brown and his players were barraged by questions about their worthiness to play in a Bowl Championship Series game.
The Longhorns, helped by Brown's public pleas, earned the berth when they leapfrogged Cal in the final BCS standings.
"I don't think we'll ever answer all the critics in sports," Brown said.
Young ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 180 yards and a score. He led the winning drive to give Brown his biggest win in seven seasons at Texas.
Michigan freshman quarterback Chad Henne tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes, three to All-America receiver Braylon Edwards.
Garrett Rivas kicked three field goals, the last a 42-yarder that squeezed just inside the right upright with 3:04 left to give Michigan a 37-35 lead.
And teammate Steve Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 total yards between his catches and kick returns, surpassing the 276 of O.J. Simpson in 1969.
Michigan is first in the nation with 842 wins and Texas third 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 touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and Henne's scoring throws to Edwards, the game was an offensive showcase that came down to who had the ball last.
"(Young) was tough to tackle, but we should have gotten to him several times," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I was disappointed with the loss and with the tackling."
Young ran for a score and passed for one during the first half, and Henne matched him with two touchdowns to Edwards to leave it 14-14 at halftime.
But the fun had only just begun.
Young's second touchdown was a longer version of his first. Dropping back to pass, he made a quick read then took off. He shook off a tackle 15 yards upfield then outraced All-America safety Ernest Shazor to make it 21-14.
Breaston, who gave the Wolverines good field position with his kick returns all afternoon, brought the ball to the 50. Three plays later, he hauled in a pass from Henne and sprinted for the end zone, diving for the pylon to make it 21-21.
The Wolverines took their first lead when Henne hit Edwards from 9 yards and stretched it to 31-21 on Rivas' 44-yard field goal.
But the Michigan defense had nothing left to stop Young.
After Rivas kicked a field goal that made it 34-28, Young scrambled again for the end zone, leaving the Wolverines gasping for breath as Texas took a 35-34 lead before the frenetic ending.
"Thirty-seven points should have been enough to win," Carr said.
"There are no excuses."