4. 2005’s Game – Texas Longhorns vs. Michigan Wolverines – Final Score: Texas – 38 – Michigan – 37 – The 2005 game featured the sixth ranked, 10-1, Texas Longhorns playing against the thirteenth ranked, 9-2, Michigan Wolverines. This year’s Rose Bowl was an offensive onslaught, with sophomore quarterback Vince Young putting on a dazzling show with his legs. While Young only had 180 passing yards on 16 completions for 1 touchdown and 1 interception, he helped lead his team to victory on the ground. By the end of the game, Young had 192 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Young’s four touchdowns tied the BCS record for the most touchdowns in a bowl game set by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne in 1999. The offensive show continued throughout the game and by half time, the game was tied 14-14. As the game headed into the fourth quarter, the Wolverines led 31-21. On their opening drive in the fourth quarter, Young led his team down the field to bring the Longhorns within three points, 31-28. The Wolverines answered with a field goal before Texas answered again with a touchdown to take a 35-34 lead. Michigan was able to answer one more time with a field goal and took the lead back, 37-35. With three minutes and four seconds left in the game, Vince Young took his team to the Michigan 19-yard line, with a chance to win the game. After back-to-back Wolverines time outs, Texas kicker Dusty Mangum nailed a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas the 38-37 victory. The game also featured three touchdowns from Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards, which set a Rose Bowl record.
3. 1966’s Game – UCLA Bruins vs. Michigan State Spartans – Final Score: UCLA – 14 – Michigan State – 12 – The 1966 Rose Bowl pit the number one ranked 10-0 Michigan State Spartans versus the fifth ranked 7-2-1 UCLA Bruins. The two teams met in the opening game of the 1965 season, with the Spartans beating the Bruins, 13-3. After failing to win a Rose Bowl in their previous five match ups, UCLA was a 14-point underdog heading into the game. During the pre-game speech to his team, UCLA head coach Tommy Prothro altered his speech from “give me 100 percent” to ‘I’m ashamed to tell you if you give 100 percent we’ll be humiliated. Give me 125 percent.'” The Bruins did just that. The first half belonged entirely to the Bruins as they headed into half-time with a 14-0 lead. The Bruins defense was able to keep the Spartans in check for most of the second half. It wasn’t until six minutes and 13 seconds left in the game that the Spartans were able to find the end zone. After a two play, 80-yard scoring drive, the Spartans chose to go for the two point conversion. UCLA batted down the pass and the Spartans trailed 14-6. Michigan State was able to force UCLA to punt late in the fourth quarter. After partially blocking the punt, the Spartans took over on their own 49-yard-line. After just three plays, the Spartans found the end zone on a 1-yard run. On the two point conversion attempt, UCLA defensive end Bobby Stiles was knocked unconscious after delivering a hard hit on Spartans running back Bob Apisa. Following the two failed two point conversion attempts, the Bruins went on to win the game 14-12 and ended the Spartans hopes of playing in the National Championship game.