5. 3. 2006 Rose Bowl; Texas 41, USC 38
The top three in this list are as close to indisputable as it gets in lists like these. The order, however, can be disputed. Mine starts here, with an angry Vince Young.
Not only did Young lose the Heisman Trophy to Reggie Bush, but his Longhorns were underdogs in the national championship game. Vince would have none of it.
The dual-threat quarterback put on one of the best performances in college football history. He finished with 267 yards passing, 200 more rushing with three running scores. In the second half, Young was unstoppable. For two straight TD drives with Texas down 12, Young was responsible for every yard of 125 (either rushing or throwing).
Oh, and Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, two Heisman winners (Bush’s since vacated) also played.