- 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season
Infobox NCAA Division I-A season
year = 2005
September 1- December 3
championship = Rose Bowl,
champions = Texas Longhorns
Reggie BushThe 2005NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the least amount of controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series(BCS) title game in many years.
The BCS saw good fortune as two teams, the
University of Southern CaliforniaUSC Trojans and the University of TexasLonghorns, started the season as #1 and #2, then proceeded to stay there the entire season undefeated, the second year in a row that had happened. The title game was played at the Rose Bowl, where Texas defeated the Trojans, in great part due a stunning performance by Texas quarterback Vince Youngwho ran the ball into the end zone for the game's winning touchdown. Heisman Trophywinner Reggie Bushalso made a tide turning play, but his was more a benefit for the opponent, as an attempted mid-field pitch came close to being highlight reel material but instead ended up blooper reel. Matt Leinartattempted a last second comeback but fell quite short. The 2005 Longhorns were National Champs and for once no one was trying to dispute that. Unlike the 2005 Orange Bowl national championship game where USC annihilated the Sooners, 55-19, the game didn't turn into a blowout.
There was an unlikely comeback team in the season. UCF came from a helpless 0-11 record in 2004, to a respectable 8-5 record and an appearance in the
Conference USAChampionship game and a Hawaii Bowlberth. Although their season apparently got off to a poor start with a loss to South Carolina on opening day and a pasting by their intrastate rival, South Florida, they pulled off 8 wins over a 9 game span (only loss was a 31-52 rout by Southern Miss) including getting a win over eventual conference champions, Tulsa. Tulsa got redemption from their earlier loss to Central Florida, destroying them 44-27. In the Hawaii Bowl, the Golden Knights were an extra-point-miss away from sending Nevada to OT.
Heisman Trophyvoting was basically a 3 man show: Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart(who won the Heisman Trophy in 2004), and Vince Young, who helped Texas win the national championship for the 1st time since 1970. Bush won the trophy, with Young coming in second.
To an extent it was a return to classic football. Seven of the eight BCS teams were traditional powerhouses, many of the schools having worn the same uniforms for half a century, and Penn State and Florida State having the same coaches for nearly half a century. Alabama was back in the mix for the SEC title, shaking off the residual effects of NCAA sanctions. And though Penn State is a relative newcomer to the Big Ten, Ohio State and Michigan were still in the running for the conference title until the last game.
Steve Spurrierreturned to the college coaching ranks for the first time since 2001, taking the reins at South Carolina and turning out a respectable 7-5 season. Urban Meyer, last year's hot coach after leading Utah to an undefeated season took over at Spurrier's old job, Florida. Charlie Weisleft the New England Patriotsto take over the head coach job at his alma materNotre Dame and was able to lead them to a BCS bowl. Barry Alvarez, who turned around a 1-10 Wisconsin program and made it a Big Ten force retired, as did Bill Snyderwho turned around Big 8 doormat Kansas State and turned them into a Big 12 power. Dan Hawkins who brought Boise State to the status of a mid-major powerhouse left the Broncos to coach the Colorado Buffaloes, a team trying to change its image after recruiting scandals broke out last year.
One controversy that emerged was
Notre Dame, ranked 6th in the BCSStandings with a 9-2 record being selected to play in the Fiesta Bowlover Oregon, ranked 5th in the BCSStandings with a 10-1 record. Notre Damewent on to lose 34-20 against Ohio Statein the Fiesta Bowl, while Oregonwent on to lose 17-14 against Oklahomain the Holiday Bowl.
"Rankings given are AP rankings going into bowl games"
*Rose Bowl: #2 (BCS #2) Texas 41, #1 (BCS #1) Southern California 38
Fiesta Bowl: (At Large) #4 Ohio State 34, (At Large) #6 Notre Dame 20
Sugar Bowl: (Big East Champ) #7 West Virginia 38, (SEC Champ) #8 Georgia 35
*Orange Bowl: (Big Ten Champ) #3 Penn State 26, (ACC Champ) #15 Florida State 23 (3 OT)
Other New Years Day Bowls
December Bowl Games
*Peach Bowl: LSU 40, Miami (FL) 3
Houston Bowl: TCU 27, Iowa State 24
Liberty Bowl: (C-USA Champ) Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24
MPC Computers Bowl: Boston College 27, Boise State 21
Meineke Car Care Bowl: NC State 14, South Florida 0
Independence Bowl: Missouri 38, South Carolina 31
Sun Bowl: UCLA 50, Northwestern 38
Music City Bowl: Virginia 34, Minnesota 31
Holiday Bowl: Oklahoma 17, Oregon 14
Emerald Bowl: Utah 38, Georgia Tech 10
Alamo Bowl: Nebraska 32, Michigan 28
Insight Bowl: Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40
Champs Sports Bowl: Clemson 19, Colorado 10
Motor City Bowl: Memphis 38, (MAC Champ) Akron 31
*Hawai'i Bowl: (WAC Champ) Nevada 49, UCF 48 (OT)
Fort Worth Bowl: Kansas 42, Houston 13
Las Vegas Bowl: California 35, BYU 28
Poinsettia Bowl: Navy 51, Colorado State 30
GMAC Bowl: Toledo 45, UTEP 13
New Orleans Bowl: Southern Mississippi 31, Arkansas State 19
Heisman Trophy voting
Heisman Trophyis given to the year's most outstanding player"
Reggie Bush, Jr. USC TB (2,541 pts)
Vince Young, Jr. Texas QB (1,608 pts)
Matt Leinart, Sr. USC QB (797 pts)
Brady QuinnJr. Notre Dame QB (191 pts)
*5. Michael Robinson, Sr. Penn State QB (49 pts)
Other major award winners
Walter Camp Award(top player): Reggie Bush, RB, USC
Maxwell Award(top player): Vince Young, QB, Texas
AP Player Of the Year: Reggie Bush, RB, USC
Lombardi Award(top lineman/linebacker): A.J. Hawk, Ohio State
John Mackey Award(tight end): Marcedes Lewis, UCLA
Doak Walker Award(running back): Reggie Bush, RB, USC
Chuck Bednarik Award(defensive player): Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State
Outland Trophy(interior lineman): Greg Eslinger, C, Minnesota
Dave Rimington Trophy(center): Greg Eslinger, Minnesota
Davey O'Brien Award(quarterback): Vince Young, QB, Texas
Johnny Unitas Award(Sr. quarterback): Matt Leinart, USC
Fred Biletnikoff Award(wide receiver): Mike Hass, Oregon State
Jim Thorpe Award(defensive back): Michael Huff, Texas
Lou Groza Award(placekicker): Alexis Serna, Oregon State
Ray Guy Award(punter): Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno, Penn State
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award(head coach): Mack Brown, Texas
Broyles Award(assistant coach): Greg Davis, Texas
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