USC's 2004 national title run almost came to an end because Cal quarterback Rodgers simply couldn't miss. He completed his first 23 pass attempts, breaking the NCAA single-game record and falling three short of former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin's consecutive completion record set over two games. Unfortunately, Rodgers cooled at the worst possible time -- with an assist from the USC defense. He had completed 29-of-31 passes when the Bears lined up for first-and-goal from the USC nine-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. In the next four plays, he was sacked once, and threw three incompletions. Cal fell 23-17 but Rodgers' accuracy against one of the nation's best defenses turned him into a Heisman Trophy candidate.
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