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The Night is Young's

In perhaps the most stunning bowl performance ever, Texas quarterback Vince Young put the Longhorns on his back and carried them to the title, beating USC in the final seconds to end the Trojans' 34-game winning streak

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USC scored touchdowns on four straight second-half drives, but the Texas defense came up with a fourth-down stop when it needed it most -- with 2:13 left.
USC scored touchdowns on four straight second-half drives, but the Texas defense came up with a fourth-down stop when it needed it most -- with 2:13 left.
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By Austin Murphy

Under a blizzard of silver confetti, in what had become a mosh pit on the field at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night, arguably the greatest athlete in the world seemed overwhelmed by the moment. "Unbelievable," Lance Armstrong, clad in a burnt-orange T-shirt repeated, over and over. "This is just unbelievable."  ... To get immediate access to this complete story you must be a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED magazine subscriber. If you are not currently a subscriber, see below for a special offer.

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