2005 Texas Longhorns football team
The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Mack Brown, led on offense by quarterback Vince Young. They finished the season by winning the 2006 Rose Bowl against the USC Trojans for the national championship. It was their fourth national championship in football and the ninth perfect season in the history of Longhorn football.
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The 2005 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Mack Brown, led on offense by quarterback Vince Young, and played its home games at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium. They finished the season by winning the 2006 Rose Bowl against the USC Trojans for the national championship. It was their fourth national championship in football and the ninth perfect season in the history of Longhorn football. After the season ended, six Longhorns from this championship team joined professional football teams through the 2006 NFL Draft. Another nine followed through the 2008 Draft and free-agency to make a total of twenty-four players who entered into the National Football League. Media and fans of college football consider the UT program one of the great powerhouses of the game because of the school’s winning record as well as their previous national championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970. Texas earned its second Big 12 Conference football championship to make 27 conference championships total, including 25 in the Southwest Conference. They set numerous school and NCAA records, including their 652 points which set an NCAA record for points scored in a season. In the 2004 season Vince Young led the team to the 2005 Rose Bowl, the school’s first Bowl Championship Series game, and a top 5 finish in the major polls. The fall Orange and White intra-team scrimmage was held on August 21, 2005, as an event open to the public.
Running back Ramonce Taylor returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. He did not play in the games against Rice or Baylor due to a hamstring injury. On offense, starting running back Selvin Young injured his ankle in the game against Louisiana-Lafayette and re-injured it the following week against Ohio State University. The Austin Police Department charged wide receiver Myron Hardy with a misdemeanor Class A Class A misdemeanor for carrying a Class A marijuana container. Texas was given a pre-season No. 2 ranking by Sports Illustrated magazine, the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. In a post game interview, Young predicted that the Longhorns would return to the Rose Bowl next season. Young returned for the 2005–2006 season, as did most of the other key players from 2004–2005, with the exception of Cedric Benson, Derrick Johnson, and Bo Scaife. The Longhorns were third in total victories and fourth if measured by winning percentage. The team’s penultimate victory of the season, the Big 12 Championship Game, featured the biggest margin of victory in theHistory of that contest. ESPN awarded the 2006 ESPY Award for the \”Best Game\” in any sport to the Longhorn and the Trojan. Texas was ranked number one or number two in the BCS Standings at the end of the year. It should also be noted that Texas had very few problems affecting the roster, with only one starter missing a game due to injury.
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