Thursday, January 05, 2006
"Vince Young is a Freak"
Or so says USC quarterback Matt Leinart after last night's stunning loss to the Texas Longhorns (and their freakish QB) in the Rose Bowl. His quote after the game was something like "well I still think we're the better team but when you have a freakish player like that....". Vince Young did what he did in last years Rose Bowl which is to run through defenses like they are macaroni (hold the cheese).
Frankly USC should have put a stranglehold on the game early on but they were a bit too arrogant and jacked up and made critical mistakes - forsaking an early gimme field goal by going for it on 4th and 1 (first quarter) and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush's brainheaded move in trying to lateral the ball on Texas' 20 after he made an exhilerating backbreaking 35 - yard run. The MO was clearly theirs and they could have run all of the Longhorn fans out of the stadium by halftime - but they squandered it and let Vince Young and UT back in it to give them a chance in the end. In case you are living on another planet Texas won with 20 seconds left in the game on a 15-yard run on 4th and 5 by , yes, the freak. 41- 38. Sure would like that field goal right about now.
I, of course , am now incurring the wrath of all of my Texas friends who CAN'T BELIEVE I would root for USC against them. As I try to explain - while USC lost the National Championship last night, LA just lost their Super Bowl.