The Top Ten Vince Young Performances

Inside Texas subscribers voted on the Top 10 in Texas football history in 10 different categories. The eighth entry in a daily release of the lists is the Top Ten Vince Young Performances.

The Top Ten Vince Young Performances, as voted on by Inside Texas subscribers:

1. 2006 Rose Bowl

2. 2004 Oklahoma State

3. 2005 Ohio State

4. 2005 Rose Bowl

5. 2004 Kansas

6. 2005 Oklahoma State

7. 2005 Oklahoma

8. 2003 Kansas State

9. 2005 Colorado II (Big 12 Championship Game)

10. 2005 Missouri

Topping the lists for Top Bowl Victories and Top Comebacks, the 2006 Rose Bowl is No. 1 again, this time as the top performance in Vince Young's career. It was the finest performance for the finest career of a Texas player. Vince Young's 467 total yards to go with his three touchdowns in the win is a Rose Bowl record, but his greatest accomplishment in the National Championship would be leading the Longhorns to the greatest comeback in school history. With only 6:42 remaining in the game, Texas trailed 38-24 to the defending national champions who were on a 34-game winning streak and the No. 1 team in the country. Young drove the Longhorns 69 yards in 2:39, completing 5-of-6 passes and rushing twice for 25 yards, to cut the lead to five. When the Texas defense gave Young the ball back on its famous 4th-and-two stop with 2:09 to go, Young drove Texas down to the USC 8-yard-line, where Texas faced a 4th-and-5. Young ran untouched for the touchdown with to give Texas the win and the National Championship, taking home his second consecutive Rose Bowl Offensive MVP honors.

In 2004, the Longhorns had lost to Oklahoma earlier in the season and found themselves trailing 35-7 on their home turf to Oklahoma State with 1:21 remaining in the first half. It was more of the same old frustrations that had plagued the Longhorns for years. But this was the game where the fortunes of Texas changed. Beginning with a touchdown pass to Bo Scaife to close out the first half, Young led Texas to 49 unanswered points in the improbable comeback-blowout.

Next is his 25-22 comeback win over Ohio State in 2005, setting the Longhorns up for a national championship run. Young passed for 270, rushed for another 76 and led Texas to the victory, hitting Limas Sweed in the front corner of the end zone for the go-ahead TD.

Young's fourth greatest performance was the 2005 Rose Bowl. Young put up 372 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the 38-37 comeback victory. On the stage after the game, knowing full-well that the next season's National Championship Game would be held at the same site, Young famously made the premonition: "We'll be baaaaack!"

Next up is the 2004 game at Kansas. With Texas' BCS hopes fading, Young converted a seemingly impossible 4th-and-18th on a run up the right sideline and finished the drive off by hitting Tony Jeffrey for the winning TD.

The next one on the list was a case of déjà vu. Young had brought Texas back from the brink against Oklahoma State in 2004, but he couldn't do it again, could he? Oh, but he could. Young led Texas to 38-unanswered points in the 47-28 win over Oklahoma State in 2005. Over a three year span, Texas outscored Oklahoma State in second halves a total of 118-0.

Then there's the 2005 Oklahoma game. After Texas had suffered five straight losses to the Sooners, Young torched Oklahoma in the 45-12 blowout.

At No. 8 is the 24-20 win over Kansas State in 2003. It may not statistically be Young's most notable performance, but it was the unofficial beginning of the Vince Young era. The redshirt freshman came off the bench to lead Texas to the comeback win.

No. 9 is the 2005 Big 12 Championship against Colorado. 70-3. That's it. There's little else that can be said. Complete domination in every sense of the word. 70-3.

Finally there's the 2005 match-up against Missouri when Young led Texas to a 51-20 win, outgunning vaunted Tiger QB Brad Smith. Young threw for 238 passing, ran for 108 and had an incredible 3-and-30 conversion.

Just off the list: The passing clinic that was the first game against Colorado in 2005

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