National and Big 12 recap – USC and Matt Leinhart win the national championship

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2004 – “Shoulder to Shoulder” – National and Big 12 Recap National and Big 12 Recap USC, left out of the BCS Championship Game in 2003, left little doubt as to the nation’s best team in 2004, closing out a 13-0 campaign with a 55-19 thrashing of previously unbeaten and 2nd-ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.  Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinhart led the Trojans with 332 yards passing and five touchdowns in the title game. There was, of course, the annual controversy surrounding the BCS selection process.  In 2004, no …


— Colorado v. Oklahoma – Big 12 Championship – December 4, 2004 — Big 12 North Champions There was reason to cheer for Iowa State the day after the Buffs’ win over Nebraska.  An Iowa State win would give the Cyclones the Big 12 North title, relegating Colorado to a minor bowl bid.  After the Nebraska win, the Buffs were 7-4, on a three-game winning streak, and the darling of the media for the first time in several years.  Why not root for Missouri?  Who wanted to spoil the positives …

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