USC vs. Michigan 2004
QB Matt Leinart threw 3 touchdowns and caught another and the relentless Trojan defense recorded a season-high 9 sacks as No. 1 USC dominated No. 4 Michigan, 28-14, in the 90th Rose Bowl before a soldout crowd of 93,849 and an ABC-TV national audience. The victory (USC’s 21st Rose Bowl win) virtually guaranteed Troy the AP national championship, 25 years after its last national crown, and gave USC its first 12-win season since 1978. And it snapped Michigan’s 6-game winning streak. The Trojans built a 21-0 lead before Michigan scored late in the third quarter. After DT Shaun Cody blocked a Wolverine field goal attempt early in the game, USC scored 4 plays into its first possession when WR Keary Colbert made an over-the-shoulder fingertip grab of Leinart’s 25-yard aerial. Then, late in the first half following LB Lofa Tatupu’s interception (he grabbed a ball that bounced off of SE Braylon Edwards’ foot and returned it 26 yards to the Michigan 3), TB LenDale White took a Leinart toss 6 yards for another TD. Then, on the opening drive of the second half, Colbert made a spectacular one-handed grab of a 47-yard Leinart bomb (despite being interfered with) to up Troy’s cushion. However, Michigan answered on its next series with a scoring drive that took nearly 8 minutes, capped by QB John Navarre’s 5-yard pass to TE Tim Massaquoi. But USC responded right back, scoring on a tricky 15-yard reverse pass from WR Mike Williams to an unguarded Leinart. Wolverine TB Chris Perry ran 2 yards for a TD early in final quarter, but Michigan had the ball for only 4:12 in that quarter and never threatened again. Leinart was named the Rose Bowl MVP as he connected on 23-of-34 passes for 327 yards with the 3 scores (and no interceptions), along with his TD catch. Colbert, who became USC’s career reception leader (with 207 catches), had 6 catches for a career-best 149 yards. Williams added a team-best 8 catches for 88 yards. White’s TD was his 14th of the year, tying the USC freshman season record, while TB Reggie Bush–who had 41 yards rushing, 42 receiving and 49 on returns–set the USC freshman season all-purpose yardage mark (1,331 yards). Tatupu had a team-high 12 tackles, CB Will Poole added 10 stops (including 2 sacks) with 5 deflections and DE Kenechi Udeze had 3 sacks. USC’s 9 sacks were its most since getting 13 against Oregon in 1992. Although Michigan held the ball 34:26 and had more plays (84 to 60) and first downs (25 to 19), the Trojans accumulated 410 total yards to UM’s 320 (only 49 rushing). Michigan came into the game having allowed just 15 sacks and 5 TD passes all season. Navarre was 27-of-46 for 271 yards, Perry ran for 85 yards on 23 tries and Edwards had a game-high 10 receptions for 107 yards. USC set school overall attendance (946,482) and average (72,368) records.
USC 7 7 14 0 — 28
Michigan 0 0 7 7 — 14
Scoring: USC–Touchdowns, Colbert (2), White, Leinart. PAT, Killeen (4).
Michigan–Touchdowns, Massaquoi, Perry. PAT, Rivas (2).
Attendance: 93,849 Date: Jan. 1