Dusty Mangum kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired and No. 6 Texas, behind quarterback Vince Young, edged No. 13 Michigan 38-37 Saturday in the first matchup of two of US college football's elite programs.
The Longhorns proved they did indeed belong in the Rose Bowl. The Longhorns (11-1) earned their trip West when they leapfrogged fourth-ranked California in the final Bowl Championship Series standings, helped by coach Mack Brown's public pleas.
And with flashbulbs popping throughout the Rose Bowl, Mangum sent a wobbly kick through the uprights as the final two seconds ticked off and the Longhorns rushed the field.
Young ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns while passing for 180 yards and another score. He led the final drive to Mangum's kick, giving Brown his biggest win in seven years at Texas.
Freshman quarterback Chad Henne was 18-of-34 for 227 yards for the Wolverines (9-3) and tied a Rose Bowl record with four touchdown passes, three to All-American wide receiver Braylon Edwards.
Edwards finished with 10 receptions for 109 yards and teammate Steve Breaston set a Rose Bowl record with 315 yards total between his catches and kick returns, breaking the mark of 276 set by O.J. Simpson back in 1969.
Garrett Rivas kicked three field goals, the last a 42-yarder that squeezed just inside the right upright with 3:04 left to give Michigan a 37-35 lead.
No. 5 Utah 35,
No. 19 Pittsburgh 7
In Tempe, Arizona, Alex Smith completed 29 of 37 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 5 Utah dominated 19th-ranked Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.
Paris Warren caught 15 passes -- breaking the Fiesta record of 11 set by Miami's Kellen Winslow in 2003 -- for 198 yards. Smith's 78 percent completion rate was also a Fiesta Bowl mark.
Utah (12-0) scored touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions, including all three in the third quarter, and the defense was just as impressive. The Utes sacked Pitt's Tyler Palko nine times, a Fiesta Bowl record.
Coach Urban Meyer punctuated two memorable years in Salt Lake City with the Utes' first unbeaten, untied season since 1930. He leaves for Florida after making Utah the first team from outside the six BCS conferences to force its way into a Bowl Championship Series game.
Pitt (8-4) was overmatched in its final game under coach Walt Harris, who is leaving for Stanford after eight seasons with the Panthers. Pittsburgh was the unwanted team among the eight BCS squads. The Panthers automatically qualified for one of the four elite games as Big East champions, even though they were only 21st in the BCS rankings.
Capital One Bowl
Iowa 30, LSU 25
In Orlando, Florida, just when it looked as though coach Nick Saban would go out a winner at LSU, the Iowa Hawkeyes came up with a miracle finish.
Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway on the final play. The score capped a wild fourth quarter and spoiled a comeback by the Tigers, who overcame a 12-point deficit with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Saban, who will become the coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins next week, threw up his arms in frustration and then watched as the entire Iowa team mobbed Holloway in the end zone.
LSU freshman JaMarcus Russell came off the bench to spark the rally by throwing two touchdown passes. When he hit Skyler Green for a 3-yard score, the Tigers led 25-24 with 46 seconds to go.