No. 2 Texas to face No. 1 USC in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns will make their second consecutive BCS bowl appearance with a berth in the 92nd Rose Bowl Game, presented by Citi, on January 4, 2005, in Pasadena, Calif., at 7 p.m. CT. The Longhorns finished second in the BCS standings and will face the top-ranked USC Trojans, the Pac-10 Champions, for the National Championship. The Rose Bowl Game will be broadcast nationally on ABC and ESPN Radio and will mark Texas' second-straight appearance in the game after defeating Michigan last season, 38-37.
UT enters the contest riding a 19-game winning streak and having posted 12 wins in a season for the first time in school history. Texas has also won at least 11 games for the fourth time in five years. The Longhorns have posted nine (or more) victories in a school-best eight straight seasons.
With its invitation to the Rose Bowl, Texas is headed to its eighth straight bowl game. That marks the Horns' longest streak since they went to nine straight bowls from 1977-85. It also is just the third time in Longhorn history they have earned spots in at least eight consecutive bowl games. Texas also earned berths in eight bowls in a row from 1968-75.
This year's bid marks UT's 11th in the last 12 years and the 45th bowl bid overall (T-No. 2 on the NCAA all-time chart/first among Big 12 schools). Head coach Mack Brown has led his teams to a bowl game in each of his last 14 seasons. That's the second-longest active streak in the nation.
Texas enters the Rose Bowl having won three of its last four bowl games and has a 4-3 record in bowl contests under Mack Brown. He is the first Longhorn coach since Darrell Royal, who was 8-7-1 in bowl games, to post a .500 or better record in postseason contests. The back-to-back bowl victories in 2001-02 marked the first time the Horns had won consecutive bowl games since 1968-69. Texas won five straight bowl contests from 1963-69.