Rose Bowl player quotes
TEXAS PLAYER QUOTES
On the fourth quarter comeback: We've been down in the end all year and it's all about focus and poise and to not worry because in the end, it's all about heart. We just went out there and performed.
On his future plans: Me and my family have to sit down and make the best decision for everyone. I'll sit down with my Mom and we will talk about it.
On Reggie Bush: Reggie Bush is a phenomenal athlete and all hats off to him. He is such a great character and a great guy all around. He stopped talking to the media after the game and came to our locker room to shake hands.
On the season: We didn't get respect from the media all year and we just worked hard to prove that we deserved to be there.
On the game: Everybody showed so much heart on both sides of the ball. I said all week that it would come down to the last play of the game and it did.
DT Rodrique Wright
On Vince Young: I wasn't nervous at all when the ball was in his hands in the fourth quarter because I knew he was going to get it done, because he has all season in situations like that.
CB Michael Huff
On being down in the fourth quarter: We were down by 12 and we didn't panic. We knew we had to stop them and we just stepped up and made a play when we had to. I can't imagine leaving Texas in a better way.
On Reggie Bush: Reggie Bush is a great player and playing against him was a privilege.
TE David Thomas
On the game: This was the best performance I could have imagined and I am just so excited to have been a part of it. This is such a special moment, seeing us with that trophy and I'm sure people are going crazy in Austin.
USC PLAYER QUOTES
On being up late in the game: You can't be confident. Even when there's time on the clock, you gotta keep battling.
On going for the 4th down with two minutes left: It was a great call. You gotta be by your team. If we would have got the first down, we would have been able to run the clock out.
On feelings after the game and looking back: I'm not upset about the loss right now, because it hasn't me yet.
DE Frostee Rucker
On Texas' offensive line: They're back there, but Vince is bailing them out. You couldn't simulate that in practice. He's so big, you don't expect him to have quick twitch moves like that.
QB Matt Leinart
On whether Texas won or USC lost: We lost it. I give credit to Vince and those guys but I feel like we lost it. That's just the way it goes.
On Vince Young: He's so big and strong. It's tough to prepare for that and stop that.
On any changes at halftime: We didn't change anything. I thought we called a great game.
On ending his collegiate career in this game: I don't have any regrets. This is what I've wanted to do. We're champions. They just got us on this night.
TB Reggie Bush
On his Heisman award and if it affected Vince Young: He's a playmaker. That's what he did. Big time players step up in big time games.
On this game being a Texas win or a USC loss: A little bit of both. I don't feel like we played well as a team today. At the same time, Texas made great plays.
On Texas' defense: They were just playing good all day. They didn't do anything special.
On halftime adjustments: We didn't make any adjustments. We just ran the ball more.
On the Trojans in 2006-07: Even with me leaving, I definitely expect them to come back for the national championship.
On his feelings after the game: I'm sad. I wish we could take some of those plays back. Leave it all out on the field and live another day...We've made some tremendous things happen here...It's everything; frustration, angry, sad. Everything.