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Trojans complete 25 year journey back to the top of the college football universe.


By G. Montgomery
BVN Staff

Pasadena - Finally, its over. No more speculation, second guessing and pundits making predictions. USC has been awarded the Associated Press share of the National Championship of College football.

A sold out Rose Bowl crowd of 93,849 fans saw the USC football team dismantle and thoroughly confuse the Michigan Wolverines on New Years Day. The Trojan defense sacked Michigan quarterback John Naverette 9 times and forced him to hurry his throws on numerous other times.

"This team would love to keep playing, we’re just getting started," said coach Pete Carroll when ask about the possibility of adding another (deciding) round to the Bowl Championship Series.

Carroll’s team made a surprisingly easy task of a very good Michigan team. "I don’t think it was any single play that hurt us, It was a little of everything, we just didn’t play our best game," said Michigan tailback Chris Perry.

The USC defense held Michigan to a net 49 yards rushing. Navarette passed for 271 yards only one touchdown and interception.

USC’s sophomore quarterback Matt Leinart passed for 327-yards, three touchdowns and caught another 15-yard touchdown pass from star receiver Mike Williams on a trick play that caught Michigan completely off guard.

“We know we are the number one team in the country and we’ve proven it,” said Leinart.

Senior Receiver Keary Colbert took advantage of Michigan doubling Mike Williams all day. Colbert caught 6 passes for 149-yards. Colbert’s career total of 207 catches places him atop USC career list just ahead of Kareem Kelly.

After beating Michigan, the Trojans could only sit and await the outcome of the Championship game in New Orleans. After LSU beat Oklahoma the Trojans were assured of at least a split with the Associate Press writers not committed to vote with the BCS. With nearly all of the Trojans key contributors returning next season, look for coach Carroll and to go after the other half of the title next season.

Reach G. Montgomery @ gmontgomery@att.net

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