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The 2005 Orange Bowl was the BCS National Championship Game of the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season and was played on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The game matched the USC Trojans against the Oklahoma Sooners. Both teams entered with undefeated, 12–0 records. Despite only being 1 point favorites, USC defeated Oklahoma by a score of 55–19, led by quarterback Matt Leinart. ESPN named Leinart's performance as one of the top-10 performances in the first ten years of the BCS system.[3]

2005 FedEx Orange Bowl
BCS National Championship Game
71st Orange Bowl
2005 Orange Bowl Logo.gif
1234 Total
Oklahoma 7309 19
USC 1424107 55
DateJanuary 4, 2005
StadiumPro Player Stadium
LocationMiami Gardens, Florida
MVPUSC QB Matt Leinart
FavoriteUSC by 1
National anthemJoJo
RefereeSteve Shaw (SEC)
Halftime showKelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins, Ashlee Simpson
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBrad Nessler (Play by Play)
Bob Griese (Analyst)
Lynn Swann (Sideline)
Todd Harris (Sideline)
Nielsen ratings13.7[2]
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The game featured many firsts regarding the Heisman Trophy: Leinart had won the 2004 Heisman award the month prior to the game, and Oklahoma quarterback Jason White had won the award the previous season, making it the first game to have two past-Heisman winners on the same field (and on opposite teams). The game featured four of the five Heisman finalists that year: Leinart (winner), Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (first runner-up), White (second runner-up) and USC running back Reggie Bush (fourth runner-up);[4] Bush would win the award the following season (although USC returned its copy of Bush's trophy and Bush forfeited the award following the institution of NCAA sanctions in 2010).

On June 10, 2010, USC was forced to vacate all games from December 2004 to the end of the 2005 season among other sanctions as the result of an NCAA investigation into the school's football and men's basketball programs. NCAA investigators released a report stating that a USC player, Reggie Bush, was ineligible beginning in December 2004. The NCAA ordered USC to vacate every win in which Bush appeared, including the 2005 Orange Bowl.[5][6] The 2005 Orange Bowl is the only BCS National Championship Game ever to be vacated by the winning team. However, USC did retain the Associated Press (AP) national title.


Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring Play Score
1st quarter
Okla – Travis Wilson 5-yard pass from Jason White (Garrett Hartley kick). 7:44 OU 7–0
USC – Dominique Byrd 33-yard pass from Matt Leinart (Ryan Killeen kick). 4:27 Tie 7–7
USC – LenDale White 6-yard run (Killeen kick). 0:17 USC 14–7
2nd quarter
USC – Dwayne Jarrett 54-yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). 11:46 USC 21–7
USC – Steve Smith 5-yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). 9:17 USC 28–7
Okla – Hartley 29-yard FG 3:10 USC 28–10
USC – Smith 33-yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). 1:56 USC 35–10
USC – Killeen 44-yard FG 0:03 USC 38–10
3rd quarter
USC – Smith 4-yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). 10:42 USC 45–10
USC – Killeen 42-yard FG 4:01 USC 48–10
4th quarter
USC – White 8-yard run (Killeen kick). 9:46 USC 55–10
Okla – Safety (Leinart downed in End Zone) 6:34 USC 55–12
Okla – Wilson 9-yard pass from White (Hartley kick). 3:59 USC 55–19

Game recordsEdit

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 55, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005
Individual Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Passing TDs 5, Matt Leinart, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005
Receiving TDs 3, Steve Smith, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005


The national anthem was performed by JoJo.[7]

The halftime show featured Kelly Clarkson, who performed "Since U Been Gone", and Ashlee Simpson, who performed "La La". Simpson's performance was poorly-received, and concluded with a shower of jeers from the crowd. In 2013, ESPN writer D'Arcy Maine deemed it the fifth-worst musical performance at a sporting event, explaining that Simpson "[tortured] those in the crowd with each attempt at a note, sounding more and more like a shrieking hyena as she went on", and concluding that "Now we understand why she preferred to lip-sync" (alluding to her an incident that occurred during Simpson's appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October).[8][9][10]


  1. ^ USC later vacated 1 regular season win, as well as this game for an official 11–0 record.


  1. ^ "BCS Game Results". September 26, 2007. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "BCS title game ratings down from last year". January 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  3. ^ Ted Miller, Young's double delivery highlights memorable BCS performances,, May 19, 2008, Accessed May 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "Peterson 2nd, White 3rd and Leinart Wins Heisman".
  5. ^ Mark Saxon, NCAA delivers postseason football ban, ESPN, June 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Blair Kerkhoff, Southern Cal stripped of 2005 Orange Bowl victory, The Kansas City Star, June 10, 2010
  7. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Mariah Carey, Ja Rule, Vince Neil, JoJo, Modest Mouse, Led Zeppelin & More". MTV News. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Devenish, Colin; Devenish, Colin (January 5, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson Booed at Orange Bowl". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "The 5 worst performances at sporting events". February 6, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  10. ^ Graham, Renée (January 11, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson's career comes courtesy of Daddy dearest". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on September 20, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.