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The 2005 Orange Bowl represented the BCS National Championship Game of the 2004 season and was played on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadiummarker in Miami Gardens, Floridamarker.

The teams were Southern Californiamarker Trojans and Oklahomamarker Sooners. Both programs entered with undefeated, 12–0 records. The Trojans defeated the Sooners 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.

The game featured many firsts regarding 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); Bush would win the award the following season.

Scoring summary

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


Halftime

The game included an infamous moment during the halftime show when singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, known at the time as Ashlee Simpson, was loudly jeered by the crowd after finishing her set. Simpson performed "La La" at the halftime show. After her performance, many of the 72,000-plus spectators booed. Others note that Kelly Clarkson had performed before Simpson-Wentz in the show to a far more positive reaction, and assert that Simpson's performance was poor and very off-key. Problems with a wireless microphone and sound levels caused much of Clarkson's problems with her song, "Since You've Been Gone." For Trace Adkins, the sound levels were off as well. There had been no problem with R & B singer JoJo's performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

References

  1. Ted Miller, Young's double delivery highlights memorable BCS performances, ESPN.com, May 19, 2008, Accessed May 19, 2008.
  2. Orange Bowl Boos Ashlee Simpson, CBS News, January 5, 2005. Note that 72,000 jeering figure conflicts with Orange bowl attendance of 77,912.
  3. Ted Miller, Young's double delivery highlights memorable BCS performances, ESPN.com, May 19, 2008, Accessed May 19, 2008.



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