USC and Texas will play this week for the first time since the Vince Young-led Longhorns beat the Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart-led Trojans 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to win the BCS national championship following the 2005 season.
It was one of the most memorable college football games in history.
That’s why USC’s official game notes caused a stir this week: They list the Trojans as 4-0 all time against Texas, while acknowledging one loss — in that Rose Bowl — was vacated due to NCAA penalty.
In 2010, the NCAA found USC committed what it referred to as “agent and amateurism violations” involving Bush, and part of the penalty for the football program included the “vacation of regular and postseason wins” from the 2005 season.
The loss to Texas, of course, does not fit that criteria.