Former QB Vince Young discusses Mack Brown's halftime speech against USC

Former QB Vince Young discusses Mack Brown's halftime speech against USC

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Former QB Vince Young discusses Mack Brown's halftime speech against USC

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In 2005, the Texas Longhorns and Southern California Trojans faced off in one of the greatest games in college football history. The game took place 15 years ago, and it is still one of the most talked-about games. The players in the game, the storylines and the finish. It felt like a game that was written for Hollywood. You had USC alumnus Will Ferrell on one side. For Texas, it was Matthew McConaughey.

The Longhorns found themselves down 7-0 after one quarter. Vince Young lateraled to Selvin Young for their first touchdown. Ramonce Taylor scored on a 30-yard run to give them a 16-10 lead late in the second quarter. They held that lead into halftime. Head coach Mack Brown gave them a speech before heading back out to win the championship game.

So what did coach Brown tell the team at halftime of the 2005 BCS National Championship game? Young sat down with Aaron Murray as part of the Campus Lore Championship Moments series presented by Amway and XS Energy Drink to give some insight:

“His first thing was ain’t this fun guys?”, Young said laughingly. “Which it was, it was fun. But he [said] let’s relax, let’s get back tuned in. Don’t forget who they are, they are USC, back-to-back national champions. He made sure that we humbled ourselves and get back to staying focused. So we were excited at halftime, but the first thing he said was let’s get back to being focused. Because we had a whole second half to go. Coach Brown was really good at those things.”

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