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2006 BCS Encore

1/20/2006

ESPN Classic is reliving the incredible 2006 Bowl Championship Series with an encore presentation of all four BCS games. The action starts Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 pm ET and continues throughout the entire week.

Mon. Jan. 16 - 8 pm ET:
Nokia Sugar Bowl (West Virginia vs Georgia)

Steve Slaton rushed for a record 204 yards and the No. 11 Mountaineers gave a much-needed boost to the beleaguered Big East, upsetting eighth-ranked Georgia 38-35 Monday night in the first Nokia Sugar Bowl played outside of New Orleans. "I think we took to heart some of the criticism of our league and the fact that no one was predicting us to win," West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. "Basically, we were playing in their home environment, their home state."

Wed. Jan. 18 - 8 pm ET:
FedEx Orange Bowl (Penn State vs Florida State)

This really was one for the ages. For more than four hours, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden paced the Orange Bowl sidelines, searching for offense and enduring one missed kick after another. Finally, in the third overtime, at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Kevin Kelly made a 29-yard field goal, giving Paterno and Penn State a 26-23 victory over Bowden's Florida State Seminoles. "I told him we're too old for this," the 79-year-old Paterno said afterward. "It's almost past my bedtime."

Thu. Jan. 19 - 8 pm ET:
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame vs Ohio State)

Troy Smith outplayed Brady Quinn and Jim Tressel outfoxed Charlie Weis. Fourth-ranked Ohio State jumped on No. 5 Notre Dame with big play after big play Monday night in a 34-20 Fiesta romp, sending the Irish to their eighth consecutive bowl defeat. So make it four straight bowl wins for the Buckeyes, three of them at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Suspended from last year's Alamo Bowl for taking $500 from a booster, Smith earned a measure of redemption with an offensive MVP performance, hooking up on a pair of long touchdown passes.

Fri. Jan. 20 - 8 pm ET:
Rose Bowl Presented by Citi (USC vs Texas)

With the national title down to a final play, fourth down and 5 yards to go, Vince Young scrambled untouched for an 8-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left and the No. 2 Longhorns stunned No. 1 Southern California 41-38 in the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night. "Do whatever it takes," Young said.
Young did it all -- rushing 19 times for 200 yards and 3 TD, and completing 30 of 40 passes for 267 yards.