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Smith shines in BCS spotlight

Troy Smith's performance against the Irish resembled a breakout showing by another No. 10 last year, and that bodes well for the Buckeyes' future, writes Pat Forde.

Updated: January 3, 2006, 2:44 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Did history just repeat itself Monday night in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl?

Last year at this time, a fancy-footed quarterback wearing No. 10 put on a magnificent dual-threat performance that stamped him as a Heisman Trophy contender, and stamped his team as a national title threat. America has been dazzled by Vince Young ever since, and the Texas Longhorns have been undefeated.

This year, the unstoppable No. 10 in a BCS bowl was Ohio State's Troy Smith. Yes, Troy ...

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