Rank 'Em: Decade's Best Games

Created: January 20, 2010, 9:30 AM

Was Texas Tech's upset of Texas the best college football game of the decade?

What was the best college football game of the past decade?

Many college football games in the past decade were routine and ultimately forgettable. The ones that stood out, however, will go down in history as some of the best to have ever been played. From Appalachian State's upset of Michigan, to the 2006 Rose Bowl, the past decade has definitely seen some amazing contests.

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  • With Texas trailing defending national champion USC 38-33 at the 2006 Rose Bowl, the Longhorns faced fourth-and-5 at the USC 8. Young took off running for the end zone, sneaking inside the right pylon for an eight-yard touchdown with 19 seconds to go.
  • In overtime of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, Quarterback Jared Zabransky handed the ball behind his back to Ian Johnson, who ran to his left and into the end zone for a truly memorable win.
  • The last night of the Hurricane dynasty. The Buckeyes pulled one of the bigger title-deciding upsets of modern times, thanks in no small part to freshman star/future pariah Maurice Clarett. The game was also memorable for game-turning interference call in the end zone and ghastly injury to Willis McGahee's knee.
  • Michael Crabtree's 28-yard touchdown with one second to play gave Texas Tech a huge upset win over No. 1 Texas in 2008.
  • Unrelentingly intense from opening kick to final gun. Hits galore. And a Tim Tebow-led comeback in which the Gators played something close to a perfect fourth quarter.
  • Against Notre Dame in 2005, Matt Leinart needed a little help from Reggie Bush in scoring the game-winning touchdown.
  • The first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in series history lived up to an insane level of hype, with the top-ranked Buckeyes holding on to earn a berth in the national title game. Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler died the day before, then the two teams combined for the second-most points in series annals.
  • Les Miles gambled his way to glory, scoring two touchdowns on fourth down and using a fake field goal to set up a third score. The Tigers converted two fourth downs on the winning drive, coming from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to win on their way to the national title.
  • The Thundering Herd trailed 38-8 at halftime before rallying to tie at 51 in the final seconds -- then missed an extra point that could have won it. But Byron Leftwich (576 passing yards) got it done in double overtime. Those who saw it will not forget it.
  • Appalachian State stunned No. 5 Michigan in 2007, sending the Wolverines into a tailspin that has marred Rich Rodriguez's tenure.