Sunday, January 09, 2005

Matt's Orange Bowl Performance

Let's keep this short and sweet. Matt Leinart was outstanding against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. He gave hope and swagger to a successful yet mixed up USC offense, especially in the game's first half. The Trojan coaches changed their tendencies, and had Matt rolling out, and rolling his pocket, for much of the game. It was risky, but it worked, giving Leinart a clear view of the field and time to hit his receivers on deeper routes than they have grown accustomed to this season.

The results were spectacular. Leinart at one point threw three consecutive touchdown passes (five total) and capitalized on Oklahoma turnovers to stake USC to an insurmountable 38-10 halftime lead. Two of the passes were perfectly thrown, one to tight end Dominique Byrd (a 1-handed over-the-shoulder catch) and the other to receiver Steve Smith (an unbelievable back of endzone sliding 1-handed catch with an Oklahoma defender holding Smith's nearest hand).

For his efforts Leinart was awarded the game MVP award, and tossed Oranges to fans and teammates during the postgame ceremony.

The final score was 55-19, and wasn't as close as that made it out to be. What a performance, indeed, one of the largest championship-game margins of victory, ever.

Matt's Orange Bowl Stats:
18-35 (.514%)
332 Yards
5 TD/0 INT
Orange Bowl MVP


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well the only reason im even doing this is because of reggie bush yeah if u dont know who that is thats my cousin im terel smith #22
runningback for north mouskegon norsemen in michigan.

3:14 PM  

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