The 2005 Orange Bowl represented the BCS National Championship Game of the 2004 season and was played on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The teams were Southern California Trojans and Oklahoma Sooners. Both programs entered with undefeated, 12–0 records. The Trojans defeated the Sooners by a score of 55–19, led by quarterback Matt Leinart. ESPN named Leinart's performance as one of the top-10 performances in the first ten years of the BCS system.
The game featured many firsts regarding the Heisman Trophy: Leinart had won the 2004 Heisman award the month prior to the game, and Oklahoma quarterback Jason White had won the award the previous season, making it the first game to have two past-Heisman winners on the same field (and on opposite teams). The game featured four of the five Heisman finalists that year: Leinart (winner), Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson (first runner-up), White (second runner-up) and USC running back Reggie Bush (fourth runner-up); Bush would win the award the following season (although USC returned its copy of Bush's trophy and Bush forfeited the award following the institution of NCAA sanctions in 2010).
On June 10, 2010, USC was forced to vacate all games from December 2004 to the end of the 2005 season among other sanctions as the result of an NCAA investigation into the school's football and men's basketball programs. NCAA investigators released a report stating that a USC player, Reggie Bush, was ineligible beginning in December 2004. The NCAA ordered USC to vacate every win in which Bush appeared, including the 2005 Orange Bowl. The 2005 Orange Bowl is the only National Championship Game ever to be vacated by the winning team.
Scoring summary 
|Okla – Travis Wilson 5 yard pass from Jason White (Garrett Hartley kick).
|USC – Dominique Byrd 33 yard pass from Matt Leinart (Ryan Killeen kick).
|USC – LenDale White 6 yard run (Killeen kick).
|USC – Dwayne Jarrett 54 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick).
|USC – Steve Smith 5 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick).
|Okla – Hartley 29 yard FG
|USC – Smith 33 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick).
|USC – Killeen 44 yard FG
|USC – Smith 4 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick).
|USC – Killeen 42 yard FG
|USC – White 8 yard run (Killeen kick).
|Okla – Safety (Leinart downed in End Zone)
|Okla – Wilson 9 yard pass from White (Hartley kick).
Game records 
||Performance vs. Opponent
|Most points scored
||55, USC vs. Oklahoma
||Performance, Team vs. Opponent
||5, Matt Leinart, USC vs. Oklahoma
||3, Steve Smith, USC vs. Oklahoma
The game included a now-infamous moment during the halftime show when singer Ashlee Simpson was loudly jeered by the crowd after finishing her set. Simpson performed "La La" at the halftime show. After her performance, many of the 72,000+ spectators booed. Critics assert that Simpson's performance was poor and very off-key, noting that Kelly Clarkson had performed before Simpson in the show to a far more positive reaction, despite problems with a wireless microphone and sound levels causing several problems with Clarkson's song, "Since U Been Gone." For Trace Adkins, the sound levels were off as well. There had been no problem with R&B singer JoJo's performance of the "Star Spangled Banner".
- ^ USC later vacated 1 regular season win, as well as this game for an official 11–0 record.
- ^ "BCS Game Results". orangebowl.org. September 26, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
- ^ "BCS title game ratings down from last year". signonsandiego.com. January 8, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
- ^ a b Ted Miller, Young's double delivery highlights memorable BCS performances, ESPN.com, May 19, 2008, Accessed May 19, 2008.
- ^ Mark Saxon, NCAA delivers postseason football ban, ESPN, June 10, 2010.
- ^ Blair Kerkhoff, Southern Cal stripped of 2005 Orange Bowl victory, The Kansas City Star, June 10, 2010
- ^ Orange Bowl Boos Ashlee Simpson, CBS News, January 5, 2005. Note that 72,000 jeering figure conflicts with Orange bowl attendance of 77,912.
- ^ Graham, Renée (January 11, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson's career comes courtesy of Daddy dearest". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 25 June 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
- ^ Pulskamp, Andrew (January 5, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson's Halftime Performance Falls Flat". Local10.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
- ^ "MTV – Orange Bowl halftime show story". Retrieved August 27, 2005.
- ^ "Audio of Orange Bowl performance (MP3)". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 7, 2005.
Daily Trojan Online
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:13:27 -0700
The game was the 2005 Orange Bowl, also the BCS national championship game. Undefeated USC, Dad's alma mater and, by association, the official college football team of the Kaufman household, was facing No. 2 Oklahoma. But Mom couldn't see any of ...
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:03:35 -0700
... games — before the Notre Dame quarterback fought his way into the end zone. The only BCS title game that was more of a blowout was USC's 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl, a title that was later vacated because of NCAA violations.
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