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2005 Sugar Bowl

2005 Sugar Bowl Bowl Game Virginia Tech HokiesAuburn Tigers(10-2) (12-0) 13 16 Head coach: 
Frank BeamerHead coach: 
Tommy TubervilleAPCoachesBCS9 9 8
APCoachesBCS3 3 3
1 2 3 4 Total Virginia Tech 0 0 0 13 13 Auburn 6 3 7 0 16
Date January 3, 2005 Stadium Louisiana Superdome Location New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Auburn QB Jason Campbell United States TV coverage Network ABC Announcers Mike Tirico, Tim Brant and Terry Bowden Nielsen Ratings 9.5

The 2005 Sugar Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Auburn Tigers at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 3, 2005. Virginia Tech represented the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the contest, while Auburn represented the Southeastern Conference (SEC). In a defensive struggle, Auburn earned a 16–13 victory despite a late-game rally by Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech was selected as a participant in the game after winning the ACC football championship during the team's first year in the conference. Tech, which finished 10–2 prior to the Sugar Bowl, defeated 16th-ranked Virginia and ninth-ranked Miami en route to the game. Auburn finished the regular season undefeated and 12–0. The Tigers defeated fourth-ranked LSU and fifth-ranked Georgia during the course of the season, and were one of three teams to finish the regular season undefeated. The other two teams, USC and Oklahoma, were selected to play in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game. Auburn, by virtue of its lower ranking in the BCS poll, was left out of the national championship and was selected to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Pre-game media coverage of the game focused on Auburn being left out of the national championship game, a point of controversy for Auburn fans and other observers in the weeks leading up to the game. In addition, both teams boasted high-ranked defenses that had peformed well during the year. Much was made of that fact and the success of Auburn running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, each of whom were considered the best at their position. On the Virginia Tech side, senior quarterback Bryan Randall had a statistically significant season and was predicted to continue his success in the Sugar Bowl.

The 2005 Sugar Bowl kicked off on January 3, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Early in the first quarter, Auburn kicked a 23-yard field goal and the Tigers took an early 3–0 lead. Following an interception by the Auburn defense, the Tigers were able to extend their lead to 6–0 by virtue of another field goal. In the second quarter, Virginia Tech drove inside the Auburn red zone and reached the two-yard line, but the Hokies' drive was foiled when the Auburn defense kept Virginia Tech out of the end zone on fourth down, denying them a touchdown. The Tigers responded to Virginia Tech's drive with one of their own, which resulted in another three points for the Tigers. At halftime, Auburn led, 9–0.

Auburn opened the second half with its first and only touchdown drive of the game, capitalizing on a long pass by quarterback Jason Campbell. The touchdown and extra point gave Auburn a 16–0 lead, which it held into the fourth quarter. At the beginning of that quarter, Virginia Tech missed a short field goal that would have resulted in its first points of the game. After Auburn's Ronnie Brown fumbled the ball, Virginia Tech received another chance on offense. This time, the Hokies capitalized on the drive with a touchdown. A missed two-point conversion made the game 16–6. Late in the quarter, Tech quarterback Bryan Randall cut Auburn's lead to 16–13 on an 80-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown. With almost no time remaining in the game, however, Virginia Tech was forced to attempt an onside kick in order to have another chance on offense. When Auburn recovered the kick, the Tigers were able to run out the clock and secure the win.

For his performance during the game, Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell was named the game's most valuable player.

Despite Auburn's victory and the Tigers' undefeated season, they were not named national champions. That honor went to the University of Southern California, which defeated Oklahoma in the 2005 national championship game. Three voters in the final Associated Press poll of the season voted Auburn the number one team in the country, but their votes were not enough to deny USC a unanimous national championship. Several players from each team were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft and went on to careers in the National Football League.

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Team selection

Virginia Tech and Auburn each earned automatic spots in the 2005 Sugar Bowl due to their status as conference champions. Virginia Tech finished the season 10–2 and was named ACC football champion its first year in the conference.[1] Auburn, meanwhile, finished the season undefeated at 12–0, and was named champion of the SEC.[2] Controversy erupted around Auburn's selection, as the Tigers had been denied a spot in the national championship game in favor of two other undefeated teams: the University of Southern California (USC) and Oklahoma.[3]

Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech Hokies entered the 2004 college football season having gone 8–5 the previous season, culminating with a 52–49 loss to California in the 2003 Insight Bowl.[4] The 2003 season had also been Virginia Tech's final year in the Big East Conference, and Tech began the new season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.[5]

The Hokies' first game in their new conference was a non-conference contest in Washington, D.C. against the top-ranked USC Trojans. Tech lost, 24–13,[6] but recovered to win its next game—against lightly-regarded Western Michigan—in blowout fashion, 63–0.[7] In its first conference game in the ACC, the Hokies beat Duke, 47–17, to improve to a 2–1 record.[8] Their first win in the new conference was followed by their first loss, however, as the Hokies lost the next week to North Carolina State, 17–16, when Tech kicker Brandon Pace missed a last-second field goal.[9]

Following the loss, Virginia Tech was 2–2 on the season, and faced the potential of being ineligible for a postseason bowl game if it did not improve its winning percentage. Fortunately for the Hokies, they did just that. After losing to NC State, the Hokies won their next eight games, finishing the season with a 10–2 record.[10] With late-season wins over perennial rival 16th-ranked Virginia[11] and fellow ACC newcomer ninth-ranked Miami,[12] Virginia Tech clinched the ACC football championship (the last year in which it would be decided without a conference championship game) and a bid to a Bowl Championship Series game.[1] Because the ACC's normal bowl destination, the Orange Bowl, was hosting the national championship game, Virginia Tech was selected to attend the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, instead.

Auburn

Auburn, like Virginia Tech, had gone 8–5 during the 2003 college football season,[13] and entered the season with high expectations. The Tigers were using a new offensive scheme—the West Coast offense—and boasted two highly rated running backs on offense.[14] In its first game of the 2004 season, the 18th-ranked Auburn football team overwhelmed the University of Louisiana-Monroe, 31–0. It was Auburn's first shutout since 2002.[14] One week later, the Tigers backed up their good start with an emphatic 43–14 victory over Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State University.[15] In the third week of the season, Auburn faced its first challenge of the young season, against the fourth-ranked Louisiana State Tigers. In a hard-fought defensive struggle, Auburn won, 10–9, when a missed extra point was replayed after a penalty.[16]

After an easy 33–3 victory over The Citadel,[17] Auburn faced eighth-ranked Tennessee. The Tigers' defense forced six turnovers en route to a 34–10 victory.[18] With the victory over Tennessee, Auburn reeled off another four victories and became a prominent candidate for inclusion in the national championship game. In the 11th week of the season, Auburn faced the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. After a defensive effort that held Georgia scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, the third-ranked Tigers won a 24–6 victory.[19] After defeating Alabama in their final regular-season game, Auburn went into the SEC championship game undefeated and in third place, nationally. Although the Tigers defeated the Volunteers, 38–28, in the conference championship game, because both USC and Oklahoma also remained undefeated, Auburn remained in third place.[20] With USC and Oklahoma selected to play in the national championship game, Auburn was forced into the Sugar Bowl.[2] Some Auburn fans held hopes that an overwhelming victory in the Sugar Bowl could result in a split national championship if USC or Oklahoma struggled in the championship game and were ranked lower than Auburn in the final poll of the season.

Pre-game buildup

In the weeks leading up to the game, media coverage of the game focused on Auburn being left out of the national championship game, a point of controversy for Auburn fans and other observers in the weeks leading up to the game. In addition, both teams boasted high-ranked defenses that had peformed well during the year. Much was made of that fact and the success of Auburn running backs Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, each of whom were considered the best at their position. On the Virginia Tech side, senior quarterback Bryan Randall had a statistically significant season and was predicted to continue his success in the Sugar Bowl.

Controversy

Shortly after the final pre-bowl game Bowl Championship Series standings were released on December 4, Auburn was among several teams disgruntled with the system. One of these was California, which only lost to top-ranked USC, but was denied a bid to the prestigious Rose Bowl after Texas vaulted it in the rankings despite having the same record. The Golden Bears were forced to attend the less-attractive Holiday Bowl instead.[21] The Auburn Tigers, meanwhile, had completed their first 12-win regular season, and won their first conference championship in 15 years, but in the final BCS rankings, Auburn was third, behind USC and Oklahoma.[22] It was the first time since the creation of the BCS in 1998 that three major-conference college football teams were undefeated at the conclusion of the regular season.[23] Some pundits and fans considered Auburn's slight to stem from the fact that the Tigers had started with a lower ranking at the beginning of the season. The Tigers had been ranked 17th at the beginning of the season,[22] while USC had been ranked first and Oklahoma second, the same spots they occupied at the regular season's beginning.

Sportswriters also pointed to the Tigers' tougher conference schedule when compared to that of USC and Oklahoma. SEC commissioner Mike Slive remarked, "If Auburn goes through this league undefeated, they deserve to play for the national championship."[24] Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, in the runup to the game, seemingly agreed with the assessment, saying, "We started out playing Southern Cal and I believe this Auburn team is better."[25] Some writers also indicated USC's five-point win—in which the Trojans struggled—over rival UCLA as an indicator that the Tigers could be the better team.[24] In the end, such arguments were unable to sway voters, who ranked USC first, Oklahoma second, and Auburn third in all of the major polls decided by human voters.[26]

Due to the controversy surrounding Auburn's failure to be given a chance to play for the national championship, combined with previous controversies surrounding the BCS, the Associated Press sent a cease-and-desist order to BCS officials, forbidding them the use of the AP Poll in calculating BCS ratings.[27]

Offensive matchups

Auburn

Virginia Tech

The Sugar Bowl marked a homecoming for Tech punter Vinnie Burns, who played high school football 15 miles from the Louisiana Superdome, site of the Sugar Bowl. In addition, Burns' father, Ronnie Burns, was a longtime Sugar Bowl committee member, and Vinnie committed to attend Virginia Tech while the Hokies were in New Orleans to play in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, that year's national championship game.[28]

Tech offensive tackle Jimmy Martin was expected to play in the game after recovering from a high ankle sprain.[28]

Defensive matchups

Auburn

Heading into the Sugar Bowl, Auburn had the top-ranked scoring defense in the country (allowing only 11.2 points per game), the fifth-ranked total defense (allowing 269.5 yards per game), eighth in passing yards allowed (163 per game), and 16th in rushing defense (106.5 yards per game).[29] Cornerback Carlos Rogers was one of the key players on the defensive squad. Rogers, who won the Jim Thorpe Award—given annually to the best defensive back in the country—earned consensus All-America honors and was a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, each given to the best defensive college football player in the United States.[29]

Linebacker Travis Williams led the team during the regular season with 76 tackles.[29]

Senior safety Junior Rosegreen, freshman end Stanley McClover and junior noseguard Tommy Jackson were first-team all-SEC picks, signifying they were the best players at their position in the conference.[29]

Linebacker Antarrious Williams was scheduled to miss the game after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated bone suffered in the Tigers' game against Georgia. Williams had XX tackles during the regular season, and had been replaced by Derrick Graves in the SEC championship game. Graves was expected to do so again in the Sugar Bowl.[30]

Virginia Tech

The Tech defense featured two highly-regarded cornerbacks, Jimmy Williams and Eric Green, who finished the regular season with XX tackles and XX tackles, respectively. Williams also had X interceptions, including X returned for touchdowns. Green, meanwhile, had X interceptions. Auburn wide receiver Courtney Taylor praised the two players highly in an interview before the game, saying, "Those cornerbacks are amazing to me every time I look at them. I think, 'God, those guys are very athletic.' We're going to have our hands full."[30]

Game summary

The Louisiana Superdome, home of the 2005 Sugar Bowl, as seen at sunset on the day of the game.

The 2005 Sugar Bowl kicked off at 8:00 p.m. EST on January 3, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[31] Official attendance was listed as 77,349.[32] Approximately 10 million households watched the game on television in the United States, giving the game a Nielsen Rating of 9.5 and making it the 24th most popular Bowl Championship Series game in terms of television ratings.[33]

First quarter

Following the ceremonial pre-game coin toss, Auburn elected to kick off to Virginia Tech to begin the game, ensuring the Tigers would have possession to begin the second half. Tech began the first drive of the game from its 20-yard line following a touchback. The Hokies initially had success moving the ball, as quarterback Bryan Randall rushed for seven yards on the game's first play, then completed a four-yard pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal two plays later for the game's first down. The Auburn defense recovered, however, and the Hokies did not gain another first down, instead punting in the ball away. Auburn recovered the ball and began its first drive of the game from its 26-yard line. On the Tigers' first play, quarterback Jason Campbell threw a long pass to Cooper Wallace for 35 yards. This was followed by another long play as running back Ronnie Brown ran for 31 yards. After the initial shock of the Auburn offense, the Virginia Tech defense firmed up, and Auburn's next three plays were stopped for losses or minimal gains. Facing a fourth down at the Virginia Tech six-yard line, Auburn sent in kicker John Vaughn, who kicked a 23-yard field goal for the game's first points. With 8:35 remaining in the first quarter, Auburn took an early 3–0 lead.[34]

Following the post-field goal kickoff, the Virginia Tech offense attempted to answer Auburn's quick score. Unfortunately for the Hokies, their second drive fared even worse than the first. Tech committed a 10-yard penalty, suffered an eight-yard loss on a play, then had a Bryan Randall pass intercepted by an Auburn defender. The defender returned the ball 31 yards, and put Auburn's offense into good field position for its second drive of the game. Auburn also suffered an early penalty in its drive, but moved the ball with another long play—a 23-yard pass to Courtney Taylor—to recover. Again, however, the Virginia Tech defense recovered to force Auburn into a fourth down and a field goal attempt. Vaughn returned to the field and kicked a 19-yard field goal, giving Auburn a 6–0 lead with 1:06 remaining in the quarter.[34]

With time in the quarter running out, Virginia Tech fielded the post-score kickoff and executed a quick series of plays, gaining a first down before time ran out. At the end of the first quarter, Auburn held an early 6–0 lead.[34]

Second quarter

Virginia Tech began the second quarter in possession of the ball, and driving down the field. Bryan Randall completed a 10-yard pass for another first down, but after Tech failed to gain another, the Hokies were forced to punt. Auburn reciprocated by going three and out and punting the ball back to Virginia Tech. In its first full drive of the second quarter, the Hokies had their best drive of the first half. After a holding penalty nullified a long kickoff return, Tech began at its 24-yard line. Randall completed a nine-yard pass to tight end Jeff King, then ran for another nine yards on a quarterback scramble. He followed the first-down run by completing three consecutive long passes of 16 yards, 13 yards, and 31 yards, respectively. The last pass, to wide receiver Josh Hyman, drove Virginia Tech inside the Auburn two-yard line. There, however, the Tech offense stumbled. On three plays, Tech failed to cross the goal line, gaining only one yard in the process. Facing fourth down and needing just one yard for a touchdown, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer elected to attempt to gain the touchdown, rather than send in his kicker for a field goal attempt. The attempted touchdown pass by Randall fell incomplete, and Virginia Tech turned the ball over on downs without scoring any points.[35]

Auburn's offense took over at its one-yard line after the Tech failure. Jason Campbell orchestrated a successful drive that took Auburn from the shadow of its own end zone, completing passes of 16 yards, 15 yards, and 37 yards in the process. Inside the Virginia Tech red zone, however, the Auburn offense again stumbled. As it had in its two previous scoring drives, Auburn was forced to send in kicker John Vaughn despite being inside the Virginia Tech 10-yard line. Vaughn's 24-yard kick was successful, and with 1:50 remaining in the second quarter, Auburn extended its lead to 9–0.[35]

With little time remaining before halftime, Virginia Tech was forced into a hurry-up offense. Randall completed a 23-yard pass to Eddie Royal and ran for 22 yards on his own, but threw three consecutive incomplete passes to end the drive. Tech was forced to punt the ball away, and the first half came to an end. At halftime, Auburn led, 9–0.[35]

Third quarter

Because Virginia Tech received the ball to begin the game, Auburn received the ball to begin the second half. The Tigers started the first drive of the second half at their 22-yard line. Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown alternated carries as Auburn gained 17 yards in their first three plays. Jason Campbell completed a pass for a five-yard loss, then, on the fifth play of the drive, completed a 53-yard pass to Anthony Mix. The pass was the longest play of the game, and drove the Tigers inside the Virginia Tech red zone. Three plays later, Campbell connected with Devin Aromashodu on a five-yard pass for the game's first touchdown. With 10:39 remaining in the third quarter, Auburn had taken a 16–0 lead.[36]

After Auburn's kickoff, Virginia Tech started its first drive of the second half at its 20-yard line. Scoreless and down by 16 points, Tech needed to score. The Hokies gained a quick first down, but a five-yard penalty and a sack of Bryan Randall prevented Tech from gaining another. The Hokies were forced to punt, and Auburn took over at its 44-yard line. Despite having good field position, the Tigers went three and out. Following the punt, Virginia Tech reciprocated by also going three and out. With 3:47 remaining in the quarter, Auburn began an offensive drive from its 35-yard line. From the beginning of the drive, however, the Tigers had problems. The first play of Auburn's drive was a 10-yard penalty against the Tigers. The second resulted in a one-yard loss by Ronnie Brown, who attempted to rush through the middle of the defensive line. On the third play, Virginia Tech cornerback Jimmy Williams intercepted an errant pass by Jason Campbell. Though Williams was unable to advance the ball, the Hokies still took over on offense, and with 2:38 remaining in the quarter, had their best field position since the first half.[36]

The first play of the Tech drive resulted in a 12-yard gain as Josh Hyman rushed for 12 yards and a first down on an end-around. Running back Cedric Humes was stopped for a loss on the first play after Hyman's rush, but earned 10 yards on two subsequent rushes, setting up a fourth down. Needing one yard for a first down, behind by 16 points, and with time running down in the quarter, Tech head coach Frank Beamer elected to attempt the first down play rather than kick a field goal. Humes again rushed the ball, and as time ran out in the third quarter, picked up enough ground for the first down. With one quarter of play remaining, Auburn led Virginia Tech 16–0, but the Hokies had picked up a first down inside the Auburn 10-yard line to begin the fourth quarter.[36]

Fourth quarter

Virginia Tech began the fourth quarter in possession of the ball, and facing a first down at the Auburn 10-yard line. In three consecutive plays, however, the Hokies only picked up a total of four yards. Needing six yards to get a touchdown, Virginia Tech sent in kicker Brandon Pace to attempt a 23-yard field goal. Despite the short distance, however, Pace missed the kick. With 13:56 remaining in the game, Auburn still held a 16–0 lead.[37]

Following the missed field goal, Auburn took over on offense at its six-yard line—the point from which Tech had missed the kick. Ronnie Brown picked up 13 yards and a first down on three rushes. Carnell Williams then picked up three yards, and Jason Campbell threw a seven-yard pass that gave Auburn another first down. A five-yard penalty against Virginia Tech pushed Auburn's offense near midfield, and Ronnie Brown returned to the field, rushing the ball four consecutive times for 16 yards and driving the Tigers into Virginia Tech territory. Facing a fourth down and one yard, Auburn elected to give the ball to Brown again. On the one-yard run, however, Brown fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Virginia Tech's Mikal Baagee with 8:38 remaining.[37]

Virginia Tech's offense came on to the field desperately needing to score quickly. Though the deficit was only 16 points, and could be made up with two touchdowns and two two-point conversions, the limited time remaining meant the task would be difficult, even if Virginia Tech scored quickly. The Hokies began the drive with a 17-yard pass by quarterback Bryan Randall. Justin Hamilton rushed for five yards, and Randall completed a six-yard pass for another first down. The Tigers helped matters by committing a 15-yard penalty, which put the Hokies inside Auburn territory. Three plays later, Randall capitalized on the opportunity by completing a 29-yard pass to Josh Morgan for a touchdown and the Hokies' first points of the game. Tech attempted a two-point conversion, but the pass attempt fell incomplete. With 6:57 remaining, Virginia Tech now trailed 16–6.[37]

Upon receiving the post-touchdown kickoff, Auburn began to run out the clock. The Tigers failed to pick up a first down, and after going three and out, punted the ball back to Virginia Tech. The Hokies started their drive at their two-yard line, and Randall got it off to a good start by completing a 20-yard pass, rushing for 10 yards, then completing a five-yard pass to bring the Hokies near midfield. On the fourth play of the drive, however, Randall was intercepted by Auburn's Derrick Graves. The Tigers, their offense again on the field, began running out the clock again. Tech attempted to interrupt Auburn's clock management by calling timeouts after each play, stopping the clock when each of the three stoppages were used. Virginia Tech forced Auburn into a three and out, and the Tigers again punted the ball away with 2:13 remaining.[37]

After the ball rolled into the end zone for a touchback, Virginia Tech began its final drive at its 20-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Bryan Randall completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Josh Morgan. The play traversed the length of the field and the score plus the extra point cut Auburn's lead to 16–13. With time in the game almost exhausted, Virginia Tech was forced to attempt an onside kick in order to have a chance to get another offensive drive. Because the Hokies had used their final timeouts to stop the clock on Auburn's previous drive, Auburn would be free to run out the game's final minutes. Despite the hopes of Virginia Tech for a last-second miracle, the Auburn Tigers recovered the kick, allowing them to run out the clock and clinch a 16–13 victory.[37]

Post-game effects

With the win, Auburn finished the season undefeated, with 13 wins and zero losses. Virginia Tech's loss pushed it to 10–3.

More than three years after the game, ESPN sportswriter Ted Miller rated the game second on his list of victims of the BCS system, just behind undefeated USC being left out of the championship game in 2003.[38]


See also

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