American Football Database
2005 FedEx Orange Bowl
National Championship Game
BCS Bowl Game
71st Orange Bowl
File:2005 Orange Bowl Logo.gif
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Oklahoma 7 3 0 9 19
University of Southern California 14 24 10 7 55
Date January 4, 2005
Season 2004
Stadium Pro Player Stadium
Location Miami Gardens, Florida
MVP USC QB Matt Leinart
Favorite Oklahoma by 1
National anthem JoJo
Referee Steve Shaw (Southeastern Conference)
Halftime show Kelly Clarkson, Trace Adkins, Ashlee Simpson
Attendance 77,912[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Lynn Swann
Nielsen ratings 13.7[2]
Orange Bowl
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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.[3]

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.[4][5] The 2005 Orange Bowl is the only National Championship Game ever to be vacated by the winning team.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st quarter
Okla – Travis Wilson 5 yard pass from Jason White (Garrett Hartley kick). Okla 7–0
USC – Dominique Byrd 33 yard pass from Matt Leinart (Ryan Killeen kick). Tie 7–7
USC – LenDale White 6 yard run (Killeen kick). USC 14–7
2nd quarter
USC – Dwayne Jarrett 54 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). USC 21–7
USC – Steve Smith 5 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). USC 28–7
Okla – Hartley 29 yard FG USC 28–10
USC – Smith 33 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). USC 35–10
USC – Killeen 44 yard FG USC 38–10
3rd quarter
USC – Smith 4 yard pass from Leinart (Killeen kick). USC 45–10
USC – Killeen 42 yard FG USC 48–10
4th quarter
USC – White 8 yard run (Killeen kick). USC 55–10
Okla – Safety (Leinart downed in End Zone) USC 55–12
Okla – Wilson 9 yard pass from White (Hartley kick). USC 55–19

Game records

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 55, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005
Individual Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Passing TDs 5, Matt Leinart, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005
Receiving TDs 3, Steve Smith, USC vs. Oklahoma 2005


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.[3][6] 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[7][8][9][10] 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".


  1. "BCS Game Results". September 26, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2008.
  2. "BCS title game ratings down from last year". January 8, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ted Miller, Young's double delivery highlights memorable BCS performances,, May 19, 2008, Accessed May 19, 2008.
  4. Mark Saxon, NCAA delivers postseason football ban, ESPN, June 10, 2010.
  5. Blair Kerkhoff, Southern Cal stripped of 2005 Orange Bowl victory, The Kansas City Star, June 10, 2010
  6. Orange Bowl Boos Ashlee Simpson, CBS News, January 5, 2005. Note that 72,000 jeering figure conflicts with Orange bowl attendance of 77,912.
  7. 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.
  8. Pulskamp, Andrew (January 5, 2005). "Ashlee Simpson's Halftime Performance Falls Flat". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  9. "MTV – Orange Bowl halftime show story". Retrieved August 27, 2005.
  10. "Audio of Orange Bowl performance (MP3)". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 7, 2005.


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