There's no greater stage for a college football player than a bowl game. Just ask BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who scored a pair of touchowns in last Thursday's Poinsettia Bowl. Impressive as that was, it doesn't crack the list of the eight greatest individual bowl performances.
This is an article from the Dec. 31, 2012 issue
1 Vince Young, Texas 2006 Rose Bowl
With the national title on the line against No. 1 USC, Young threw for 267 yards and ran for 200—the last eight coming on a game-winning TD run (right) with 19 seconds left.
2 Joe Montana, Notre Dame 1979 Cotton Bowl
It's arguably a better story than Rudy: A flu-ravaged quarterback, his body temperature down to 96°, gets pumped full of chicken bouillon at halftime, returns to the field with less than eight minutes left and throws a touchdown pass with no time on the clock, giving the Irish a 35--34 win over Houston in a game they once trailed 34--12.
3 Dicky Moegle, Rice 1954 Cotton Bowl
In one of the oddest plays in college football history, Moegle was awarded a 95-yard TD when he was tackled on a breakaway by an Alabama player who jumped off the bench. But Moegle had been terrorizing the Tide all day: He got 265 yards on just 11 carries.
4 Charles White, USC 1980 Rose Bowl
In a battle of undefeated teams, White ran all over Ohio State, racking up a Rose Bowl--record 247 yards. Alas, Alabama won the Sugar Bowl the same day, relegating the Trojans to a No. 2 finish.
5 Matt Leinart, USC 2005 Orange Bowl
Number 2 Oklahoma entered the game having given up six points in its previous three games. Leinart's top-ranked Trojans put up 38 by halftime. Leinart finished with 332 yards passing and an Orange Bowl--record five TD passes.
6 Tim Tebow, Florida 2010 Sugar Bowl
Tebow gave Cincinnati's Cinderella season an unhappy ending, throwing for a BCS-record 462 yards passing as the Gators won 55--24.
7 Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama 1963 Orange Bowl
Some math: Oklahoma ran 60 plays from scrimmage. Four were incomplete passes and zero were for scores, meaning a Sooner was tackled 56 times. Jordan had 31 of them.
8 Bobby Layne, Texas 1946 Cotton Bowl
The Longhorns put up 40 points on Missouri (which had 27), and Layne had a hand in them all, rushing for three TDs, throwing for two, catching one and kicking four extra points. He did have a PAT blocked. No one's perfect.
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