USF wins 'em all, beats Washington 28-24 in Rose Bowl In one of the most controversial seasons in T1 history, two USER teams have finished the season undefeated. Hours after UCLA finished the season 12-0 with a victory over Purdue in the "BCS Title game", USF knocked off Washington in the Rose Bowl to finish 13-0. Sidebar: Why the fuck did UCLA only have 11 games scheduled this season? SHAM!!! In this matchup of old friends, Coach Blaza knew he had to keep the cerebral Hellisan off balance and out of his comfort zone. The USF coach mentioned being "too nice" and "not aggressive enough" in some of his earlier matchups against Coach Helli. Washington won the toss and elected to kick. In their pre-game chat, Coach Helli acknowledged that he would have to contain USF RB Victor Larson. The 6'2 267lb Larson had run through, over, and around every obstacle this season--leading the nation in TDS (30) and yards (1877), while only finishing with the 40th most carries. Washington got their wish on the first drive after their MLB delivered a huge hitsick blow to Larson. As the big RB stumbled to the sidelines, RS(SO) QB Brett Atkins, knew he would have to step up his game and hit his spots. Larson would be back in the 3rd quarter, but finished with only 81 yards on a handful of carries. Atkins did his part, driving down the field in a 6 minute drive that concluded with a 12 yd TD pass to Leon Thiodeaux. After a stop, Atkins struck again, this time on a 43 yd laser in the endzone to standout WR Josh Little. Washington answered with 2 TDs on either side of the 2nd quarter, but then Huskie QB C. Green made a critical mistake. Facing a disruptive front 7, Green rushed a screen pass that was picked off by Jason Campbell and taken 58 yards to paydirt. Washington would fight back, but Green could never quite get comfortable and USF's speedy defense kept the Husky running game in check. With just a minute left in the 3rd quarter, Brett Atkins dropped back and hit Marcus Wilson for a 42 yd TD pass in which the big TE outran Washington's entire secondary down the sideline. In the final stanza, Washington fought hard to drive, but were turned away. USF busted out the Champagne bottles, and Coach Blaza removed his USF pullover revealing a shirt that read "The REAL National Champs!" "I'm proud of my guys. We did all we could do this season, reeling off 13 straight and beating anyone that was put in front of us. We could've curled up and quit when Vic went down, but Brett wouldn't let the troops get their heads down. The guy has not lost a game as a starter, which is very impressive. With all due respect to UCLA, we feel we faced the tougher competition and had a more productive season---so no, no I do not accept them as National Champs.I just want to tell all the fans back in Tampa to pop a bottle and put a little something in the air for your Bulls tonight--they are Champions!" -Coach Blaza at the final whistle POG: Brett Atkins 9-11 197 yds, 3 TDs Game Summary 1st Quarter 1:41 TD USF Leon Thibodeaux 12 yd pass from B. Atkins 0:53 TD USF Josh Little 43 yard pass from B. Atkins 0:00 TD Wash K Hayes 21 yd run 2nd Quarter 5:45 TD Wash C Butler 0 yd pass from C. Green 1:00 TD USF J. Campbell returned interception 58 yds 0:03 FG Wash R. Brown 29 yd fg 3rd Quarter 5:37 TD Wash J. Rouse 52 yd pass from C. Green 1:16 TD USF Marcus Wilson 42 yd pass from B. Atkins 4th Quarter No events.