Individual Bowl Performances That Are Hard To Forget

Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young scores the winning touchdown during the 2006 Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 4, 2006. (Photo by Scott Clarke/WireImage)

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Bowl season has given us some great games to remember. Those great games were created by some of the best individual performances we saw this football year. Individual greatness can provide a lasting impression, and we often remember the games by those individuals. During this year’s Rose Bowl, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 155 yards and this incredible third quarter touchdown:

This bowl season allowed us to see Samaje Perine surpass Billy Sims and the all-time Oklahoma rushing record. San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey set the all-time NCAA rushing record at 6,405 yards with his performance against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. Individual bowl records are what makes certain bowl games, like the Rose Bowl, as big of a stage as they are. We wanted to rank some of the top all-time individual bowl performances.

5. Tim Tebow 2010 Sugar Bowl

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati at the Louisiana Super Dome in New Orleans, Louisana, Friday, January 1, 2010. (Cassie Armstrong/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

(Cassie Armstrong/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

Tebow threw for 482 yards and 3 first-half touchdowns in a great performance against Cincinnati. The Florida star was efficient and completed 31 of 35 passes. Tim Tebow also ran in for another score in the third quarter. Florida demolished Cincinnati 51-24 thanks to the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and his motivational performance.

4. Ron Dayne 1999 Rose Bowl

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 07: Ron Dayne of the Wisconsin Badgers receives an award putting him in the College Hall of Fame during the game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium on September 07, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Ron Dayne would not win the Heisman Trophy until 2000, however, he helped set the stage for his trophy with his performance in this Rose Bowl. Dayne rushed for 246 yards against UCLA, including a 54-yard touchdown to start the game off. Dayne set the stage for a golden era of running backs at Wisconsin.

3. Tony Dorsett 1977 Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS- JANUARY 1: Tony Dorsett #33 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers celebrates with his teamates after scoring a touchdown against the Univeristy of Georgia Bulldogs during the 1977 Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1977 at the Superdome, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Panthers won 23-3. (Photo by Pittsburgh/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

(Photo by Pittsburgh/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh defeated Georgia 27-3 in this matchup that gave Pittsburgh a national championship. Dorsett ran for 202 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries to help control the clock and dominate the Bulldogs. This game would only help cement the status of the Heisman Trophy winner and the once all-time leading rusher.

2. Tommie Frazier 1996 Fiesta Bowl

Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier during the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 1996, in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images)

(Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images)

Frazier rushed for 199 yards to help the undefeated Cornhuskers win their second consecutive national championship. Tommie had touchdown runs of 35 and 75 yards in this game against the Florida Gators. The Cornhuskers scored 62 points in a blowout victory.

1. Vince Young 2006 Rose Bowl

University of Texas quarterback Vince Young heads for the goal line to score the winning touchdown late in the 4th quarter as No. 2 Texas beat No. 1 USC 41-38, Wednesday, January 4, 2006 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

(Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Vince Young finished with 467 total yards of offense and three touchdowns to help the Longhorns win their 4th national championship. He excelled against a team that was considered one of the greatest dynasties to ever rule college football, the USC Trojans.

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