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100 Greatest Moments
Annual Greatest Moments
*Please note that all moments before 2005 are listed chronologically and not ranked.

 2005 Press Release
  1. USC routs Oklahoma in Orange Bowl, 55-19, in BCS title game for second straight national championship. (January 4)

  2. Reggie Bush wins the Heisman Trophy, becoming 7th Trojan and second in a row to win the award. (December 10)

  3. Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon wins the Cy Young award. (November 8)

  4. Southern California native Tiger Woods wins the Masters for the 4th time, winning on first hole of a sudden-death playoff. (April 10)

  5. USC defeats Notre Dame, 34-31, as Matt Leinart scores from 1-yard line with :03 remaining. (October 15)

  6. Giacomo wins the Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot for owners Jerome & Ann Moss of Los Angeles. (May 7)

  7. Angels defeat Yankees in the Division Series 3 games to 2 to advance to A.L. Championship Series. (October 10)

  8. UCLA rallies late to beat Stanford, overcoming a 24-3 deficit in final eight minutes to win in overtime, 30-27. (October 29)

  9. Galaxy wins the MLS Cup, 1-0, against New England Revolution in extra time. (November 13)

  10. Justin Gatlin wins double gold in the sprints, taking the 100m and 200m at the 2005 USA Track & Field National Championships at the Home Depot Center. (June 24-26)
 2004
  1. USC beats Michigan in the Rose Bowl game, 28-14, to finish #1 in AP rankings for its first national title in 25 years. (Jan. 1)

  2. Laker Shaquille O'Neal is named MVP of the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center, scoring 24 points to lead West squad to a 136-132 victory. (Feb. 15)

  3. UCLA women's teams win four NCAA national championships over an 8-week period: gymnastics, softball, golf, track & field. (April 16-June 12)

  4. Derek Fisher's buzzer-beater gives Lakers Game 5 win against San Antonio, 74-73, in Western Conference semifinals; Lakers wrap up series in Game 6 and reach NBA Finals for fourth time in five years. (May 13)

  5. Cal State Fullerton wins College World Series, defeating Texas, 3-2, to win the best of three series, two games to none. (June 27)

  6. Dodger Eric Gagne's record consecutive saves streak, which began in 2002, reaches 85 in an 8-5 win against Anaheim before finally ending two nights later versus Arizona. (July 3)

  7. Michael Phelps, star of the Athens Games, qualifies in a record-setting six individual events during the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials in Long Beach; three world records are set at the meet, including one by Phelps. (July 7-14)

  8. Steve Finley's ninth-inning grand slam vs. Giants clinches Dodgers' first division title in 9 years and sets stage for Jose Lima's shutout of Cardinals, 4-0, one week later for team's first playoff win since 1988. (Oct. 2 & 9)

  9. Vladimir Guerrero's MVP-Award winning season leads the Angels to the American League Western Division title as the team qualified for the postseason for the second time in three years. (Oct. 2)

  10. Led by eventual Heisman-winning quarterback Matt Leinart, USC defeats UCLA, 29-24, to finish the regular season 12-0 and ranked #1 in BCS standings. (Dec. 4)




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