Texas Coach Mack Brown told his team to take mental notes at the Rose Bowl last season.
He planned on being back and wanted them to recall the practice facility, the trip to Disneyland, the media demands and the feeling walking out of the tunnel, onto the field and looking up at the San Gabriel Mountains.
None of it will be unfamiliar to the second-ranked, Pasadena-bound Longhorns, who turned yesterday's Big 12 championship game at Reliant Stadium in Houston into a 70-3 rout of Colorado in front of 71,107 mostly burnt orange-clad fans.
There would be no repeat of 2001, when the Buffaloes came to the Lone Star State and pulled the artificial turf out from under the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game at Texas Stadium.
Texas's biggest stars -- Vince Young, Rod Wright and Michael Huff -- made sure Brown won his first conference title in 22 years as a head coach. They did it in a record-setting 70-3 wipeout of the Buffaloes -- the largest margin of victory in the history of all conference championships.
"Ain't no party like a Longhorn party!" Young shouted with a rose behind his ear, bouncing with his teammates at midfield before hoisting the Big 12 crystal bowl trophy over his head alongside Brown.
Young completed 14 of 17 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and rushed for 57 yards and another score. He did it in front of 200 family members and friends in Houston, where he was a high school legend at Madison High School.
"I don't really care about the Heisman Trophy right now," Young said when asked about college football's ultimate individual award. "I'm just enjoying this moment with my coaches and teammates.
"To be blessed to be able to play one more game, I just can't wait to start practicing and get ready to go play those guys."
"Those guys" are the top-ranked Southern California Trojans, who will be the opponent in the national title game in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4.
"Seeing us every day in practice, with the chemistry and the way this team is a family, I think we are [the best team in the country]," said Huff, who halted Colorado's first two drives with a forced fumble and a key pass breakup.
Young started to get emotional when asked about what it meant to give Brown his first conference title as a coach.
"We just love playing for the guy," Young said.
Texas used a no-huddle offense to speed up the game, wearing down the Buffaloes and scoring touchdowns on 10 of its first 11 possessions.
* WEST VIRGINIA 28, SOUTH FLORIDA 13: In Tampa, Pat White ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns, leading the No. 12 Mountaineers in their final tuneup for a Bowl Championship Series appearance.
Nine days after running for 220 yards against Pittsburgh to break the Big East rushing record for a quarterback, White was just as impressive in helping the conference champions finish unbeaten in league play for the first time since 1993.
The redshirt freshman scored on second-half runs of 65 and 76 yards and finished with his fourth game with at least 100 yards rushing. He also completed 5 of 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Mountaineers (10-1, 7-0) amassed 394 yards of total offense -- 305 on the ground.
* LOUISVILLE 30, CONNECTICUT 20: Michael Bush rushed for three touchdowns in his first appearance since missing two games with a sprained foot, and Hunter Cantwell threw for another score to lead the No. 16 Cardinals in East Hartford, Conn.
The Big East rushing leader finished with 121 yards to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and his 23 touchdowns rushing this year set a single-season record for Louisville (9-2, 5-2).
* TULSA 44, CENTRAL FLORIDA 27: In Orlando, Tarrion Adams had three touchdowns, two of them rushing, and the Golden Hurricane's defense shut out UCF in the second half to claim its first league title in 20 years in the inaugural Conference USA championship game.
The win sends Tulsa (8-4) to the Liberty Bowl against Fresno State. UCF (8-4), which lost for the second time in 10 games and had a major turnaround season under Coach George O'Leary, is expected to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.