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COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH Coming Up Roses USC receiver Keary Colbert (83) beats Michigan cornerback MarkusCurry for a 25-yard touchdown pass from Matt Leinart (11) in theRose Bowl on New Year's Day in Pasadena. The Trojans' 28-14 wingave them a share of the national title (page 50).

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY GARY BOGDON Boiling OverGeorgia's Greg Blue (17) and Odell Thurman (33) take the highground to celebrate their 34-27 overtime victory over Purdue inthe Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year's Day.

COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY BOB ROSATO Strait, No Chaser Oklahoma cornerback Derrick Strait has little backup as he makesthis tackle on LSU back Joseph Addai in the Sugar Bowl on Sundayin New Orleans, which LSU won 21-14 to claim the BCS championship(page 50).