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“InVincible:” Saluting College Football 150 With ESPN Images’ Fabulous Photogs

As college football turns 150 years old today, Allen Kee remembers a hectic season that culminated in Vince Young's heroics - and a classic photo - in leading Texas past USC for the National Championship

Today, Nov. 6, marks the 150th anniversary of the first college football game.

In support of ESPN’s yearlong College Football 150 initiative, Front Row has featured, over the past four weeks, ESPN Images’ photographers favorite college football pictures and the stories behind them.

The series began with photgrapher Phil Ellsworth’s recollections of the classic 2013 Iron Bowl game that ended with the “Kick Six.”

Chapter 2 features a twist: Photographer Scott Clarke recruited ESPN reporter Gene Wojciechowski to narrate Clarke’s tribute to his favorite college football assignment, covering the Rose Bowl Game every New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.

In Chapter 3, photographer Joe Faraoni recalls covering the 2018 Rose Bowl Game with Clarke. Faraoni captured one player’s head-over-heels celebration of Georgia’s overtime victory over Oklahoma and tells the story behind that iconic photo.

The series concludes with the video above as Allen Kee remembers a hectic football season that culminated in Vince Young’s heroics – and a classic photo – in leading Texas past USC for the National Championship.

Shelby L. Lacy and Melissa Rawlins produced the video.

Vince Young ran for three touchdowns – the last coming with 19 seconds remaining – to lead Texas past USC 41-38 to win college football’s national title in the 2006 Rose Bowl. (Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
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