One of college football’s most electrifying players in recent memory is among friends once again. USC welcomed Reggie Bush back to the Trojan Family this summer following a 10-year NCAA-mandated disassociation from the university. In honor of No. 5, we picked our top 5 jaw-dropping best plays from his days in cardinal and gold.
Lightning in the Fog: Oregon State, 2004
USC seemed lost in the heavy fog blanketing Reser Stadium, up by only a point over a stubborn Beavers team early in the fourth quarter. Then Bush fielded a punt and spun away from the first would-be tackler. Pinned against the right sideline, he could have gained a few more yards and safely ducked out of bounds. Instead, he sprinted left along the 35-yard line, turned upfield and easily dodged the punter as he scampered to the end zone.
End Zone Flip: UCLA, 2004
On a stellar 65-yard touchdown run during the Trojans’ opening drive, Bush showcased his vision by weaving through traffic down the middle of the field. Then he showed off his speed, outpacing several defenders along the sideline. After a nasty cutback that froze a UCLA defender in his tracks, Bush capped off the performance with a front flip over the goal line.
Leprechaun Leap: Notre Dame, 2005
In a fiercely contested rivalry game in South Bend, Bush tied up the score at 21 on a 45-yard dash through the heart of the Irish defense. As he sped through the line and darted left, he didn’t have time to maneuver around a cornerback. So he went over him. The hurdle freed up No. 5 to cruise to the end zone and celebrate in front of the Trojan Marching Band.
Sideline Stop on a Dime: Fresno State, 2005
On a night when Bush set a conference record with 513 all-purpose yards, including nearly 300 yards rushing, one play stands out among countless highlights. He took the handoff at midfield, cut through the line of scrimmage and sprinted down the left sideline. As a defender closed in on an angle, he hit the brakes, leaving the Fresno State player grasping at air. Bush then accelerated away, crossing the field untouched into the endzone.
Goal Line Hurdle: UCLA, 2005
In this crosstown grudge match, Bush received a handoff near the 20-yard line with a few minutes left in the first half. He dashed left toward the corner of the end zone. As the crowd of defenders closed in, it seemed inevitable he would be pushed out of bounds. Then at the 3-yard line, Bush went airborne, sailing over a Bruin defender and landing inside the front pylon. The touchdown put USC up by 23 en route to a 66–19 rout.