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On January 4, 2006, Bush and Leinart became the first pair of Heisman Trophy winners to play together in a single game, Bush amassed a total of 279 all-purpose yards (82 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards, 102 kickoff return yards) and one touchdown, but he was overshadowed in a losing effort by Heisman runner-up Vince Young and Bush's teammate Len Dale White, who led USC in rushing with 123 yards and three touchdowns.Bush also attempted to lateral when he was tackled after a long run in the second quarter, but the lateral fell to the ground and was recovered by the Longhorns.
Bush also became known for the "Bush Push," which occurred on a game-winning score against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.Bush returned 67 kickoffs for 1,522 yards and a touchdown, adding 559 yards and three scores on 44 punt returns (12.7 avg).He also completed one of three pass attempts for a 52-yard touchdown.In 2005, Bush was a unanimous first-team All-American and winner of the Heisman Trophy.He was also named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, the Pigskin Club of Washington, D. Offensive Player of the Year, and the Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) Player of the Year. (born March 2, 1985) is a former American football running back.
He played college football at USC, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice and won the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in the nation.
However, allegations that he received improper benefits were central to an NCAA investigation of the USC football program that led to severe NCAA sanctions against USC, including a two-year postseason ban and the vacating of wins from the 2004 championship season. While at Helix, he played with 2004 Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Bush was listed as the No. Bush was also a track star at La Mesa, placing second (10.72) -1.7m in the 2002 CIF California State Meet 100 meters final and posting bests of 10.42 seconds in the 100 meters (both the fastest prep time in the state, and among the nation's senior footballer players) and 21.06 seconds in the 200 meters (third fastest prep in California in 2002).
During his prep career with the Helix Highlanders, he won the prestigious Silver Pigskin trophy awarded by KUSI's Prep Pigskin Report. Bush is still 2nd all time on the 100m dash all-time list for San Diego.
Teammate Matt Leinart came in third with 18 first-place votes. Bush became the 71st winner of the Heisman Trophy, and the seventh USC player to receive the award.
Bush had the second most first-place votes and the second-highest total points in the history of Heisman voting at that time, behind only O. In addition to his Heisman Trophy, Bush also won the Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp Award, and was selected as the Pac-10's offensive player of the year.
Bush led the Trojans with 1,740 yards on 200 carries (8.7 avg) with sixteen touchdowns and ranked third on the squad with 39 receptions for 481 yards (12.9 avg), including a pair of scores as a junior.