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USC-Texas revisited | Why soldier Travis Tofi kept his football career a secret

USC-Texas revisited | Why soldier Travis Tofi kept his football career a secret

On Jan. 4, 2006, USC and Texas played for college football’s national championship at the Rose Bowl in what is considered one of the greatest games in the sport’s history.

The Longhorns won it 41-38 to complete a 13-0 season. USC, which had a 34-game winning streak, finished 12-1.

The schools have not met on a football field since, but they will Saturday at the Coliseum.

In a four-part series this week, reporter Zach Helfand explores topics related to that epic game.

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Sgt. Travis Tofi discovered quickly that Afghanistan’s Kandahar province was a good place to learn to forget.

He woke up at 6 each morning. He worked 12-hour shifts,...

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