03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BCS National Championship History: WATCH Exciting Finishes From Past Years (VIDEOS)

The history of the BCS National Championship Game includes some exciting games and nail-biting finishes, whether you're a fan of the format or not.

The 2007 BCS National Championship Game was the first to go under that official title, as No. 2 Florida defeated No. 1 Ohio 41-14.

Prior to that, the name of the BCS National Championship Game alternated -- it was the 2006 Rose Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl, 2004 Sugar Bowl, 2003 Fiesta Bowl, 2002 Rose Bowl, 2001 Orange Bowl, 2000 Sugar Bowl, and 1999 Fiesta Bowl. Some of these games were quite memorable, including Ohio State's double overtime triumph in 2003 and a late touchdown giving Texas a win over USC in 2006.

Fast forward to 2010, and we have Alabama and Texas at odds for the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

But before Alabama and Texas kicks off, let's take a look back at some big time plays from previous National Championships with memorable finishes. They're sure to get your blood pumping for tonight's match-up.

2003 Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State 31, Miami (Florida) 24 (2 OT)

The Buckeyes stop Miami as Cie Grant blitzes off the edge for the victory.

2004 Sugar Bowl: LSU 21, Oklahoma 14

LSU defense makes fourth down stop with under three minutes to play. LSU took the ball over and ran out the clock.

2006 Rose Bowl: Texas 41, USC 38

Vince Young takes the ball to the end zone himself to win it.