2.28.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 21 Results

BRACKET #21
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RESULTS - BRACKET 21
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(21) 1991 Washington - 52
(2028) 1997 Wake Forest - 7
1991 Washington is good - just ask Rich Brooks. Wake defenders DaLawn Parrish and Dustin Lymon had no hope of keeping up with the high powered Husky offense.



(1004) 1994 Notre Dame - 21
(1045) 1977 Iowa State - 20
Notre Dame barely slipped by Dexter Green and Iowa State in this first round matchup. Notre Dame freshman QB Ron Powlus had a rough day, but I'm sure he's still on his way to two Heisman Trophies.

(533) 1986 Texas A&M - 35
(1516) 1999 Louisville - 24
John L. Smith's porous Louisville defense gave up big chunks of yards to the Aggie running game (FB Roger Vick & RB Keith Woodside) all day.

(492) 1992 Colorado - 27
(1557) 1986 Hawaii - 17
The hardest step for Hawaii was the first one. Kordell Stewart and Koy Detmer each played at quarterback as the Buffaloes eliminated Dick Tomey's Rainbow Warriors. Aloha.

(277) 1988 Auburn - 28
(1772) 1984 Utah - 12
All American defensive lineman Tracy Rocker led the Auburn defense in a dominating performance. Utah's freshman RB Eddie Johnson was held to just 54 rushing yards. And you KNOW Aubie was in attendance.

(748) 1997 Southern Miss - 23
(1301) 1978 Auburn - 17
Get ready for some late 90s/early 00s Southern Miss - there's THREE of them in this bracket! The '97 edition, featuring WR Sherrod Gideon and CB Patrick Surtain eliminated RB Joe Cribbs and the '78 Auburn Tigers.

(789) 2003 Southern Miss - 22
(1260) 2003 Fresno State - 17
This time it was linebackers Michael Boley and Rod Davis who led another Southern Miss team into the second round. They were able to contain Fresno's explosive tailback Dwayne Wright in this defensive struggle. Marvin Young returned a punt for touchdown for USM in the fourth quarter, sealing the victory.

(236) 1991 Syracuse - 33
(1813) 1994 UNLV - 16
Versatile Qadry Ismail had too much speed for the UNLV defense. Ismail scored a touchdown three different ways (receving, rushing, punt return) in the rout.

(149) 1990 Texas - 33
(1900) 2003 Syracuse - 16
Peter Gardere found each of the Cash twins, Kerry and Keith, on touchdown passes in the first half to propel one of the best non-Mack Brown Texas teams in the tournament on to the second round. Stanley Richard helped bracket Syracuse WR Johnnie Morant throughout the game as Texas succeeded in keeping the big receiver out of the end zone.

(876) 2006 Cincinnati - 22
(1173) 1980 UNLV - 25
QB Dustin Grutza threw an interception to Charles Jarvis, who returned it 56 yards for the game winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to give the Runnin' Rebels the minor upset.

(661) 1987 Penn State - 23
(1388) 1996 Clemson - 18
Penn State RB Blair Thomas was the only player that moved the chains for either team in this ugly first round match. Each defense picked up a safety in the ball game, but Thomas was able to reach the end zone three times for the Nittany Lions.

(364) 1991 Texas A&M - 30
(1685) 1978 Colorado - 12
The Wrecking Crew was all they were advertised to be. Linebackers Quintin Coryatt and Marcus Buckley shut down RB James Mayberry and the Colorado offense, sending Coach Bill Mallory's Buffaloes home early.

(405) 2003 Iowa - 29
(1644) 1998 Mississippi - 14
The Iowa defense bottled up Romaro Miller, Deuce McAllister, and the rest of the Tommy Tuberville Ole Miss offense en route to advancing to the second round. Hawkeye defenders Bob Sanders and Matt Roth paced the stop unit.

(620) 2002 Texas Tech - 34
(1429) 1997 Tulane - 31
Tommy Bowden's high scoring offense wasn't quite high-scoring enough against Mike Leach's Texas Tech. Kliff Kingsbury out-gunned Shaun King in this shootout, but I have a feeling the '98 Tulane team might stick around longer than the '97 edition.



(917) 2000 Southern Miss - 27
(1132) 1981 Florida State - 17
The third Southern Miss team of the bracket advances, handing Florida State their first loss of the tournament. The 'Noles were 13-0 in The Greatest Tournament of All Time prior to this contest. This time it was the running of Derrick Nix and Dawayne Woods pacing the Golden Eagles.

(108) 2008 Oklahoma - 53
(1941) 1993 Western Michigan - 17
Bob Stoops did some showing off against Al Molde's Western Michigan squad as they tried to re-establish their dominance in this tournament. Stoops had Sam Bradford throwing the ball well into the fourth quarter, despite the game having been decided long before. After the game, Stoops was as humble as ever...

Round 2 Matchups-
(21) 1991 Washington vs (1004) 1994 Notre Dame
(492) 1992 Colorado vs (533) 1986 Texas A&M
(277) 1988 Auburn vs (748) 1997 Southern Miss
(236) 1991 Syracuse vs (789) 2003 Southern Miss
(149) 1990 Texas vs (1173) 1980 UNLV
(364) 1991 Texas A&M vs (661) 1987 Penn State
(405) 2003 Iowa vs (620) 2002 Texas Tech
(108) 2008 Oklahoma vs (917) 2000 Southern Miss

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 36 Results

BRACKET #36
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RESULTS - BRACKET 36
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(93) 2004 Utah - 44
(1956) 1984 Navy - 16

(932) 1984 Miami - 26
(1117) 1984 Army - 25

(605) 1984 Auburn - 26
(1444) 2001 Iowa State - 20

(420) 2004 Michigan - 28
(1629) 1986 Maryland - 20

(349) 2003 Utah - 34
(1700) 1993 Utah State - 20

(676) 1996 Wyoming - 32
(1373) 1977 Washington State - 22

(861) 2007 Wake Forest - 18
(1188) 1983 Southern Miss - 20

(164) 1995 Colorado - 36
(1885) 1998 Oklahoma - 12

(221) 2004 Georgia - 26
(1828) 1987 Arizona - 15

(804) 1978 East Carolina - 22
(1245) 1985 SMU - 16

(733) 1977 North Carolina State - 27
(1316) 1990 Arizona - 14

(292) 2003 Georgia - 28
(1757) 1998 Utah - 17

(477) 1995 Michigan - 30
(1572) 1994 Nevada - 22

(548) 2002 North Carolina State - 31
(1501) 1989 Texas - 14

(989) 1984 Hawaii - 17
(1060) 1979 UT-Arlington - 22

(36) 2008 Florida - 47
(2013) 1993 Rice - 10

Round 2 Matchups-
(93) 2004 Utah vs (932) 1984 Miami
(420) 2004 Michigan vs (605) 1984 Auburn
(349) 2003 Utah vs (676) 1996 Wyoming
(164) 1995 Colorado vs (1188) 1983 Southern Miss
(221) 2004 Georgia vs (804) 1978 East Carolina
(292) 2003 Georgia vs (733) 1977 North Carolina State
(477) 1995 Michigan vs (548) 2002 North Carolina State
(36) 2008 Florida vs (1060) 1979 UT-Arlington

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 57 Results

BRACKET #57
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RESULTS - BRACKET 57
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(57) 1997 Florida - 40
(1992) 1991 Texas Tech - 16

(968) 1994 Bowling Green - 26
(1081) 1977 Texas Tech - 19

(569) 2004 Texas A&M - 28
(1480) 1999 Oregon State - 23

(456) 1997 Colorado State - 39
(1593) 1990 UCLA - 18

(313) 1992 Georgia - 39
(1736) 1994 Purdue - 17

(712) 1982 Ohio State - 27
(1337) 1987 Oregon - 17

(825) 2006 Maryland - 24
(1224) 2003 Connecticut - 27

(200) 2005 West Virginia - 35
(1849) 1987 Minnesota - 14

(185) 1996 Colorado - 33
(1864) 1983 Virginia - 16

(840) 2004 Oregon State - 35
(1209) 2002 Oklahoma State - 28

(697) 1984 Georgia - 21
(1352) 1984 Illinois - 22

(328) 2008 Texas Tech - 45
(1721) 2001 Northern Illinois - 23

(441) 1999 Wisconsin - 31
(1608) 2007 Georgia Tech - 14

(584) 1986 Arkansas - 24
(1465) 1999 Syracuse - 17

(953) 1980 LSU - 23
(1096) 1995 Stanford - 21

(72) 2001 Tennessee - 38
(1977) 1989 Iowa State - 16

Round 2 Matchups-
(57) 1997 Florida vs (968) 1994 Bowling Green
(456) 1997 Colorado State vs (569) 2004 Texas A&M
(313) 1992 Georgia vs (712) 1982 Ohio State
(200) 2005 West Virginia vs (1224) 2003 Connecticut
(185) 1996 Colorado vs (840) 2004 Oregon State
(328) 2008 Texas Tech vs (1352) 1984 Illinois
(441) 1999 Wisconsin vs (584) 1986 Arkansas
(72) 2001 Tennessee vs (953) 1980 LSU

2.26.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 28 Results

BRACKET #28
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RESULTS - BRACKET 28
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(101) 1993 West Virginia - 35
(1948) 1981 Baylor - 14
Don Nehlen got the best of Grant Teaff in this matchup of coaching legends. WVU RB Robert Walker ran wild in the first half so the starters didn't have to do much in the second half.

(924) 1983 Oklahoma State - 23
(1125) 1990 Colorado State - 19
Jimmy Johnson's Oklahoma State Cowboys slid by Colorado State thanks to a defensive stand late in the game. Leslie O'Neal stopped RB Brian Copeland on fourth and inches at the 12 yard line, and Okie State never gave the ball back.

(613) 1988 Alabama - 27
(1436) 1997 Cincinnati - 20
Alabama's loaded defense, including linebackers Derrick Thomas and Keith McCants, held Cincinnati QB Chad Plummer in check most of the day as the Tide pulled out a victory that came more difficult than anticipated.



(412) 2007 Tennessee - 21
(1637) 1982 Western Michigan - 19
Speaking of games being more difficult than expected, Tennessee had to fight for every yard against Jack Harbaugh's Western squad. Matt Meares and the WMU O-Line actually had their way in the trenches and controlled the clock for over 38 minutes. But they couldn't seem to turn long drives into points, whereas Erik Ainge was able to put the ball in the end zone three times.

(357) 1982 New Mexico - 32
(1692) 1984 Oregon - 17
Johnny Jackson and Ray Horn Feck paced a solid defensive outing for New Mexico.

(668) 2002 TCU - 33
(1381) 2003 Hawaii - 24
The vaunted Horned Frog defense, featuring playmakers Bo Schobel and LaMarcus McDonald, hammered Timmy Chang play after play en route to an easy win over the 'Bows. Lonta Hobbs ran wild for TCU, accounting for over 200 yards on the ground. June Jones padded his stats by tacking on two meaningless touchdowns in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.

(869) 1986 Florida - 22
(1180) 2008 Maryland - 16
Da'Rel Scott's 154 yards rushing wasn't enough for Maryland. Kerwin Bell hooked up with Ricky Nattiel for what would turn out to be the game winning touchdown late in the third quarter.

(156) 1996 Nebraska - 46
(1893) 2005 BYU - 17
Nebraska QB Scott Frost filled Tommie Frazier's shoes just fine in this first round matchup with BYU. The Cougar defense was no match for Nebraska's option attack.



(229) 1987 Texas A&M - 28
(1820) 1986 Texas - 13
The Aggies beat Texas both in '86 and '87, so this result was no surprise. Jackie Sherrill's Wrecking Crew defense was in top form, with linebackers John Roper and Aaron Wallace stifling every move Fred Akers' offense tried to make.

(796) 2005 Nebraska - 23
(1253) 1980 Arkansas - 20
Bill Callahan was barely able to survive the first round of the tournament. Despite the Razorback defense holding RB Cory Ross to 44 yards, the Nebraska offense still found a way to put enough points on the board to eliminate Lou Holtz-led Arkansas.

(741) 2002 Colorado State - 28
(1308) 1998 Michigan State - 25
Colorado State narrowly defeated Nick Saban's upset-minded Spartans. Cecil Sapp literally carried the Rams to victory with his bruising running style. Watch out for the '99 Michigan State team though.

(284) 1989 Arkansas - 35
(1765) 1999 Arizona State - 17
Ken Hatfield's Arkansas Razorbacks rolled over Arizona State thanks to their three headed rushing attack. Quinn Grovey, James Rouse, and Barry Foster each compiled at least 80 rushing yards against the undisciplined Sun Devils.



(485) 1982 Florida - 20
(1564) 1979 Virginia - 17
All American Wilber Marshall helped the Gator defense smother Virginia's running game (RBs Tommy Vigorito & Greg Taylor) and Florida pulled out a hard fought victory.

(540) 1979 Baylor - 27
(1509) 2002 Miami (Ohio) - 20
Once again, Grant Teaff's Baylor defense does the trick. Mike Singletary and Gary Don Johnson paced a unit that held Ben Roethlisberger and the Redhawks well below their scoring average.

(997) 2000 Texas A&M - 22
(1052) 1991 Baylor - 20
Grant Teaff had another defensive All American in DL Santana Dotson, but this time around it wasn't enough. Mark Farris found Robert Ferguson for two touchdowns and Aggie LB Roylin Bradley harrassed Baylor QB J.J. Joe off the edge all day.

(28) 1981 Pittsburgh - 38
(2021) 1999 Texas Tech - 10
Dan Marino had no problem finding open receivers against the Red Raiders and Pitt easily advanced to the second round.

Round 2 Matchups-
(101) 1993 West Virginia vs (924) 1983 Oklahoma State
(412) 2007 Tennessee vs (613) 1988 Alabama
(357) 1982 New Mexico vs (668) 2002 TCU
(156) 1996 Nebraska vs (869) 1986 Florida
(229) 1987 Texas A&M vs (796) 2005 Nebraska
(284) 1989 Arkansas vs (741) 2002 Colorado State
(485) 1982 Florida vs (540) 1979 Baylor
(28) 1981 Pittsburgh vs (997) 2000 Texas A&M

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 10 Results

BRACKET #10
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RESULTS - BRACKET 10
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(10) 2004 USC - 39
(2039) 1989 Louisville - 12

(1015) 1996 Utah - 23
(1034) 1994 Mississippi State - 29

(522) 1992 Washington State - 24
(1527) 2008 Clemson - 22

(503) 1998 Virginia - 31
(1546) 2004 Wyoming - 20

(266) 1979 Nebraska - 34
(1783) 2005 Baylor - 10

(759) 1995 Virginia - 30
(1290) 2006 Oregon - 24

(778) 1980 Central Michigan - 23
(1271) 2004 Northern Illinois - 22

(247) 1995 Kansas - 33
(1802) 1993 Georgia - 21

(138) 1984 BYU - 32
(1911) 1979 Northern Illinois - 11

(887) 1998 Alabama - 19
(1162) 1984 Arizona - 23

(650) 1979 Yale - 23
(1399) 1982 Wisconsin - 16

(375) 1990 Florida - 34
(1674) 1982 Mississippi State - 14

(394) 1985 Auburn - 31
(1655) 1992 Georgia Tech - 15

(631) 2000 Iowa State - 21
(1418) 1990 Central Michigan - 22
An experienced Chippewa team pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament. Not only did a 1400+ seed advance, but the best Iowa State team in the field just got knocked out. Iowa State has lost their top two teams already, and are in danger of being entirely eliminated from the tournament in the first round.

(906) 1994 Boston College - 20
(1143) 1996 Texas Tech - 17

(119) 1984 Florida - 31
(1930) 1986 Air Force - 13

Round 2 Matchups-
(10) 2004 USC vs (1034) 1994 Mississippi State
(503) 1998 Virginia vs (522) 1992 Washington State
(266) 1979 Nebraska vs (759) 1995 Virginia
(247) 1995 Kansas vs (778) 1980 Central Michigan
(138) 1984 BYU vs (1162) 1984 Arizona
(375) 1990 Florida vs (650) 1979 Yale
(394) 1985 Auburn vs (1418) 1990 Central Michigan
(119) 1984 Florida vs (906) 1994 Boston College

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 59 Results

BRACKET #59
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RESULTS - BRACKET 59
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(70) 2002 Miami - 40
(1979) 1982 East Carolina - 14

(955) 2003 North Carolina State - 46
(1094) 2003 Texas Tech - 52 (2 OT)

(582) 1982 Alabama - 29
(1467) 2004 Southern Miss - 18

(443) 1998 Georgia - 22
(1606) 1983 Arizona State - 20

(326) 2008 Penn State - 36
(1723) 1987 Baylor - 12

(699) 2002 West Virginia - 24
(1350) 1992 Arizona State - 20

(838) 1980 Long Beach State - 24
(1211) 1990 Temple - 20

(187) 1977 Pittsburgh - 35
(1862) 1990 Mississippi State - 10

(198) 1979 Florida State - 26
(1851) 2004 Maryland - 10

(827) 1987 Michigan - 22
(1222) 2001 Kansas State - 19

(710) 1987 San Jose State - 27
(1339) 1991 North Carolina - 20

(315) 1998 Air Force - 36
(1734) 2000 Northern Illinois - 21

(454) 1979 Washington - 25
(1595) 2001 Notre Dame - 13

(571) 1989 Washington - 24
(1478) 1999 Wake Forest - 16

(966) 1981 San Jose State - 26
(1083) 1998 Central Florida - 29

(59) 1988 Florida State - 40
(1990) 1992 Iowa - 10

Round 2 Matchups-
(70) 2002 Miami vs (1094) 2003 Texas Tech
(443) 1998 Georgia vs (582) 1982 Alabama
(326) 2008 Penn State vs (699) 2002 West Virginia
(187) 1977 Pittsburgh vs (838) 1980 Long Beach State
(198) 1979 Florida State vs (827) 1987 Michigan
(315) 1998 Air Force vs (710) 1987 San Jose State
(454) 1979 Washington vs (571) 1989 Washington
(59) 1988 Florida State vs (1083) 1998 Central Florida

2.25.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 7 Results

BRACKET #7
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RESULTS - BRACKET 7
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(122) 1982 UCLA - 34
(1927) 1990 LSU - 13

(903) 2008 Georgia Tech - 22
(1146) 2002 Oregon State - 25

(634) 1994 Tennessee - 27
(1415) 1992 Western Michigan - 16

(391) 1999 Mississippi State - 20
(1658) 1988 Iowa - 14

(378) 1984 USC - 24
(1671) 2002 Oregon - 18

(647) 1994 BYU - 28
(1402) 1994 Southern Miss - 21

(890) 2000 South Carolina - 19
(1159) 1996 Virginia - 26 (OT)

(135) 1981 Miami - 23
(1914) 1993 Kentucky - 11

(250) 1982 Clemson - 27
(1799) 1997 SMU - 13

(775) 1995 Washington - 30
(1274) 1999 Hawaii - 23

(762) 2008 Oklahoma State - 36
(1287) 1988 Arizona State - 20

(263) 1992 Syracuse - 29
(1786) 1980 Auburn - 13

(506) 1983 Iowa - 28
(1543) 1979 Lamar - 14

(519) 1984 Virginia - 27
(1530) 1978 Cornell - 17

(1018) 1984 Central Michigan - 22
(1031) 1989 Syracuse - 17

(7) 1987 Miami - 38
(2042) 1993 New Mexico - 10

Round 2 Matchups-
(122) 1982 UCLA vs (1146) 2002 Oregon State
(391) 1999 Mississippi State vs (634) 1994 Tennessee
(378) 1984 USC vs (647) 1994 BYU
(135) 1981 Miami vs (1159) 1996 Virginia
(250) 1982 Clemson vs (775) 1995 Washington
(263) 1992 Syracuse vs (762) 2008 Oklahoma State
(506) 1983 Iowa vs (519) 1984 Virginia
(7) 1987 Miami vs (1018) 1984 Central Michigan

2.24.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 46 Results

BRACKET #46
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RESULTS - BRACKET 46
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(46) 1996 Florida State - 40
(2003) 1979 Minnesota - 13
DEs Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson racked up 2 sacks apiece as the Seminoles roll.

(979) 2000 East Carolina - 24
(1070) 2004 Georgia Tech - 20
QB David Garrard had his way with a talented Ramblin' Wreck defense, and threaded the needle between safeties James Butler and Dawan Landry on this game winning touchdown pass.

(558) 1986 Clemson - 30
(1491) 1980 Colorado State - 13
Clemson made quick work of this contest. RB Terrence Flagler topped the century mark on the ground in the first half and Ram QB Steve Fairchild was never able to get in a rhythm.



(467) 1993 Boston College - 29
(1582) 1979 Georgia - 16
No problems for BC here in this matchup of heavyweight coaches where Tom Coughlin got the best of Vince Dooley. QB Glenn Foley found TE Pete Mitchell on a pair of touchdowns, one on a well-executed play fake.

(302) 1985 Bowling Green - 32
(1747) 1977 Boston College - 17
Brian McClure out-passes Ken Smith as Bowling Green cruises past BC.

(723) 2002 Florida - 23
(1326) 1997 Oklahoma State - 22
In one of the best first round games of Bracket 46, Rex Grossman led Florida down the field to set up the game winning field goal as time expired. R.W. McQuarters had a pick-six early in the game to set the tempo, and TE Alonzo Mayes caught a touchdown pass, but the Tony Lindsay-led option attack couldn't ever get enough momentum going against DT Ian Scott and the Gator defnse.

(814) 2001 North Carolina - 27
(1235) 1999 Colorado - 24
Julius Peppers finally got to QB Mike Moschetti on the last play of the game, sacking Colorado's chances of advancing. LB Jashon Sykes led the way defensively for the Buffs, but his 14 tackles weren't enough.

(211) 2007 West Virginia - 40
(1838) 1986 Syracuse - 14
Pat White and the Mountaineers had no problem eliminating Don McPherson and Syracuse in this first round matchup.

(174) 1979 Arkansas - 26
(1875) 1978 Cincinnati - 13
Lou Holtz allowed his offensive line to do the heavy lifting in this Arkansas win. The Hogs dominated time of possession as they kept potent Cincy RB Allen Harvin off the field.

(851) 1981 UCLA - 26
(1198) 2007 Troy - 23
UCLA thought they were playing the Men of Troy from across the city for a while. QB Omar Haugabook had a big first half for Troy, putting up 231 yards of total offense prior to halftime. But the Bruins settled down in the second half and pulled of a hard fought victory.

(686) 1990 USC - 26
(1363) 1995 Georgia - 19
Ray Goff's offense had a hard time getting going, despite the all purpose threat known as Hines Ward. QB Todd Marinovich threw a touchdown pass with 16 seconds left to win the game for USC.



(339) 1993 Tennessee - 46
(1710) 2001 Louisiana Tech - 19
Heath Shuler and Charlier Garner had no problem putting points on the board, and the Vols defense managed to keep Louisiana Tech's potent passing game (QB Luke McCown & WRs Delwyn Daigre, John Simon, and D.J. Curry) to just one touchdown.

(430) 2007 Boston College - 27
(1619) 2000 UNLV - 20
The BC defense forced UNLV QB Jason Thomas into several mistakes, but he managed to connect with WR Nate Turner for a late TD to keep the score respectable.

(595) 1994 Virginia - 28
(1454) 2005 Fresno State - 23
Two high scoring offenses were held in check by solid defenses. Virginia's linebacking corps of Jamie Sharper and James Farrior were able to keep RB Wendell Mathis in front of them (for the most part), while Fresno's Tyler Clutts and Garrett McIntyre mustered a consistent pass rush that kept QB Mike Groh from going through all his reads.

(942) 1986 Fresno State - 30
(1107) 2005 Missouri - 23
Missouri thought they were ready for this tournament, but it turned out Jim Sweeney had his Fresno State Bulldogs even more prepared than the Tigers. Sweeney's defense had a tough time stopping Mizzou's Brad Smith between the 20s, but locked down in the red zone to force four field goal attempts.

(83) 2008 Utah - 38
(1966) 1997 Northwestern - 13
The Utes proved their win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl was no fluke as they rolled over Gary Barnett's Wildcats on their way to a second round matchup with 1986 Fresno State.

Round 2 Matchups-
(46) 1996 Florida State vs (979) 2000 East Carolina
(467) 1993 Boston College vs (558) 1986 Clemson
(302) 1985 Bowling Green vs (723) 2002 Florida
(211) 2007 West Virginia vs (814) 2001 North Carolina
(174) 1979 Arkansas vs (851) 1981 UCLA
(339) 1993 Tennessee vs (686) 1990 USC
(430) 2007 Boston College vs (595) 1994 Virginia
(83) 2008 Utah vs (942) 1986 Fresno State

First Round-Bracket 43

BRACKET #43
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RESULTS - BRACKET 43
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(86) 1989 Colorado - 39
(1963) 1979 Michigan State - 12

(939) 1986 Florida State - 20
(1110) 1992 Arizona - 16

(598) 1990 Louisville - 25
(1451) 2006 Navy - 17

(427) 1984 Oklahoma - 26
(1622) 2000 Fresno State - 14

(342) 1986 UCLA - 34
(1707) 1981 Minnesota - 17

(683) 2006 TCU - 29
(1366) 1986 Mississippi State - 13

(854) 1988 Georgia - 34
(1195) 2002 Hawaii - 27

(171) 1989 Alabama - 31
(1878) 1997 Alabama - 14
The first same-school matchup of the tournament!

(214) 1989 Illinois - 30
(1835) 1981 UT-Arlington - 10
The Mavericks made the tournament?

(811) 2006 Kentucky - 24
(1238) 2007 New Mexico - 25
This might be the biggest upset (according to seed) of the tourney so far.

(726) 1977 Miami (Ohio) - 26
(1323) 2001 Boise State - 24

(299) 1988 Wyoming - 38
(1750) 1977 West Virginia - 17

(470) 1984 UNLV - 30
(1579) 2000 Arkansas - 19

(555) 1978 Stanford - 23
(1494) 1985 USC - 14

(982) 2001 Utah - 22
(1067) 1983 Washington State - 17

(43) 1990 Colorado - 37
(2006) 1978 Appalachian State - 14

Round 2 Matchups-
(86) 1989 Colorado vs (939) 1986 Florida State
(427) 1984 Oklahoma vs (598) 1990 Louisville
(342) 1986 UCLA vs (683) 2006 TCU
(171) 1989 Alabama vs (854) 1988 Georgia
(214) 1989 Illinois vs (1238) 2007 New Mexico
(299) 1988 Wyoming vs (726) 1977 Miami (Ohio)
(470) 1984 UNLV vs (555) 1978 Stanford
(43) 1990 Colorado vs (982) 2001 Utah

First Round-Bracket 9

RESULTS - BRACKET 9
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(9) 1986 Penn State - 31
(2040) 1979 VMI - 7

(1016) 1997 Syracuse - 26
(1033) 1985 Minnesota - 19

(521) 1993 Colorado - 28
(1528) 1986 Tennessee - 20

(504) 1996 Iowa - 33
(1545) 1985 Tulsa - 20

(265) 1990 Florida State - 38
(1784) 1989 Louisiana-Lafayette - 13

(760) 2000 Ohio State - 21
(1289) 1978 Rutgers - 18

(777) 2001 Toledo - 30
(1272) 1979 UCLA - 24
The Rocket just won't die!

(248) 1998 Florida - 32
(1801) 1993 Washington State - 13

(137) 1989 Auburn - 23
(1912) 1986 Oklahoma State - 6

(888) 1994 Texas - 45
(1161) 1993 Fresno State - 48 (3 OT)

(649) 1983 East Carolina - 25
(1400) 2003 Colorado State - 20

(376) 1987 Clemson - 25
(1673) 2005 South Florida - 14

(393) 2002 Kansas State - 33
(1656) 1991 Illinois - 12

(632) 1992 North Carolina State - 25
(1417) 2004 Minnesota - 20

(905) 2004 Boston College - 21
(1144) 2008 Northwestern - 17

(120) 2006 Boise State - 46
(1929) 1993 San Diego State - 20

Round 2 Matchups-
(9) 1986 Penn State vs (1016) 1997 Syracuse
(504) 1996 Iowa vs (521) 1993 Colorado
(265) 1990 Florida State vs (760) 2000 Ohio State
(248) 1998 Florida vs (777) 2001 Toledo
(137) 1989 Auburn vs (1161) 1993 Fresno State
(376) 1987 Clemson vs (649) 1983 East Carolina
(393) 2002 Kansas State vs (632) 1992 North Carolina State
(120) 2006 Boise State vs (905) 2004 Boston College

2.23.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 51 Results

BRACKET #51
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RESULTS - BRACKET 51
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(78)
1986 Miami - 30
(1971) 1977 Dartmouth - 7

(947)
1995 UCLA - 27
(1102) 1978 Brown - 21

(590)
2004 Texas Tech - 31
(1459) 1991 Arizona State - 20

(435)
1979 North Carolina - 25
(1614) 2000 Michigan State - 12

(334)
1984 Nebraska - 30
(1715) 1996 Cincinnati - 11

(691)
2004 Virginia - 27
(1358) 1979 Arizona - 16

(846)
1995 Auburn - 25
(1203) 1979 Missouri - 21

(179)
2002 Texas - 30
(1870) 1980 Tennessee - 14

(206)
1988 West Virginia - 37
(1843) 1991 Rutgers - 14

(819)
1982 Miami - 26
(1230) 2001 Clemson - 20

(718)
1991 Stanford - 26
(1331) 1981 South Carolina - 17

(307)
1982 Auburn - 19
(1742) 1982 Miami (OH) - 13

(462)
2002 Maryland - 34
(1587) 1982 Long Beach State - 14

(563)
1998 Purdue - 28
(1486) 1981 Colgate - 19

(974)
1977 Brown - 22
(1075) 1982 San Diego State - 18

(51)
1995 Florida - 45
(1998) 1998 Rice - 13

Round 2 Matchups-
(78) 1986 Miami vs (947) 1995 UCLA
(435) 1979 North Carolina vs (590) 2004 Texas Tech
(334) 1984 Nebraska vs (691) 2004 Virginia
(179) 2002 Texas vs (846) 1995 Auburn
(206) 1988 West Virginia vs (819) 1982 Miami
(307) 1982 Auburn vs (718) 1991 Stanford
(462) 2002 Maryland vs (563) 1998 Purdue
(51) 1995 Florida vs (974) 1977 Brown

2.22.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 16 Results

BRACKET 16
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RESULTS - BRACKET 16
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(113) 2003 LSU - 41
(1936) 1992 Texas Tech - 12
LSU destroyed Texas Tech, ripping the Red Raider defense to the tune of 596 yards. Matt Mauck found the speedy Devery Henderson for one long touchdown, and Michael Clayton for two scores. RB Bam Morris and WR Lloyd Hill never got going against Nick Saban's Tiger defense.

(912) 1982 Vanderbilt - 23
(1137) 2007 Air Force - 24
George MacIntyre brought one of the best Vanderbilt teams in the field, but the Commodores were tossed out like an old computer by the Falcons. QB Shaun Carney got the ball to Chad Hall any way possible, and the senior scored the game winner early in the fourth quarter on a 52-yard option play.

(625) 1999 Miami - 25
(1424) 1979 California - 15
The Miami defense had no problem shutting down Roger Theder's Cal offense. Linebackers Dan Morgan and Nate Webster made plays from sideline to sideline, but neither were able to make a play on The Kiteman, who flew into the stadium in the third quarter.



(400) 1992 Florida - 27
(1649) 1994 Kansas - 21
Although not as balleyhooed as Glen Mason's other dynamic RB duo in this tournament (Marion Barber & Laurence Maroney at Minnesota), L.T. Levine and June Henley played their guts out in this one. Combining for over 200 rushing yards, the pair nearly led Kansas to an upset of Steve Spurrier's '92 Gators.

(369) 1992 Washington - 27
(1680) 2004 Troy - 14
The Washington defense locked up RB DeWhitt Betterson and the Troy offense in pacing the Huskies to a workmanlike first round victory. Troy's defense had their moments as well, holding the explosive Napoleon Kaufman to under 100 yards. Demarcus Ware also hit QB Billy Joe Hobert for 2 sacks.

(656) 1993 North Carolina - 34
(1393) 1997 Stanford - 19
"Johnson & Johnson" led Mack Brown's potent Tar Heel attack, with both tailbacks Leon and Curtis Johnson topping the 100-yard mark on the ground. The North Carolina secondary, featuring Bracey Walker's two picks, also managed to keep Stanford's explosive Troy Walters out of the end zone.

(881) 2001 Auburn - 14
(1168) 1980 Virginia Tech - 20
This was a defensive struggle from start to finish. The two teams combined for less than 500 yards of offense and there were several highlight defensive plays, like this Karlos Dansby interception. But When Cadillac Williams got hurt in the third quarter, it was all over for Auburn.



(144) 1998 UCLA - 38
(1905) 1984 Arizona State - 21
Other than this interception return for touchdown by Arizona State safety David Fulcher, it was all Bruins here today. Cade McNown put on a show against a talented Sun Devil secondary by throwing for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns. WR Danny Farmer was the recipient of three of those touchdowns, and Jermaine Lewis rushed for another.

(241) 1993 Wisconsin - 30
(1808) 2007 Maryland - 15
The Maryland defense suffered an outbreak of arm tackling in this contest, and Wisconsin RB Brent Moss had no problem taking full advantage. The junior carried the ball 41 times for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns.

(784) 1977 North Carolina - 21
(1265) 2004 Iowa State - 10
Dee Hardison and the Tar Heel defense controlled yet another defensive-oriented game in this bracket. Hardison and LB Buddy Curry bottled up ISU RB Stevie Hicks and pressured QB Bret Meyer all day, holding the Cyclones to just 10 points.

(753) 2000 Mississippi State - 30
(1296) 1983 Baylor - 24
Baylor was on the wrong end of a bad call in the second quarter and they never quite recovered. Mississippi State CB Fred Smoot proved once again that two-thirds of the planet is covered by water, and the rest is covered by Smoot. Bulldog RB Dicenzo Miller had a good day on the ground, taking the pressure off QB Wayne Madkin.

(272) 1983 Clemson - 40
(1777) 2003 Colorado - 20
All the talent on offense for the Buffs (RB Brian Calhoun, QB Joel Klatt, WR D.J. Hackett) was overshadowed both literally and figuratively by Clemson nose tackle William Perry. The Colorado defnse didn't show up either, allowing the Tigers to run the draw play at will without ever stopping it.



(497) 2003 Nebraska - 22
(1552) 1986 Michigan State - 16
Demorrio Williams and the Nebraska defense dominated the Spartans. Williams and LB Barrett Ruud shut down a hobbled Lorenzo White and Josh Bullocks picked off two Dave Yarema passes that were intended for Andre Rison. On the other side of the ball, Nebraska QB Jammal Lord ran for 79 yards and Cory Ross added another 138 on the ground.

(528) 1997 Arizona State - 23
(1521) 1986 Rutgers - 14
J.R. Redmond taught the Rutgers defense a thing or two about speed, running for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns against Tyronne Stowe and the '86 Scarlet Knights.

(1009) 1999 Boise State - 30
(1040) 2001 Alabama - 27 (OT)
Boise State jumped out to a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter thanks to two Bart Hendricks touchdown passes in the span of 43 seconds. The Broncos seemed to be in control, but Dennis Franchione resorted to some Boise-esque tricks to get back in the game. The Tide opened the second half by recovering a surprise onside kick and throwing a bomb to Freddie Milons to cut the lead to 17-10. From there it was a back and forth battle, ending in overtime on a Davy Malaythong touchdown run.

(16) 1998 Tennessee - 40
(2033) 2002 Missouri - 16
Go ahead and add 1998 Tennessee to the short list of teams that have what it takes to go all the way in this tournament. The Vol defense (LBs Al Wilson, & Raynoch Thompson, DB Deon Grant, DL Shaun Ellis & Darwin Walker) had no problems containing explosive Mizzou QB Brad Smith (a task even Oklahoma struggled with in '02), and the Tee Martin-led offense showed how they won the national championship.

Round 2 Matchups-
(113) 2003 LSU vs (1137) 2007 Air Force
(400) 1992 Florida vs (625) 1999 Miami
(369) 1992 Washington vs (656) 1993 North Carolina
(144) 1998 UCLA vs (1168) 1980 Virginia Tech
(241) 1993 Wisconsin vs (784) 1977 North Carolina
(272) 1983 Clemson vs (753) 2000 Mississippi State
(497) 2003 Nebraska vs (528) 1997 Arizona State
(16) 1998 Tennessee vs (1009) 1999 Boise State

2.21.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 56 Results

BRACKET 56
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RESULTS - BRACKET 56
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(73) 1998 Ohio State - 38
(1976) 1996 Toledo - 9
The Buckeyes would have been better served scrimmaging themselves because Gary Pinkel's Rockets were no match. CB Antoine Winfield and the defense held Toledo to just three field goals.

(952) 1990 Toledo - 27
(1097) 2000 UTEP - 24
Nick Saban found a way to advance another Toledo team to the second round. UTEP QB Rocky Perez had the passing game sizzling out of the gate, as he found TE Brian Natkin and WR Lee Mays for a touchdown apiece in the first quarter. But the Rocket defense buckled down in the second half. QB Kevin Meger hit WR Rick Isaiah in the end zone with 7:44 to play to give Toledo a 27-24 lead, their first of the game.

(585) 1990 Auburn - 22
(1464) 1982 Illinois - 19
Mike White's up-and-coming Fighting Illini fell short in their comeback attempt. Mike Bass missed a long game tying field goal in the final minute that could have sent the game to overtime. The Illini defensive line, anchored by Don Thorp and Mark Butkus, did a wonderful job shutting down Auburn's James Joseph and the running game. But Illinois QB Tony Eason took too long to get warmed up. And of course, it wouldn't be an Auburn game without some Aubie highlights.

(440) 2003 Tennessee - 30
(1609) 1979 West Virginia - 14
"Alexander the Great" (WVU RB Robert Alexander) didn't have many running lanes against Kevin Simon and the Tennessee defense. The Vols took the field with all eyes on Alexander, and rolled to an easy first round victory.

(329) 2001 Maryland - 36
(1720) 1999 Notre Dame - 21
Notre Dame QB Jarious Jackson turned the ball over three times and wasn't on his game all day. Ralph Friedgen's first Maryland team played a fatastic game all around. Bruce Perry paced the offense with 180 yards and E.J. Henderson did his part against the Irish option offense.

(696) 1982 Oklahoma - 26
(1353) 2003 Georgia Tech - 15
Oklahoma RB Marcus DuPree broke free on two long touchdown runs against Georgia Tech's aggressive, gambling defnese, and the Oklahoma D held RB P.J. Daniels to just 56 rushing yards. D-Lineman Rick Bryan dominated the line of scrimmage for the Sooners, getting after Daniels and Freshman QB Reggie Ball before they even knew what hit them.



(841) 1981 Arkansas - 27
(1208) 1982 North Carolina State - 16
Lou Holtz got the better of Monte Kiffin in this matchup. Razorback DL Billy Ray Smith made 5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and RB Gary Anderson paced a conservative Hog offense that did only what it needed to advance.

(184) 1994 Florida - 45
(1865) 1994 Wyoming - 16
The Gators shut down Joe Tiller's high powered offense and scored at will on the Cowboys in this first round rout. Ryan Christopherson had very little room, thanks to plays like this one by Florida LB Monte Grow.

(201) 1990 Notre Dame - 35
(1848) 2005 Navy - 24
Navy QB Lamar Owens executed the triple option to perfection, but the Midshipmen defense couldn't matchup with the speed of Raghib Ismail.



(824) 2000 Western Michigan - 29
(1225) 2003 Boston College - 17
Derrick Knight ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights, but BC's defense couldn't hold up. QB Jeff Welsh threw for 264 yards and RB Robert Sanford tacked on 134 yards on the ground in the Broncos first round win.

(713) 2003 Minnesota - 30
(1336) 2006 Arizona - 17
After QB Willie Tuitama was injured in the first quarter, Arizona simply couldn't keep up with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota ran for well over 300 yards in the game thanks to the dynamic duo of Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney. Thomas Tapeh even chipped in 64 yards on the ground!

(312) 1993 Texas A&M - 31
(1737) 1988 Army - 14
The Aggies cruised past their first round opponent on the strength of the Wrecking Crew defense and a potent running game. Sam Adams dominated the undersized Army O-Line and contained RB Mike Mayweather. Mayweather was just glad to be a part of the tournament though.

(457) 1989 Penn State - 28
(1592) 1985 Purdue - 16
Purdue QB Jim Everett hooked up with WR Rodney Carter for a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but managed very little else offensively against a stout Penn State defense. After the game, Everett took out his frustrations on a Los Angeles radio show host.

(568) 2008 Oregon State - 28
(1481) 2006 Utah - 21
In a tie game with just seconds remaining, the Utah defense simply gave Beaver QB Lyle Moevao too much time. Moevao found Sammie Stroughter in the end zone for the game winning touchdown. Safety Eric Weddle paced the Ute defense in a stellar performance up to that point, containing Oregon State's speedy Rodgers twins thoughout the game.

(969) 1989 South Carolina - 22
(1080) 1986 North Carolina - 23
Not a lot of passing going on in this game. Derrick Fenner and Eric Starr out-rushed Harold Green and Mike Dingle to give North Carolina the win over South Carolina.

(56) 2006 Louisville - 40
(1993) 1981 Purdue - 13
Bobby Petrino's offense scored at will against the outmatched Boilermakers. QB Brian Brohm had plenty of time to throw, and he found Harry Douglas on two long touchdown passes.

Round 2 Matchups-
(73) 1998 Ohio State vs (952) 1990 Toledo
(440) 2003 Tennessee vs (585) 1990 Auburn
(329) 2001 Maryland vs (696) 1982 Oklahoma
(184) 1994 Florida vs (841) 1981 Arkansas
(201) 1990 Notre Dame vs (824) 2000 Western Michigan
(312) 1993 Texas A&M vs (713) 2003 Minnesota
(457) 1989 Penn State vs (568) 2008 Oregon State
(56) 2006 Louisville vs (1080) 1986 North Carolina

2.18.2009

First Round-Bracket 32

RESULTS - BRACKET 32
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(97) 1977 Texas - 38
(1952) 1991 Vanderbilt - 10
The Longhorns are representing in this tourny as they dispatch of the Sheldon Quarles led Commodores. WR's Lam Jones and Alfred Jackson had 200 yards a piece in 3 Qtr's of work and Earl Campbell didn't play after the halftime and when you have 5 carries for 136 it was as easy as Sunday Morning. Watch out for this team.

(928) 1986 North Carolina State - 21
(1121) 1992 Toledo - 22
This upset disappointed me and Haywood Jeffires who even despite a nifty reverse couldn't stop the Rocket in this tournament, unbelievable!!!

(609) 1980 South Carolina - 29
(1440) 2000 North Carolina - 17
Robert Brooks made a spectacular catch in this one to win the battle of the Carolina's and the Gamecock defense pounded QB Ronald Curry and kept Julius peppers in check except for one play. This Tarheel team also had Alge Crumpler, Willie Parker, Ryan Sims, Sedrick Hodge, Erroll Hood and Dexter Ried and still lost, fault be laid at the feet of Coach Carl Torbush.

(416) 2007 Arizona State - 28
(1633) 1992 Oklahoma - 18
Rudy and Company blew thru this very mediocre OU team, and OU QB Cale Gundy was pressured all day by LB Robert James. Man, the Gary Gibbs era is un helpful to the success of this franchise.

(353) 2001 Washington State - 37
(1696) 1995 Wyoming - 23
Jason Gesser shows up for another talented Cougar team and shreds another team and Lamont Thompson and Jason David had 2 picks each to seal it.

(672) 2008 Michigan State - 25
(1377) 1994 South Carolina - 21
Despite S Carolina FB Stanley Pritchett one yard plunge with 2:20 left on the clock was to much time to keep QB Brian Hoyer from hitting Deon Curry for a 46 yard reception, then it was time to turn it over the Ringer show.

(865) 1988 Louisville - 19
(1184) 1992 Mississippi State - 21
In a very bizarre game it came down to Cougars driving with 1:36 on the clock and QB Greg Plump threw a ball short to TE Kendall Watkins that was bobbled into the hands of WR Willie Harris who scampered down to the Cards 15 to set up the winning FG by Chris Gardner. So Jackie Sherrill luck turned around some in this one.

(160) 2005 Virginia Tech - 32
(1889) 1988 Memphis - 11
QB Marcus Vick and this very loaded Hokie D crushed this poor Memphis Team. I don't think the game has even started it was windsprints for the offense all day and the Defense didn't get any resistance.

(225) 2006 West Virginia - 40
(1824) 2002 Louisville - 21
RB Noel Devine had over 170 total yards offense and Morty Ivy and John Holmes got a pick a piece against QB Dave Ragone to Seal the victory.

(800) 1984 Florida State - 36
(1249) 2004 Memphis - 27
RB DeAngelo Williams effort of 173 yards and 3 TD's were not enough to keep the Hassan Jones and Jessie Hester show to stop as the Memphis D didn't show up in this one or it would have been a fight.

(737) 1989 Texas A&M - 24
(1312) 1992 Penn State - 21
This was a great game but the hookup of Lance Pavlas to RB Darren Lewis was more prolific today then QB Tony Sacca to OJ McDuffie as this game was nip and tuck all day, but at least part of the hookups kept their day jobs.

(288) 1978 Michigan - 28
(1761) 1980 Louisville - 7
QB Rick Leach and the very soft trumpet in the background pounded this weak Louisville team. But at least Darryl Griffith was in attendance to show his support.

(481) 1989 Houston - 45
(1568) 1983 UNLV - 14
We have a Andre Ware sighting and despite his helmet being taken off once, he could have played without it, there was no pressure and this game was over from the start. But at least we got the home movie from 1983from our trip to Vegas.

(544) 1993 Louisville - 29
(1505) 2000 Virginia - 17
QB Jeff Brohm finally led the Cards to its first victory of the Tournament and it was over a decent Virginia squad. Antwoine Womack was injured early in the first quarter and Billy McMullen was double teamed after that and poor QB Dan Ellis couldn't react.

(993) 2008 Kansas - 45
(1056) 2000 Air Force - 38
Todd Reesing hit Dexton Fields with his only catch of the day in the back of the endzone to get the victory for the Jayhawks.

(32) 1993 Florida State - 40
(2017) 2004 Kansas - 9
Kansas and Adam Barmann had 11 chances in the Redzone and was stuffed on all but one of them as this Seminole team, possible the best team in the tournament, this team is stacked from Top to Bottom.

Round 2 Matchups-
(97) 1977 Texas vs (1121) 1992 Toledo
(416) 2007 Arizona State vs (609) 1980 South Carolina
(353) 2001 Washington State vs (672) 2008 Michigan State
(160) 2005 Virginia Tech vs (1184) 1992 Mississippi State
(225) 2006 West Virginia vs (800) 1984 Florida State
(288) 1978 Michigan vs (737) 1989 Texas A&M
(481) 1989 Houston vs (544) 1993 Louisville
(32) 1993 Florida State vs (993) 2008 Kansas

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 23 Results

RESULTS - BRACKET 23
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(106) 1989 Florida State - 35
(1943) 1990 Louisiana Tech - 17
The LA Tech 1-2 punch of RBs Michael Richardson and Jason Davis were no match for the talented 'Noles. LB Kirk Carruthers filled all the running lanes, and Peter Tom Willis found Lawrence Dawsey for 2 touchdowns in this easy first round win.

(919) 1994 Duke - 27
(1130) 1992 Kansas - 26
An unbelievable run by Kansas' Monte Cozzens gave Kansas a 26-24 lead with just under 5 minutes to play, but they left Duke too much time. QB Spence Fischer led the Blue Devils down the field and Tom Cochran hit a 32-yard game winning field goal that sent Chip Hilleary and the Jayhawks home.

(618) 1998 Arkansas - 23
(1431) 1981 Virginia Tech - 17
Despite a marvelous game by Hokie RB Cyrus Lawrence (pictured), the Razorbacks advanced on the strength of a 73-yard bomb from Clint Stoerner to Anthony Lucas that turned out to be the game winner. QB Steve Casey couldn't get the passing game going against a loaded Arkansas secondary that featured David Barrett and Kenoy Kennedy.

(407) 2004 Virginia Tech - 28
(1642) 2003 South Florida - 13
Hokie bookends Jim Davis and Darryl Tapp were in USF QB Ronnie Banks' pocket all night, and the Bulls could only manage two Santiago Gramatica field goals to go along with a J.R. Reed pick-six.

(362) 1995 Penn State - 38
(1687) 2008 Central Michigan - 21
Joe Paterno got to play plenty of backups in this one. Penn State routed the Chippewas on the strength of the running of Mike Archie and Curtis Enis. CMU QB Dan LeFevour wasn't pleased with his performance, but the Nittany Lion defense is probably the best he has faced in his career.

(663) 1997 Purdue - 23
(1386) 1984 Virginia Tech - 18
Bill Dooley brought Virginia Tech's third team of the bracket out to play, but a Bruce Smith-led defense had no answer for Purdue's spread offense. Joe Tiller, in his first year at Purdue, called for QB Billy Dicken to pass 48 times against the Hokies.

(874) 1990 Oregon - 21
(1175) 1978 Texas A&M - 19
The Aggies had coaching issues (Emory Ballard and Tom Wilson actually had a public disagreement about who would coach this team in the tournament), but they still almost managed to upset the 1990 Ducks. RB Curtis Dickey ran for 176 yards in pacing the A&M offense.

(151) 1987 LSU - 31
(1898) 1996 Mississippi State - 14
Mississippi State scored two very impressive touchdowns in the first half to take a 14-7 lead. The first was a 17-yard run by Robert Isaac, the second a marvelous catch by Lamont Woodbury. But LSU QB Tommy Hodson took over from there, finding WR Wendell Davis for 141 yards and 3 touchdowns.



(234) 1985 Air Force - 34
(1815) 2008 Troy - 17
Fisher DeBerry's triple option offense was executed to perfection in this one. QB Bart Weiss made all the right decisions, and even found WR Ken Carpenter for two long touchdown passes.

(791) 1981 Missouri - 27
(1258) 2000 North Carolina State - 20
With coach Chuck Amato and QB Philip Rivers in their first seasons at N.C. State, the Wolfpack didn't always appear to be on the same page. Missouri DL Jeff Gaylord and LB Van Darkow clogged the middle, and Koren Robinson only caught two passes in the loss.

(746) 1999 BYU - 28
(1303) 1989 Washington State - 25
Washington State RB Steve Broussard played well against a solid BYU defense, but it wasn't enough. BYU QB Kevin Feterik led an 89-yard that culminated with this 38-yard game winning TD pass to freshman WR Chris Hale. The WSU defense had trouble covering BYU receivers all day.

(279) 1988 Clemson - 27
(1770) 1977 Mississippi - 10
The Tiger defense carried Clemson to an easy first round victory over punchless Ole Miss. LBs Levon Kirkland and Ed McDonald picked up 12 tackles each, and RB Terry Allen paced a vanilla offense with 112 rushing yards and a touchdown.



(490) 2001 Florida State - 36
(1559) 1982 Georgia Tech - 20
FSU just gave the ball to RB Greg Jones and got out of the way. When Jones' day was through, he had totaled 233 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even LB Pat Swilling got run over by Jones. GT coach Bill Curry had no answer, and the offense didn't have much success either.

(535) 2006 Wake Forest - 24
(1514) 1994 Michigan State - 17
Michigan State QB Tony Banks threw three interceptions and Wake Forest played textbook Jim Grobe football. The Deacons got a kick return for a score by speedster Kevin Marion, as well as a defensive touchdown by CB Alphonso Smith on an interception return.

(1002) 1980 Houston - 23
(1047) 1981 West Texas A&M - 13
Bill Yeoman's Houston Cougars displayed a ho-hum effort against the Buffaloes from Canyon, TX, but it was still good enough to advance to the second round. Eric Herring caught a touchdown pass from Brent Chinn, FB David Barrett ran for a score, and David Humphreys tacked on 3 field goals.

(23) 1997 Michigan - 30
(2026) 1983 South Carolina - 7
This game was never close thanks to a loaded Michigan defense. Glen Steele led the way with 2 of the Wolverines 8 sacks, and the Gamecocks only managed 167 total yards in the game. RB Chris Howard had a complete game on offense with a touchdown rushing and receiving.



Round 2 Matchups-
(106) 1989 Florida State vs (919) 1994 Duke
(407) 2004 Virginia Tech vs (618) 1998 Arkansas
(362) 1995 Penn State vs (663) 1997 Purdue
(151) 1987 LSU vs (874) 1990 Oregon
(234) 1985 Air Force vs (791) 1981 Missouri
(279) 1988 Clemson vs (746) 1999 BYU
(490) 2001 Florida State vs (535) 2006 Wake Forest
(23) 1997 Michigan vs (1002) 1980 Houston

2.16.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 27 Results

RESULTS - BRACKET 27
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(102) 1994 Colorado - 42
(1947) 2000 USC - 17
2000 was the last year Paul Hackett coached at USC, and this might have been why. Despite a loaded roster (Carson Palmer, Troy Polamalu, Sultan McCullough, Kareem Kelly), the Trojans were never in this game. Rashaan Salaam (pictured) ran for 178 yards in a little over two quarters and the Buffalo backups saw plenty of action to make sure the starters stay healthy for what could be a deep run in this tournament.

(923) 2005 Minnesota - 30
(1126) 1988 Texas A&M - 26
In a battle of the running backs, Minnesota's Laurence Maroney got the better of A&M's Darren Lewis. Maroney was unstoppable on the Power Blast Right, even against Wrecking Crew linebackers John Roper and Aaron Wallace.

(614) 2002 Colorado - 29
(1435) 1997 North Carolina State - 24
Jamie Barnette hooked up with Torry Holt for two touchdowns and blocked a punt to set up another score, but the Wolfpack defense couldn't keep up with Jeremy Bloom.

(411) 1981 Arizona State - 31
(1638) 1984 Alabama - 15
The Sun Devil defense suffocated an Alabama offense that couldn't decide on a quarterback. Vince Sutton and Mike Shula each played significant minutes, but neither found a way around Jim Jeffcoat and Vernon Maxwell. However, Alabama head coach Ray Perkins laid the foundation for future Alabama teams to succeed in this tournament.

(358) 1990 Houston - 37
(1691) 1993 Illinois - 20
Illinois got after David Klingler early in the game, and for a while it looked like the Illini might be ready to pull the upset of the tournament. But that changed when Klingler found his rhythm in the second half and quickly put the game out of reach. RB Chuck Weatherspoon quietly had a solid game ensuring there would be no miracle comeback.

(667) 1995 Syracuse - 25
(1382) 1989 Oklahoma - 24
Freshman QB Donovan McNabb had the magic touch in this round one matchup against the Sooners. He found Marvin Harrison in the end zone twice in the first half and the 'Cuse defense held off a second half Sooner comeback that ended when RB Mike Gaddis was stopped on fourth down and inches.

(870) 1985 Arizona - 23
(1179) 1980 San Jose State - 17
RB Gerald Willhite accounted for 201 of SJSU's 243 total yards. Larry Smith's defense, paced by safety Chuck Cecil did enough against the rest of the Spartan offense to advance to the second round.

(155) 1986 Arizona State - 28
(1894) 1979 East Tennessee State - 13
John Cooper's Sun Devil defense was the story of the day. CB Eric Allen picked off two passes and the East Tennessee only managed 2 first downs in the first half.

(230) 1979 McNeese State - 22
(1819) 1978 North Carolina - 11
This was no upset. Artie Shankle (pictured) out-dueled Tar Heel RB Amos Lawrence by running for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Cowboys. If you didn't think McNeese State would have a team in the second round of The Greatest Tournament of All Time, the '79 edition, which went 11-1, just proved you wrong.

(795) 1978 Miami (Ohio) - 20
(1254) 1998 Mississippi State - 19
Another Jackie Sherrill team bites the dust in Bracket #27. Safety Kirk Springs picked off freshman quarterback Wayne Madkin in the final minute to ensure a thrilling second round matchup between '78 Miami (OH) and '79 McNeese State.

(742) 2001 UCLA - 31
(1307) 2004 Toledo - 23
Bruin RB DeShaun Foster ran wild on the defenseless Rockets. Bruce Gradkowski and Lance Moore tried to keep up, but ran into a road block named Ricky Manning.

(283) 1980 Baylor - 26
(1766) 1977 Texas Southern - 14
The best Baylor team in the field, a shockingly loaded team, brushed off Texas Southern like they were a gnat. Walter Abercrombie rushed for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns while the Bear defense locked down. Mike Singletary is the name you know, but safety Vann McElroy led the way with 11 tackles.

(486) 1977 Central Michigan - 29
(1563) 1997 Arkansas - 12
Central Michigan RB Mose Rison ran by the overconfident Razorback defense time after time as the Chippewas blew out Arkansas in this opening round game. It wasn't Brandon Burlsworth's fault though.

(539) 1990 Nebraska - 30
(1510) 1982 Bowling Green - 16
Bowling Green DL Andre Young (pictured) was a force in the first half. He came out on a mission, and for a while it looked like the Falcons might be able to upset the Cornhuskers. But Mickey Joseph and Leodis Flowers finally got the option game going in the third quarter and put up two quick touchdowns to take a 23-16.

(998) 1995 Cincinnati - 24
(1051) 1999 Washington - 21
Rick Neuheisel and Marques Tuiasosopo couldn't find a way to beat Rick Minter's Bearcats. Cincinnati had an answer for every move the Huskies made. After a Tuiasosopo touchdown run gave UW a 21-17 lead with just over 2 minutes remaining, CB Anthony Vontoure was burned for a game winning 47-yard touchdown pass from QB Eric Vibberts to WR Robert Tate.

(27) 1988 Miami - 33
(2022) 1983 Texas A&M - 7
Miami hammered Texas A&M in this lopsided first round matchup. Steve Walsh threw for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns, and DL Bill Hawkins tacked on a safety for good measure to send Jackie Sherrill packing for the third time in this bracket.

Round 2 Matchups-
(102) 1994 Colorado vs (923) 2005 Minnesota
(411) 1981 Arizona State vs (614) 2002 Colorado
(358) 1990 Houston vs (667) 1995 Syracuse
(155) 1986 Arizona State vs (870) 1985 Arizona
(230) 1979 McNeese State vs (795) 1978 Miami (Ohio)
(283) 1980 Baylor vs (742) 2001 UCLA
(486) 1977 Central Michigan vs (539) 1990 Nebraska
(27) 1988 Miami vs (998) 1995 Cincinnati

2.15.2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 22 Results

RESULTS - BRACKET 22
Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(22) 2004 Auburn - 29
(2027) 1984 Indiana State - 10
This game was over when Tommy Tuberville led the Tigers out on the field. The result was never in doubt thanks in large part to Marcus McNeill and the offensive line, who dominated the undersized Sycamores all day.

(1003) 1987 Florida - 23
(1046) 1989 Hawaii - 22
Hawaiian Sophie was in attendance at this game, but had to leave disappointed after the underdog Rainbow Warriors missed a chance at the upset. RB Emmitt Smith scored on a 2-yard run with four minutes left to give the Gators the lead. Then Hawaii K Jason Elam missed a desperation 59-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the game.

(534) 1987 Iowa - 34
(1515) 2008 Houston - 27
Houston QB Case Keenum didn't have free reign over the Iowa defense like he did the weak defenses of Conference USA. DB Merton Hanks led a secondary that played the game of their lives. Even so, it took a Chuck Hartlieb touchdown pass to TE Marv Cook on 4th down with time running out to secure the win. Iowa coach Hayden Fry was thrilled to escape the first round with a win.

(491) 2001 BYU - 42
(1558) 1981 VMI - 20
The Virginia Military Institute defense was no match for Gary Crowton's high octane offense. QB Brandon Doman piled up the stats with 411 yards through the air and another 56 on the ground.

(278) 2006 Rutgers - 31
(1771) 1991 Western Michigan - 13
Rutgers pounded Western Michigan on the strength of the running of Ray Rice and Brian Leonard. The duo accounted for 256 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Eric Foster's post-game chant in the locker room should put the rest of the tournament field on notice: 2006 Rutgers isn't going away easily. This is a bona fide sleeper to look out for.



(747) 2000 Purdue - 29
(1302) 1992 Baylor - 24
J.J. Joe's '92 Baylor squad came up just short of upsetting Drew Brees and Purdue. Brees found John Standeford on the bomb with just under two minutes remaining to advance to Round 2.

(790) 2006 Hawaii - 40
(1259) 2002 Clemson - 24
Despite the super-human efforts of Clemson CB Justin Miller (2 interceptions and a forced fumble), the 2002 Tigers were blown out in the first round by Hawaii. Colt Brennan threw the ball 57 times, including 2 touchdowns to Nate Ilaoa.

(235) 2001 LSU - 29
(1814) 1987 Missouri - 17
Rohan Davey to Josh Reed was the story of the day as LSU easily dismissed the Cats from Ol' Mizzou. CB Erik McMillan was no match for Reed, who piled up 11 receptions for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns.

(150) 1980 BYU - 46
(1899) 2005 Rutgers - 18
The 2005 edition of Rutgers football didn't quite yet have the swagger of the 2006 edition (winners in this bracket), and it showed. Jim McMahon and the Cougar offense scored at will on the Scarlet Knights, while LB Kyle Whittingham and the defense held the potent Ray Rice / Brian Leonard duo in check.

(875) 1980 Yale - 19
(1174) 1978 Ohio State - 20
Somehow, Yale ended up with a pretty good seed in this tournament thanks to their 1980 team. But Woody Hayes found a way to shut down Yale RB Rich Diana (pictured), and QB Art Slichter directed an option heavy Buckeye offense to victory.


(662) 1977 USC - 28
(1387) 2002 Purdue - 21
Joe Tiller tried to pull a trick out of the Dan Devine playbook by putting his Boilermakers in gold uniforms in this match with Charles White and USC. It didn't work though because the USC defense contained QB Kyle Orton and kept Purdue at arms length all day.

(363) 1982 USC - 27
(1686) 1992 Air Force - 11
Coach John Robinson brought one of his better USC defenses to the table in this matchup. Nose tackle George Archia disrupted the Air Force triple option before QB Jarvis Baker could even get the play started.

(406) 2008 Ohio State - 30
(1643) 1996 Michigan State - 17
Nick Saban didn't quite have his defense cranked up at Michigan State yet in 1996, and they struggled to contain Terrelle Pryor and Beanie Wells. Neither RB, Sedric Irvin or Duane Goulbourne, could get loose against the experienced Buckeye defense.

(619) 1995 East Carolina - 26
(1430) 1980 West Virginia - 20
Don Nehlen, in his first year as head coach at WVU, couldn't muster enough offense to overcome Marcus Crandell and the Pirates.

(918) 1987 Texas - 23
(1131) 1983 Kentucky - 22
RB Eric Metcalf had the touch in this game. His punt return for touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Longhorns a lead over Randy Jenkins and the Wildcats they never relinquished. This is the 8th Texas team to advance to the second round as the Longhorns remain unbeaten in Tournament play (8-0).

(107) 1993 Florida - 43
(1942) 1999 UAB - 14
UAB was never in this game. QB Daniel Dixon couldn't breathe because Gator D-Linemen Kevin Carter and Ellis Johnson were all over him from start to finish. UAB coach Watson Brown wasn't too pleased with Steve Spurrier for running this trick play late in the game.



Round 2 Matchups-
(22) 2004 Auburn vs (1003) 1987 Florida
(491) 2001 BYU vs (534) 1987 Iowa
(278) 2006 Rutgers vs (747) 2000 Purdue
(235) 2001 LSU vs (790) 2006 Hawaii
(150) 1980 BYU vs (1174) 1978 Ohio State
(363) 1982 USC vs (662) 1977 USC
(406) 2008 Ohio State vs (619) 1995 East Carolina
(107) 1993 Florida vs (918) 1987 Texas