FIRST ROUND - Bracket 23 Results

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

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