(seed) year school - score
(42) 2004 Texas - 35
(2007) 1980 Brown - 14
Mack Brown vs Brown. Vince Young came into this tournament with all the hype (his 2005 Texas team is one of the favorites to win it all), but it was Derrick Johnson and the Longhorn defense taking center stage in this first round win. Brown only managed 123 total yards in the first three quarters, their two touchdowns coming on a John Woodring interception return for TD and a garbage time TD pass to TE Steve Jordan.
(983) 1982 Air Force - 25
(1066) 1983 North Carolina - 29
The undersized Air Force defense ended up being too much of an achilles heel for Ken Hatfield's offense to overcome. RBs Tyrone Anthony and Ethan Horton controlled the game from start to finish for the '83 Tar Heels. Perhaps this motivational message from hoops star Michael Jordan provided the inspiration.
(554) 1982 Maryland - 30
(1495) 1982 Hawaii - 16
Maryland head coach Bobby Ross decided to lean on RB Willie Joyner in this first round matchup against Dick Tomey and Hawaii, choosing to save Boomer Esiason's arm for the next round.
(1578) 1987 Rutgers - 11
The Nebraska defense ran the show today, dominating a Rutgers team that averaged only 15 points per game in 1987. DEs Mike Rucker and Chad Kelsay controlled the line of scrimmage and limited Rutgers RB Henry Henderson to 42 rushing yards.
(298) 2002 Alabama - 31
(1751) 2005 Miami (Ohio) - 18
Dennis Franchione's Crimson Tide rolls in this one, thanks to a loaded defense being able to contain the potent Miami (Ohio) passing attack. Ryne Robinson's exhilirating punt return for a TD in the second quarter was the Redhawks high point. Shaud Williams answered with an 80 yard TD run on the ensuing possession.
(727) 1979 Tennessee-Chattanooga - 27
(1322) 1980 North Carolina State - 19
Chattanooga head coach Joe Morrison got the better of NC State head man Monte Kiffin in this battle. RB Gwain Durden led the way for UTC with 93 yards and a touchdown.
(810) 1994 Virginia Tech - 23
(1239) 1993 Virginia - 21
Before Michael Vick, there was a QB named Maurice DeShazor in Blacksburg. DeShazor led a remarkable drive and found Antonio Freeman in the end zone to give the Hokies the lead with just over two minutes remianing. Then Cornell Brown and Waverly Jackson held Virginia RB Terry Kirby on fourth down to secure the win.
(215) 2008 Alabama - 30
(1834) 1981 Rutgers - 7
Walter Seward has seen plenty of Rutgers losses in his time, so this result probably didn't surprise him too much. NT Terrence Cody dominated the line of scrimmage by himself.
(170) 1984 Washington - 30
(1879) 1977 Southern Miss - 10
QB Hugh Millen led one of the best Washington teams in the field to an easy first round victory over Bobby Collins and the Golden Eagles.
(855) 1997 Marshall - 31
(1194) 2004 Florida - 27
In one of the best games of the first round so far, Marshall and Florida combined for over 1,100 yards of offense. WRs O.J. Small, Andre Caldwell, and Randy Moss traded big plays throughout the game, but it was RB Doug Chapman who scored the game winning touchdown on a draw play.
(682) 1989 Pittsburgh - 29
(1367) 1990 Stanford - 21
Dennis Green's Cardinal didn't have as much luck against Pitt as they did against Notre Dame in 1990. Pitt's "Swervin" Curvin Richards gouged the Stanford defense for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground in a win that was more convincing than the final score indicated.
(343) 2003 Michigan - 28
(1706) 1981 Notre Dame - 15
Michigan's passing game was too much for Lou Holtz's secondary today. Braylon Edwards and Jason Avant ran by DBs Rod Bone and Davel Duerson all day long. Next!
(426) 1997 Washington - 37
(1623) 2006 Purdue - 19
Ja'Warren Hooker set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff for a TD. Brock Huard, Jerome Pathon, and the rest of the Husky offense had no trouble moving the ball on a bad Purdue defense. The first of three Curtis Painter-led Purdue teams bites the dust.
(599) 1988 LSU - 24
(1450) 2004 Arkansas - 21
Arkansas QB Matt Jones almost single-handedly pulled off the upset, accounting for over 300 yards of total offense. His 72 yard TD run in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks a 21-0 lead and seemingly a slam dunk victory, but the defense couldn't hold the lead. LSU LBs Verge Ausberry and Oliver Lawrence tightened the screws on defense and got the ball back for QB Tom Hodson to lead this final game winning TD drive.
(938) 1985 Michigan State - 19
(1111) 1995 Clemson - 20
Clemson pulls off another tournament upset thanks to the play of Brian Dawkins, Anthony Simmons and the Tiger defense. MSU RB Lorenzo White was held in check.
(87) 1983 Nebraska - 52
(1962) 2007 Houston - 19
The 2007 Houston Cougars didn't stand a chance against one of the best offenses of all time. The triplets, Turner Gill, Mike Rozier, and Irving Fryar scored at will. Look out for the "Scoring Explosion", they could go a long way in this tournament.
Round 2 Matchups-
(42) 2004 Texas vs (1066) 1983 North Carolina
(471) 1998 Nebraska vs (554) 1982 Maryland
(298) 2002 Alabama vs (727) 1979 Tennessee-Chattanooga
(215) 2008 Alabama vs (810) 1994 Virginia Tech
(170) 1984 Washington vs (855) 1997 Marshall
(343) 2003 Michigan vs (682) 1989 Pittsburgh
(426) 1997 Washington vs (599) 1988 LSU
(87) 1983 Nebraska vs (1111) 1995 Clemson