(seed) year school - score
(62) 1999 Nebraska - 38
(1987) 1982 Oklahoma State - 11
This one was over as soon as the Cornhuskers took the field. Jimmy Johnson's defense wasn't ready for prime time and C Dominic Raiola dominated DL Brent Guy in the trenches. Sophomore QB Eric Crouch ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns.
(963) 1997 USC - 19
(1086) 1991 West Virginia - 17
In one of the uglier games of the tournament so far, USC linebacker Chris Claiborne made the difference with 13 tackles. He shadowed RB Adrian Murrell all game long and made the game winning tackle on fourth down on the Mountaineers final possession.
(574) 1985 BYU - 27
(1475) 2006 Tulsa - 17
BYU QB Robbie Bosco paced a workmanlike offense that looked like it was holding back for the later rounds. There wasn't even a hint of panic on LaVell Edwards' face when QB Paul Smith found WR Idris Moss for a 27-yard TD that cut the BYU lead down to 20-17 late in the third quarter. Then Vai Sikahema delivered the knockout punch (much like his knockout of Jose Canseco) with an 11-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
(451) 2001 South Carolina - 24
(1598) 1992 Auburn - 15
If Pat Dye's Auburn Tigers had brought as much energy to this game as their mascot Aubie, they might have had a chance. Instead, RB Andrew Pinnock ran up, around, over, and through the Auburn defense all day long.
(318) 1999 Tennessee - 30
(1731) 1977 Arkansas State - 10
Tennessee wasted no time putting away this out-matched Arkansas State team. The RB duo of Jamal Lewis and Travis Henry accounted for over 200 yards on the ground.
(707) 1998 Virginia Tech - 28
(1342) 2003 New Mexico - 17
The Virginia Tech defense was the story here. UNM RB DonTrell Moore was taken out of the game early thanks to a Pierson Prioleau blocked punt that he returned for a touchdown. Lobo QB Casey Kelly had no chance against the pass rush of Hokie bookends Corey Moore and John Engelberger.
(830) 1993 Indiana - 19
(1219) 2004 New Mexico - 15
Rocky Long's Lobos take another hit in the tournament, with the 2004 team getting eliminated immediately after the 2003 team bit the dust. Indiana's defense, paced by LB Charles Beauchamp, were able to corrall RB DonTrell Moore.
(195) 1985 Iowa - 37
(1854) 2008 Louisiana Tech - 14
Hayden Fry's 1985 Hawkeyes are a team to watch in this tournament. The run pass duo of QB Chuck Long and RB Ronnie Harmon looked great against rookie coach Derek Dooley's defense.
(190) 1992 Texas A&M - 23
(1859) 1987 TCU - 10
The Wrecking Crew was every bit as good as advertised. Sam Adams and company held the potent TCU ground game to only 26 rushing yards. TCU coach Jim Wacker was not pleased.
(835) 1999 Colorado State - 29
(1214) 1994 Georgia - 26
Georgia RB Terrell Davis, who some Rams players were calling "overrated" prior to the game, never got loose in this one. He was held to 64 meaningless yards, placing the entire burden on QB Eric Zeier. Zeier played well, but not well enough. The Dawg defense couldn't stop Colorado State down the stretch and QB Matt Newton found WR Dallas Davis for the game winning touchdown.
(702) 1977 Colorado State - 24
(1347) 1986 Texas Tech - 17
Another Colorado State advances to the second round. The '77 edition, coached by Sark Arslanian, picked up the win thanks to the play of their defense.
(323) 2002 Notre Dame - 25
(1726) 1990 Western Michigan - 15
The 2002 Notre Dame formula for winning games was to rely on the defense to force turnovers. Shane Walton didn't let anybody down. The senior picked off two Brad Tayles passes and LB Derek Curry forced two fumbles as the Irish defense outscored the offense yet again.
(446) 1990 BYU - 39
(1603) 1988 Oregon State - 21
The 1990 BYU team is another sleeper in Bracket 62, if for no other reason than their high scoring offense. QB Ty Detmer threw for 436 yards and 4 touchdowns against a bad Beaver defense.
(579) 1979 Wake Forest - 21
(1470) 1981 Iowa State - 19
Somehow, Wake Forest coach John Mackovic managed to pull this game out. Despite failing to score a single point on three trips to the red zone, the Deacons still had enough fire power to reach the end zone three times on big plays.
(958) 1989 Oregon - 29
(1091) 1994 Syracuse - 21
Syracuse needs to find some coaching. Despite bringing some great players, the Orange are already 0-fer-3 in this tournament. This time it's WR Marvin Harrison and RB Kirby Dar Dar going home. Despite a solid '94 season, LB Antwaune Ponds was no match for Oregon RB Derek Loville, who piled up 143 yards on the soft Syracuse D.
(67) 1985 Florida - 27
(1982) 1984 Michigan State - 10
The 1985 Gators might have had their SEC title stripped due to NCAA violations, but that doesn't disqualify them from this tournament. Coach Galen Hall's defense was dominant in this contest, and QB Kerwin Bell was as elusive in the pocket as ever. At least the 1984 Spartans will be home in time to support their Cheer Squad in the Championships.
Round 2 Matchups-
(62) 1999 Nebraska vs (963) 1997 USC
(451) 2001 South Carolina vs (574) 1985 BYU
(318) 1999 Tennessee vs (707) 1998 Virginia Tech
(195) 1985 Iowa vs (830) 1993 Indiana
(190) 1992 Texas A&M vs (835) 1999 Colorado State
(323) 2002 Notre Dame vs (702) 1977 Colorado State
(446) 1990 BYU vs (579) 1979 Wake Forest
(67) 1985 Florida vs (958) 1989 Oregon