(seed) year school - score
(118) 1977 Alabama - 35
(1931) 1999 Oklahoma State - 12
Tony Lindsay and the Pokes made some big mistakes early, particularly on special teams. Alabama ran the wishbone down OSU's throats and ran away with an easy victory.
(907) 1992 USC - 37
(1142) 2005 Arizona State - 40 (2 OT)
Larry Smith's USC defense, featuring Willie McGinest, didn't have a good day against Dirk Koetter's Sun Devil offense. Sam Keller threw for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns, but got injured in the first overtime and had to leave the game. Rudy Carpenter came on in relief and won the game with a touchdown pass to Derek Hagan in the second overtime.
(630) 1981 Hawaii - 24
(1419) 1977 UT-Chattanooga - 14
The Hawaii defense had no problem with Chattanooga's ground game. Mike Smith and Gwain Durden may have both topped the 1,000 yard rushing mark back in 1977, but against Dick Tomey's '81 Hawaii team they only managed a combined 106 yards.
(395) 1988 Arkansas - 25
(1654) 1995 Arizona - 13
This time, Dick Tomey's defense let him down. The Wildcats stop unit, led by Tedy Bruschi, was overshadowed by Ken Hatfield's Arkansas defense, featuring All American Wayne Martin and safety Steve Atwater.
(374) 1978 Ball State - 21
(1675) 1980 Kansas - 7
Don Fambrough simply couldn't muster up any offense for his Jayhawks. Archie Currin ran for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns for Ball State.
(651) 1982 North Carolina - 24
(1398) 1990 Baylor - 12
Carolina's Scott Stankavage threw three short touchdown passes, and Dick Crum's defense confused Baylor freshman QB J.J. Joe many times throughout the ball game.
(886) 2007 Virginia - 25
(1163) 2002 Bowling Green - 29
Virginia QB Jameel Sewell played a great game (17/21 for 267 yards passing & another 54 yards on the ground), but was overshadowed by Bowling Green QB Josh Harris. Harris accounted for 366 yards of total offense in Urban Meyer's spread option attack, running circles around All American Chris Long in the process.
(139) 1993 Ohio State - 31
(1910) 1996 Arkansas - 10
Arkansas didn't stand much of a chance in this contest. Defensive lineman Dan Wilkinson devoured the entire Razorback offense, and running backs Raymont Harris & Butler By'not'e found plenty of running room.
(246) 1977 Oklahoma - 41
(1803) 2007 Bowling Green - 19
Bowling Green QB Tyler Sheehan had a rough day against the Sooners. DB Zac Henderson picked Sheehan off twice, and OU's wishbone offense, featuring Thomas Lott, Elvis Peacock, and Billy Sims, ran for over 400 yards in the rout.
(779) 1977 Texas A&M - 36
(1270) 1986 Miami (Ohio) - 33 (2 OT)
The A&M defense had their struggles against Miami's stud RB George Swarn (189 yards rushing, 84 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns), but kicker Tony Franklin was on his game. Curtis Dickey scored the winning touchdown in overtime on a 6-yard run.
(758) 1986 USC - 18
(1291) 1983 Notre Dame - 21
Just as they did in 1983 and 1986, Notre Dame found a way to beat the Trojans. Allen Pinkett ran for all three touchdowns for the Irish, sending Ted Tollner and his QB Rodney Peete home for the tournament.
(267) 1996 Penn State - 27
(1782) 1981 Arkansas State - 10
Maurice Carthon played for this Arkansas State team, but even he couldn't keep up with this Joe Paterno squad featuring RB Curtis Enis, WR Joe Jurevicius, and QB Wally Richarson.
(502) 1991 Georgia - 25
(1547) 1985 Syracuse - 18
The stout Syracuse defensive line (Tim Green, Paul Frase, Ted Gregory) couldn't hold up against Georgia's Garrison Hearst.
(523) 1995 Miami (Ohio) - 28
(1526) 1994 West Virginia - 17
West Virginia punter Todd Sauerbrun got a lot of work on the afternoon, but he could never pin the Miami offense deep enough. RB Deland McCullough topped the 200-yard mark on the ground against Don Nehlen's Mountaineer defense.
(1014) 2007 Boise State - 43
(1035) 2008 Tulsa - 41
2008 Tulsa thought they were a team of destiny, but that was before they ran into Ian Johnson (122 yards in the first half!) and the Boise State Broncos. Boise came out on top in this shootout thanks to a Jeremy Childs touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
(11) 1995 Nebraska - 60
(2038) 2005 Oregon State - 13
Ladies and Gentlemen, a Tournament Favorite has arrived. Tommie Frazier ran the option to perfection, and the Nebraska defense swarmed Yvenson Bernard. LB Terrell Farley even got in on the scoring by returning a fumble for a touchdown.
Round 2 Matchups:
(118) 1977 Alabama vs (1142) 2005 Arizona State
(395) 1988 Arkansas vs (630) 1981 Hawaii
(374) 1978 Ball State vs (651) 1982 North Carolina
(139) 1993 Ohio State vs (1163) 2002 Bowling Green
(246) 1977 Oklahoma vs (779) 1977 Texas A&M
(267) 1996 Penn State vs (1291) 1983 Notre Dame
(502) 1991 Georgia vs (523) 1995 Miami (Ohio)
(11) 1995 Nebraska vs (1014) 2007 Boise State