(seed) year school - score
(17) 1992 Alabama - 31
(2032) 1977 West Texas A&M - 10
The Alabama defense was every bit as good as advertised. John Copeland and Eric Curry owned the trenches and the Tide rolled to an easy first round victory.
(1008) 1994 North Carolina - 29
(1041) 2007 Arkansas - 31
Carolina head coach Mack Brown could only watch in amazement as Arkansas tailbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones ran all over his defense.
(529) 2006 Oregon State - 32
(1520) 1994 Iowa - 21
The speed of Oregon State got the best of Hayden Fry's Iowa team. Sammie Stroughter had an amazing punt return for touchdown in the first quarter to set the rout in motion. Sedrick Shaw ran hard for Iowa, but each of his three touchdowns were answered by Oregon State scores.
(496) 2007 Oregon - 34
(1553) 2004 South Carolina - 19
South Carolina could muster very little offense against the Ducks. Freshman Ko Simpson came up with the Gamecocks' only touchdown on a pick-six in the second quarter, and Josh Brown kicked four field goals. Dennis Dixon and the Oregon offense had no trouble moving the ball, though.
(273) 1988 Michigan - 31
(1776) 2002 Nebraska - 14
Nebraska QB Jammal Lord was one of the most underrated Nebraska quarterbacks in terms of pure athleticism, but Mark Messner and the Michigan defense did a good enough job containing the rest of the Husker skill players that it didn't matter when Lord ran for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns.
(752) 1990 Texas A&M - 29
(1297) 2005 California - 22
In another case of a great player being eliminated due to a weak team around him, Marshawn Lynch and the 2005 Cal Bears were eliminated by the Aggies. The Wrecking Crew bottled up Cal backs Lynch and Justin Forsett most of the day, and CB Kevin Smith picked off Joe Ayoob twice.
(785) 1984 Texas - 19
(1264) 1983 Boston College - 24
It didn't take a Doug Flutie hail mary (that wouldn't come for another year) for BC to upset the Longhorns, but it did take an exceptional game plan by coach Jack Bicknell. Bicknell had Flutie throwing short passes to keep the chains moving against the stout Texas defense (featuring All Americans Jerry Gray and Tony Degrate), while the experienced Eagle defense shut down QB Todd Dodge.
(240) 1980 Alabama - 30
(1809) 1980 Wake Forest - 10
Bear Bryant's Tide rolled past John Mackovic's Demon Deacons in much the same manner as the '92 edition did earlier in this bracket - with a dominating defense. Defensive end E.J. Junior sacked Wake QB Jay Venuto three times.
(145) 2001 Nebraska - 43
(1904) 1987 Tulane - 17
Dahrran Diedrick returned from an injury just in time for the tournament. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Eric Crouch passed more than expected, and Jamie Burrow came up with three sacks in blowing out their first round opponent. Mack Brown, Tulane's head coach in 1987, takes another hit in this bracket.
(880) 1987 Indiana - 20
(1169) 2005 North Carolina State - 17
Indiana blocked a punt deep in N.C. State territory late in the fourth quarter, and Dave Schnell found Ernie Jones in the end zone two plays later to give the Hoosiers a big win. N.C. State's stellar defensive effort (Mario Williams, Manny Lawson, Oliver Hoyte) was wasted thanks to the Pack's under-performing offense and mistake-prone special teams.
(657) 1984 Tennessee - 24
(1392) 2000 UAB - 19
UAB's defense kept them in the game the whole way, thanks to the constant pressure applied by Bryan Thomas. But Tennesse found a way to pull out the victory on a Johnnie Jones 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Johnny Majors was pleased with his team's heart.
(368) 1988 Southern Miss - 32
(1681) 2008 Wisconsin - 22
Wisconsin took an early 12-0 lead, but James Henry returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown to spark the Golden Eagles. Brett Favre threw for three touchdowns in the third quarter and Southern Miss never looked back.
(401) 1988 Washington State - 31
(1648) 1996 Ball State - 21
The Washington State offense was too much for Ball State. QB Timm Rosenbach threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, and RB Steve Broussard had 177 yards of total offense. Ball State's All American punter Brad Maynard had a sweet punt in the game though.
(624) 1991 Tulsa - 26
(1425) 1992 West Virginia - 21
A talented West Virginia offense (QB Darren Studstill, RB Adrian Murrell, WR James Jett, C Mike Compton) struggled to find a rhythm against LB Jerry White and the Tulsa defense.
(913) 1982 Boston College - 21
(1136) 1995 Illinois - 17
A solid defensive effort by the Illini defense (Simeon Rice, Kevin Hardy) didn't matter because the Illini offense gave up the game winning score. BC linebacker Steve DeOssie picked up a Johnny Johnson fumble and returned it 54 yards for what ended up being the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
(112) 2007 LSU - 42
(1937) 1980 Louisiana-Monroe - 17
This game was almost unfair. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was a man among boys in the trenches, and I'm sure ULM QB John Holman will have nightmares about him for quite some time. LSU dominated early and got all the backups - including QB Ryan Perrilloux - some significant playing time in the second half.
Round 2 Matchups:
(17) 1992 Alabama vs (1041) 2007 Arkansas
(496) 2007 Oregon vs (529) 2006 Oregon State
(273) 1988 Michigan vs (752) 1990 Texas A&M
(240) 1980 Alabama vs (1264) 1983 Boston College
(145) 2001 Nebraska vs (880) 1987 Indiana
(368) 1988 Southern Miss vs (657) 1984 Tennessee
(401) 1988 Washington State vs (624) 1991 Tulsa
(112) 2007 LSU vs (913) 1982 Boston College