RESULTS - BRACKET 34
(seed) year school - score
(34) 2004 Oklahoma - 32
(1058) 1988 Indiana - 19
Indiana got off to a fast start. Thanks to RB Anthony Thompson's two first quarter touchdowns, the Hoosiers actually held a 13-3 lead. But then Adrian Peterson decided to put Oklahoma on his back. Peterson busted off two impressive touchdown runs and Jason White added a touchdown pass to Mark Bradley for the win going away.
(546) 1984 Kentucky - 17
(479) 1981 USC - 21
The Kentucky defensive line thought they had a right to stop USC's Heisman winning running back Marcus Allen - but they were dead wrong. Allen scored all three touchdowns for the Trojans, accounted for 276 out of USC's 333 total yards, and touched the ball on all 12 plays of a touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the game winner. Kentucky's main offensive weapon, RB George Adams didn't have much success against Chip Banks and the USC defense. But backup RB Mark Higgs managed to scrounge up 66 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter to give Kentucky a 17-14 lead.
(290) 1991 Nebraska - 26
(735) 1987 Pittsburgh - 16
Tom Osborn's option attack was in high gear in this matchup, and it had to be against a Pitt defensive line that featured Tony Siragusa and Marc Spindler. QB Keithen McCant seemed to always be a split second faster than the big disruptors in the middle, and spent most of the day pitching to the "We Backs", Derek Brown and Calvin Jones. Brown and Jones combined to run for 248 yards in the game. Panther RB Craig "Iron Head" Heyward squeezed in a highlight reel run, though, with his team trailing 20-3 in the third quarter.
(1247) 1988 Michigan State - 17
(223) 2004 Louisville - 38
After upsetting 1979 Rutgers in double overtime in the first round, Michigan State simply ran out of gas. They ran into an offensive buzzsaw in Bobby Petrino's Louisville squad. Andre Rison of Michigan State got the scoring started with a long touchdown catch from Bobby McAllister, but then Stefan LeFors took over. LeFors threw for 278 yards and 3 tds, and ran for a touchdown as well in the blowout win.
(162) 1997 Kansas State - 34
(1186) 2008 LSU - 17
Michael Bishop was incredible (as usual) in this second round matchup against Les Miles and LSU. Bishop ran for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns, and threw for 161 yards and a touchdown while running circles around Perry Riley and Rahim Alem. LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee never seemed to get comfortable against a K-State defense that brought the pressure all game. Lee threw a pick-six to Dyshod Carter early in the third quarter that broke the game open for the K-S-U Wildcats. Les Miles had high praise for Kansas State after the game.
(674) 1992 North Carolina - 19
(351) 1984 SMU - 24
Mack Brown attempted to run it down SMU's throats with RB Natrone Means, but Jerry Ball and Kit Case bottled him up in the first half. This development shined a bright light on UNC's rotating quarterback situation. Jason Stanicek and Mike Thomas both played about the same amount of snaps in the game, and neither one ever established a rhythm. SMU tailback Reggie Dupard and quarterback Don King paced a running game that accumulated 222 yards on the ground.
(418) 1991 East Carolina - 27
(607) 1977 Grambling - 33
This game might not seem like a second round matchup in The Greatest Tournament of All Time, but it actually featured an impressive quarterback duel. Doug Williams led Grambling to the Round of 512 with a remarkable performance against Jeff Blake and East Carolina. Blake threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns, but it wasn't quite enough. Williams was dazzling, throwing for 312 yards and running for 88. Everson Walls knocked down a hail mary attempt in the end zone on the last play of the game, preserving the win for legendary coach Eddie Robinson.
(930) 1977 Maryland - 10
(95) 2000 Florida State - 37
Florida State simply had way too much speed for the '77 Terps. Coach Jerry Claiborne tried to alter his base defense, which featured just three defensive backs back in the day, but they couldn't come close to keeping up with a Seminole receiving corps that featured Marvin Minnis, Anquan Boldin, Atrews Bell, and Javon Walker. Wow - no wonder Chris Weinke threw for 290 yards in the first half. Tay Cody added a pick-six for good measure, and even the walk-ons got to play significant minutes in this one.
Round 512 Matchups:
(34) 2004 Oklahoma vs (479) 1981 USC
(223) 2004 Louisville vs (290) 1991 Nebraska
(162) 1997 Kansas State vs (351) 1984 SMU
(95) 2000 Florida State vs (607) 1977 Grambling