Round 2
(seed) year school - score

(86) 1989 Colorado - 32
(939) 1986 Florida State - 19

There are two Colorado Teams in this bracket and both of them are stacked. The 89 edition made quick work of a suprisingly FSU RB Sammie Smith was stonewalled all day against the great DT Joel Steed and LB combo Alfred Williams and Kanavis McGhee. They combined for 24 tackles and 6 TFLS and 5 sacks. On the other side of the ball it was Darian Hagen and Eric Bieniemy making it happen on the ground rushing for 283 yards and 3 TD's combined, 70 yards on pitch from Hagan to JJ Flanigan. The only thing that FSU could stop was DB Deion Sanders completely making the Buffs one dimensional but he cost them with a penalty and created that one dimension was more the LB Paul McGowen could handle. Also watch the toughness Deion has on his tackling ability.

(598) 1990 Louisville - 18
(427) 1984 Oklahoma - 19

This game was your regular ground and pound uneventful matchup, But with the only touchdown of the day it was a Keith Jackson TD in the 4th quarter that sealed it for Sooners. RB Lydell Carr had a decent day but he was constantly being rocked by Cardinal NT Ted Washington holding him to 59 yards on 14 carries. Louisville QB Browning Nagle was pressured by the The Boz(14 tackles, 3 tfls, 2 sacks) and company mainly in this one Tony Casillas(9 tackles, 4 tfls, 3 sacks) to only 3 trips to the red zone and no touchdowns for the day. It took a strong goal line stand for the Sooners in the end to preserve the victory. Key Stats: There was a combined 10 FG's made in this one. I think Browning Nagle is still playing.

(342) 1986 UCLA - 23
(683) 2006 TCU - 21

In another close game it took a late interception by TCU QB Jeff Ballard to UCLA LB Carnell Lake in the back of the end zone to give the Bruin the ticket to Round 3. This game was a lot closer then the experts thought. UCLA RB Gaston Green started out the scoring in the first quarter with a 20 yard run for a score, but TCU RB Lonta Hobbs answered back by taking a screen pass 36 yards to even the score at 7-7. Then QB Matt Stevens hit a wide open Flipper Anderson down the sideline for a 62 yard score, following that K Dave Franey kicked 3 FG's to give the Bruin a 23-7 lead at the half. The Bruin D stepped up big in the first half with LB Ken Norton really pumped up and Darryl Henley really controlling what TCU could do. At the Half, Coach Patterson really put a fire under the Frogs as DL Tommy Blake ran down RB Gaston Green forcing him to fumble and LB Jason Phillips recovered and ran 24 yards for the score cutting the deficit to 23-14. In the 4th after a couple 3 and outs by each team Lonta Hobbs broke loose again on a option and scored from 12 yards out to put the score at 23-21. The Frogs tried a onside kick and recovered it setting up the Ballard Interception in back of the endzone and the Bruin moves on.

(854) 1988 Georgia - 21
(171) 1989 Alabama - 27

In this classic SEC matchup it was sophomore Siran Stacy slicing thru the defense for the game winner to lock up the win for the Tide. This game was all about the backs as Siran Stacy ran for 172 yards and 2 TD's and Georgia RB Rodney Hampton had a great day with 135 and 2 TD's, but it was the electrifying Tim Worley to even the score at 21-21 before Stacy took the game over. Georgia DL Bill Goldberg said " It was like trying to catch a rabbit(refering to Stacy). Stat Line: LB Keith McCants 15 tackles 4 TFL 2 sacks.

(214) 1989 Illinois - 24
(1238) 2007 New Mexico - 14

How this Lobo Team made the second round I don't know but they were welcomed rudely by the Illni Defense and LB Derrick Brownlow and DB Henry Jones controlling the tempo all day, not giving any time to Donovan Porterie and WR's Travis Brown and Marcus Smith to do anything down the field. DL Mel Agee and Moe Gardner were a brick wall in the middle and the Illni D held RB Rodney Ferguson to 20-62. Offensively for the Illni it was smooth sailing as Jeff George thru 3 TD's (5 yard-RB Howard Griffith, 32- yard WR Shawn Wax, 26-yard WR Mike Bellemy) to help them cruise to a victory.

(726) 1977 Miami, Ohio - 20
(299) 1988 Wyoming - 31

In one of the most boring games to write up it was the Wyoming Cowboys led by QB Randy Welniak throwing for 280 yards and 4 TD's (3 to WR Freddy Dussett) to move the Cowpokes to Round 3. Miami Oh. QB Larry Fortner led Redhawks could not keep pace and he thru 3 interceptions that sealed the fate for his team in this one. Hopefully George and Company takes this team out in Round 3, but anything can happen in this tourny.

Did he Hold him?
(470) 1984 UNLV - 26
(555) 1978 Stanford - 27

If you could say that one player could will his team to victory it would be QB Randall Cunningham and that would have been the case in this one but a 87 yard that was tipped by 2 defenders ended up in Stanford WR James Lofton hands and miraculously got the Cardinal to the next round. QB Randall Cunningham had 270 in the air and a astonishing 201 yards on the ground, but it wasn't enough. Other Stat line: Stanford RB Darrin Nelson had 20-134 2 TD's.

(982) 2001 Utah - 17
(43) 1990 Colorado - 27

Since this is basically the same team as the one I wrote up above it is about the same outcome except for enter WR Charles "5th down" Johnson who tookover this game with 12 catches for 162 yards and 3 TDs. Utah QB Lance Rice had absoulutely no time and the Utes scored twice on errors by the Buff offense, but other then those errors, which were costly, that was the only thing the Buffs did wrong. Buff DB Deon Figures picked off Rice 3 times and LB Greg Biekert forced 2 fumbles. The score at the half was 21-10 and it was on cruise control from that point.

Round of 512 Matchups:
(86) 1989 Colorado vs (427) 1984 Oklahoma
(171) 1989 Alabama vs (342) 1986 UCLA
(214) 1989 Illinois vs (299) 1988 Wyoming
(43) 1990 Colorado vs (555) 1978 Stanford


J.Pike said...

darian hagan - whoa.

it amazes me how many people there are posting clips of themselves talking about tecmo bowl glitches.

B.Pike said...

I know and I don't know what is worse them posting or us referencing them. But that guy was really, really into it how about the trade of Marino to the Vikings. Wow

J.Pike said...

When you've got an up-and-comer like Browning Nagle waiting in the wings, you can afford to move a guy like Marino, who probably only has 12-15 good seasons left in him.

I always knew Tom Rathman had some untapped speed if someone would just give him a chance to return kicks.