(seed) year school - score
(82) 2001 Oregon - 31
(1106) 1988 Washington - 17
Oregon dismissed conference rival Washington in this second round game. Joey Harrington threw 2 touchdowns, including an 80-yard bomb to Samie Parker, and both Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith topped 100 yards on the ground against a Washington defense that was prone to giving up the big play. Chris Chandler and Cary Conklin both played quarterback for the Huskies, but neither ever got into much of a rhythm.
(594) 1996 Michigan - 16
(431) 1983 Michigan - 20
It was Bo Schembechler getting the best of Lloyd Carr in this battle of the Big Blues. '96 Michigan had the more impressive firepower (WR Tai Streets, RB Clarence Williams), but the '83 squad didn't turn the ball over and kept the chains moving with a steady running game. Defensive end Carlton Rhodes led Schembechler's defense in an excellent performance, sacking Scott Dreisbach twice. Tailback Rick Rogers was the MVP for the '83 Wolverines, running for 157 yards and both touchdowns.
(338) 1984 Oklahoma State - 20
(687) 1981 Miami, Ohio - 10
Pat Jones, in his first season as head coach at Oklahoma State, directed the Cowboys to a workman-like victory over the pesky Redhawks. Tailback Thurman Thomas ran for 84 yards and a touchdown, while defensive tackle Leslie O'Neal led the defensive charge in shutting down Miami(OH) tailback George Jones.
(850) 1981 Houston - 13
(175) 1987 Nebraska - 28
Two legendary coaches matched up in this game, with Tom Osborne's Nebraska team picking up the win against Bill Yeoman's Houston club. Keith Jones ran for 119 yards and Tyreese Knox added two touchdowns, while the Blackshirts, featuring Neil Smith and Broderick Thomas on the defensive line, contained QB Lionel Wilson and the Houston option attack.
On a side note, I ran across this footage from Lincoln's Midwest Speedway in 1987. I used to live right down the road from this track when I was a kid! There's ten parts to this video in case you want to look up how the modifieds and the rest of the sprint car races went that night.
(210) 1999 Kansas State - 27
(815) 1979 Michigan - 16
Kansas State dismissed the other Bo Schembechler-coached Michigan team in this bracket with relative ease. The Wolverines most explosive weapon, receiver Anthony Carter, was held without a catch in the first half by the Wildcats CB tandem of Jerametrius Butler and Dyshod Carter - there weren't many DBs like these two back in '79. Offensively for K-State, Jonathan Beasley hit Quincy Morgan on a 57-yard touchdown pass, and Frank Murphy ran for 84 yards and a score. The 1979 Wolverines are eliminated from The Greatest Tournament of All Time, but at least Michigan fans will always have this highlight to remember from that season:
(722) 2002 Marshall - 20
(303) 2006 Wisconsin - 28
When Byron Leftwich threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Josh Davis on the second play of the game, it looked like all the doubters that said Wisconsin's 12-1 record in 2006 was built on a very weak schedule might be proven right. But the Marshall defense couldn't slow down P.J. Hill and the Wisconsin offense. Hill carried the ball 28 times for 133 yards, while quarterback John Stocco threw a touchdown each to TE Travis Beckum and WR Luke Swan. CB Jack Ikegwuonu and the Wisconsin secondary tightened up, only allowing one more touchdown pass the rest of the day.
(466) 2002 South Florida - 26
(559) 1990 San Jose State - 27
The job Jim Leavitt has done building the South Florida program from the ground up has been remarkable. But his Bulls are finished in The Greatest Tournament of All Time. San Jose State defensive back Paul Franklin picked off two passes and returned one of them for a touchdown to build a 21-7 first half lead the Spartans never relinquished. USF quarterback Marquel Blackwell took a beating in the game and as a result turned the ball over three times.
(978) 1984 Fullerton State - 17
(47) 1989 Tennessee - 28
For those who don't know, the 1984 Cal State Fullerton squad featured Damon Allen at quarterback. Allen went on to become arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the Canadian Football League, compiling over 72,000 passing yards and nearly 12,000 rushing yards in his 23-year career. So when Tennessee took the field expecting to roll against a school that doesn't even field a football team anymore they were in for a big surprise - and a dog fight. Allen threw two touchdown passes (one to Corn Redick and one to Roy Lewis) in the first half to go into the locker room tied at 14 apiece with a team expected to advance to the Final 64 in this tournament. Tennessee finally put the Titans away in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns by way of Chuck Webb and the running game against a tiring Fullerton defense. But this is exactly the reason this tournament is so exciting - remembering college teams and players of the past that have been long forgotten.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(82) 2001 Oregon vs (431) 1983 Michigan
(175) 1987 Nebraska vs (338) 1984 Oklahoma State
(210) 1999 Kansas State vs (303) 2006 Wisconsin
(47) 1989 Tennessee vs (559) 1990 San Jose State