(seed) year school - score
(14) 2000 Oklahoma - 35
(1011) 1997 Miami, Ohio - 19
Randy Walker's Miami (OH) club gave the 2000 National Champion Sooners a game for a while, but QB Josh Heupel's consistency won it going away. Miami RB Travis Prentice ran well early, but linebackers Torrance Marshall and Rocky Calmus bottled him in the second half. Heupel was solid for OU, completing 22-of-27 passes for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns, propelling the Sooners to the Round of 512.
(526) 2003 Mississippi - 24
(499) 1981 West Virginia - 27 (OT)
West Virginia's Oliver Luck out-dueled Mississippi's Eli Manning in this second round matchup that needed overtime to settle a winner. Luck's touchdown pass to fullback Mickey Walczak in overtime gave the Mountaineers the victory after Darryl Talley and the defense held Ole Miss to just a field goal.
(270) 2003 Florida State - 31
(755) 1998 Wyoming - 14
Florida State simply had too much talent on the field for Dana Dimel's Wyoming squad to overcome. Despite a solid performance from tailback Marques Brigham (88 yards, 1 touchdown), the Wyoming offense was held in check most of the day thanks to a fierce pass rush that sacked quarterback Jay Stoner 7 times on the day. Tackles Darnell Dockett and Travis Johnson led the charge for the 'Noles. On offense it was Greg Jones and Leon Washington leading the way on the ground, but QB Chris Rix also mixed in a touchdown pass to WR P.K. Sam.
(782) 1995 Miami - 27
(243) 1998 Tulane - 34
Can the Tommy Bowden's undefeated 1998 Tulane team play with the big boys? Well here we are in the second round of The Greatest Tournament of All Time, and the Green Wave just did a number on Butch Davis' Miami secondary. QB Shaun King threw for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. WR P.J. Franklin was King's prime target, as he abused Miami corners James Burgess and Carols Jones with 10 receptions for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Miami offense (QB Ryan Clement, RB Danyell Ferguson, WRs Jammi German & Yatil Green) had success against a somewhat suspect Tulane defense, piling up over 400 yards, but they weren't able to keep up with King and Co.
(142) 2006 LSU - 28
(1166) 1990 North Carolina State - 13
The only highlight on the day for the offense-starved Wolfpack was this 56-yard field goal by Damon Hartman. Other than that, Les Miles' super-athletic defense owned the game. Players like Glenn Dorsey, Charles Alexander, and Tyson Jackson manhandled the N.C. State offensive line and forced coach Dick Sheridan to move athletic receiver Charles Davenport back to quarterback in the second half. The LSU offense wasn't great either, with QB JaMarcus Russell throwing an interception apiece to Snake Vinson and Sebastian Savage. But the Tigers did enough defensively to secure the win and advance.
(654) 2003 Arkansas - 33
(371) 1987 Georgia - 34 (OT)
In an exciting back-and-forth game with plenty of big plays, it was a blocked extra point in overtime that sealed the victory for Vince Dooley's 1987 Bulldogs. Arkansas QB Matt Jones was marvelous much of the game, throwing for 139 yards and a touchdown, and running circles around the Georgia defense to the tune of 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones had touchdown runs of 60 yards and 39 yards, each time giving Arkansas a lead, and RB Cedric Cobbs added 118 yards and a touchdown. But QB James Jackson and tailback Lars Tate piled up plenty of yards on the ground too, with Tate plunging in for his 3rd touchdown of the game in the final minute to send the game to overtime.
(398) 2001 Stanford - 26
(627) 2008 Virginia Tech - 24
Frank Beamer made the wise move to play Tyrod Taylor at quarterback throughout the game instead of turnover prone Sean Glennon (2 interceptions, 1 fumble in the first round win over 1992 UCLA). But Tyrone Willingham's underrated offense made enough plays against an inexperienced Hokie defense to come away with the victory. Senior quarterback Randy Fasani, playing in place of talented sophomore Chris Lewis so far in the tournament, threw for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both touchdowns went to 6-foot-6 WR Teyo Johnson, who was the story of the game because Virginia Tech never found an answer for his size in the secondary. Tyrod Taylos is awesome though, so check him out one last time in the tournament:
(910) 2007 Utah - 17
(115) 1997 Auburn - 23
Speaking of great quarterbacks, Dameyune Craig took on Brian Johnson in this contest featuring teams that are closer together than their seed would indicate. It was the play of the aggressive defenses that took center stage, as both quarterbacks struggled to find open receivers in the face of intense pass rushes. Utah defenders Paul Kruger and Stevenson Sylvester shut down a non-existent Auburn rushing attack, holding the Tigers to just 8 rushing yards. Auburn defenders Charles Dorsey, Takeo Spikes, and Ricky Neal also did a number on the Utah running game, holding Darrell Mack to 45 yards - well below his average. Craig came through in the clutch with a touchdown pass to Hicks Poor.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(14) 2000 Oklahoma vs (499) 1981 West Virginia
(243) 1998 Tulane vs (270) 2003 Florida State
(142) 2006 LSU vs (371) 1987 Georgia
(115) 1997 Auburn vs (398) 2001 Stanford