RESULTS - BRACKET 15
(seed) year school - score
(1138) 1981 Navy - 14
George Welsh had his Navy defense stack the line, putting eight men in the box on every snap to try to slow down the Oklahoma Wishbone attack. But QB Thomas Lott executed the offense flawlessly, running for 2 touchdowns and throwing for another. Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims added 107 yards. Defensively, LB Daryl Hunt and DT Reggie Kinlaw led a swarming Sooner unit that held QB Marco Pagnanelli and TB Eddie Meyers and the Navy offense to just 211 yards.
(626) 2001 Washington - 23
(399) 1998 Michigan - 31
Rick Neuheisel's Washington defense had no success slowing down a potent Michigan offense, and that's ultimately what did the Huskies in. QB Tom Brady had success picking on Washington CB Omare Lowe early, finding open receivers like Marcus Knight and Tai Streets all over the field. Lowe got his revenge though, when he blocked a field goal attempt by Hayden Epstein. Roc Alexander picked up the loose ball and turned on the jets, taking it 79 yards for a touchdown. But that success was short lived for the Huskies. Michigan's freshman sensation tailback Anthony Thomas answered that jolt of energy with a 54-yard touchdown run and the Wolverines never relinquished the lead again.
(370) 1985 Ohio State - 27
(655) 2007 Oregon State - 23
It was OSU vs OSU with the Buckeyes slipping past the Beavers into the Final 512. Despite having to play without superstar TB Keith Byars, who suffered a broken bone in his foot against Illinois in the first round that might keep him out for the remainder of the tournament. QB Jim Karsatos played well, but it was FB George Cooper who came up with the clutch runs. RB Yvenson Bernard (101 yards) gave Oregon State fans something to cheer about in the second quarter with his lone touchdown run of the game. But Ohio State CB William White picked off QB Sean Canfield twice in the second half to seal the victory. A celebration at the High Street McDonald's ensued.
(882) 1987 Arkansas - 14
(143) 2006 Michigan - 27
Lloyd Carr and Michigan cruised past the wishbone attack of Ken Hatfield and Arkansas in this second round contest. The Wolverine defensive line (LaMarr Woodley, Alan Branch, Terrance Taylor) controlled the line of scrimmage the majority of the day and held Hog backs James Rouse and Barry Foster in check. Offensively, RB Mike Hart ran for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead Michigan.
(242) 1989 Clemson - 23
(783) 2006 Penn State - 13
A young Penn State team had the talent to hang in this game, but its youthful mistakes prevented them from advancing. Clemson's sophomore walk-on nose guard Rob Bodine played yet another great game, leading the way in shutting down TB Tony Hunt and the Nittany Lion ground game.
(754) 1998 USC - 20
(271) 1996 Virginia Tech - 26
Beamer Ball was on display today as a Cornelius White punt block and return for six ended up being the difference in the ball game. R. Jay Soward had 162 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving for Paul Hackett's Trojans, but the rest of the offense was stifled. For the Hokies, tailbacks Ken Oxendine and Shyrone Stith teamed up to pace the offense.
(498) 1993 Virginia Tech - 30
(527) 1997 Penn State - 27
An exciting back-and-forth contest ended in yet another Frank Beamer Hokie team advancing. Curtis Enis pounded on a young Virginia Tech defense most of the afternoon (211 yards, 2 touchdowns), but it was the Virginia Tech special teams that once again shined the brightest. Just before halftime, the Hokies blocked a punt and Antonio Banks made a nice return for a touchdown. QB Maurice DeShazo also played well for Beamer's ball club, posting 247 yards passing , the majority of which were to expolosive WR Antonio Freeman.
(1010) 2008 Iowa - 10
(15) 1991 Miami - 27
A feisty Iowa defense, led by DT Mitch King, kept Iowa in it early, but the Hurricanes were just too explosive. Despite being held in check for a large portion of the game, QB Gino Torretta made three big throws that went for touchdowns. Two went to Lamar Thomas while the other went to Horace Copeland. A nasty Canes defense, highlighted by linebackers Michael Barrow, Jessie Armstead, and Darrin Smith, completely shut down the directionless Hawkeyes. RB Shonn Greene accumulated just 64 yards on the day, and he was the only player that looked like he even belonged on the same field as The U.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(114) 1978 Oklahoma vs (399) 1998 Michigan
(143) 2006 Michigan vs (370) 1985 Ohio State
(242) 1989 Clemson vs (271) 1996 Virginia Tech
(15) 1991 Miami vs (498) 1993 Virginia Tech