(seed) year school - score
(2) 2005 Texas - 48
(1023) 2005 Tulsa - 17
This was not even a contest. Vince Young and the Longhorns steamrolled Steve Kragthorpe's Tulsa team. Young piled up 357 yards of total offense (199 passing & 158 rushing) and the Longhorn defense commandeered Tulsa's passing game, hitting QB Paul Smith on virtually every play. CB Cedric Griffin came up with the only interception of the game, but Texas sacked Smith 6 times (Brian Robison had 2 of the 6).
(514) 1979 North Carolina State - 23
(511) 2002 Florida State - 26
QB Chris Rix threw 3 interceptions, but RB Greg Jones ran for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 12 carries to lead the 'Noles in a hard fought victory over '79 N.C. State. Wolfpack safety Woodrow Wilson seemed to be everywhere Rix threw, as he picked off 2 passes and knocked down another 3 balls. But Jones willed FSU to victory on his limited touches.
(258) 1988 Nebraska - 33
(767) 2005 Louisville - 27
Nebraska neutralized pass rush specialist Elvis Dumervil (20 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in 2005!) by running the ball right at him. QB Steve Taylor and IB Ken Clark ran downhill against the Louisville defense, leading the way in a Husker rushing attack that piled up 383 rushing yards. Nebraska LB Broderick Thomas was a key figure in making RB Michael Bush a non-factor, which meant Sophomore QB Brian Brohm had to carry the load.
(770) 1989 Michigan State - 16
(255) 1981 Nebraska - 23
Michigan State linebackers Percy Snow and Dixon Edwards did a wonderful job playing assignment football against the option, holding Nebraska's 1-2 punch of Roger Craig and Mike Rozier to just 127 combined rushing yards. But the Nebraska defense was stout too, keeping MSU RB Blake Ezor out of the end zone. So when Turner Gill found TE Jamie Williams wide open for a 44-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter it allowed the Huskers to survive and advance.
(130) 1983 BYU - 31
(895) 1979 Maryland - 17
QB Steve Young led the high powered Cougars of BYU over TB Charlie Wysocki and the Terps in this second round matchup.
(642) 2002 Auburn - 20
(383) 2006 Oklahoma - 23
With a host of injuries in their backfield, Auburn turned to third string tailback Tre Smith to carry the load on the ground against the Sooners. Smith came through in a big way, rushing for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. But a late Adrian Peterson touchdown gave Oklahoma the win. The Sooners were very happy to be a part of the Final 512.
(386) 1983 Northern Illinois - 21
(639) 1984 Rutgers - 17
Bill Mallory's Huskies outlasted Dick Anderson's Scarlet Knights in this under-the-radar second round matchup. Tailback Darryl Richardson ran for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns for NIU in the victory. If you can believe it, there's actually a highlight film for the 1983 Northern Illinois football team. How 'bout those Huskies!?
(1151) 1979 East Carolina - 23
(127) 1999 Michigan State - 31
This game actually featured a very high profile coaching matchup. Nick Saban led the Spartans against Pat Dye (future Auburn head coach) and the Pirates. Michigan State had too much offensive fire-power for ECU, and it showed here. QB Bill Burke threw for 254 yards and tailbacks Lloyd Clemons and T.J. Duckett combined for 163 rushing yards. ECU made a comeback in the second half when QB Leander Green finally broke loose on two long touchdown runs, but it was already too late at that point. Here's a clip of the 1979 ECU marching band.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(2) 2005 Texas vs (511) 2002 Florida State
(255) 1981 Nebraska vs (258) 1988 Nebraska
(130) 1983 BYU vs (383) 2006 Oklahoma
(127) 1999 Michigan State vs (386) 1983 Northern Illinois