(seed) year school - score
(93) 2004 Utah - 40
(932) 1984 Miami - 24
Jimmy Johnson's first Miami team didn't play the kind of defense Johnson teams became known for, and the Hurricanes were clearly not ready for Urban Meyer's 21st century offense. Utah WR Steve Savoy set the tone early by taking a short Alex Smith pass 76-yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game. The Miami offense had some weapons of its own (QB Bernie Kosar, WRs Eddie Brown & Stanley Shakespeare, FB Alonzo Highsmith), but they couldn't keep pace with the Utes.
(605) 1984 Auburn - 26
(420) 2004 Michigan - 27
The Auburn defense (LB Greg Carr, DE Kevin Greene) did a good job slowing down an explosive Michigan offense (WR Braylon Edwards, RB Mike Hart). Auburn's running game also helped keep the Michigan offense off the field, with Bo Jackson and Brent Fullwood combining to rush for 172 yards. But with Auburn driving in the final minutes of the game, Bo Jackson went the wrong way on a Fullwood run, preventing the Tigers from scoring the go-ahead touchdown.
(349) 2003 Utah - 28
(676) 1996 Wyoming - 26
Another Urban Meyer Utah team featuring Alex Smith at quarterback advanced past WAC/Mountain West rival Wyoming. Joe Tiller, in his final season at Wyoming before moving on to take over at Purdue, decided to stick with his playmakers in this contest. QB Josh Wallwork completed a whopping 12 passes to WR Marcus Harris, but Morgan Scalley and freshman Eric Weddle managed to keep him out of the end zone.
(1188) 1983 Southern Miss - 16
(164) 1995 Colorado - 31
Rick Neuheisel's offense didn't have it easy against Richard Byrd, Bud Brown, and the rest of the Southern Miss defense. But the Buffaloes managed to pile up 31 points by converting two turnovers into 14 points, and a shanked punt into 7 more points. QB John Hessler (replacing the injured Koy Detmer) threw three touchdowns in the second half. For Southern Miss, moving the ball was difficult despite the presence of RB Sam Dejarnette and WR Louis Lipps.
(221) 2004 Georgia - 20
(804) 1978 East Carolina - 13
Georgia's defense had to carry the Bulldogs in this second round matchup because the offense made several mistakes on the day. The Georgia defensive line (David Pollack, Kedric Golston, Will Thompson) owned the line of scrimmage and held ECU to just 133 yards of offense. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, QB David Greene wasn't on target all day. He threw three interceptions, one of which was returned by ECU linebacker Zack Valentine for a touchdown. Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley actually led both of Georgia's touchdown drives.
(733) 1977 North Carolina State - 16
(292) 2003 Georgia - 22
David Greene had a much better game against N.C. State than he did in the previous matchup against East Carolina. Greene threw two touchdown passes, one to WR Fred Gibson and one to TE Ben Watson. The Georgia defense held N.C. State's powerful running game to 144 yards, well below their average. The highlight Wolfpack players was linebacker Bill Cowher, who contributed 8 tackles, a sack, and an interception on a tipped pass.
(477) 1995 Michigan - 21
(548) 2002 North Carolina State - 23
Chuck Amato's gutsy Wolfpack overcame Lloyd Carr's first Michigan team and stole the win with a late Philip Rivers touchdown pass to Jericho Cotchery. N.C. State was able to hang in there against the Wolverines because linebackers Dantonio Burnette, Freddie Aughtry Lindsay, and Pat Thomas were able to hold RB Tim Biakabutuka under 100 yards. WR Mercury Hayes had a big day for Big Blue, tallying 174 yards and 3 touchdowns. But Rivers kept the 'Pack in the game and converted in the clutch to advance.
(1060) 1979 UT-Arlington - 13
(36) 2008 Florida - 41
Urban Meyer finished a highly successful bracket for himself (see two wins by Utah above) by blowing away UT-Arlington. Maverick linebacker Cliff Odom's head was spinning by all the speed Florida put on the field. The Gator offense compiled over 300 yards rushing and over 200 yards passing. Chris Rainey, Percy Harvin, and Jeff Demps all had scoring plays of over 50 yards in the game.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(93) 2004 Utah vs (420) 2004 Michigan
(164) 1995 Colorado vs (349) 2003 Utah
(221) 2004 Georgia vs (292) 2003 Georgia
(36) 2008 Florida vs (548) 2002 North Carolina State