RESULTS - BRACKET 37
(seed) year school - score
(1061) 1995 LSU - 13
Jackie Sherrill's Pitt defense systematically dismantled the LSU offense piece by piece in a dominating performance. The front seven, headlined by All America lineman Hugh Green, took Kevin Faulk and the running game away completely, which left QB Jamie Howard exposed in the pocket to blitzing linebackers like Rickey Jackson (2 sacks) who knew Howard had to throw. The only bright spot for LSU offensively was freshman quarterback Herb Tyler, who came in to lead a nice touchdown drive in garbage time against Pitt's second stringers.
(549) 1986 Stanford - 20
(476) 2006 Texas - 27
Mack Brown advances another Texas team to the next round with a win over Stanford. Brad Muster shouldered the load for the Stanford offense (28 carries, 7 receptions), but big plays were few and far between. The difference in the game was Texas WR Limas Sweed. Sweed finished with 7 receptions for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cardinal CB Toi Cook said after the game he had never faced a receiver as big as Limas Sweed.
(293) 1991 Tennessee - 27
(732) 1990 Virginia - 31
Lot of Orange in this game. George Welsh got revenge on Johnny Majors and Tennessee, a team the Cavaliers lost to by a point in the Sugar Bowl following the 1990 season, by pulling one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far. The Moores, QB Shawn and WR Herman, hooked up for two touchdowns, one in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter that gave Virginia the lead for good. Tennessee had their running game going all day with James Stewart and Aaron Hayden combining for 198 yards rushing. But Tennessee's inability to come up with timely stops on defense cost them the game.
(1244) 2001 Pittsburgh - 16
(220) 2001 Texas - 34
Pitt's main offensive weapon, WR Antonio Bryant, was suspended by coach Walt Harris for the first quarter of this game for undisclosed reasons. Texas used his absence to their advantage by jumping out to a 10-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. Cedric Benson ran for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Simms hooked up with B.J. Johnson on two touchdown passes. By the time Pitt QB David Priestley hooked up with Bryant on a touchdown pass, the game was already over. One problem for Texas - Simms threw a pick-six in the game to safety Ramon Walker that looked all to familiar to Longhorn fans.
(165) 1987 Auburn - 21
(860) 1978 Washington - 14
Washington kicked off the scoring in this contest, but didn't touch the scoreboard again until late in the fourth quarter with Auburn sitting on a 21-7 lead. When QB Tom Porras found WR Spider Gaines on a 76-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive, it looked like Auburn's loaded defense had met their match. But Tracy Rocker and Aundray Bruce rallied the Tiger D to a near-perfect performance over the next quarter and a half, allowing just a single first down between that TD pass and halftime. QB Jeff Burger paced Pat Dye's offense through the air with 245 yards and 2 touchdowns, both to WR Lawyer Tillman. Washington had some of the best names of the tournament, though, with Spider Gaines and CB Nesby Glasgow.
(677) 1996 East Carolina - 20
(348) 1977 San Diego State - 27
This 1977 San Diego State team just can't get any respect. Not only did they post back-to-back 10-1 seasons in 1976 and 1977, they also thrashed #13 Florida State 41-16 and still got shut out of a bowl game at the end of the '77 season. Now here they are once again, winning games and getting no respect. Nobody is talking about San Diego State, but here they are picking up their second win of the tournament against Marcus Crandell and ECU. Luckily for the Aztecs, this is a tournament and it doesn't matter if they get any respect or not, because if they keep winning, they keep advancing. SDSU highlight: WR Dennis Pearson had 5 receptions for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.
(421) 1977 North Texas - 26
(604) 1983 Maryland - 21
Don't call it an upset. Hayden Fry's Mean Green are used to picking up big wins (see the upset of Tennessee in 1975) as they accumulated 9 Ws during the 1977 season. So when QB Ken Washington broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to regain the lead, nobody wearing green looked very surprised. Maryland QB Boomer Esiason played well, but the rest of Bobby Ross' squad just looked out of sync most of the game. RB Willie Joyner looked especially hesitant as he failed to find holes in the North Texas State defense and finished with just 43 yards rushing.
(933) 1994 Wisconsin - 17
(92) 1979 Houston - 23
Houston's 5-2 defense was just what the doctor ordered against Wisconsin's 1-2 punch at running back, Terrell Fletcher and Brent Moss. Leonard Mitchell, Hosea Taylor, and David Hodge ganged up and held the duo to 112 yards on 43 attempts. Offensively, the Cougars played it pretty vanilla. Head coach Bill Yeoman didn't want to show too much to future opponents because he expects to make a deep run in this tournament. So Yeoman was content to keep it on the ground between the tackles with FB John Newhouse doing most of the heavy lifting.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(37) 1980 Pittsburgh vs (476) 2006 Texas
(220) 2001 Texas vs (732) 1990 Virginia
(165) 1987 Auburn vs (348) 1977 San Diego State
(92) 1979 Houston vs (421) 1977 North Texas