RESULTS - BRACKET 38
(seed) year school - score
(987) 1987 Virginia - 20
Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo did everything for the Huskies in this second round matchup, leading the team in both passing (221 yards) and rushing (89 yards). Todd Elstrom caught 7 passes and Rich Alexis added 78 yards on the ground as UW cruised past QB Scott Secules and Virginia.
(550) 1987 South Carolina - 27
(475) 2007 Texas - 23
Colt McCoy's "sophomore slump" carried over into the tournament, and the Texas defense couldn't make critical stops down the stretch as Joe Morrison's Gamecocks pulled the minor upset. McCoy threw two interceptions in the second half, and defensive lineman Roy Hart led a charge against speedy tailback Jamaal Charles to prevent him from breaking a long run. Offensively, Sterling Sharpe came up with a whopping 5 receptions on third downs to keep drives alive. But it was Ryan Bethea who caught the game winner from QB Todd Ellis in the fourth quarter.
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(294) 1993 Miami - 24
(731) 2008 California - 20
Cal tailback Jahvid Best is so fast that he managed to run for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns against a good Miami defense. Even linebackers like Rohan Marley, Ray Lewis, and Corwin Francis had a hard time keeping up with Best. Unfortunately for Bears fans, QB Nate Longshore threw 3 interceptions that led to 17 Miami points and prevented Cal from pulling the upset.
(806) 2000 Northwestern - 23
(219) 2003 Miami - 35
The Cardiac Cats didn't have another miracle up their sleeve in this one. The Hurricanes had plenty of skill to go around, with safety Sean Taylor making plays seemingly all over the field and tight end Kellen Winslow grabbing 11 passes for 123 yards. And in case anybody forgot, Devin Hester is FAST. QB Zak Kustok and RB Damien Anderson were standouts for Northwestern in the loss.
(166) 2004 Iowa - 23
(1190) 2000 Syracuse - 17
The defense carried Iowa past this second round matchup with Syracuse. Defensive end Matt Roth was his usual disruptive self, and linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway did a great job limiting the Syracuse duo of Dee Brown and James Mungro on the ground. Offensively for Iowa, QB Drew Tate did just enough in the passing game to offset the injury plagued running back corps.
(678) 1996 Auburn - 24
(347) 2007 Oklahoma - 35
Auburn got off to a great start in this game, with defensive stars Jimmy Brumbaugh and Takeo Spikes setting the tempo early against a potent Oklahoma offense. Spikes forced a Sam Bradford fumble on the opening series and QB Dameyune Craig found WR Karsten Bailey two plays later for a touchdown to give Auburn a 7-0 lead. Craig threw another touchdown pass in the second quarter to pad Auburn's lead to 21-7, but then the Sooners made some adjustments. OU got on the scoreboard right before halftime thanks to a DeMarco Murray kick return for touchdown to cut the Tiger lead to 21-14. In the second half Allen Patrick took over on the ground. Patrick ran for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in the second half alone, and Rufus Alexander and the defense went into lock-down mode, leading the Sooners to victory going away.
(422) 1997 Ohio State - 20
(603) 1980 Maryland - 7
The defenses ruled the day in this second round matchup. CB Lloyd Burgess and Maryland managed to limit Ohio State's big play receivers (David Boston & Dee Miller) to just one touchdown. Ohio State on the other hand, held Maryland under 200 total yards in the game by ganging up to stop TB Charlie Wysocki.
(934) 1978 BYU - 17
(91) 1993 Nebraska - 30
Nebraska figured out a way to slow down LaVell Edwards potent BYU passing game - turn rush ends Trev Alberts and Donta Jones loose on Cougar quarterback Marc Wilson and let your talented secondary cover. the strategy worked out well for the Huskers, as BYU entered the half without a single touchdown to their credit. Alberts picked up three sacks and eventually BYU countered by putting the younger, but more mobile Jim McMahon at quarterback. By that point, though, Tommie Frazier and the Nebraska offense had put enough points on the board to decide the game. Calvin Jones paced the ground attack with 152 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(38) 2000 Washington vs (550) 1987 South Carolina
(219) 2003 Miami vs (294) 1993 Miami
(166) 2004 Iowa vs (347) 2007 Oklahoma
(91) 1993 Nebraska vs (422) 1997 Ohio State