(seed) year school - score
(41) 1977 Notre Dame - 32
(1065) 1982 Arizona - 16
Arizona QB Tom Tunnicliffe got off to a hot start, completing his first 9 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, Notre Dame quarterback Rusty Lisch got off to a slow start. He hit Ricky Hunley on a short pass that Hunley took 34 yards to the end zone - the problem, though, is that Hunley plays linebacker for Arizona. Notre Dame head coach Dan Devine simply went to his bench, where comeback king Joe Montana was sitting. With the Irish trailing 13-3, Montana entered the game and proceeded to throw for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading a second half 29-3 scoring splurge.
(553) 2005 Auburn - 24
(472) 2002 Boise State - 28
The 2005 Auburn defense was a good one, and they were ready to go against Dan Hawkins' Boise State team. But Ryan Dinwiddie was ready to play as well. Dinwiddie was marvelous moving the pocket around, giving himself additional time by constantly sidestepping the relentless pass rush of Stanley McClover and Marquies Gunn. Brock Forsey finished three of the Boise State drives with touchdowns, including the game winning 3-yard plunge with 33 seconds left in the game that capped a 12-play, 4+ minute drive. Forsey is proud to be heading to the next round of the tournament.
(297) 2004 Miami - 28
(728) 1986 Georgia - 19
There was no celebrating Georgia fans on the field after this second round game. QB Brock Berlin and RB Frank Gore led a balanced Miami offense on four clock-eating touchdown drives that consumed a majority of the game. The 'Cane defense, paced by linebackers Leon Williams and Roger McIntosh, shut down the Georgia option offense, holding RB Lars Tate to just 62 yards on 18 carries. Nothing Cheezy about that.
(1240) 1990 Syracuse - 20
(216) 2002 Michigan - 24
Michigan safety Cato June was all over the field, compiling 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, an interception, and a fumble recovery. He was the chief operator in shutting down QB Marvin Graves and the Syracuse offense. Michigan backs Chris Perry and B.J. Askew each scored rushing touchdowns, and TE Bennie Joppru caught a touchdown pass from QB John Navarre.
(169) 1994 Texas A&M - 25
(856) 2008 West Virginia - 16
Pat White got his yards, but the Wrecking Crew shut down everybody else, including the elusive Noel Devine. A&M running back Leeland McElroy showed off his speed with an 81-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard punt return for touchdown.
(681) 2000 Auburn - 16
(344) 1985 Arkansas - 23
Another Auburn team bit the dust in Bracket 41, with the 2000 edition falling to Ken Hatfield and the Razorbacks. The Arkansas defense loaded up to stop Rudi Johnson and the Auburn running game, and forced QB Ben Leard to make plays with his arm. The plan worked as Johnson was held to 68 yards on 28 carries, and Leard threw 2 crucial interceptions down the stretch.
(425) 1988 Syracuse - 23
(600) 1983 Air Force - 22
In a nail-biter, Syracuse was able to hold off the pesky Falcons and advance. The Orange kept Air Force at arms length most of the day, mostly because WR Rob Moore (8 receptions for 182 yards & 2 touchdowns) was too athletic for the undersized Falcons. But spunky QB Marty Louthan kept pounding away on the triple option and had the Air Force Academy knocking on the door of the end zone in the waning minutes of the game with a chance to win. Syracuse safety Marcus Paul came up with a big tackle in the backfield on fourth down with just under 2 minutes on the clock to preserve the one point win for Syracuse.
(937) 1999 Purdue - 17
(88) 1998 Florida State - 33
Drew Brees and the Boilermakers put up a fight early, but ultimately they were no match for Bobby Bowden's Seminoles. Brees threw two touchdown passes, one to Vinny Southerland that gave the Boilers a jolt of energy early in the game. But he spent most of the rest of the day running from Florida State defenders. Corey Simon, Jamal Reynolds, and Tommy Polley were all over the field, combining for 28 tackles.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(41) 1977 Notre Dame vs (472) 2002 Boise State
(216) 2002 Michigan vs (297) 2004 Miami
(169) 1994 Texas A&M vs (344) 1985 Arkansas
(88) 1998 Florida State vs (425) 1988 Syracuse