RESULTS - BRACKET 48
(seed) year school - score
(81) 1988 USC - 30
(944) 1984 Bowling Green - 19
USC Quarterback Rodney Peete came down with a case of the measles during the week, but still managed to play every snap of this game. He played well despite the condition, finding WR Erik Affholter on a 29-yard scoring strike in the second quarter that broke the game open for the Trojans. Juco transfer Bernard White ran for 101 yards and a score for Bowling Green, but it wasn't enough.
(593) 1987 USC - 18
(432) 1985 Baylor - 21
Rodney Peete led another USC team into the second round of Bracket 48, but this time the Trojans ran up against a Grant Teaff Baylor team that was a little bit better than the Bears of late. Teaff used two quarterbacks in this game with Cody Carlson (121 yards, 2 touchdowns) outperforming Tom Muecke (75 yards, 1 interception). But the play of the game came in the fourth quarter. With USC driving and in position to tie or win the game, Peete threw an interception in the end zone to LB Ray Berry. The Bears kneeled on the ball to run out the rest of the clock and advance to the Round of 512.
(337) 1986 Nebraska - 31
(688) 1981 Drake - 14
Chuck Shelton's best Drake team was just happy to be here in the second round where an average Tom Osborne Nebraska team took care of business. Drake RB Amero Ware looked like he belonged on the same field as the Huskers, running for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns, but quarterback Gary Yagelski had a rough day. Broderick Thomas and Danny Noonan led a pass rush that resulted in 5 sacks and 2 fumbles by the quarterback. For the Huskers, Steve Taylor led the way with 103 yards rushing.
(849) 2000 Georgia - 17
(176) 1991 Penn State - 30
Georgia QB Quincy Carter had a nightmare of a day against the Penn State defense. The senior threw a whopping 5 interceptions before eventually getting pulled in favor of Cory Phillips. Safety Lee Rubin was the main beneficiary of Carter's poor aim, coming up with 3 of the 5 picks. By the time Phillips entered the game it was already 30-10, so his touchdown pass to TE Randy McMichael was nothing more than stat padding. The Penn State offense only accumulated 297 yards of offense because the defense kept setting them up in Georgia territory. So Tony Sacca and the passing game (WRs Terry Smith & O.J. McDuffie) never really got into high gear.
(209) 1994 Miami - 27
(816) 1977 Ball State - 17
Ball State head coach Dave McClain parlayed a successful 1977 season into a head coaching job at Wisconsin. His talents were on display here in the second round as he kept his team in the game against a Miami team with far superior talent. A loaded Hurricane defense (Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, Kenard Lang held the Ball State running attack in check the majority of the day, but WR Rick Morrison was able to make a few plays in the passing game. On the other side of the ball, McClain turned defensive lineman Ken Kremer loose on QB Frank Costa, and he surprised the Canes with his tenacity. But in the end Miami's talent was just too much for the Cardinals.
(721) 2007 Michigan - 18
(304) 1991 Iowa - 25
Iowa won this Big Ten matchup in the second round in Big Ten fashion - with a turnover-free offense and a solid defensive effort. Michigan RB Mike Hart got his yards (you can't keep him down), but Leroy Smith harassed QB Chad Henne to the tune of 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Michigan corners Donovan Warren and Morgan Trent did a good job containing WR Danan Hughes, but Iowa RB Mike Saunders came up big with 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.
(465) 1994 USC - 20
(560) 1982 Texas - 23
Fred Akers' Texas team pulled off a mild upset of USC the old fashioned way - defense. DBs Mossy Cade and Jerry Gray did a wonderful job bracketing USC's explosive Keyshawn Johnson, holding him to just 43 yards on 5 catches. Up front, Tony Degrate and Kiki DeAyala were disruptive enough against Tony Boselli and the O-Line to keep Shawn Walters contained. The Longhorns got the scoring going with a surprise QB draw on third down that QB Robert Brewer took to the house.
(1072) 1994 Central Michigan - 16
(48) 1996 Ohio State - 38
The Chippewas felt like they might have a chance in this one with RB Brian Pruitt in the fold. But much like Lou Holtz, they underestimated this juggernaut of a team. Dimitrious Stanley returned the opening kickoff 85 yards, setting up a Pepe Pearson touchdown run, and the blowout was under way. With the likes of Mike Vrabel, Shawn Springs, Andy Katzenmoyer, and Antoine Winfield on defense, it is going to be very difficult for anybody in this bracket to score on this Buckeyes team.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(81) 1988 USC vs (432) 1985 Baylor
(176) 1991 Penn State vs (337) 1986 Nebraska
(209) 1994 Miami vs (304) 1991 Iowa
(48) 1996 Ohio State vs (560) 1982 Texas