(seed) year school - score
(78) 1986 Miami - 37
(947) 1995 UCLA - 17
UCLA didn't get off to quite the fast start they got off to against USC in 1995. Instead, the trash talkin' Hurricanes came out on fire and blew the Bruins off the field. Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin on the second play from scrimmage to set the tone for the game. UCLA linebacker Donnie Edwards did a good job taking versatile RB Alonzo Highsmith out of the game, but the Miami defense turned UCLA freshman QB Cade McNown into a rag doll and limited RB Karim Abdul-Jabbar to just 4 rebounds - er, 46 rushing yards.
(590) 2004 Texas Tech - 24
(435) 1979 North Carolina - 27
As opposed to many early-70s/late-80s teams against Mike Leach in this tournament, Dick Crum and North Carolina didn't have any problems slowing down the Red Raider attack. Of course, most teams don't have players like Lawrence Taylor on defense. Taylor got after Tech QB Sonny Cumbie so often that after 45 minutes of game time the Red Raider offense had yet to reach the end zone and trailed 27-10 thanks only to a Danny Amendola punt return for touchdown. Cumbie managed to mount comeback late in the fourth quarter by throwing two touchdowns (one to Jarrett Hicks, the other to Nehemiah Glover) in the span of four minutes, but the rally was too little, too late. UNC tailback Amos Lawrence had a field day against an unisnspired defense, running for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns.
(334) 1984 Nebraska - 24
(691) 2004 Virginia - 17
The Nebraska 5-2 defense took a gamble and loaded up to stop Alvin Pearman, Wali Lundy and the Virginia running game in the hopes that QB Marques Hagans couldn't beat them with his arm. The plan almost backfired because Hagans just dropped passes off over the middle to All American tight end Heath Miller time after time. Miller had 8 receptions for 121 yards in the first half alone and Virginia led 14-10 at the break. But the Nebraska running game stepped up with running backs Doug DuBose and Jeff Smith following fullback Tom Rathman's lead toward hogging 21+ minutes of the clock in the second half.
(846) 1995 Auburn - 23
(179) 2002 Texas - 32
Cedric Benson abused the Auburn defense with his hard-nosed running. Benson's stats didn't look very impressive after the game (31 carries for 101 yards), but he kept the chains moving and wore down the Tiger front. Chris Simms and the passing game ended up with the glory plays, with WR Sloan Thomas catching 2 touchdown passes and Roy Williams adding another. Sophomore linebacker Derrick Johnson paced the Texas defense with numerous big hits on Auburn RB Stephen Davis and a pick-six off QB Patrick Nix.
(206) 1988 West Virginia - 30
(819) 1982 Miami - 17
Don Nehlen brought one of the best West Virginia teams in the bracket into this contest with Howard Schnellenberger and Miami. miami wasn't quite Miami yet, but they still had some talent on the field. Mark Richt filled in at quarterback for Miami because star Jim Kelly was nursing a severely injured shoulder suffered in the first round win over 2001 Clemson. West Virginia simply turned linebacker Renaldo Turnbull loose on the inexperienced QB. Turnbull registered 3 sacks and safety Bo Orlando picked off 2 passes in the game for WVU. Offensively it was Major Harris running the show, running for a touchdown and passing for two others.
(718) 1991 Stanford - 20
(307) 1982 Auburn - 22
Al Del Grego kicked the game winning 37-yard field goal as time expired to prevent Dennis Green from advancing his 1991 Stanford team to the Round of 512. Auburn halfbacks Bo Jackson and Lionel James combined for 202 yards on the ground to pace the offense, while the defense forced Stanford QB Steve Stenstrom to turn the ball over three times (2 interceptions, 1 fumble). For Stanford, Glyn Milburn accumulated 178 all purpose yards, but "Touchdown" Tommy Vardell was held out of the end zone.
(462) 2002 Maryland - 30
(563) 1998 Purdue - 27
Despite a six sack performance by the Purdue defense, Maryland was able to advance. Boiler bookends Chike Okeafor and Rosevelt Colvin torched the Terrapin offensive tackles all day, but QB Scott McBrien was able to stay focused in the face of the pressure and take advantage of a weak secondary on a game winning touchdown drive in the final 3 minutes of the fourth quarter. Tailback Bruce Perry also took advantage of the Purdue pass rush by picking up big chunks on the ground on draw plays, finishing with 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. Drew Brees put up big numbers for Joe Tiller's offense, but it wasn't enough.
(974) 1977 Brown - 14
(51) 1995 Florida - 42
Tommie Frazier doesn't play for Brown, so the Gators didn't have any trouble in this second round matchup. QB Danny Wuerffel threw for 332 yards and 4 touchdowns while Ed Chester and the Florida defense shut down RB Seth Morris and the Brown offense.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(78) 1986 Miami vs (435) 1979 North Carolina
(179) 2002 Texas vs (334) 1984 Nebraska
(206) 1988 West Virginia vs (307) 1982 Auburn
(51) 1995 Florida vs (462) 2002 Maryland