RESULTS - BRACKET 54
(seed) year school - score
(54) 2005 Penn State - 31
(971) 1999 Mississippi - 17
The Ole Miss defense (LB Eddie Strong, DE Derrick Burgess, S Syniker Taylor) couldn't come up with the big stops in this contest against Joe Paterno's 2005 Penn State squad. Michael Robinson's mobility negated the pass rush, and the senior quarterback accumulated 78 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. On the other side of the ball, Penn State linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor led the charge in shutting down Rebel running backs Joe Gunn and Deuce McAllister.
(566) 2003 TCU - 31
(459) 1988 Oklahoma State - 40
TCU had some talented defenders in 2003, but they were no match for Barry Sanders. Players like DE Bo Schobel, LB Martin Patterson, and DT Chad Pugh were left out of breath as Sanders ran for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Frogs. Not to be forgotten was QB Mike Gundy's near-perfect performance, completing 13-of-15 passes for 189 yards. TCU was able to put points on the board as well, but the Oklahoma State offense answered every single score.
(310) 1990 Tennessee - 29
(715) 2003 Clemson - 20
The Clemson offense struggled against Tennessee this afternoon, with Dale Carter picking off Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst twice, returning one for a touchdown. Along with Carter, cornerback Jeremy Lincoln and the rest of the secondary did a good job blanketing the tall Clemson receivers (Derrick Hamilton & Kevin Youngblood), but Whitehurst was just off target all game. For Tennessee, tailback Tony Thompson ran for 135 yards and receiver Carl Pickens added a touchdown.
(822) 1985 Oklahoma State - 13
(203) 1997 North Carolina - 22
In a dramatic change from the previous Oklahoma State team in this bracket, this game was all about defense. Mack Brown's North Carolina defense was awesome in the game, holding Cowboy star tailback Thurman Thomas to 32 yards on 17 carries. Greg Ellis and Vonnie Holliday made it impossible for QB Ronnie Williams to throw the ball too, combining for 3 sacks. Dre' Bly picked off two passes in the game, but one was a bit controversial.
(182) 1996 BYU - 28
(843) 1997 Air Force - 16
BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars as they cruised past Fisher DeBerry's Falcons. Thanks to the special teams play of Dennis Turner, though, Air Force was able to pick up a safety when Bryce Fisher sacked Sarkisian in the end zone.
(694) 1989 West Virginia - 16
(331) 2005 Georgia - 21
In a matchup featuring two excellent multi-dimensional quarterbacks, it was the defenses that took center stage. Mountaineer quarterback Major Harris couldn't break loose with his legs because athletic linebackers Tony Taylor and Brandon Miller spied him the entire game. On the flip side, Mountaineer defenders Renaldo Turnbull and Mike Fox plugged Georgia QB D.J. Shockley's running lanes. The difference in the game was that Shockley was able to make plays with his arm. Tight end Leonard Pope caught two touchdown passes, including the game winner early in the fourth quarter.
(438) 1995 Virginia Tech - 23
(587) 2000 Georgia Tech - 22
In one of the best games of the tournament so far, George Godsey found Kerry Watkins in the end zone for an incredible one-handed touchdown catch with just 1:09 to play, giving Georgia Tech a seemingly insurmountable 22-14 lead with the extra point pending. But Virginia Tech blocked the extra point attempt and Torrian Gray returned it for 2 points for the Hokies. Then Jim Druckenmiller led a 71-yard, 32 second touchdown drive, capped by a touchdown pass to Jermaine Holmes that stole the victory for Virginia Tech.
(1099) 2001 Georgia Tech - 14
(75) 1989 Miami - 34
Georgia Tech ran up against the Legion of Doom Miami defense and had very little luck. A loaded defensive line consisting of All American Greg Mark, Russell Maryland, and Cortez Kennedy took Yellow Jacket running back Joe Burns (31 yards, fumble) completely out of the game. QB George Godsey threw two touchdown passes to WR Kelly Campbell, but one came in garbage time. The highlight of the game for the Miami offense pretty much summed it all up. With the Canes facing 3rd and 43 inside their own 10, QB Craig Erickson wound up and hit WR Randal Hill for 44 yards and a first down. Watch out for this Miami team.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(54) 2005 Penn State vs (459) 1988 Oklahoma State
(203) 1997 North Carolina vs (310) 1990 Tennessee
(182) 1996 BYU vs (331) 2005 Georgia
(75) 1989 Miami vs (438) 1995 Virginia Tech