(seed) year school - score
(57) 1997 Florida - 31
(968) 1994 Bowling Green - 20
Steve Spurrier's Florida team dismissed Bowling Green in an ugly game that featured a combined seven turnovers. Bowling Green turned the ball over four times and both Florida quarterbacks (Doug Johnson & Jesse Palmer) threw interceptions in the first half. But RB Fred Taylor came up big with 165 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground to keep the Gator offense rolling.
(569) 2004 Texas A&M - 24
(456) 1997 Colorado State - 34
Quarterback Reggie McNeal was dazzling in the first half, directing the balanced Aggie offense to 254 yards and 21 first half points. But the A&M defense fell apart in the second half with CSU senior quarterback Moses Moreno taking full advantage by throwing three touchdowns after halftime. Colorado State linebackers Adrian Ross, Mitch Palmer and Joey Porter ganged up to stop the Aggie running game and Dennis Franchione put it on auto-pilot, which led to a flat Reggie McNeal in the second half.
(313) 1992 Georgia - 24
(712) 1982 Ohio State - 17
In a matchup of two 1,500+ yard tailbacks, it was Georgia's Garrison Hearst that got the better of Ohio State's Tim Spencer. As a matter of fact, Hearst nearly doubled Spencer's output on the day, 138 yards to 77. But it was Bulldog wide receiver Andre Hastings who caught what wound up being the game deciding touchdown pass from Eric Zeier late in the third quarter. Mike Tomczak and the Buckeyes could never answer that score, and LB Marcus Marek and the Buckeye defense couldn't stop Hearst and backup tailback Terrell Davis from grinding the fourth quarter clock down.
(1224) 2003 Connecticut - 21
(200) 2005 West Virginia - 34
UConn running back Terry Caulley got off to a fast start with 39 yards on his first run of the ball game. He went on to pile up 98 yards in the first quarter alone before injuring his knee in the second quarter with UConn up 14-7. After Caulley left the game, the West Virginia freshmen (QB Pat White, RB Steve Slaton) took over. With no running game to rely on, UConn QB Dan Orlovsky was unable to get the offense moving on his own, and West Virginia literally ran away with the game in the second half. Slaton and White combined for 313 yards rushing and the Mountaineer fans did some singing after the game. Lame.
(185) 1996 Colorado - 28
(840) 2004 Oregon State - 20
Mike Riley brought Oregon State a long way, but his 2004 Beavers won't be advancing past the second round of the Greatest Tournament of All Time. QB Koy Detmer led the Buffaloes on a 21-0 onslaught in the first 18 minutes of the ball game and put it on cruise control the rest of the way. You could say Rae Carruth "murdered" the Oregon State secondary, but that would probably be inappropriate. He did have 100 yards and 2 touchdowns by the end of the first quarter though. For Oregon State, Mike "the Hassassinator" Hass piled up huge numbers (12 receptions for 246 yards from QB Derek Anderson) in the comeback attempt.
(1352) 1984 Illinois - 28
(328) 2008 Texas Tech - 45
The offensive fireworks came early and often in this second round matchup. Illinois QB Jack Trudeau found TE Cap Boso for a long touchdown catch and run on the opening drive to start the scoring. Of course it didn't take long for Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree to answer. In fact, the Red Raiders ran off three straight touchdowns in the bat of an eye. Illinois All American wideout David Williams played a solid game, but he was overshadowed by Crabtree's 192 yards and 3 touchdowns.
(441) 1999 Wisconsin - 24
(584) 1986 Arkansas - 17
As opposed to the Illinois/Texas Tech game, this was settled mostly on the ground. Arkansas QB Greg Thomas led Ken Hatfield's triple option attack while the Badgers turned RB Ron Dayne loose. The Hogs defense hung in there for a while, but once the number of Dayne's carries reached the high-20s and low-30s, undersized (but ferocious) nose guard Tony Cherico and defensive end Wayne Martin started to wear down. That's when Dayne busted the game winner. No more "P-I-G, Suey!" chants in Bracket 57.
(953) 1980 LSU - 13
(72) 2001 Tennessee - 27
LSU didn't have any tricks on offense that the Tennessee defense hadn't seen before. John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth (how's that for a front line?) dominated the line of scrimmage, blowing up QB Alan Risher's option plays before they even had a chance to develop. The balanced Tennessee offense wasn't always pretty, but TE Jason Witten and RB Travis Stephens scored touchdowns for the Vols.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(57) 1997 Florida vs (456) 1997 Colorado State
(200) 2005 West Virginia vs (313) 1992 Georgia
(185) 1996 Colorado vs (328) 2008 Texas Tech
(72) 2001 Tennessee vs (441) 1999 Wisconsin