(seed) year school - score
(61) 1983 Georgia - 21
(964) 1999 Minnesota - 17
For some reason, I still remember exactly where I was the day Minnesota beat #2 ranked Penn State back in 1999 - in my college apartment on Burton Drive. But it wasn't meant to be here in the second round. Safety Terry Hoage and the Georgia defense did their part in stifling QB Billy Cockerham and the Gopher offense. Linebacker Knox Culpepper helped contain RB Thomas Hamner to 68 yards rushing.
(573) 1994 Ohio State - 17
(452) 1991 Clemson - 20
The Clemson defense came up big against an Ohio State offense featuring Eddie George and Joey Galloway. The Tiger front seven (LB Levon Kirkland and linemen Chester McGlockton, Rob Bodine & Brentson Buckner) was key in holding the Buckeyes to just 263 yards of offense. Clemson QB DeChance Cameron threw two touchdown passes to WR Terry Smith in the win.
(317) 1991 Bowling Green - 26
(708) 2008 Nebraska - 24
The mistakes caught up with Nebraska in this matchup with seemingly out-manned Bowling Green. Several breakdowns in the secondary led to Bowling Green quarterback Erik White having a day to brag about (22/24 for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns). WR Mark Szlachcic was on the receiving end of two of those touchdowns, and seemed to be open on every play. Nebraska never got their running game going, and it hurt down the stretch when Joe Ganz had to throw on nearly every play.
(1220) 2008 Rutgers - 21
(196) 2007 Missouri - 34
Chase Daniel and the Missouri offense jumped on Rutgers early and then coasted to an easy win. The Tigers were up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter on the strength of big plays by TE Martin Rucker and WR Will Franklin. The second half was a completely different story, though, as the Missouri offense went 3-and-out four times. A Jeremy Maclin punt return for touchdown provided the only points for Mizzou in the second half, and put the final nail in the coffin. For Rutgers, Kenny Britt caught 10 passes for 244 yards and had 2 long touchdown receptions.
(189) 2003 Miami, Ohio - 38
(836) 2003 Northern Illinois - 24
These two MAC teams never played in 2003, but they finally got the opportunity here in The Greatest Tournament of All Time. It was a bit more star studded affair than you might imagine too, with Big Ben Roethlisberger quarterbacking Miami(OH) and Michael Turner running the ball for Northern Illinois. Roethlisberger got the better of that matchup, but he got a little help from punt returner/receiver Ryne Robinson. Robinson returned one punt 63-yards for a touchdown and nearly returned another for six.
(701) 1978 UCLA - 17
(324) 2000 Kansas State - 28
A stacked UCLA defense featuring All Americans LB Jerry Robinson and S Kenny Easley had a hard time keeping K-State out of the end zone. QB Jonathan Beasley led four long scoring drives that chewed clock and ended in touchdowns for the Wildcats. On the other side of the ball, K-State linebackers Terry Pierce and Ben Leber were busy with UCLA RB Theotis Brown carrying the ball 32 times in the game (92 yards).
(445) 1985 Georgia Tech - 16
(580) 1984 West Virginia - 15
In a game that featured excellent defensive play and a combined 8 field goals, it was a fumble recovery by Georgia Tech's Pat Swilling that sealed the deal. Defensive end Mark Pike forced the fumble by WVU tailback Pat Randolph, who had much better luck in this 1984 game against Penn State:
(1092) 1977 East Carolina - 10
(68) 1980 Florida State - 27
Florida State coasted on the strength of a fine defensive performance. Nose guard Ron Simmons paced the 'Nole defense in holding Pat Dye's East Carolina offense to just 168 yards. QB Rick Stockstill guided the steady FSU offense.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(61) 1983 Georgia vs (452) 1991 Clemson
(196) 2007 Missouri vs (317) 1991 Bowling Green
(189) 2003 Miami, Ohio vs (324) 2000 Kansas State
(68) 1980 Florida State vs (445) 1985 Georgia Tech