RESULTS - BRACKET 63
(seed) year school - score
(66) 1978 Penn State - 28
(959) 2007 Wisconsin - 13
Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan spent much of the game on the run because Penn State defensive tackle Bruce Clark spent much of the game in the backfield. P.J. Hill never got going either, leaving only tight end Travis Beckum to make plays. Beckum finished with 9 catches for 140 yards in the loss. For Penn State, quarterback Chuck Fusina threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns.
(578) 2007 Auburn - 20
(447) 1992 Bowling Green - 16
Auburn looked to be on cruise control in this second round matchup with Bowling Green, but they were obviously good enough to roll right by the Falcons. The defensive line (Antonio Coleman, Sen'Derrick Marks, Pat Sims) stifled QB Erik White, keeping Bowling Green out of the end zone for the first 57 minutes of the game.
(322) 1989 Virginia - 26
(703) 1984 UCLA - 20
The Moores (QB Shawn and WR Herman) rolled another Virginia team into the second round by beating Steve Bono (now there's a blast from the past) and UCLA. Shawn Moore kept Ken Norton Jr. and the UCLA defense guessing by hitting the Bruins with play action bombs to Herman Moore on three separate occasions. Tailbacks Marcus Wilson (98 yards) and Terry Kirby (68 yards) made that play action work by keeping the chains moving on the ground.
(834) 1981 Wyoming - 17
(191) 2006 Auburn - 21
Charles Barkley nailed the final score before the game when he picked his Tigers to win 21-17. Wyoming didn't have any luck moving the ball against one of the better Auburn defenses of recent memory. Freshman linebacker Tray Blackmon even scored a defensive touchdown for the Tigers. Auburn's offense wasn't as good, as quarterback Brandon Cox struggled most of the game, and a running game with plenty of talent (Kenny Irons, Brad Lester, Ben Tate) didn't have much success against a defense that regularly moved eight men into the box.
(194) 1989 USC - 32
(831) 2007 Kentucky - 21
In keeping with a developing tournament tradition, Kentucky safety Marcus McClinton led the Kentucky team in a sweet rap video before the game, but unfortunately the Cats were up against a beast of a USC team. One of Larry Smith's best teams in the tournament featured defensive studs DE Tim Ryan, LB Junior Seau, and S Mark Carrier. That trio did a marvelous job slowing down a potent Kentucky attack triggered by underrated QB Andre' Woodson.
(706) 1995 Alabama - 14
(319) 1977 Michigan - 24
The Alabama defense (S Kevin Jackson, LB Dwayne Rudd, CB DeShea Townsend) was good, but not good enough against the balanced option attack of the Wolverines. QB Rick Leach - yes THAT Rick Leach - triggered the attack, with FB Russell Davis and TB Harlan "H-Bomb" Huckleby as the other two options. For Alabama, tailback Dennis Riddle never got going, and quarterback Brian Burgdorf was eventually benched in favor of the youngster Freddie Kitchens late in the game.
(450) 1996 Southern Miss - 18
(575) 1983 Pittsburgh - 22
Foge Fazio took over the head coaching duties from Jackie Sherrill in the 1982 season, and he kept that trademark Pitt defense in tact. Southern Miss quarterback Lee Roberts, just a sophomore, was clearly shaken by the constant pressure provided by DL Bill Maas and LB Chris Doleman. The Southern Miss defense was almost as good, though. Defensive end Adalius Thomas pressured Pitt quarterback John Congemi into two interceptions, one by Patrick Surtain. But running back Joe McCall provided Congemi with a safety valve out of the backfield, and scored the winning touchdown on a 23-yard touchdown reception.
(962) 1994 Washington - 13
(63) 1985 Oklahoma - 31
There were no landmark upsets today. Washington simply got run off the field by Oklahoma's wishbone attack. OU played both quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Jamelle Holieway in preparation for later in the tournament when both may be needed. Defensively Brian Bosworth was stone cold in shutting down the Huskies. In fact, Washington tailback Napoleon Kaufman ended up with 62 yards rushing in the game - and 75 yards after contact!
Round of 512 Matchups:
(66) 1978 Penn State vs (578) 2007 Auburn
(191) 2006 Auburn vs (322) 1989 Virginia
(194) 1989 USC vs (319) 1977 Michigan
(63) 1985 Oklahoma vs (575) 1983 Pittsburgh