(seed) year school - score
(121) 2008 USC - 37
(904) 2004 Oklahoma State - 17
It was a tough day for Les Miles and Oklahoma State. Cowboy RB Vernand Morency couldn't get going against a fantastic USC defense. Rey Maualuga led the way with 12 tackles, while Clay Matthews did an excellent job on the edge negating QB Donovan Woods' running ability. Mark Sanchez didn't have any problems finding open receivers as Oklahoma State's DBs struggled to keep up with WR Damian Williams and RB Joe McKnight out of the backfield.
(633) 1991 Colorado - 22
(392) 2005 Florida - 21
Gator fans were quick to welcome new coach Urban Meyer to Gainesville after the sub-par years of Ron Zook. But Meyer's 2005 Gators were upset by 1991 Colorado in the second round. Colorado was able to hang around all day thanks to QB Darian Hagan's mistake free performance. Florida QB Chris Leak looked good throwing 3 touchdown passes, but it was the inability to get any kind of running game going that ended up losing them the game. Linebackers Greg Biekert and Chad Brown were able to concentrate on shutting down the Gator ground game because having a player like Deon Figures in the secondary means the pass defense will be solid, even against a good passing team.
(377) 1986 Auburn - 30
(648) 1983 Bowling Green - 17
Auburn coach Pat Dye went into his bag of tricks to propel Auburn to an easy victory over Bowling Green. All America RB Brent Fullwood threw a touchdown pass, and wideout Lawyer Tillman ran for a touchdown on a reverse to spark the Tigers. Bowling Green QB Brian McClure was one of the best players to ever don the orange and brown, but even he struggled against the excellent Auburn defense.
(889) 1999 East Carolina - 17
(136) 1997 Georgia - 28
East Carolina overcame Hurricane Floyd AND nationally ranked Miami during the 1997 season, but they couldn't find a way to get past Georgia in this second round matchup. ECU QB David Garrard had a rough first half, completing just 3 passes and throwing an interception to Champ Bailey. Georgia, on the other hand, piled up three touchdowns in the first half to take a commanding 21-3 lead into halftime. Garrard rallied in the second half, throwing for almost 200 yards and two touchdowns, but it was too late.
(249) 2001 Oklahoma - 24
(776) 1977 BYU - 21
The story of this game was the play of each team's backup quarterback. When BYU QB Gifford Nielson went out early in the second quarter after a big hit by OU linebacker Rocky Calmus, Marc Wilson stepped in and immediately led a touchdown drive. In fact, Wilson threw three touchdown passes against a loaded Oklahoma defense, giving the Cougars a 21-17 lead late in the fourth quarter. But Oklahoma backup quarterback Jason White, playing for the injured Nate Hybl, used his legs to orchestrate a marvelous game winning touchdown drive that will be talked about for a long time should this OU team make a deep run in this tournament. White ran the option with Quentin Griffin, and picked up a huge third down conversion with a 15 yard scramble. He then found Antwone Savage in the end zone for the game winning touchdown with just 12 seconds left on the clock.
(761) 1982 Fresno State - 17
(264) 1982 Arizona State - 24
Fresno State quarterback Jeff Tedford struggled mightily against a good Sun Devil defense. Jim Jeffcoat and Vernon Maxwell provided constant pressure, while All American Mike Richardson picked off two of Tedford's passes. He still was able to get the ball to big play wideout Henry Ellard, who scored both Bulldog touchdowns.
(505) 2007 Hawaii - 31
(520) 1978 North Carolina State - 26
This was yet another display in contrasting styles. Hawaii ran the ball only 11 times in this game, while N.C. State only threw the ball 7 times. But both teams were able to put points on the scoreboard. QB Colt Brennan played well, but Wolfpack defensive backs Donnie LeGrande and Woodrow Wilson held their own against the aerial assault. Meanwhile, N.C. State backs Ted Brown and Billy Ray Vickers each topped the 100-yard mark and found very little resistance running against this Hawaii defense. The difference in the game was Hawaii's ability to score quickly with the game winding down. Brennan threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen on a 2-play drive with just over a minute remaining. N.C. State wasn't able to answer, even with wide receivers Mike Quick and Mike Jukes living up to their names.
(1017) 1987 Washington - 13
(8) 2002 Ohio State - 30
Ohio State jumped on Don James' Huskies early, with Lydell Ross and true freshman Maurice Clarett capping the first two drives with touchdown runs. Washington QB Chris Chandler answered with a touchdown pass to Brian Slater on the last play of the first quarter, but the Ohio State defense (DB Mike Doss, LB Matt Wilhelm, DE Will Smith, etc.) kept the Huskies out of the end zone the remainder of the afternoon.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(121) 2008 USC vs (633) 1991 Colorado
(136) 1997 Georgia vs (377) 1986 Auburn
(249) 2001 Oklahoma vs (264) 1982 Arizona State
(8) 2002 Ohio State vs (505) 2007 Hawaii