(seed) year school - score
(89) 2006 USC - 27
(1113) 2004 Purdue - 17
Purdue started off strong in this game, and were only down 13-10 at halftime. The defense was getting to USC quarterback John David Booty, preventing him from finding open receivers in the secondary. Purdue opened the third quarter with a marvelous 5+ minute drive, capped by this Kyle Orton touchdown run to take the lead 17-13. But it was all USC from that point, as the Trojans shut down the Boilermaker offense and added two touchdowns over the final 25 minutes.
(601) 1998 Marshall - 22
(424) 2004 LSU - 25
Chad Pennington and Marshall gave Nick Saban's LSU squad all they could handle in this second round matchup. In fact, when Pennington threw this 19-yard touchdown pass to Nate Poole early in the fourth quarter, it gave Marshall a 22-18 lead. LSU answered the way they did all game long - with the running game. This time it was Alley Broussard providing the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard sprint to the end zone. But Marshall wasn't dead yet. Pennington led yet another drive down into the LSU red zone, and with the clock winding down, LSU cornerback Corey Webster made a controversial interception to end Marshall's hopes of advancing.
(345) 1996 LSU - 22
(680) 1978 Michigan State - 26
Kevin Faulk ran for 186 yards and 3 touchdowns for LSU, but Herb Tyler threw three interceptions - all of which led to Michigan State points. Kirk Gibson came through in the clutch (as he has been known to do) with a one-handed catch in the end zone for what turned out to be the game winning touchdown.
(857) 1982 LSU - 17
(168) 1990 Washington - 30
The Washington defense was the story in this second round game, as they held LSU tailback Dalton Hilliard to just 23 yards on the ground. Lineman Steve Emtman led the way for "Purple Reign" with 2 sacks and an interception, prompting LSU quarterback Alan Risher to exclaim after the game, "All I saw was purple!"
(217) 1993 Penn State - 37
(808) 2008 Rice - 26
Rice had success moving the ball, posting over 400 yards of offense against the Nittany Lion defense. Chase Clement threw three touchdowns (two to Jarrett Dillard) and ran for another, but the Owls defense didn't have an answer for PSU running back Ki-Jana Carter. Carter racked up 211 yards rushing and scored 3 touchdowns, propelling yet another Joe Paterno team into the second round.
(729) 1977 Washington - 19
(296) 1977 Florida State - 22
An old school matchup featuring two teams from the 1977 season went down to the wire. The Florida State defense held Washington's high-powered offense to just one touchdown (Warren Moon to Spider Gaines) and four field goals. FSU, behind quarterbacks Wally Woodham and Jimmy Jordan, managed to score enough points to advance. Coach Bowden was pleased with his team's performance.
(473) 1991 UCLA - 21
(552) 1983 Ohio State - 23
UCLA had yet another famous band on-hand, but Earle Bruce and Ohio State had other ideas. Buckeye tight end John Frank caught two touchdown passes from QB Mike Tomczak, and Keith Byars added 97 yards of total offense. L.D. Bell graduate and XFL MVP Tommy Maddox led UCLA with 240 yards and 3 touchdowns (2 to Sean LaChapelle).
(1064) 2008 North Carolina - 16
(40) 1981 Penn State - 32
Rich Gorodesky flipped over the performance of his Nittany Lions. All American offensive lineman Sean Farrell paced a solid running attack that kept the chains and the clock moving. RB Curt Warner didn't have any highlight reel runs, but he consistently picked up four and five yards at a time to keep Butch Davis' UNC offense off the field. The elimination of 2008 North Carolina means this is the last opportunity to take a look at the Hakeem Nicks behind-the-back catch.
Round of 512 Matchups:
(89) 2006 USC vs (424) 2004 LSU
(168) 1990 Washington vs (680) 1978 Michigan State
(217) 1993 Penn State vs (296) 1977 Florida State
(40) 1981 Penn State vs (552) 1983 Ohio State