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RESULTS - Round of 512
(503) 1998 Virginia - 17
A very good Virginia team was no match for the number 10 overall seed in the tournament. Linebacker Matt Grootegoed was all over the field, compiling 12 tackles - 5 for loss. He and Lofa Tatupu were the primary reasons the Virginia running game (Thomas Jones & Antwoine Womack) never got going.
(266) 1979 Nebraska - 27
(247) 1995 Kansas - 18
Kansas has a record of 2-30 over the 32 seasons this tournament spans (0-28 if you don't count the Callahan years) with an average score of 45-13. So if you thought that pattern was going to change here just because a good 1995 Glen Mason-coached Kansas team doesn't actually have to play the '95 Nebraska team that many feel is a favorite in this tournament - you would be wrong. The '79 Nebraska team knows how to beat Kansas too, and they did just that. The Kansas RB duo of June Henley and L.T. Levine were largely ineffective against the Nebraska defense.
(138) 1984 BYU - 24
(375) 1990 Florida - 23
Florida came up just short against the 1984 national champion BYU. Cougar QB Robbie Bosco came through in the clutch yet again with the game winning touchdown pass to Glen Kozlowski with just over 2 minutes remaining. The 1990 Florida team had a lot of talent (QB Shane Matthews, TE Kirk Kirkpatrick, RB Errict Rhett, WR Ernie Mills), but it was Steve Spurrier's first year as the head coach, so it was a team clearly in transition.
(394) 1985 Auburn - 21
(119) 1984 Florida - 24
Bo Jackson is good. But the 1984 Florida team seems to be settling in under new head coach Galen Hall, who took over for Charley Pell between the first and second rounds of this tournament after Pell stepped down among swirling rumors about NCAA violations. So even though Jackson ran for 183 yards and 3 touchdowns, Florida was about to shut out all of Auburn's other offensive options. Freshman quarterback Kerwin Bell also seems to be settling in as he played his first turnover-free game of the tournament. The three-headed monster in the backfield of Neal Anderson, John L. Williams, and Lorenzo Hampton split the load evenly, combining for 279 total yards rushing & receiving and 3 touchdowns.
The win by the Gators sets up a bracket semifinal matchup between the top two teams from the 1984 season. The winner will be able to claim they are the true national champion. In the mean time, check out how good Bo Jackson was in the 4th quarter of the Iron Bowl in 1985.
(10) 2004 USC vs (266) 1979 Nebraska
(119) 1984 Florida vs (138) 1984 BYU