THIRD ROUND - Bracket 32 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(97) 1977 Texas - 28
(609) 1980 South Carolina - 17
In the first of two matchups in this bracket featuring Heisman Trophy winners on each team, Texas' Earl Campbell out-dueled South Carolina's George Rogers. Longhorn defensive linemen Brad Shearer and Steve McMichael batted around the undersized Gamecock offensive line and managed to hold Rogers under 100 yards rushing (barely - Rogers had 93 yards). On the other side of the ball Campbell abused SoCar linebackers Ed Baxley and Walt Kater, acumulating 145 yards and 3 touchdowns on 34 attempts.

(353) 2001 Washington State - 20
(160) 2005 Virginia Tech - 30
The Washington State defense couldn't stop a Virginia Tech running game that piled up 334 rushing yards on their way to advancing to the Bracket 32 semi-finals. Tech tailbacks Cedric Humes, Branden Ore, and Mike Imoh combined to rush for 236 yards, and quarterback Marcus Vick added 64 yards and a touchdown run of his own. WSU quarterback Jason Gesser ran the ball a lot too, but it was mostly out of necessity and not by design. Physical Hokie corner manhandled WR Nakoa McElrath all day, which gave pass rush specialist Darryl Tapp plenty of time to get after Gesser. Tapp only had 1 sack on the day, but he hurried the Wazzu quarterback on many occasions.

(225) 2006 West Virginia - 23
(288) 1978 Michigan - 26
The speedy West Virginia offense (QB Pat White, RB Steve Slaton, WRs Darius Reynaud & Brandon Myles) had a hard time running the ball against Michigan's physical defense. But the WVU defense had an even more difficult time handling Michigan quarterback Rick Leach. Leach accounted for all 3 Michigan touchdowns with 74 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing to go along with 145 yards and a touchdown through the air. Steve Slaton, however, never go loose. Michigan linebacker Ron Simpkins led the charge in holding Slaton to just 34 yards rushing and 2 fumbles.

(481) 1989 Houston - 23
(32) 1993 Florida State - 35
The other game in this bracket to feature two Heisman Trophy winners also turned into an easy win for the favorite. Florida State's Heisman winner Charlie Ward was outstanding against the Cougars, piling up 313 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air. Kez McCorvey was the prime benefactor, with 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. Houston Heisman winner Andre Ware didn't fare as well. In fact, Jack Pardee's run-n-shoot offense, also featuring WR Manny Hazard, RB Chuck Weatherspoon, and Kimble Anders, was no match for the stacked Seminole defense. The 'Noles sacked Ware 7 times and held Houston to minus-54 yards rushing!

Bracket Semifinals:
(97) 1977 Texas vs (160) 2005 Virginia Tech
(32) 1993 Florida State vs (288) 1978 Michigan

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