THIRD ROUND - Bracket 40 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(89) 2006 USC - 24
(424) 2004 LSU - 17
This game featured a great 21st century coaching matchup with Pete Carroll taking on Nick Saban. Marcus Spears and the LSU defense played well against John David Booty and the USC offense, but the USC defense was even better. Keith Rivers picked up an Alley Broussard fumble and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter just before halftime, and then Kevin Ellison picked off a Marcus Randall pass and returned it for a touchdown on the second play of the third quarter to flip the momentum for good.

(680) 1978 Michigan State - 23
(168) 1990 Washington - 30
Morten Andersen kicked 3 field goals for the Spartans and receiver Kirk Gibson had another good game, but it wasn't enough to knock of Don James' Huskies. This time, though, Washington's "Purple Reign" defense needed a little help from their offense. Mark Brunell threw for 222 yards and ran for another 56 to get the Huskies in scoring position where tailback Greg Lewis finished three drives with touchdowns.

(217) 1993 Penn State - 23
(296) 1977 Florida State - 21
This was just the second matchup (of what could be many) of Joe Paterno vs. Bobby Bowden in this tournament. Paterno is now 2-0 against Bowden with his '93 squad topping the '77 FSU squad in this third round game. FSU nose guard Ron Simmons helped lead the charge in shutting down PSU tailback Ki-Jana Carter, but emerging quarterback Kerry Collins picked up the slack by throwing touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Brady and tailback Mike Archie.

(552) 1983 Ohio State - 19
(40) 1981 Penn State - 28
Joe Paterno set up a bracket semi-final matchup with himself by beating Earle Bruce and the 1983 Buckeyes. Buckeye greats Keith Byars and Mike Tomczak get eliminated.

Bracket Semifinals:
(89) 2006 USC vs (168) 1990 Washington
(40) 1981 Penn State vs (217) 1993 Penn State

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