THIRD ROUND - Bracket 43 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(86) 1989 Colorado - 28
(427) 1984 Oklahoma - 16
With the memory of former quarterback Sal Aunese, who died of stomach cancer at the age of 21 in 1989, refreshed in their minds, Colorado went out and dominated a good Oklahoma team. Quarterback Darian Hagan ran for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns, and tailback J.J. Flannigan added 98 yards of his own.

(342) 1986 UCLA - 25
(171) 1989 Alabama - 24
Siran Stacy had a great game (167 yards, 3 touchdowns), but it wasn't enough to get the Crimson Tide into the Bracket Semifinals. Despite being behind the entire ballgame, UCLA was able to stick around and put themselves in position to tie or win in the closing minutes. Bruin QB Matt Stevens led an 80-yard drive down the field, utilizing talented wideouts Flipper Anderson and Karl Dorrell. Stevens threw a TD pass to Anderson with 8 seconds to play, and the Bruins lined up for what appeared to be a game-tying extra point attempt. But coach Terry Donahue went for the win and called for a fake. While kicker Dave Franey feigned a blocked kick - which the Alabama commentators bought 100% - Stevens, who snuck in as the holder, rolled out and hit fullback Mel Farr Jr wide open in the end zone for the 2 point conversion and the win. What a finish!

(214) 1989 Illinois - 23
(299) 1988 Wyoming - 27
Wyoming invaded this third round matchup like gang wars to Sheridan, IL. Quarterback Randy Welniak ran and passed for touchdowns and RB Dabby Dawson ran for over 100 yards as the Cowboys knocked off John Mackovic's Fighting Illini. Illinois QB Jeff George threw for 264 yards, but also tossed 2 interceptions.

(555) 1978 Stanford - 19
(43) 1990 Colorado - 28
Optimism is in the air in Boulder as fans anticipate an all-Colorado Bracket final. The 1989 edition has already advanced to the semifinals of Bracket 43, and the 1990 squad didn't disappoint either. Eric Bieniemy ran for all 4 touchdowns for the Buffs, and a stacked linebacker corps (Alfred Williams, Kanavis McGhee, Greg Biekert, Chad Brown) stifled Bill Walsh's west coast offense (RB Darrin Nelson and WRs Ken Margerum & James Lofton).

Bracket Semifinals:
(86) 1989 Colorado vs (342) 1986 UCLA
(43) 1990 Colorado vs (299) 1988 Wyoming

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