THIRD ROUND - Bracket 5 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(5) 1999 Florida State - 33
(508) 1996 Miami - 19
Miami quarterback Ryan Clement felt the wrath of the Seminole defensive line, and Peter Warrick returned yet another punt for a touchdown as Florida State cruised. Corey Simon had 4 tackles for loss in the game for the 'Noles. Yatil Green was the lone bright spot for Miami, turning his 3 receptions into 99 yards and a touchdown.

(261) 1982 Washington - 22
(252) 1999 Penn State - 24
On a cruicial third down and short late in the ball game, Washington quarterback Steve Pelluer turned to hand off to Jacque Robinson when LaVar Arrington leapt over the line of scrimmage to blow the play up, securing a Penn State victory. The win sets up a bracket semifinal matchup between the preseason #1 and #2 ranked teams prior to the 1999 season - Florida State and Penn State. Both were on a collision course to meet in the national title game until Penn State imploded, losing their last 3 regular season games.

(133) 1995 Toledo - 26
(380) 1987 Notre Dame - 25
Just when everybody thought it was time to kick Gary Pinkel's 1995 Toledo out of the tournament, they staged a fantastic 4th quarter comeback to stay alive. Notre Dame jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on a Tony Rice touchdown run and a Tim Brown punt return for touchdown. But in the second half the Notre Dame defense, as it seemed to do all tournament long, started to crumble. Despite trailing the entire game, Pinkel never gave up on his running game. Wasean Tait's 3 yard runs started turning into 9 yard runs, and all of a sudden Toledo had scored a touchdown and converted a 2 point conversion. A defensive stop later and the Rockets had the ball with 5 minutes and a chance to tie or win. Quarterback Ryan Huzjak looked like Joe Montana on the final drive, completing all five of his passes, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Steve Rossi. And with all the momentum in the world, Pinkel made the call to go for 2 and the win. Tait took a screen pass from Huzjak, juked a defender and took it into the end zone, capping a miracle come-from-behind victory.

It never hurts to check out some more excellent Tim Brown highlights before the '87 Irish go.

(389) 2006 California - 18
(124) 1980 North Carolina - 23
It was a fantastic matchup on paper featuring Cal tailback Marshawn Lynch running against North Carolina linebacker Lawrence Taylor. It turned out to be a defensive struggle, giving UNC the edge. Taylor ended up wreaking more havoc on Cal quarterback Nate Longshore than he did Lynch, forcing the sophomore QB into 3 bad interceptions. Jeff Tedford's 2006 Cal Bears get sent out with possibly the worst song of all time in their highlight video.

Bracket Semifinals:
(5) 1999 Florida State vs (252) 1999 Penn State
(124) 1980 North Carolina vs (133) 1995 Toledo

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