THIRD ROUND - Bracket 50 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(50) 1979 USC - 24
(463) 2004 Florida State - 13
The Florida State defense loaded up to try and stop USC's wonder-backfield of Charles White and Marcus Allen, so Quarterback Paul McDonald simply beat the 'Noles with his arm. Florida State's speedy linebackers Ernie Sims, Buster Davis, and A.J. Nicholson actually had success slowing down White and Allen, but McDonald threw for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns to propel the Trojans into the bracket semi-finals. The Trojan defense also chipped in 3 interceptions of FSU quarterback Wyatt Sexton. The USC band couldn't make it to the game because they were too busy taping a segment for Solid Gold.

(306) 1978 Nebraska - 23
(207) 1980 Notre Dame - 20
Tom Osborne out-dueled Den Devine to send yet another Nebraska team into the next round. Andra Franklin was the secret weapon for the Huskers. The big fullback ran just six times, but he piled up 76 yards and, more importantly, picked up a first down on all six of his touches. Tight end Junior Miller added a touchdown pass and Nebraska worked to negate the huge advantage Notre Dame had at linebacker in All American Bob Crable.

(178) 1999 Virginia Tech - 24
(335) 2008 TCU - 20
This game was supposed to be a Hokie rout. But Gary Patterson's defense found a way to corral Michael Vick and that kept the Frogs in this game from start to finish. TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Stephen Hodge managed to keep Vick in the pocket with their athleticism, holding Vick to just 21 yards rushing. Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, Corey Moore and John Engelberger did not allow Andy Dalton and the TCU offense to do much of anything either. So when Vick hit Andre Davis for a 63-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter it gave the Hokies a 21-20 lead they would never relinquish.

(591) 1999 Oregon - 16
(79) 1980 Penn State - 27
Joe Paterno's defense held an excellent Oregon running game in check as the Nittany Lions advanced another team past the third round. Reuben Droughns and Herman Ho-Ching ran for a combined 89 yards, and quarterbacks A.J. Feeley and Joe Harrington couldn't pick up the slack. PSU corners Grover Edwards and Paul Lankford each came up with interceptions, and tailback Curt Warner ran for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns. There was even a Jeff Hostetler sighting late in the game as Paterno played some of his backups. Hostetler later transfered to West Virginia where he went on to a successful career.

Bracket Semifinals:
(50) 1979 USC vs (306) 1978 Nebraska
(79) 1980 Penn State vs (178) 1999 Virginia Tech

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