THIRD ROUND - Bracket 53 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(53) 2005 USC - 37
(565) 1996 Notre Dame - 26
Matt Leinart and the USC Trojans didn't need a last minute touchdown drive to beat the Irish this time around. Lou Holtz didn't have an answer on defense for the four-headed monster of Leinart, Reggie Bush, LenDale White, and Dwayne Jarrett. Notre Dame tailback Autry Denson was held to just 48 yards, but Ron Powlus threw for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns.

(309) 2007 Virginia Tech - 23
(204) 2000 Florida - 26
Steve Spurrier and his two quarterbacks (Rex Grossman and Jesse Palmer) got the best of Frank Beamer and his two quarterbacks (Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor) in this third round matchup.

Why do Explosions in the Sky and football go so well together?

(181) 1977 Arkansas - 28
(332) 2004 Tennessee - 16
Another Lou Holtz team played a third round game in Bracket 53, but this team provided a different result. Quarterback Ron Calcagni and the Razorback offense didn't have much trouble moving the ball on the ground against an under-achieving Tennessee defense.

(437) 1992 Hawaii - 23
(76) 1993 Auburn - 31
It's Aubie time! The Auburn mascot had plenty to celebrate as Terry Bowden's '93 squad advanced past the third round with relative ease. Brian Robinson and the Tiger defense contained the Hawaii option offense and James Bostick and Stephen Davis paced the Auburn offense. The 'Bows added a couple scores late in the fourth quarter to make the score look closer than it actually was.

Bracket Semifinals:
(53) 2005 USC vs (204) 2000 Florida
(76) 1993 Auburn vs (181) 1977 Arkansas

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