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RESULTS - Round of 512
(455) 2006 BYU - 16
Jim Harbaugh was his usual gritty self, and Mark Hammerstein and the Michigan defense shut down Bronco Mendenhall's BYU offense. Beastly Cougar running backs Curtis Brown and Fui Vakapuna only managed 76 yards on the ground thanks to the stellar play of defensive linemen Hammerstein and Mark Messner. Harbaugh threw 2 touchdown passes and Jamie Morris added another score to go along with 84 yards rushing.
Here are some highlights from BYU's successful 2006 season. I would like to know who that is screaming in the background on the Utah highlight at about the 5:25 mark?
(314) 1993 Arizona - 20
(199) 2000 Nebraska - 28
It was tough going for Frank Solich's option offense against the Desert Swarm defense (Rob Waldrop, Tedy Bruschi, Tony Bouie) in the early going, but Eric Crouch completed some passes over the top, including touchdowns to Matt Davison and Tracey Wistrom, that opened things up in the running game. Nebraska's defense didn't have too much trouble with the Arizona offense, holding the quarterback duo of Dan White and Chuck Levy to just 143 total yards of offense.
(186) 1989 Michigan - 29
(698) 1998 Syracuse - 25
A Michigan defensive stand in the red zone in the final minute prevented Syracuse from reliving a Donovan McNabb miracle and enabled the Wolverines to advance to the bracket semi-finals. After watching his running game (Tony Boles & Leroy Hoard) held to just 33 yards in the first half by Syracuse LBs Marlon Greenwood and Keith Bulluck, Bo Schembechler made the gutsy call to bring in freshman quarterback Elvis Grbac to start the second half. It turned out to be a game winning decision. Grbac immediately led two touchdown drives to give Michigan their first lead of the game late in the third quarter. When Tripp Welborne intercepted a McNabb pass in the end zone on 4th and goal with just 5 seconds to play, it sealed a hard fought victory for the Wolverines.
A lot of young talent on this Michigan team. "Brother, we played a great football game."
(442) 2005 Wisconsin - 17
(71) 1979 Pittsburgh - 26
The 2005 Wisconsin Badgers liked to live on the edge, winning games against Minnesota and Michigan that season with touchdowns in the last 30 seconds, but Jackie Sherrill's Pitt Panthers put the game away early and didn't allow Wisconsin to get back in it. Dazzling Badger back Brian Calhoun got his yards, but the Pitt defense, led by linemen Hugh Green, Rickey Jackson, and Bill Neill, made sure he didn't reach the end zone or the first down marker without a fight. Eventually all the hits took a toll on Calhoun and he became a non-factor by the middle of the third quarter. Tailback Rooster Jones and the running game had a productive day, which kept the pressure off freshman quarterback Dan Marino.
(58) 1985 Michigan vs (199) 2000 Nebraska
(71) 1979 Pittsburgh vs (186) 1989 Michigan