THIRD ROUND - Bracket 9 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(9) 1986 Penn State - 27
(521) 1993 Colorado - 16
Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan spearheaded a defense that completely took away the Colorado running game (Lamont Warren & Rashaan Salaam). That left Kordell Stewart to make all the plays, and he wasn't up to the task today. Stewart threw 2 costly interceptions in the second half that the Nittany Lions turned into 10 points after being up only 17-16 at halftime.

(265) 1990 Florida State - 25
(248) 1998 Florida - 24
Florida couldn't beat the Seminoles in 1990 or in 1998, and they couldn't do it here in this tournament either. FSU cornerback Terrell Buckley locked up Florida's go-to receiver Travis McGriff, holding him to just two receptions and picking up an interception in the process. For Florida State, tailback Amp Lee avoided the wrath of Gator linebackers Jevon Kearse and Mike Peterson on his way to a big day - 150 total yards and 2 touchdowns.

(137) 1989 Auburn - 19
(376) 1987 Clemson - 15
Auburn's excellent defense managed to shut down a potent Clemson running game (Terry Allen, Wesley McFadden) en route to a hard fought third round victory. Donnell Woolford returned a punt for a touchdown early in the third quarter that seemed to give Clemson the momentum, but Auburn answered with their first touchdown of the game, a 34-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Slack to speedster Alexander Wright to take back the lead.

(393) 2002 Kansas State - 31
(120) 2006 Boise State - 26
Interestingly enough, these two teams share one big stat in common - both pulled huge post-season upsets against Oklahoma. But today it was Kansas State pulling off the "upset". Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles destroyed the Bronco defense, running for a combined 342 yards and 3 touchdowns. Roberson added a touchdown pass to Taco Wallace. Boise State fought hard to stay in the game, but their defense couldn't handle K-State's speed. Now that the 2006 Broncos are eliminated from the tournament, it can't hurt to take one last look at that 2007 Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma.

Bracket Semifinals:
(9) 1986 Penn State vs (265) 1990 Florida State
(137) 1989 Auburn vs (393) 2002 Kansas State

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