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RESULTS - Round of 512
(499) 1981 West Virginia - 13
Oklahoma safety J.T. Thatcher had two interceptions and a fumble recovery to lead the Sooner defense in shutting down the West Virginia offense. Hopefully Mountaineer quarterback Oliver Luck has good medical coverage because he took a beating in this game.
(270) 2003 Florida State - 33
(243) 1998 Tulane - 30
The dream is over. Terry Bowden had won 4 of the last 5 Bowden Bowls against pops, including the 2003 edition, but here in the tournament, where it really counts, Bobby knocked out his son's best team. The undefeated Green Wave wanted to prove to the world they were a legitimate championship caliber team. But Florida State had the antidote. Shaun King played a gutsy ballgame, throwing for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns despite getting hammered time after time by the likes of Darnell Dockett and Travis Johnson. FSU quarterback Chris Rix threw an interception to Alphonso Roundtree on his first attempt of the game, but then settled in to play one of the best games of his career. Rix threw for 342 yards on 21-for-27 passing. Receiver Craphonso Thorpe was his primary target, catching 6 passes for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns.
(142) 2006 LSU - 27
(371) 1987 Georgia - 17
Vince Dooley's Georgia secondary had a rough day against JaMarcus Russell and the LSU passing game. Maybe it was the impressive trio of wide receivers (see video below), or perhaps they were distracted by LSU's Golden Girls? Either way, Russell threw four touchdown passes to lead the Tigers in victory. Georgia tailbacks Lars Tate and Rodney Hampton were held in check by linebackers Ali Highsmith and Darry Beckwith.
(398) 2001 Stanford - 24
(115) 1997 Auburn - 30
Tyrone Willingham took a gamble and went with athletic sophomore Chris Lewis at quarterback instead of the veteran Randy Fasani - and it almost payed off. Lucky for Terry Bowden (how many Bowden's are in this bracket) he has Dameyune Craig to play quarterback for the '97 Tigers. Lewis played a great game for Stanford, but Craig was even better, throwing for 237 yards and scrambling 31 yards to pick up a crucial first down in the fourth quarter that put the final nail in the Stanford coffin.
(14) 2000 Oklahoma vs (270) 2003 Florida State
(115) 1997 Auburn vs (142) 2006 LSU