THIRD ROUND - Bracket 18 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(18) 1994 Penn State - 36
(495) 2003 Maryland - 23
The mighty Penn State offense rolled through yet another opponent, putting 36 points on the board against a solid Maryland team. Even Shawne Merriman's 3 sacks couldn't shake up PSU quarterback Kerry Collins, who threw for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ki-Jana Carter was slowed down largely due to Terp safety Madieu Williams playing in the box most of the game. Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien played a gutsy game, escaping the Nittany Lion rush time after time. But he got little help from the running game (Bruce Perry and Josh Allen), and simply couldn't keep pace with Penn State.

(751) 2000 TCU - 21
(239) 2007 Kansas - 27
The underrated Kansas defense loaded up to slow down LaDainian Tomlinson and managed to hold the talented tailback to just under 100 yards in the game. LaTarence Dunbar picked up some of the slack, returning a punt for a touchdown, but TCU quarterback Casey Printers couldn't beat the defense with his arm because Aqib Talib and Darrell Stuckey were back there in the Jayhawk secondary. Each came away with an interception in the ballgame. The Kansas passing game, on the other hand, came up with the big play when they needed it. Todd Reesing found Marcus Henry on a 72-yard touchdown bomb early in the fourth quarter for what gave KU the deciding 27-21 margin.

(146) 2003 Ohio State - 20
(658) 1990 Oklahoma - 23
An underrated Oklahoma team that was flawless in the 1990 season - other than a 3 game losing streak in the middle of the season - showed Jim Tressel's Buckeye's who the boss was in the trenches. In yet another upset in this tournament by the '90 Sooners, they controlled the trenches and put up over 300 yards rushing against a supposedly superior foe. The Ohio State defensive line of Will Smith, Tim Anderson, Darrion Scott, and Simon Fraser may be athletic, but when Oklahoma backs Kenyon Rasheed, Dewell Brewer, and Otis Taylor came running downhill at them time after time they couldn't withstand the beating.

(402) 1990 Michigan - 23
(111) 2000 Oregon State - 26
Ken Simonton was the story for Oregon State in this third round matchup. The 5-foot-7 tailback carried the ball 32 tims for 167 yards to keep the chains moving all game long. Simonton reached the end zone twice, but his hard nosed running set the Beavers up in the red zone several times, which led to kicker Ryan Cesca kicking 4 short field goals in the game. On the other side of the ball, a fast Oregon State defense swarmed Michigan tailbacks Jon Vaughn and Ricky Powers, and hit quarterback Elvis Grbac repeatedly. In fact, fullback Jarrod Bunch was the only Wolverine to have any success.

Bracket Semifinals:
(18) 1994 Penn State vs (239) 2007 Kansas
(111) 2000 Oregon State vs (658) 1990 Oklahoma

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