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RESULTS - Round of 512
(411) 1981 Arizona State - 27
There wasn't much defense in this third round matchup. Colorado's Heisman winning tailback Rashaan Salaam stacked up 211 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. ASU fullback Gerald Riggs ran for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort. Mike Pagel also had a solid day, but threw two interceptions to Buff safety Steve Rosga.
(358) 1990 Houston - 26
(155) 1986 Arizona State - 33
Another relatively high scoring game in Bracket #27. But this time, ASU's defense actually did a good job against a Houston team that averaged over 46 points per game in the 1990 season. David Klingler was pressured from the inside all game by Sun Devil defensive tackles Trace Armstrong and Dan Saleamua, which led to two Eric Allen interceptions. Fullback Channing Williams ran for 2 touchdowns and Jeff Van Raaphorst threw another in the win.
(230) 1979 McNeese State - 14
(283) 1980 Baylor - 20
Much like the Independence Bowl at the end of the 1979 season, when McNeese State's undefeated season came to and end in a 31-7 loss to Syracuse, Grant Teaff's Baylor team brought the Cowboys back down to earth. Mike Singletary played a key role in shutting down Ernie Duplechin's running game (Artie Shankle & Theron McClendon) to a mere 98 yards in the game. Fullback Dennis Gentry ran for 87 yards and a touchdown for Baylor with Rusty Guilbeau and the McNeese State defense keying on tailback Walter Abercrombie.
(539) 1990 Nebraska - 13
(27) 1988 Miami - 30
Jimmy Johnson's Miami Hurricanes put a beat-down on the 1990 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Steve Walsh threw for 289 yards with ease against a Nebraska secondary that just couldn't keep up with receivers like Andre Brown and Dale Dawkins. Quarterback Mickey Joseph turned the ball over three times (2 fumbles, 1 interception) before being relieved by Mike Grant in the second half. But the real issue was the Miami defensive line (Russell Maryland, Bill Hawkins, Greg Mark) dominating the Husker option attack from start to finish. Nebraska finished with only 131 yards on the ground, and their only real receiving option, tight end Johnny Mitchell, was held without a catch.
(102) 1994 Colorado vs (155) 1986 Arizona State
(27) 1988 Miami vs (283) 1980 Baylor