THIRD ROUND - Bracket 31 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(98) 1999 Michigan - 22
(415) 1978 Arkansas - 21
Dan Hampton and the Arkansas front seven bucked up and held Michigan tailback Anthony Thomas to just 64 rushing yards. So quarterback Tom Brady stepped up and bailed the Wolverines out. David Terrell and Marcus Knight each caught 6 passes in leading Big Blue past the Hogs. But Lou Holtz's squad made it much closer than the experts predicted.

(354) 1994 Utah - 33
(159) 1978 Notre Dame - 40 (3 OT)
Utah was 2-1 against Notre Dame in this tournament heading into this game, and it looked like the Utes might steal another one from the Irish here. But Joe Montana and Vagas Ferguson led a comeback in the fourth quarter, and tacked on 17 points in the three overtime periods. So when Dave Waymer picked off Mike McCoy in the third overtime, it gave the Irish the win, setting up yet another matchup with Michigan.

(226) 1986 Michigan - 25
(287) 1991 Notre Dame - 26
Speaking of Notre Dame vs Michigan, here's another matchup between the two schools. Coming into the ballgame Notre Dame was just 1-3 against Michigan in this tournament, but once again found a way to break the trend and sneak out with a win. Jim Harbaugh played great for the Wolverines, but the defense suffered a critical breakdown late in the fourth quarter. On third down and 13 at their own 14 yard line with just 3:23 left on the clock, Rick Mirer found a wide open Lake Dawson down the sideline for a 53-yard pass and catch that eventually set up the game winning field goal.

(543) 2001 Fresno State - 23
(31) 2008 Texas - 39
Bo Jackson Trophy winner Colt McCoy proved once again that he was worthy of every award thrown his way. The junior quarterback not only out-performed his counterpart, David Carr, in the passing game (22-of-26 for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns), he tacked on 2 rushing touchdowns as well. David Carr must have been having flash forwards to his days with the Houston Texans because Will Muschamp turned his Longhorn defense loose on the senior quarterback, compiling 6 sacks. Texas wins going away and awaits Lou Holtz's '91 Notre Dame squad in the Bracket 31 semi-finals.

Bracket Semifinals:
(98) 1999 Michigan vs (159) 1978 Notre Dame
(31) 2008 Texas vs (287) 1991 Notre Dame

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