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RESULTS - Round of 512
(420) 2004 Michigan - 24
Contrary to what some experts might have thought, this Utah team is for real. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said "I told our boys that all they needed to do was watch the game film of Utah's Fiesta Bowl matchup with Pittsburgh and they'd know what I've been talking about. Well, I assure you that whoever, whether it be a Wolverine fan or player, is a believer in these Utes now." Alex Smith side stepped LaMarr Woodley all afternoon while picking on Marvin Jackson to hit his favorite target Paris Warren to the tune of 14 catches for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chad Henne had a respectable first half hooking up with Braylon Edwards for 6 completions but it was the Eric Weddle interception returned for a touchdown at the end of the second quarter that deflated Michigan for good.
(349) 2003 Utah - 22
(164) 1995 Colorado - 30
Apparently Urban Meyer spent so much time game planning for his matchup with 2004 Michigan that he left 1995 Colorado on the backburner. John Hessler played pitch and catch with Rae Carruth all day as Morgan Scalley and Eric Weddle were left befuddled in the secondary. The final blow for Utah came on their potential game tying drive as Matt Russell showed why he was a great one by stripping Brandon Warfield of the ball and recovering the fumble himself to seal the deal.
(221) 2004 Georgia - 19
(292) 2003 Georgia - 20
This game must have felt like a spring scrimmage to the Georgia fans. David Greene circa 2004 went play for play with David Greene circa 2003. The first half played out as one might have thought, tied up 13-13 at halftime. Early in the second half, '03 David Greene found Reggie Brown('03) on a crossing route that tied up All America safety Thomas Davis('04) allowing Brown('03) to take it to the house. With time running down in the fourth quarter, David Greene('04) found Leonard Pope(the only offensive star not playing double duty) for a 15 yard score bringing '04 Georgia within one point at 20-19. In what will remain a controversial call for years to come, Mark Richt tried to outsmart Mark Richt with a fake extra point attempt. Hoping that '03 Richt wouldn't notice, '04 Richt put David Greene('04) in the game as the holder, only to have him roll left on the fake. All-American David Pollack('03) having recognized the move at the snap swung wide and was able to bat down Greene's('04) two point pass attempt to Fred Gibson('04) who was sitting wide open in the back corner of the end zone thus setting off one of the wildest celebrations in the tournament as no fan could decide whether to cheer or look on in utter confusion in what Richt - the 2004 version - must have been thinking.
(548) 2002 North Carolina State - 17
(36) 2008 Florida - 39
Urban Meyer led his National Champion Florida Gators into this matchup with Chuck Amato's Wolfpack thinking of nothing more than just another speed bump en route to winning The Greatest Tournament of All Time. Philip Rivers and Jericho Cotchery never got in rhythm in this one as Brandon Spikes, Carlos Dunlap and Major Wright turned up the heat causing 4 turnovers in the first half. Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin took those 4 turnovers and turned them into a 23-0 lead before NC State knew what hit them. Amato riled up the troops at halftime, but was never able to make up any ground as the Pack fell to a real heavyweight in the tournament with little more than a whimper. We very well could be headed for an Urban Meyer vs Urban Meyer bracket 36 final.
(93) 2004 Utah vs (164) 1995 Colorado
(36) 2008 Florida vs (292) 2003 Georgia