THIRD ROUND - Bracket 49 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(49) 1997 Florida State - 31
(561) 2003 Kansas State - 22
FSU safety Dexter Jackson was tasked with spying K-State quarterback Ell Roberson, and he ended up being the key to the Seminoles victory. Darren Sproles broke free on a couple of long runs, but Jackson and the Florida State defense held Ell Roberson to just 9 rushing yards on 19 attempts.

(305) 1996 North Carolina - 26
(208) 2001 Colorado - 20
Gary Barnett and the 2001 Colorado Buffaloes matched up with Mack Brown one more time, but this time it was Brown's Tar Heels who came out on top. It might have helped not having Chris Simms at quarterback, but I digress. The North Carolina defense, the team's calling card, showed up big time in this third round matchup. Dre' Bly picked off two Craig Ochs passes, but the real story was up front where Greg Ellis, Vonnie Holliday, and Mike Pringley controlled the line of scrimmage. The unit was key in holding the powerful Buff running attack (Chris Brown, Bobby Purify) to under 100 yards on the day.

And wouldn't you know it? The Tar Heel victory sets up a Bracket 49 semi-final matchup between Mack Brown and his nemesis (while at Carolina), Bobby Bowden and the 1997 Seminoles. Will Brown pick up another measure of revenge? Stay tuned to find out.

(177) 1987 Oklahoma - 23
(336) 1978 Texas - 14
Somewhat surprisingly, this is just the second matchup of these two Red River Rivals in The Greatest Tournament of All Time - so far. Barry Switzer and the Sooners topped the Longhorns yet again, with dazzling QB Jamelle Holieway leading the way with 132 yards rushing to go along with his 43-yard touchdown pass to TE Keith Jackson.

(433) 1999 Florida - 20
(80) 1991 Florida - 29
Steve Spurrier pulled double duty in this third round game coaching both of these Florida teams. At the end of the day, the younger Steve Spurrer, with Errict Rhett in tow, topped the elder Spurrer by a score of 29-20. Defense and the running game were the name of the game for the '91 squad. Rhett piled up 151 yards rushing, and the '91 Gator secondary, led by safety Will White, seemed to jump all the routes run by the '99 Gator wideouts (Darrell Jackson, Travis Taylor, Jabar Gaffney).

Bracket Semifinals:
(49) 1997 Florida State vs (305) 1996 North Carolina
(80) 1991 Florida vs (177) 1987 Oklahoma

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