THIRD ROUND - Bracket 57 Results


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RESULTS - Round of 512

(57) 1997 Florida - 31
(456) 1997 Colorado State - 20
Florida State put an end to Sonny Lubick and Colorado State, knocking the last Rams team left in the field out of the tournament. Doug Johnson threw for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Gators, while CB Fred Weary and the defense contained QB Moses Moreno.

(313) 1992 Georgia - 23
(200) 2005 West Virginia - 22
The last time West Virginia took the field against Georgia, they caught the Bulldogs off guard in the 2006 Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2005 season. This time Ray Goff had Georgia ready to play. Linebacker Randall Godfrey and the Dawg defense bent, but did not break against Rich Rodriguez's speedy running attack (QB Pat White, RB Steve Slaton). Meanwhile Garrison Hearst made a couple of highlight reel runs, including a 33-yard weaving scamper for six in the fourth quarter that gave Georgia the lead for good.

(185) 1996 Colorado - 29
(328) 2008 Texas Tech - 28
Colorado seems to be Mike Leach's achilles heel. The coach is just 1-3 against Colorado since taking over the Texas Tech program, and the Buffaloes got to him again here in this third round tournament matchup. QB Koy Detmer piled up the yards on pace with Graham Harrell, and Rae Carruth matched Michael Crabtree touchdown for touchdowns. The difference in the game was a Colorado defens that held the Red Raiders to as many touchdowns as they had failed fourth down conversions (four each in this game).

Even though the 2008 Texas Tech team is now gone from the tournament, I'm sure the fans in Lubbock won't mind watching the Michael Crabtree catch and score against Texas one more time:

(441) 1999 Wisconsin - 23
(72) 2001 Tennessee - 24
In a matchup of power (Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne) vs power (Tennessee DTs John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth), the Vols had the last laugh. It was tight for a while, though. The Vols defense held Dayne in check, forcing QB Brooks Bollinger to make plays with his arm to keep the Badgers in the game. Bollinger did just that for a little while, finding Chris Chambers in the end zone twice in the third quarter, taking a 23-17 lead in the process. But Travis Stephens broke off a 24-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving the Vols the final 24-23 margin.

Bracket Semifinals:
(57) 1997 Florida vs (313) 1992 Georgia
(72) 2001 Tennessee vs (185) 1996 Colorado

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