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(270) 2003 Florida State - 17
Quarterback Chris Rix was harassed into four turnovers which put the Seminole defense (DT Darnell Dockett, LB Kendyll Pope, CB Bryant McFadden) in some bad situations. Oklahoma capitalized and picked up the win.
(142) 2006 LSU - 25
(115) 1997 Auburn - 19
One of my personal favorite teams in the tournament, the 1997 Auburn Tigers were upended by talented LSU. I'll never forget the Dameyune Craig to Karsten Bailey combo, and Takeo Spikes and Jimmy Brumbaugh were solid on the other side of the ball as well.
(14) 2000 Oklahoma - 24
(142) 2006 LSU - 20
JaMarcus Russell and the LSU Tigers gave a valiant effort, but the Oklahoma defense was just too good.
OU linebackers Rocky Calmus and Torrance Marshall, along with a little help from safety Roy Williams - completely eliminated the LSU running game. Running backs Keiland Williams, Jacob Hester, Justin Vincent, and Alley Broussard combined for just 19 rushing yards. Without Les Miles' bread and butter, defensive ends Corey Callens and Corey Heinecke were able to pin their ears back and rush the quarterback.
Under the pressure, Russell was frequently forced to throw on the run. Receivers Dwayne Bowe, Early Doucet, and Craig Davis found open space in the Oklahoma secondary, but Russell was often off the mark. In fact, on three separate occasions Russell missed what would have been a sure touchdown pass to a wide open receiver because either he had to throw on the run or he simply did not have the time to go through his progressions.
Oklahoma's All American quarterback, on the other hand, stayed cool in the pocket and didn't try to force anything. He found Curtis Fagan on a 24-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter that gave the Sooners the lead for good.
2000 Oklahoma (#14 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Sooners will face the winner of Bracket 51 in the first round.