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(239) 2007 Kansas - 29
The 2007 Kansas team was for real - almost. Todd Reesing was the little engine that could leading the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and the school's first BCS bowl victory. Against an underrated 1994 Penn State, Kansas met up with a team that could match them point for point. The Jayhawks had the talent at the top (CB Aqib Talib, RB Brandon McAnderson, DT James McClinton, WR Marcus Henry, etc.), but they couldn't match the Nittany Lions depth.
(658) 1990 Oklahoma - 24
(111) 2000 Oregon State - 27
1990 Oklahoma, the highest remaining seed left in the tournament, fell just short in a dog fight against 2000 Oregon State. The Beavers grabbed the lead with a late touchdown and QB Cale Gundy and the Sooner offense couldn't answer.
(18) 1994 Penn State - 37
(111) 2000 Oregon State - 26
Penn State got no love from the National Media in 1994. The Nittany Lions' undefeated season went largely unnoticed in the shadow of Tom Osborne and Nebraska. But here in The Greatest Tournament of All Time, winning is all that matters, and this Penn State team is on a mission to prove just how overlooked they were.
Dennis Erickson, meanwhile, was setting out to put this Oregon State team in the Bracket of Champions alongside (presumably) one or more of his Miami teams from the late 80s/early 90s.
Joe Paterno had his offense firing on all cylinders early on against the undersized Oregon State defense. Defensive ends DeLawrence Grant and LaDairis Jackson were neutralized by Penn State's big offensive tackles and a power running game that saw Ki-Jana Carter break off runs of 11, 7, 18, and 13 on Penn State's first four plays from scrimmage.
With the running game firmly established from the get-go, All American quarterback Kerry Collins had little to no pass rush to deal with most of the game.
Oregon State was no slouch offensively either, though. Tailback Ken Simonton, after a slow start, managed to pile up 166 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort. Quarterback Jonathan Smith, a gutsy quarterback who had been on point with the deep ball all tournament long, finally had an off day. Smith only connected with talented wideouts Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh a combined five times, and Penn State safety Cliff Dingle picked off the senior signal caller twice.
Even though the Beavers were never really in this game, they showed a lot of heart and proved that they deserved to make it this far in The Greatest Tournament of All Time.
1994 Penn State (#18 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Nittany Lions will face the winner of Bracket 47 in the first round.