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(285) 1996 Tennessee - 26
The veteran Volunteers knocked out their younger counterparts by a single point. WR Joey Kent left disappointed as one of the few senior contributors on the '96 squad who didn't also play for the '97 edition.
(157) 1998 Wisconsin - 19
(100) 2006 Ohio State - 23
Ron Dayne was held to just 68 yards rushing as the Buckeyes used defense to advance to the Bracket final.
(29) 1997 Tennessee - 23
(100) 2006 Ohio State - 27
The fourth time was the charm for Jim Tressel as he finally put a team in the Bracket of Champions. And he accomplished the feat against an SEC team to boot.
Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe had all his weapons ready to go early. Peyton Manning came out firing to his excellent receiving corps (Marcus Nash, Jermaine Copeland, Peerless Price) and drove the Vols right down the field on an 80-yard touchdown march to open the game. The Ohio State defensive line didn't get any pressure on Manning the entire drive - they appeared to be in shock that tailback Jamal Lewis didn't get a single carry.
Ohio State answered with an Aaron Pettrey field goal. The next Tennessee drive produced a touchdown as well on a Manning touchdown pass to Marcus Nash to take a 14-3 lead.
That's when Troy Smith took the game over. From the second quarter on, Smith passed for 199 yards and rushed for another 89 yards. The talented Tennessee linebackers (Al Wilson, Leonard Little, Raynoch Thompson) coudn't get their hands on the elusive quarterback, and Smith burned them time and again with his improvisation.
The Buckeye defense tightened up too. Defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and Jamario O'Neal, burned repeatedly on the first two Tennessee drives, held Manning to just 13-of-27 passing the rest of the game. Ohio State also bottled up Jamal Lewis, who finished with 61 yards on 23 carries.