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(159) 1978 Notre Dame - 43 (3 OT)
It took four wins to get to this point, and clearly the Tournament is starting to grind on some teams. What was a defensive struggle over the first three quarters turned into a high scoring, triple overtime affair when the defenses appeared to wear out. Michigan led 13-9 heading into the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and then one in each of the three overtime periods to eliminate Tom Brady and Anthony Thomas' 1999 Michigan squad.
(287) 1991 Notre Dame - 24
(31) 2008 Texas - 36
Rick Mirer put up good numbers, including 64 rushing yards, but an Irish defense that featured DT Bryant Young, LB Demetrius DuBose, and CB Jeff Burris couldn't keep Colt McCoy and the Longhorns out of the end zone when it counted.
(159) 1978 Notre Dame - 20
(31) 2008 Texas - 30
After defeating 1991 Notre Dame to get to the Bracket Final, Texas had to turn around and face another Notre Dame team in order to secure their spot in the Bracket of Champions.
Colt McCoy was near perfect on the day, carrying the Longhorns the way he did much of the 2008 season and out-dueling Notre Dame's Joe Montana in the process. McCoy completed 24-of-27 passes for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball, Roy Miller and Brian Orakpo dominated the line of scrimmage with their quickness. Orakpo had two sacks and Miller provided constant pressure up the gut. Miller was the key figure on a defense that held Vagas Ferguson, Jerome Heavens, and the Irish running game to just 88 yards.
There would be no miracle fourth quarter comeback by Notre Dame in this one.
2008 Texas (#31 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Longhorns will face the winner of Bracket 34 in the first round.