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(167) 2003 Oklahoma - 28 (2 OT)
Bear Bryant's incredible 1979 defense (DE E.J. Junior, CB Don McNeal, LB Thomas Boyd, LB Randy Scott, DT Wayne Hamilton) finally met their match against Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and the high powered Oklahoma offense. QB Steadman Sheely and the Alabama offense couldn't manage to put the ball in the end zone in either overtime period, and it cost the Tide the game.
(295) 1995 Florida State - 23
(39) 1981 Clemson - 26
The Clemson defense held Florida State to 23 points - less than half their average. The Seminoles had to resort to trickery to reach the end zone. Warrick Dunn threw a touchdown pass to Andre Cooper in the second quarter to notch the 'Noles only offensive touchdown in the game.
(167) 2003 Oklahoma - 23
(39) 1981 Clemson - 20
Danny Ford brought his best team into the Bracket 39 Final, but he came away empty handed in his last attempt to put a team into the Bracket of Champions.
Bob Stoops, on the other hand, had to get through two national championship teams in this bracket ('79 Alabama & '81 Clemson) in order to earn a spot among the Final 64. Nobody has ever doubted Stoops in the role of underdog - especially with a team this talented.
All the focus coming into this game was on the Clemson defense. The Tigers stop unit only allowed 8.8 points per game and were led by All Americans LB Jeff Davis and S Terry Kinard. Kinard was thought to be the key in slowing down Oklahoma's high octane attack.
But Stoops had other ideas. Running backs Kejuan Jones and Renaldo Works carried the bulk of the offensive load on the first three series, en route to leading the Sooners out to a 6-0 lead.
The Oklahoma defense, playing with a chip on their shoulder thanks to the attention on Clemson's D, was absolutely menacing in the opening stanza. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris' quickness caused a lot of problems for the Tiger offensive line as he came up with a sack and two tackles for loss in the first quarter alone.
In the second quarter Clemson quarterback Homer Jordan tried to find speedy wideout Perry Tuttle but was picked off by Derrick Strait who returned it 48 yards for the game's first touchdown.
With OU leading 13-0, Clemson's offense finally found it's stride. Quarterback Homer Jordan got things going with a 24-yard scramble and a 12 yard option keeper. On the next play, he used a wicked play fake to freeze the aggressive Oklahoma safeties and found Perry Tuttle over the top for a 36 yard touchdown pass.
Tuttle finished with 183 of Clemson's 256 total yards of offense, but the 20 points weren't enough to top the Sooners.
2003 Oklahoma (#167 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Sooners will face the winner of Bracket 26 in the first round.