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(215) 2008 Alabama - 23
Alabama may have won the battle in the trenches, but the defense never found an answer for Vince Young.
(343) 2003 Michigan - 24
(87) 1983 Nebraska - 37
Braylon Edwards had a big day for the Wolverines, with 9 receptions for 189 yards and a touchdown. Edwards picked up a second touchdown on a 21-yard touchdown run on a reverse. But Larry Stevens, Carl Diggs, and the rest of the Michigan defense spent most of the day chasing their own shadows as the Nebraska offense piled up nearly 500 yards of offense.
(42) 2004 Texas - 30
(87) 1983 Nebraska - 38
With the amount of talent on each of these two offenses, this game had shootout written all over it.
With all the hype around Nebraska's triplets, QB Turner Gill, RB Mike Rozier, and WR Irving Fryar, it was fullback Tom Rathman who made the big plays in the early going. The sophomore had runs of 10 and 28 yards to set up a Gill touchdown run on the opening drive.
Texas answered with a touchdown drive of their own. Vince Young threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Thomas and the race was on. By halftime the two teams had combined to amass 498 yards of offense!
With a 24-17 lead to begin the third quarter, the Nebraska running game hit a wall named Derrick Johnson. The Huskers first two drives of the second half produced a single first down and minus-3 rushing yards while Johnson tallied 4 tackles.
Meanwhile, Cedric Benson and the Texas running game got going. Benson's hard nosed running set up two Dusty Mangum field goals to pull the Longhorns within one.
Nebraska's scoring explosion offense exploded in the fourth quarter. Turner Gill threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Irving Fryar, and Mike Rozier followed that up on the next Nebraska drive with a 60-yard run to set up a short Gill touchdown run. Suddenly the Cornhuskers were up 38-23 with just 7 minutes remaining in the game.
But you can't count Vince Young and the Longhorns out. Young broke off a 33-yard scramble on the next drive that excited his teammates and got them believing again. He followed that up with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed and suddenly Texas was back in the game.
Rod Wright and Brian Robison bowed up on the defensive line and forced Nebraska to go three-and-out, giving Young and the offense one final chance.
The drive appeared to stall out near midfield when a Bret Clark sack put Texas in 4th-and-18. Young delivered, though with a scramble for 19 yards and a first down.
With time winding down, Young completed a 21-yard pass to Bo Scaife to get the Longhorns in the red zone. But linebacker Mike Knox caught Young near the line of scrimmage on an attempted scramble, and Mike McCashland broke up a pass in the end zone on the last play of the game to give 1983 Nebraska the win.
1983 Nebraska (#87 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Cornhsukers will face the winner of Bracket 23 in the first round.