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(172) 1979 Ohio State - 21
Shane Conlan and D.J. Dozier couldn't put a fourth Penn State team in the Bracket of Champions as they got upset by the Buckeyes.
(213) 1982 SMU - 24
(44) 2000 Virginia Tech - 31
The Pony Express (Eric Dickerson & Craig James) fell just short to the Hokies in this bracket semi-final. It was the first loss suffered by an SMU team that went 11-0-1 and finished #2 in the AP poll (to 1-loss Penn State) during the 1982 season.
(172) 1979 Ohio State - 33
(44) 2000 Virginia Tech - 40 (2 OT)
Any time Michael Vick is involved, you know a game is going to have some excitement. This one had the added benefit of two overtime periods and the reward of a berth in the Bracket of Champions to the winner.
Ohio State's defense managed to keep Vick in check in the first half. Freshman linebacker Marcus Marek played the role of savvy veteran as he was seemingly in the right place at the right time the entire half.
Virginia Tech just finds ways to beat you, though. Andre' Davis returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, thanks to a huge block from Wayne Ward. Then Ronyell Whitaker returned an Art Schlichter interception for a touchdown to put the Hokies on top 14-13 at the half.
Calvin Murray opened the scoring in the second half with a 7-yard touchdown run, but "Beamer Ball" struck again. The Hokies blocked the extra point and Willie Pile returned it for 2 points. The teams then exchanged touchdowns, and Carter Warley added a field goal to send it into overtime.
Art Schlichter scored on an option keeper in the first overtime period, and Lee Suggs, who carried the bulk of the offense in regulation, answered with his his second touchdown of the ballgame to tie it 33-33.
That's when Vick finally got in the end zone. The sophomore took the first down snap, rolled right, came back left, and ran 25 yards untouched for a touchdown. Ohio State couldn't answer when the Virginia Tech defensive line (Nathaniel Adibi, David Pugh, Chad Beasley) dominated on four straight snaps to get the win and advance.
2000 Virginia Tech (#44 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Hokies will face the winner of Bracket 21 in the first round.