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(252) 1999 Penn State - 20
The two teams that stood atop the preseason poll heading into the 1999 season finally squared off 10 years later in the Bracket 5 semi-finals of The Greatest Tournament of All Time. With a decade of hindsight, this is the result you would expect. Even with a defense that had featured the top two picks in the NFL draft the following April (LaVar Arrington and Courtney Brown), Penn State was still no match for the #5 overall seed.
(133) 1995 Toledo - 19
(124) 1980 North Carolina - 23
Gary Pinkel and Toledo finally met their match. The '95 Rockets felt the sting of defeat for the first time when their offense (QB Ryan Huzjak, RB Wasean Tait) stalled against an excellent UNC defense.
(5) 1999 Florida State - 24
(124) 1980 North Carolina - 16
Dick Crum's fantastic North Carolina defense did what they could, but Peter Warrick broke loose twice and put the Tar Heels away for good in this tournament.
In the first half it was all about the defenses. UNC's potent rushing game found the going very tough against a Seminoles front seven that included DT Corey Simon and LBs Tommy Polley and Bradley Jennings. In fact, tailbacks Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant - each 1,000 yard backs during the 1980 season - were held to just 31 yards rushing combined in the first half.
But the Tar Heels defense held their own in the opening half, holding the Seminoles to 10 points and adding a score of their own when Steve Streater recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Lawrence Taylor, of course, was a major factor, but DL Donnell Thompson and LB Darrell Nicholson also played a role in containing Chris Weinke and Travis Minor.
FSU broke open a 10-10 tie in the second half when Warrick made the first of his two game breaking plays. With the 'Noles driving at the Tar Heel 19 yard line, Warrick came around on a reverse, broke several tackles, reversed field twice, and finally hit paydirt for the 17-10 lead.
Following a Tay Cody interception and a Ron Dugans 29-yard catch, Warrick struck again to open the fourth quarter. This time he took a little flare pass from Weinke, juked CB Greg Poole with an amazing spin move, and scooted 38 yards for a touchdown.
1999 Florida State (#5 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Seminoles will face the winner of Bracket 60 in the first round.