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(179) 2002 Texas - 20
The Longhorns passing game (QB Chris Simms, WRs Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson, Sloan Thomas) was stifled by Jimmy Johnson's Hurricane defense. Bennie Blades had a pick-six off Simms that ended up being the difference in the ball game.
(206) 1988 West Virginia - 28
(51) 1995 Florida - 35
Major Harris and the Mountaineers came up well short against the '95 Gators. The game wasn't as close as the score indicated, though, because WVU fell behind 14-0 early and were chasing Florida the rest of the way.
(78) 1986 Miami - 41
(51) 1995 Florida - 34 (2 OT)
It took overtime, but the '86 Hurricanes slowed Steve Spurrier's Fun 'N Gun offense down enough to pull out the win.
Miami defenders played fast and furious under the direction of a motivated coach Jimmy Johnson. The talk all week was about offense and how Spurrier was sure to guide another Gator team into the Bracket of Champions. Johnson took it all in and funneled it into an aggressive game plan that saw defensive tackle Jerome Brown taking up residence in the Florida backfield.
Brown led the defensive charge with three sacks.
Wuerffel hung in there, though, and came through in the fourth quarter with a game-tying touchdown drive in the closing minutes of regulation.
Wuerffel needed a little help from his defense too. Antoine Lott picked off a Vinny Testaverde pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to get the Gators back in the game in the third quarter.
After trading touchdowns in the first overtime period, the Miami defense came up big again in the second overtime. Winston Moss sacked Danny Wuerffel and forced a fumble that was recovered by Jerome Brown. That meant all the 'Canes had to do was kick a field goal to win the game.
Jimmy Johnson chose to go for the jugular instead, and on first down Testaverde went play acation and hit Michael Irvin over the top of the defense for the 25 yard game winner.
After the game, clearly caught up in the excitement over beating an in-state rival and claiming a berth in the Bracket of Champions, Johnson exclaimed "We own the state of Florida! It's going to take more than a gimmick offense to beat us!"
1986 Miami (#78 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Hurricanes will face the winner of Bracket 14 in the first round.