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(204) 2000 Florida - 29
Jabar Gaffney and the Gators were out-gunned by the high powered Trojans in this semi-final matchup.
(181) 1977 Arkansas - 24
(76) 1993 Auburn - 17
Terry Bowden's big play Tigers finally got to see what it feels like to lose a game as they fell to Lou Holtz's Razorbacks.
(53) 2005 USC - 34
(181) 1977 Arkansas - 26
Lou Holtz relishes playing the role of the underdog, but in this game his opponent was just too talented.
Holtz put together a game plan that would take advantage of the Razorbacks' strong line play. Offensive guard Leotis Harris is a road-grater for QB Ron Calcagni and RB Ben Cowans to run behind. This aspect of the game plan worked well - Calcagni and Cowans combined for 154 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
Defensively is where things sort of fell apart. Defensive tackles Jimmy Walker and Dan Hampton were expected to neutralize the line of scrimmage and at least make things difficult for USC quarterback Matt Leinart - and they did to a certain degree. The problem was, with playmakers scattered all over the field, USC simply out-athleted Arkanas.
Reggie Bush in particular had a field day. The Heisman Trophy winner caught 6 passes out of the backfield for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with his 88 rushing yards. On one catch and run he made turned Razorback CB Vaughn Lusby completely around with an incredible juke move.
Even with the insane athleticism on the other side of the ball, the Razorbacks managed to keep climbing back in the game until a 62-yard touchdown reception by Bush gave the Trojans a two-score lead with 7 minutes to play.
2005 USC (#53 overall seed) advances to the Bracket of Champions. The Trojans will face the winner of Bracket 12 in the first round.