RESULTS - Part I
(seed) year school - score
(63) 1985 Oklahoma - 21
Jamelle Holieway and Lydell Carr had the wishbone humming for Oklahoma in the early going. The Sooners actually led 14-0 early in the second quarter and already had 126 rushing yards in just 17 minutes of action. But Texas bucked up on defense, and Vince Young and the offense figured out how to move the ball against previously immovable objects Brian Bosworth and Tony Casillas.
Jamaal Charles tied the game just before halftime with an 80 yard touchdown run that injected a shot of life into the previously lethargic Horns. The second half was all Texas too as the defense held OU to just 122 yards after intermission - and 61 of those yards came on a Keith Jackson reception.
(18) 1994 Penn State - 32
(175) 1987 Nebraska - 19
Penn State finished undefeated in the 1994 season, but didn't even get a share of the title. The reason? The Nebraska Cornhuskers. Well, the Nittany Lions took out some of their frustrations on the '87 Nebraska team. Kerry Collins had the passing game firing on all cylinders. At least one of the trio of Bobby Engram, Freddie Scott, and tight end Kyle Brady was open on nearly every pass play, which led to a 19-for-26 for 323 yard day for Collins. Penn State carried a 32-11 lead into the fourth quarter and Joe Paterno rested his starters so they should be fresh for the Round of 32.
(10) 2004 USC - 27
(55) 1992 Florida State - 22
Another game, another dream matchup. One one side you have Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, LenDale White, and Dwayne Jarrett going up against Corey Simon, Derrick Brooks, Marvin Jones, Clifton Abraham, and Corey Sawyer. On the other side you have Charlie Ward, Sean Jackson, Tamarick Vanover, and Kez McCorvey trying to reach the end zone on Shaun Cody, Matt Grootegoed, Lofa Tatupu, and Darnell Bing.
All that talent and USC kicker Ryan Killeen ended up being the difference maker. Killeen kicked four field goals, including three of over 40 yards and a long of 54 yards. Reggie Bush added a punt return for touchdown giving the Trojans a huge edge in the special teams battle. Add to that Florida State's troubles with the running game (just 54 yards - most of which came on Ward scrambles), and it's easy to see how USC was able to win the game despite getting out-gained yardage wise.
(26) 1997 Nebraska - 32
(167) 2003 Oklahoma - 27
Nebraska kept pounding the running game with Scott Frost, Ahman Green, and Joel Makovicka until they had piled up over 300 rushing yards against a really good defense. All American offensive lineman Aaron Taylor paved the way against Tommie Harris and Teddy Lehman.
On the other side of the ball, Oklahoma quarterback Jason White re-injured his knee early on after a hit from Octavious McFarlin and hobbled his way through much of the game. Luckily an Antonio Perkins touchdown on a punt return kept the Sooners in the game.