(seed) year school - score
(156) 1996 Nebraska - 36 (2 OT)
1996 Nebraska had to beat 1981 Pittsburgh to get into the Bracket of Champions, so they were well prepared for Jackie Sherrill's '80 Panthers. It took overtime to get the job done, but Scott Frost and company kept the turnovers to a minimum as they solved an excellent Pitt defense.
Hugh Green, Sal Sunseri, Rickey Jackson and the rest of the Panther defense came up empty in the turnover department and gave up 167 rushing yards in the second half alone. DeAngelo Evans scored both touchdowns in overtime as the Huskers picked up the win and advanced.
(53) 2005 USC - 29
(12) 1989 Notre Dame - 36 (OT)
Rocket Ismail and Reggie Bush each returned kickoffs for touchdowns, but it was the Notre Dame defense in overtime that won the game for the Irish.
Matt Leinart threw for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns, but Chris Zorich and company combined to hold the USC rushing attack to 71 yards. In overtime, Tony Rice took an option keeper 13 yards to break the 29-29 tie, and then Pat Terrell broke up a Leinart pass on fourth down to preserve the win.
(84) 1982 Nebraska - 33
(109) 1990 Miami - 30
In the third matchup of Miami and Nebraska already in the first round of the Bracket of Champions, the '82 Huskers topped the '90 Hurricanes with an impressive display of offense.
Turner Gill ran for 88 yards and threw for 190 in the win. He accounted for all but one of the four Nebraska touchdowns, and was the key figure in an offense that posted nearly 500 yards on a very good Miami defense (Maurice Crum, Russell Maryland, Darryl Williams, Darrin Smith, Michael Barrow, Ryan McNeil. Craig Erickson threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.
(68) 1980 Florida State - 17
(4) 2001 Miami - 24
Miami actually trailed 17-7 at halftime of this game. But Ed Reed's speech fired up his teammates who went out and dominated the second half.
It was a tale of two halves as Rick Stockstill and the Seminoles controlled the first half, but Miami absolutely dominated the second half. Stockstill threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the first half - one to Hardis Johnson and the other to Mike Whiting. But in the second half the Hurricanes defense took over, allowing just 57 yards and a single first down after halftime.
Meanwhile, Ken Dorsey and an underachieving offense picked up the pace. Jeremy Shockey caught a touchdown pass and Clinton Portis added a touchdown run as the defense set up the offense in good field position time after time.
Bracket of Champions - JoePa Region
Next Round Matchups:
(5) 1999 Florida State vs (156) 1996 Nebraska
(12) 1989 Notre Dame vs (21) 1991 Washington
(84) 1982 Nebraska vs (141) 2001 Florida
(4) 2001 Miami vs (36) 2008 Florida