(seed) year school - score
(48) 1996 Ohio State - 16
Corey Sawyer and the defense carried the '93 Seminoles to another victory.
1993 Florida State moved one step closer to the Final Four by holding the Ohio State offense to just 266 total yards and a single touchdown. Sawyer contributed an amazing interception at the goal line late in the third quarter that took the wind out of the Buckeyes sails for good.
John Cooper rotated his two quarterbacks (Joe Germaine, Stanley Jackson) and never really developed a rhythm offensively. Other than this 88-yard touchdown drive, the Buckeyes were lifeless on offense.
(24) 1996 Florida - 29
(121) 2008 USC - 23
2008 USC was able to make a run in this tournament that surpassed expectations thanks in large part to a great defense that held opponents to just 16 points per game over the first seven rounds. Considering the quality of opponents they have faced, that's quite an impressive stat.
However, Steve Spurrier was able to neutralize the strong USC linebacking corps and put his Gators in position to make plays. Danny Wuerffel and the receivers followed through with enough big plays to put it in the end zone three times against the mighty Trojan D.
Ike Hilliard in particular had a good day finding holes in the USC secondary. Hilliard had 4 receptions for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Florida defense had a good day as well. Sophomore linebackers Mike Peterson and Jevon Kearse displayed impressive athleticism against the run and the pass. Kearse even picked up a safety when he smacked tailback Stafon Johnson in the end zone in the second quarter.
Bear Region Final
(24) 1996 Florida vs (32) 1993 Florida State
The winner clinches a berth in the Final Four