(seed) year school - score
(15) 1991 Miami - 21
Vince Young once again found a way to get the 2005 Longhorns a victory. This time he victimized the 1991 Hurricane defense to the tune of 165 rushing yards and 181 passing yards. Young accounted for all three Texas touchdowns, including a 17-yard pass to Limas Sweed, a 12-yard run, and a highlight reel 71-yard scoring jaunt.
Gino Torretta struggled to find open receivers against an excellent Longhorn secondary of Cedric Griffin, Michael Huff, Michael Griffin, and Terrell Brown, but he didn't throw any interceptions.
The win sets up a potential "rematch" of Vince Young against Matt Leinart and USC (a year earlier). Stay tuned to see if it plays out.
(10) 2004 USC - 27
(7) 1987 Miami - 28
Unlike the Dennis Erickson's '91 squad, Jimmy Johnson's '87 Hurricanes found a way to win and advance against a USC team many thought had a chance to go all the way in this tournament. For the second consecutive round, Michael Irvin came up with 2 clutch touchdown catches from Steve Walsh as he put his teammates on his back and carried them into the Final 8.
USC took a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game with a Matt Leinart touchdown pass to Dwayne Jarrett capping an 80 yard drive. From there the Trojans kept Miami at arm's length for the majority of the game, leading 17-14 at halftime.
The fourth quarter was a doozy. The Trojans, up 24-21, appeared to be marching toward a game clinching touchdown with the clock winding down. But All America safety Bennie Blades made an All America-type play on 3rd and 7, acrobatically flying in to knock away a sure touchdown pass to a seemingly wide open Dominique Byrd. That forced Pete Carroll to settle for a 29-yard field goal attempt, which Ryan Killeen knocked through the uprights for a 27-21 lead with just 1:37 left to play.
That's when Irvin went to work. The Hurricanes took over on their own 27 yard line and Gino Torretta immediately targeted Irvin. Irvin caught the first two passes on the drive, giving Miami two consecutive first downs. After a Brett Perriman catch, Irvin caught another ball to set the Hurricanes up at the USC 33 yard line with 42 seconds remaining. On the next play, Irvin ran a post pattern and Torretta hit him in stride. Irvin caught the ball in traffic and carried Justin Wyatt into the end zone for the game winning touchdown.
Bo Region Final
(2) 2005 Texas vs (7) 1987 Miami
The winner goes to the Final Four