(seed) year school - score
(21) 1991 Washington - 27
The "Purple Reign" defense surprised everyone by assaulting the potent Florida State offense and leading 1991 Washington to an upset win over 1999 Florida State.
Steve Emtman once again led a charge by the defensive line that forced FSU quarterback Chris Weinke to hurry his reads and make bad throws. Washington compiled just 2 sacks, but hit Weinke four times while he was in the throwing motion, forcing two interceptions. Linebacker Dave Hoffman returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown, and corner Walter Bailey returned another one inside the 10 yard line, which set up another Husky touchdown. Those two plays swung the whole momentum of the game and offset the fact that the Washington offense only had 212 yards on the day.
Peter Warrick nearly outgained the Huskies on his own (146 receiving yards, 48 yards rushing), but his performance, along with the Seminole defense's marvelous outing, were all for naught thanks to the big turnovers.
(141) 2001 Florida - 16
(4) 2001 Miami - 31
Rex Grossman's remarkable run in the Bracket of Champions came to a screeching halt against the loaded 2001 Hurricanes.
Miami picked off Grossman four times en route to the biggest blowout of the round. Phillip Buchanon had two interceptions, and Ed Reed and James Lewis had the other two.
On the other side of the ball, Ken Dorsey was steady in the passing game and Clinton Portis ran for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Miami piled up 241 rushing yards and 465 total yards of offense.
JoePa Region Final
(4) Miami vs (21) 1991 Washington
The winner goes to the Final Four