(seed) year school - score
(11) 1995 Nebraska - 29
1995 Nebraska has been steamrolling everybody in this tournament so far, including the '89 Hurricanes in the Round of 64. So the Huskers were going to cruise past the '88 Hurricanes on into the Final 8, right? Not so fast, my friend.
This is already the fifth meeting between these two schools in the Bracket of Champions, and by now they know each other intimately. The '95 Huskers had their mettle tested for the first time all tournament and they responded by eking out a win over Jimmy Johnson's Canes.
Miami jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after forcing a turnover on Nebraska's first offensive possession and converting it into a Cleveland Gary touchdown run. They held Tommie Frazier and the offense once again on the ensuing possession and Carlos Huerta tacked on a field goal for a 10-0 first quarter advantage.
The Nebraska offense struggled mightily against the Miami defense, thanks in large part to a defensive line that featured Russell Maryland, Greg Mark, and Bill Hawkins. But the Huskers scratched and clawed for every yard they could get while the defense stepped up. Tyrone Williams and Michael Booker each registered interceptions off All America quarterback Steve Walsh, and Terrell Farley sacked Walsh in the end zone late in the second half for a safety and a much needed jolt of energy.
Trailing 17-12 to start the third quarter, I-Backs Lawrence Phillips and Ahman Green started to wear down on the Miami defense. Nebraska rushed for 141 yards in the second half, cutting the Miami lead to just 2 points (24-22) with two and a half minutes remaining.
Tommie Frazier proceeded to lead a remarkable 80-yard game clinching drive that culminated in a Lawrence Phillips game winning 15-yard touchdown run.
(14) 2000 Oklahoma - 23
(35) 1987 Florida State - 24
In the third meeting between these two schools in the Bracket of Champions, Florida State took a 2-1 "series" lead by pulling off a minor upset of the national champion 2000 Sooners.
Defensive backs Deion Sanders, Martin Mayhew, and LeRoy Butler blanked Oklahoma receivers Curtis Fagan, Antwone Savage, and Andre Woolfolk, which allowed the front seven to put pressure on quarterback Josh Heupel. After being hit several times over the last two rounds - something Heupel didn't get used to during the 2000 season - he finally started to show signs of panic in the pocket. He fumbled once after getting sacked by Odell Haggins, and threw an ill-advised interception to linebacker Paul McGowan trying to avoid another sack.
The Oklahoma defense performed admirably, but they were put in bad position one too many times. After taking over on the OU side of the field for a fifth time in the game, Danny McManus led the Seminoles on a short drive that ended with Derek Schmidt's game winning 32-yard field goal.
Woody Region Final
(11) 1995 Nebraska vs (35) 1987 Florida State
The winner clinches a berth in the Final Four