2001 MIAMI

1991 Washington
#21 overall seed - winners of Bracket #21

2001 Miami
#4 overall seed - winners of Bracket #4

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For the second consecutive game the Washington offense faltered. Unfortunately this time the Huskie's defense wasn't able to bail them out.

All America safety Ed Reed stepped up in a big way to make sure his Hurricanes advanced to the Final Four as expected. Reed had an interception and two forced fumbles to go along with his 7 solo tackles. He single-handedly took away the middle of the field, making it difficult for Mario Bailey to pick up any significant yardage after the catch. Additionally, the Miami front seven had their way up front. Washington's top two tailbacks, Beno Bryant and Jay Barry only combined for 78 yards rushing in the game.

In fact, the only positive contributions on offense came from speedy tailback Napoleon Kaufman. The freshman only had two carries in the first half, but once it became apparent that his athleticism was needed against the Hurricane defense, he began to see more action. He had 9 carries in the second half for 55 yards and a touchdown, but by that point it was too late for the Huskies to climb back into the game.

The Miami offense had similar struggles early on, but compiled enough big plays to build and sustain a comfortable lead. Tight end Jeremy Shockey caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ken Dorsey in the second quarter, and freshman tailback Frank Gore put Don James and Washington away for good late in the third quarter with a 54-yard touchdown run.

2001 Miami - 27
1991 Washington - 17

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