Wednesday, February 18, 2009

FIRST ROUND - Bracket 49 Results

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Round 1
(seed) year school - score

(49) 1997 Florida State - 45
(2000) 2008 Hawaii - 13
FSU signal caller Thad Busby connected with EG Green for two scores while senior end Andre Wadsworth and the formative Noles front four set up camp in the Hawai'i backfield forcing QB Greg Alexander into three interceptions.

(976) 2008 Boston College - 23
(1073) 1995 Arkansas - 19
LB Mark Herzlich was all over the field (as usual) in this one. The Arrington Trophy winner was in on 12 tackles, and a key component to shutting down Arkansas RB Madre Hill.

(561) 2003 Kansas State - 28
(1488) 1986 Colorado - 14
Colorado struck first on this trick play out of the wishbone, but several breakdowns on special teams did the Buffs in. HB Darren Sproles and QB Ell Roberson capitalized on Colorado's inability to stop the run, combining for 228 yards on the ground.

(464) 2003 Washington State - 24
(1585) 1980 Harvard - 14
With bookend DEs D.D. Acholonu and Isaac Brown harassing Harvard QB Brian Buckley from the opening kickoff, the Cougars got good field position all day long. QB Matt Kegel was solid, but not spectacular in guiding a WSU attack that was expected to score more than 24 points.

(305) 1996 North Carolina - 25
(1744) 1985 Southern Miss - 10
Mack Brown's Carolina defense completely dominated this one from the get go. USM RB Vincent Alexander never got going, and coach Jim Carmody didn't have many other options.

(720) 2005 Michigan - 26
(1329) 1999 Clemson - 20
In a star studded game, it was the 2005 Wolverines who came out on top. Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler was fantastic, running circles around Gabe Watson and the Michigan defense, but he couldn't find WR Rod Gardner in the end zone with time winding down.

(817) 1983 Central Michigan - 21
(1232) 1993 Cincinnati - 17
CMU coach Herb Deromedi decided the game plan going into this one would be to hand the ball off to RB Curtis Adams as much as possible. It worked, and Adams finished with 42 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

(208) 2001 Colorado - 37
(1841) 1994 Louisville - 22
The buildup for Howard Schnellenberger's Louisville team was much greater than their performance on the field. Colorado RBs Chris Brown and Bobby Purify pounded the Cardinal defense, meaning the question mark at QB (Craig Ochs or Bobby Pesavento?) didn't get a chance rear its ugly head. But that issue will come up at some point in this tournament, as the competition only gets tougher.

(177) 1987 Oklahoma - 38
(1872) 1995 Maryland - 9
Maryland and QB Scott Milanovich didn't have a chance against the mighty Sooners. Barry Switzer's wishbone attack steamrolled the Terps, including this 65-yard TD run by Patrick Collins.

(848) 1986 Boston College - 20
(1201) 1985 Colorado - 17
Boston College LB Bill Romanowski kept the Colorado running game in check, and even took time to send Buffs coach Bill McCartney this holiday greeting.

(689) 1988 Houston - 37
(1360) 1993 Ball State - 20
Ball State head coach Paul Schudel allowed himself to get caught up in the passing game as he tried to match Houston QB Andre Ware point for point. That didn't work, of course, and WRs Jason Phillips and James Dixon had a field day against Ball State's overworked secondary.

(336) 1978 Texas - 24
(1713) 1982 Cincinnati - 12
Another Cincinnati team bites the dust. Johnny "Lam" Jones showed off his blazing speed on a 103-yard kick return for touchdown in the third quarter that broke the game open for the Longhorns. RB Allen Harvin had a solid game, but he was the only offensive weapon for Mike Gottfried's Bearcats.

(433) 1999 Florida - 28
(1616) 1977 Baylor - 17
Florida freshman DE Alex Brown "teed off" on Baylor QB Steve Smith to the tune of 5 sacks and an interception. His remarkable performance upstaged Baylor's freshman LB Mike Singletary, who led a defense that surprisingly held Florida below their scoring average.

(592) 1978 Arizona State - 24
(1457) 1981 Southern Illinois - 17
QB Mark Malone did everything for the Sun Devils in this contest against Rey Dempsey's Salukis. Malone threw for 197 yards, ran for another 86, and accounted for all three of ASU's touchdowns.

(945) 2001 Hawaii - 27
(1104) 1989 Virginia Tech - 21
Although the Hokie defense held June Jones' run & shoot under 72 points, Nick Rolovich and the Rainbow Warriors were still able to score enough points to advance to the second round. Virginia Tech tried to control the clock with the freshman RB duo of Vaughn Hebron and Tony Kennedy, and it almost worked. But Rolovich found Ashley Lelie in the end zone for the game winner with 2:43 left on the clock, and the Hokies couldn't answer.

(80) 1991 Florida - 34
(1969) 1985 North Carolina - 12
RB Errict Rhett paced a workmanlike effort for the Gators in their first round matchup with Dick Crum's Tar Heels. UNC QB Kevin Anthony never had time to find WR Earl Winfield because defensive linemen Brad Culpepper and Kevin Carter were so disruptive.

Round 2 Matchups-
(49) 1997 Florida State vs (976) 2008 Boston College
(464) 2003 Washington State vs (561) 2003 Kansas State
(305) 1996 North Carolina vs (720) 2005 Michigan
(208) 2001 Colorado vs (817) 1983 Central Michigan
(177) 1987 Oklahoma vs (848) 1986 Boston College
(336) 1978 Texas vs (689) 1988 Houston
(433) 1999 Florida vs (592) 1978 Arizona State
(80) 1991 Florida vs (945) 2001 Hawaii

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