CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate
College Football Playoff
East Division - Round One
Ultimate National Title
Seedings & Brackets
3. Georgia Tech
5. Penn State
10. South Carolina
12. Notre Dame
15. Southern Miss
16. Mississippi State
20. North Carolina
22. New Mexico State
24. San Diego State
26. Ball State
27. Arkansas State
28. Florida Atlantic
30. Utah State
No. 16 Mississippi State
20 ... No. 17 Kansas 13
Mississippi State picked off four Kansas passes and got a combined 244
rushing yards from the 1-2 rushing punch of Anthony Dixon and Robert
Elliott to win a sloppy game. The Bulldog passing game struggled with
Michael Henig completing just six of 19 passes, but he hit Elliott on a
five-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and scrambled for a
21-yard run down to the three to set up a fourth quarter Dixon run for a
20-6 lead. Drive after Kansas drive stalled, but Todd Reesing, who
alternated with Kerry Meier, led the offense to a crisp 81-yard drive
culminating in his one-yard touchdown plunge to pull to within seven.
MSU never gave the ball back, running out the final 3:31.
of the Game - Mississippi State RB Tony Dixon ran 15
times for 130 yards and a touchdown and Robert Elliott ran 19 times for
114 yards and caught a touchdown pass.
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Mississippi State 314 -
2nd Round - No. 16
Mississippi State vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
No. 12 Notre Dame 42 ...
No. 21 Memphis 20
The rebuilding Fighting Irish offense had few problems as Evan Sharpley
was razor sharp completing his first 14 passes including touchdown
passes to John Carlson, David Grimes and George West for an early 21-0
lead. A ten-yard Travis Thomas touchdown run gave the Irish a 28-0 lead
just before halftime, and the Tigers never threatened to make it a game
despite 414 passing yards from Martin Hankins. Duke Calhoun caught two
fourth quarter touchdown passes for Memphis.
of the Game - Notre Dame QB Evan Sharpley completed 19 of
24 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Fun Stat - Passing Yards: Memphis 414 - Notre Dame
8 Maryland 31 ... No. 25. UTEP 30
Maryland appeared to be on the way to a walk in the park as Darrius
Heywood-Bey caught two touchdown passes and Lance Ball ran for
touchdowns from 31 and 14 yards out on the way to a 31-10 lead with just
over ten minutes to play, and then UTEP roared back. The two-headed
Miner quarterback tandem of Lorne Sam and Trevor Vittatoe became all
Vittatoe, as he completed 15 of 19 passes for 210 yards and three
touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a swing pass to Marcus
Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown with :38 to play to pull within one.
With the momentum its way, UTEP chose to go for two, but Vittatoe was
sacked by Dre Moore and never got the pass off.
of the Game - Maryland RB Lance Ball ran 25 times for 157
yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Turnovers: Maryland 4 ... UTEP 0
2nd Round - No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 8 Maryland
No. 5 Penn State 45 ... No. 28
Florida Atlantic 10
Happy Valley was nervous when Penn State got off to a sluggish start
allowing a 55-yard Frantz Simeon touchdown and a field goal for a 10-0
Owl lead. And then the Nittany Lion offense took over as Anthony Morelli
threw three second quarter touchdown passes and Austin Scott added two
short scores in the third quarter to pull away. Derrick Williams put a
cap on the 45-0 scoring run with a 69-yard punt return for a score.
of the Game - Penn State WR Derrick Williams caught seven
passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and returned five punts for 104
yards and a score.
Fun Stat - Florida Atlantic 1st quarter yards: 168
- Florida Atlantic yards over the rest of the game: 38
No. 9 Oregon 28 ... No. 24
San Diego State 14
All eyes were on the Oregon offense under new coordinator Chip Kelly,
and while the Ducks weren't consistent, they came up with just enough
big plays to overcome a big day from San Diego State's Kevin O'Connell.
The Aztec quarterback ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and threw for
256 yards and a 15-yard score to tie it at 14 midway through the third
quarter, but Oregon's Jonathan Stewart took the ensuing kickoff for a
score, and tore off a 64-yard touchdown run on the Ducks' next drive to
pull away. The last three Aztec drives were stopped with a turnover.
of the Game - Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart ran 21 times for
226 yards and two touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for 165 yards
and a score.
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: San Diego State
8 of 15 - Oregon 1 of 10
2nd Round - No.
9 Oregon vs. No. 5 Penn State
No. 13 Utah 55 ... No. 20 North
Questions about Utah QB Brian Johnson's repaired knee were quickly
answered as he ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more as the
Utes jumped out to a 45-9 lead after three quarters. North Carolina's
offense sputtered and coughed all game long, and wasn't able to take
advantage of two early Utah turnovers deep in its own territory getting
field goals instead of touchdowns. Brian Hernandez caught touchdown
passes from 55 and 17 yards out for the Utes.
of the Game - Utah QB Brian Johnson ran 15 times for 66
yards and three touchdowns and completed 16 of 24 passes for 239 yards
and three scores
Fun Stat - Total yards: Utah 538 - North Carolina
4 Florida 62 ... No. 29 Buffalo 0
Buffalo was outmanned from the start as Florida end Derrick Harvey
forced a fumble on the first play from scrimmage which Dustin Doe took
for a 32-yard touchdown. The Bulls gained just 164 yards on the day,
most on a 71-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, while the Florida
offense got touchdowns on its first five possessions with QB Tim Tebow
running for two scores and throwing touchdown passes to Andre Caldwell,
Louis Murphy and a 41-yard rainbow to Percy Harvin for a 42-0 halftime
lead. Backup RB Chris Rainey ran for touchdowns from 53 and 33 yards out
in the second half.
of the Game - Florida QB Tim Tebow completed 14 of 25
passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns and ran 12 times for 44 yards
and two scores.
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Florida 302 - Buffalo 9
2nd Round - No. 13 Utah
vs. No. 4 Florida
No. 15 Southern Miss
... No. 18 Stanford 10
In a game that might set back offense several years, Southern Miss
took advantage of two turnovers to get Damion Fletcher touchdown
runs from 14 and 22 yards out for a 14-3 lead early in the fourth
quarter. Stanford's offense struggled to sustain any long drives,
but finally got going with a crisp 11 play, 73-yard march finishing
with a nine-yard Evan Moore touchdown grab with 2:21 to play.
Fletcher rumbled for 41 yards to run off the remaining time.
of the Game - Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher ran 35
times for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Southern Miss 3
of 14 - Stanford 2 of 13
2nd Round -
No. 15 Southern Miss vs. No. 2 Wisconsin
No. 22 New Mexico State 35 ... No. 11 Virginia 31
New Mexico State set the pace early with a 78-yard march finishing with
an 11-yard touchdown catch from Chris Williams on the opening drive, and
Virginia couldn't keep up. The Aggie defense couldn't contain Virginia
QB Jameel Sewell, who ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and threw for
two scores, but the offense made up for it. Chase Holbrook bombed away
61 times for 493 yards and five touchdowns, highlighted by a 57-yard
third quarter circus play from A.J. Harris, who took a short pass and
weaved his way through the secondary for a 28-14 lead. Down 35-28 with
just over six minutes to play, the Cavaliers kicked a 39-yard field
goal, but didn't get the ball back until there were just 13 seconds to
play. The offense couldn't get past its own 25.
of the Game - New Mexico State QB Chase Holbrook
completed 41 of 61 passes for 493 yards and five touchdowns
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Virginia 309 - New Mexico
7 Auburn 21 ... No. 26 Ball State 14
The Auburn offense struggled to get going, with QB Brandon Cox having a
horrible day completing just seven of 21 passes with three
interceptions, but Brad Lester ran for two touchdowns and Tristan Davis
took the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown to
avoid the upset. Ball State QB Nate Davis threw for 341 yards with two
touchdowns to Darius Hill, but he also threw three interceptions and was
sacked seven times. The Cardinals struck first on a five-yard catch from
Hill, but didn't get back on the board until the third quarter and never
got past midfield on their final four drives.
of the Game - Auburn DE Quentin Groves made nine tackles,
four sacks and two tackles for loss
Fun Stat - Turnovers: Auburn 5 - Ball State 4
2nd Round -
No. 22 New Mexico State vs. No. 7 Auburn
No. 6 Nebraska 42 ... No. 27 Arkansas
Nebraska QB Sam Keller got picked off on his first two passes, but he
bounced back to compete 13 of his next 15 passes with three first half
touchdown passes to put the game out of reach in the first 20 minutes.
The Arkansas State running game went nowhere early, and the passing
attack never got off the ground with just 71 yards on the day. Terrence
Nunn caught two scoring passes, while RB Marlon Lucky ran away with the
offense with 110 second half yards and two scores.
of the Game - Nebraska QB Sam Keller completed 20 of 28
passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of play
Fun Stat - Total yards: Nebraska 469 - Arkansas
10 South Carolina 30 ... No. 23 UNLV 17
UNLV appeared to be on the way to a shocking upset with a 17-3 halftime
lead thanks to two Ryan Wolfe touchdown catches, but the Gamecock
defense turned up the intensity in the second half, holding the Rebels
to just 54 yards and three first downs. The USC offense scored on all
five of its second half possessions, getting field goals from 41 and 39
yards from Ryan Succop, short touchdown runs from Cory Boyd and Mike
Davis, and a 57-yard touchdown catch from Kenny McKinley in the fourth
quarter to pull away.
of the Game - South Carolina LB Jasper Brinkley made 15
tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks
Fun Stat - First half yards: UNLV 191 - South
Carolina 67 ... Second half yards: South Carolina 294 - UNLV 54
2nd Round - No. 10 South Carolina vs. No. 6
No. 14 Hawaii 58 ... No. 19
UConn RB Donald Brown ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns, but the
Huskies didn't have nearly enough offense to keep up with the
high-powered Hawaii passing game. The running game wasn't there for the
Warriors, but Colt Brennan was razor-sharp with a 519-yard passing day
with seven touchdown passes. Davone Bess caught 256 yards worth of
passes with three touchdowns, and Jason Rivers made 11 catches for 188
yards and two scores, including a 77-yarder to kick off the scoring. A
36-yard Brown scoring run tied it at 14 in the second quarter, and then
Hawaii went on a 35-point run to put the game out of reach.
of the Game - Hawaii QB Colt Brennan completed 41 of 54
passes for 519 yards and seven touchdowns and ran six times for 37 yards
Fun Stat - Net rushing yards: Connecticut 298 -
No. 3 Georgia Tech 41 ...
No. 30 Utah State 6
Georgia Tech jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead helped by two
Tashard Choice touchdown runs and a
leaping scoring grab from James Johnson. The Yellow Jacket defense got
into the act forcing five turnovers with safety Jamal Lewis returning an
interception 36-yards for a second quarter score on the way to a 38-0
halftime lead. The Aggies didn't get on the board until late, with a
ten-yard Marcus Cross touchdown run, when Tech was emptying the bench.
of the Game - Georgia Tech LB Phillip Wheeler made 13
tackles, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass, and made two tackles
Fun Stat - Total yards: Georgia Tech 439 - Utah
2nd Round -
No. 14 Hawaii vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech