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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - East 1st Round

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Posted Aug 12, 2007


CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff East First Round

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

East Division - Round One

East
First Round
North | South | West 
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Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. Oklahoma
2. Wisconsin
3. Georgia Tech
4. Florida
5. Penn State
6. Nebraska
7. Auburn
8. Maryland
9. Oregon
10. South Carolina
11. Virginia
12. Notre Dame
13. Utah
14. Hawaii
15. Southern Miss
16. Mississippi State
17. Kansas
18. Stanford
19. Connecticut
20. North Carolina
21. Memphis
22. New Mexico State
23. UNLV
24. San Diego State
25. UTEP
26. Ball State
27. Arkansas State
28. Florida Atlantic
29. Buffalo
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.
Player 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 - Kansas 53

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.
Player 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 339

No.
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.

Player 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. 1
2 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.

Player 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.

Player 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 Carolina 16
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.

Player 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 239

No. 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.

Player 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 14 ... 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.

Player 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.

Player 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 State -19

No.
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.

Player 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 State 0
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.

Player 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 State 187

No.
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.

Player 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 Nebraska


No. 14 Hawaii 58 ... No. 19 Connecticut 27
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.

Player 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 - Hawaii 22

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
brilliant 19-yard 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.
Player of the Game - Georgia Tech LB Phillip Wheeler made 13 tackles, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass, and made two tackles for loss
Fun Stat - Total yards: Georgia Tech 439 - Utah State 78

2nd Round -
No. 14 Hawaii vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech