2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - North 1st Round

Posted Aug 12, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

North Division - Round One

First Round
North | East | West 
Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. Texas
2. Virginia Tech
3. Miami
4. California
5. Missouri
6. Texas A&M
7. Tennessee
8. Georgia
9. Arizona
10. BYU
11. Colorado
12. Illinois
13. Washington
14. New Mexico
15. Pitt
16. Colorado State
17. Syracuse
18. Wyoming
19. Fresno State
20. Duke
21. Houston
22. Bowling Green
23. East Carolina
24. Akron
25. Miami Univ.
26. Rice
27. UAB
28. Idaho
29. FIU
30. Army

No. 16 Colorado State 21 ... No. 17 Syracuse 17
In a tight, entertaining game, Colorado State RB Kyle Bell rumbled for a tough 14-yard touchdown with 1:13 to play to give the Rams their first lead of the game, but Syracuse wasn't done. QB Andrew Robinson, who threw two touchdowns to Taj Smith, moved the offense down to the Ram six after a 32-yard pass to Mike Williams, but time ran out before the Orange could get a final play off. The two teams see-sawed the scoring with CSU getting a four-yard Bell touchdown run and a one-yard quarterback sneak from Caleb Hanie.
Player of the Game - Colorado State RB Kyle Bell, in his first game back from the knee injury that cost him all of last year, ran 33 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Total yards: Colorado State 425 - Syracuse 423

2nd Round - No. 16 Colorado State vs. No. 1 Texas

No. 21 Houston 31 ... No. 12 Illinois 7
In one of the most disappointing performances of the first round, Illinois self-destructed its way out of the tournament as QB Juice Williams completed just one of his first 15 passes with three interceptions including a 55-yard interception return for a score from
Rocky Schwartz in the second quarter. Houston went up 21-0 just before halftime as Anthony Alridge ran for a 16-yard touchdown following an Illinois fumble. Alridge put the game well out of reach taking the opening kickoff of the second half 93 yards for a touchdown. Williams finally found his passing touch, but it was too little too late. He scored the only Illinois touchdown on a two-yard run.
Player of the Game - Houston RB Anthony Alridge ran 15 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, caught five passes for 39 yards, and returned a kickoff for a score
Fun Stat - Turnovers: Illinois 7 - Houston 2

No. 8 Georgia  23 ... No. 25 Miami University 21
Brandon Coutu nailed a 41 yarder as time ran out for his third field goal of the game to avoid the stunning home upset. Georgia appeared to have things well in hand with a 20-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter, highlighted by a second-quarter 65-yard Sean Bailey touchdown off a short pass, but Miami struck with a lightning bolt of its own as Brandon Murphy ripped off an 85-yard dash for a touchdown with just over seven minutes to play. The Georgia offense went three and out, and MU took advantage with a quick drive culminating in a 19-yard Dustin Woods touchdown catch and a 21-20 lead with 1:13 to play. A big kickoff return, a 31-yard catch from Bailey, and a 19-yard catch from Mo Massaquoi put Coutu in a position to hit the game-winner.
Player of the Game - Georgia PK Brandon Coutu hit all three of his field goal attempts connecting from 43, 22 and 41 yards out.
Fun Stat - Penalties: Georgia 11 for 95 yards - Miami 1 for 10 yards

2nd Round - No. 21 Houston vs. No. 8 Georgia

No. 5 Missouri 44 ... No. 28 Idaho 17
Missouri made quick work of the Idaho with Chase Daniel connecting with William Franklin on a 69-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage, followed up by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Chase Coffman on the Tigers' next drive, followed up by a six-yard Tony Temple scoring dash on the next drive for a 21-0 first quarter lead. Idaho crept back into the game with a field goal and a one-yard Jason Bird touchdown run, but Mizzou answered with a long drive and a two-yard Coffman touchdown catch to ease the tension. The Tigers would go up 44-10 before the Vandals would get back on the board late in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game - Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 17 of 25 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran 11 times for 79 yards
Fun Stat - Total yards: Missouri 559 - Idaho 219

No. 9 Arizona 28 ... No. 9 Akron 7
Willie Tuitama threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as Arizona scored a touchdown in every quarter and held twice when the Zips got inside the five. Akron was down 14-0 midway through the third quarter when head coach J.D. Brookhart chose to go for it on fourth and one from six-inches out, but RB Dennis Kennedy was stuffed for a two-yard loss. Tuitama responded with a 11-play, 98-yard drive culminating in a five-yard scoring pass to Mike Thomas. The Zips finally got on the board early in the fourth on a six-yard Kennedy run, but Arizona answered again with a five-yard Tuitama scoring dash. Akron got down to the Wildcat four late in the game, but misfired on a fourth down pass in the end zone.
Player of the Game - Arizona QB Willie Tuitama completed 16 of 28 passes for 240 yards and three touchdown and ran five times for 19 yards and a score
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Arizona 3 of 12 - Akron 2 of 10

2nd Round - No. 9 Arizona vs. No. 5 Missouri

No. 13 Washington 27 ... No. 20 Duke 17
Washington QB Jake Locker struggled at times in his debut, but he was good when he had to be with two quarterback sneaks for scores and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Reece. The Huskies got up 17-3 at halftime, but Duke came back and was far sharper in the second half as QB Thaddeus Lewis ran for a 13-yard score in the third quarter and a five-yard touchdown in the fourth, but UW was able to stay ahead throughout.
Player of the Game - Washington DE
Greyson Gunheim made six tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble
Fun Stat - Completion Percentage: Washington 41% - Duke 34%

No. 4 California 59 ... No. 29 FIU 14
Cal found ways to score in all phases as DeSean Jackson caught a 53-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 59 yards for a score while Lavelle Hawkins returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Brandon Hampton returned an interception 21 yards for a score. Justin Forsett ran for two first half touchdowns for the Bears, while Nate Longshore threw two touchdown passes. FIU managed to get on the board on a
Julian Reams one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 19-yard Amod Ned scoring dash in the third, but the outcome was never in doubt.
Player of the Game - In only a half of work, California WR DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 111 yards and a score and returned four punts for 110 yards and a score
Fun Stat - Total yards: California 519 - FIU 159

2nd Round - No. 13 Washington vs. No. 4 California

No. 15 Pitt 14 ... No. 18 Wyoming 0
In an awful game, the two teams combined to turn it over nine times, but that wasn't Wyoming's only problem as it lost QB Karsten Sween to an elbow injury in the first quarter and RB Wynel Seldon to a knee injury in the second. The Pitt defense swarmed all over the Cowboys all game long, limiting them to just 194 yards of total offense, and coming up with a goal line stand in the second quarter to squash the only real scoring threat. Pitt's
LaRod Stephens-Howling lost two fumbles, but he also scored twice with a 14-yard run in the second quarter and a 33-yard dash in the third.
Player of the Game - Pitt DB Aaron Berry made 11 tackles and intercepted two passes
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Pitt 2 of 8 - Wyoming 1 of 9

2nd Round -
No. 15 Pitt vs. No. 2 Virginia Tech

No. 11 Colorado 26 ... No. 22 Bowling Green 14
Who needs a passing game? The two teams combined for just 119 yards of passing offense and 619 yards on the ground, with Colorado's Hugh Charles running amok with 213 yards and two touchdowns including a 51-yard scoring dash in the second quarter for a 13-0 lead. The Buffs would be up 20-0 before Bowling Green finally struck on a
Eric Ransom 42-yard run, and pulled to within 23-14 on a two-yards Chris Bullock run. The Falcons didn't threaten in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game - Colorado RB Hugh Charles ran 32 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 19 yards
Fun Stat - Fourth down conversions: Colorado 3 of 3 - Bowling Green 2 of 2

7 Tennessee 52 ... No. 26 Rice 7
Tennessee roared out to a 35-0 halftime lead with two touchdown runs from Arian Foster and a 41-yard score from Montario Hardesty. The passing game got into the act with a 52-yard catch-and-run for a score from Lucas Taylor and a 14-yard touchdown catch from Austin Rogers. Rice got its only score on its first drive of the second half, with Jarett Dillard making a 12-yard grab for one of just three catches on the day. Tennessee put it well of reach on a 32-yard touchdown catch from Kenny O'Neal.
Player of the Game - Tennessee RB Arian Foster ran 12 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Total Yards: Tennessee 614 - Rice 152

2nd Round -
No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 11 Colorado

No. 6 Texas A&M 38 ... No. 27 UAB 14
Texas A&M rolled up 319 rushing yards needing to only throw the ball six times to get by the Blazers. Mike Goodson tore off 153 yards, but it was Jorvorskie Lane who finished things off with four short touchdowns on the way to a 31-0 lead. Cornell Tarrant took over in the second half and ran for 121 yards and a score. UAB managed two late touchdowns when the Aggie backups were all in.
Player of the Game - In less than three quarters, Texas A&M RB Mike Goodson ran 19 times for 153 yards and Jorvorskie Lane ran 14 times for 67 yards and four touchdowns
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Texas A&M 41:19 - UAB 18:41

No. 10 BYU 23 ... No. 23 East Carolina 10
The BYU offense hardly resembled the machine that rolled through last year, but it was effective when it had to be thanks to the running of Manase Tonga and Fui Vakapuna. Tonga ran for a 14-yard score on the opening drive, and took a pass 52 yards to set up a Vakapuna touchdown for a 14-0 halftime lead. East Carolina got into the game on a 31-yard field goal and a Chris Johnson five-yard dash in the third quarter, but BYU answered with three field goals on its next three drives, while the defense forced two key second half turnovers. 
Player of the Game - BYU RB Manase Tonga ran 24 times for 149 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 66 yards
Fun Stat - Turnovers: East Carolina 4 - BYU 0

2nd Round -
No. 10 BYU vs. No. 6 Texas A&M

No. 19 Fresno State 24 ... No. 14 New Mexico 14
Fresno State upset New Mexico with a good offensive balance and a key late interception from Damon Jenkins. The Bulldogs were up 17-14 with just under five minutes to play, but the Lobos were driving deep into FSU territory. UNM QB Donovan Porterie never saw Jenkins, who picked off the pass on the five-yard line and tore up the left sideline 88 yards to set up Lonyae Miller's second touchdown of the game. The Bulldogs started off the scoring with a 19-yard touchdown catch from Chastin West, but New Mexico responded with a 31-yard Rodney Ferguson touchdown run and a 12-yard scoring grab from Travis Brown for a 14-7 halftime lead. The Lobos moved the ball well in the second half, but couldn't get back on the board.
Player of the Game - Fresno State CB Damon Jenkins made six tackles and intercepted a pass
Fun Stat - Fresno State rushing yards: 210 - Fresno State passing yards: 209

No. 3 Miami 45 ... No. 30 Army 3
Miami's defense provided a nightmare for Army quarterbacks Carson Williams and David Pevoto with eight sacks and four interceptions on the way to the easy win. Kenny Phillips came up with an interception and forced a fumble leading to two Javarris James touchdown runs, while the Hurricane passing game also got into the act with Kyle Wright touchdown passes to Lance Leggett and Sam Shields for a 31-0 halftime lead. Graig Cooper took over from there with 114 second half rushing yards and two scores.
Player of the Game - In just a half, Miami FS Kenny Phillips made eight tackles, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble
Fun Stat - Total yards: Miami 459 - Army 119

2nd Round -
No. 19 Fresno State vs. No. 3 Miami