2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - South 1st Round

Posted Aug 12, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

South Division - Round One

First Round
North | East | West 
Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. LSU     
2. Louisville
4. Clemson
5. Rutgers
6. West Virginia
7. TCU
8. Arkansas
9. Arizona State
10. Texas Tech
11. Purdue
12. Wake Forest
13. NC State
14. Michigan State
15. Vanderbilt
16. Northwestern
17. Cincinnati
18. Indiana
19. Western Michigan
20. San Jose State
21. Tulsa
22. Toledo
23. Marshall
24. Kent State
25. Ohio
26. Louisiana Tech
27. Tulane
28. North Texas
29. UL Lafayette

No. 16 Northwestern 27 ... No. 17 Cincinnati 24
Northwestern overcame a 24-14 fourth quarter deficit with a 21-yard field goal from Stefan Demos, a 29-yard touchdown catch from Ross Lane, and with :39 to play, a 34-yard Demos field goal for the game-winner. The Wildcat offense moved the ball well all game long, only to come away empty time and again as Demos missed three first half field goals and the offense turned it over twice inside the red zone. Cincinnati's offense wasn't consistent, but it took advantage of good field position to get two touchdown catches from Connor Barwin and a three-yard run from QB Dustin Grutza.
Player of the Game - Northwestern RB Tyrell Sutton ran 31 times for 166 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 29 yards
Fun Stat - Punt return average: Cincinnati 14.1 yards - Northwestern 1.1 yards

2nd Round - No. 16 Northwestern vs. No. 1 LSU

No. 10 Texas Tech 52 ... No. 23 Marshall 19
Any questions about how quickly the Texas Tech passing game would rebound after the loss of several key receivers were quickly answered as L.A. Reed caught three first half touchdown passes and Michael Crabtree ripped off a brilliant 83-yard score off a short pass. Marshall's offense wasn't close to being able to keep up as the Red Raiders got out to a 28-0 lead forcing the Herd to throw on almost every play. Bernard Morris ended up throwing three touchdown passes for the Herd, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Player of the Game - Texas Tech WR L.A. Reed caught 11 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns
Fun Stat - Pass attempts: Texas Tech 51 - Marshall 41

No. 6 West Virginia 62 ... No. 27 Tulane 20
New Tulane head coach Bob Toledo's debut couldn't have gone much worse, as West Virginia scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions and added a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown from Ridwan Malik on the way to a 45-3 lead. Pat White ran for two touchdowns, threw for two, and Steve Slaton tore off touchdown dashes from 62 and 22 yards out before sitting down just after halftime.
Player of the Game
- In just over a half, West Virginia QB Pat White ran nine times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and completed 7 of 9 passes for 151 yards and two scores
Fun Stat - Total yards: West Virginia 619 - Tulane 378

2nd Round - No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 West Virginia

No. 9 Arizona State 17 ... No. 24 Kent State 7
It wasn't exactly the Dennis Erikson debut the Sun Devil fans were hoping for, but their team came through when it had to in the second half. Kent State held a 7-0 lead going into halftime on a 14-yard Eugene Jarvis touchdown run, and a great performance by a defense that held every time the Sun Devils threatened. Eventually, the ASU offensive line wore down the Golden Flashes, and Ryan Torian took advantage with touchdown runs from 29 and 33 yards out. KSU's offense turned it over three times in the second half and failed to get in scoring range on the other drives. A 34-yard field goal from Thomas Weber finally gave ASU a little breathing room.
Player of the Game - Arizona State LB Mike Nixon made 16 tackles with three tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Arizona State 3 of 11 - Kent State 1 of 9

No. 8 Arkansas 31 ... No. 25 Ohio 10
If you liked passing, this wasn't the game for you. Arkansas doesn't have much of an air attack to begin with, and with top receiver Marcus Monk out with an injury, it was all running game, all the time as Darren McFadden ripped off 178 yards and two touchdowns and Felix Jones added 169 yards and two scores. The passing that was displayed came from McFadden, who completed two of his three passes when lined up under center. Down 14-0 after a 21-yard McFadden dash, Ohio went on its best march of the day, finishing up with a nine-yard Kalvin McRae scoring run. But with no Bobcat air attack to worry about, the Hog defense teed off on McRae and the running game all game long.
Player of the Game - The Arkansas RB combination of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones combined for 347 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries
Fun Stat - Combined rushing yards between the two teams: 698 - Combined passing yards: 82

2nd Round - No. 9 Arizona State vs. No. 8 Arkansas

No. 12 Wake Forest 19 ... No. 21 Tulsa 17
Sam Swank connected on four of his five field goal attempts with a 51-yard fourth quarter bomb proving to be the difference. The Demon Deacons had no problems moving the ball, but drive after drive bogged down, forcing Swank to come through. Kenneth Moore caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give Wake Forest a 13-3 lead, but Tulsa's offense finally got on track with two straight touchdown drives, highlighted by a spinning, 36-yard touchdown dash from Courtney Tennial. But the Golden Hurricane failed to get past midfield on its final three drives, and Swank hit two field goals to pull ahead for the win.
Player of the Game - Wake Forest PK Sam Swank hit field goals from 35, 39, 22 and 51 yards and missed from 49
Fun Stat - Total yards: Wake Forest 493 - Tulsa 259

No. 4 Clemson 52 ... No. 29 UL Lafayette 15
Clemson got up 21-0 on two touchdown runs from James Davis and a 55-yard dash from C.J. Spiller, and then used the lead to work on the passing game. Instead of taking it easy and running the ball, the Tigers opened things up, letting Cullen Harper bomb away to prepare for the next round. While Harper was inconsistent, he threw touchdown passes to Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham, while hot-shot freshman Willy Korn went 8 of 9 for 134 yards with a touchdown pass to La'Donte Harris. UL Lafayette was down 31-0 before finally getting on the board with a Michael Desormeaux 14-yard run.
Player of the Game - Clemson RB James Davis ran 13 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the first half
Fun Stat - Total yards: Clemson 629 - UL Lafayette 230

2nd Round - No. 12 Wake Forest vs. No. 4 Clemson

No. 15 Vanderbilt 31 ... No. 18 Indiana 14
Vanderbilt QB Chris Nickson completed 13 of his first 15 passes with two touchdown passes for Earl Bennett on the way to a 21-0 halftime lead. Indiana's offense came up short early on with two missed field goals and two turnovers in the red zone, but it finally got on track in the second half with a 25-yard touchdown catch from James Hardy. Vanderbilt answered with a 39-yard Bryant Hahnfeldt field goal, but Indiana struck back with a 91-yard Marcus Thigpen kickoff return for a score to make cut the lead to 24-14 just as the fourth quarter started. Vandy ruined all the IU momentum by going 77 yards in 11 plays, finishing with a two-yard Cassen Jackson-Garrison touchdown run. The drive took 6:19 off the clock and effectively ended the game.
Player of the Game - Vanderbilt QB Chris Nickson completed 20 of 30 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 63 yards
Fun Stat - Penalties: Indiana 12 for 104 yards - Vanderbilt 2 for 15 yards

2nd Round -
No. 15 Vanderbilt vs. No. 2 Louisville

No. 11 Purdue 45 ... No. 22 Toledo 42
Purdue appeared to have things well in hand with a 45-21 lead with just over seven minutes to play, and then Aaron Opelt went nuts. The Rocket quarterback completed his final 13 passes with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Nick Moore, then following a Purdue three and out, a 69-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Williams, and then after a Purdue turnover, the Rockets capitalized with 21-yard touchdown catch from Andrew Hawkins to pull within three with 51 seconds to play. Purdue escaped after recovering the onside kick. The finish overshadowed a brilliant day by the Purdue pitch-catch combination of Curtis Painter to Dorien Bryant. The two hooked up for four touchdowns, while Painter threw for a fifth score to Selwyn Lymon.
Player of the Game - Purdue QB Curtis Painter completed 33 of 45 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns, and WR Dorien Bryant caught 13 passes for 221 yards and four scores
Fun Stat - Total yards: Purdue 519 - Toledo 506

No. 5 Rutgers 38
... No. 26 North Texas 0
New head coach Todd Dodge was supposed to kick start the offense, but Rutgers had other ideas, holding the Mean Green to just 58 net yards helped by nine sacks. The Scarlet Knight offense was efficient early on, with Mike Teel throwing two touchdown passes and Ray Rice running for two short scores on the way to a 28-0 halftime lead, and coasted from there.
Player of the Game - Rutgers DE Jamaal Westerman made seven tackles, four sacks and forced two fumbles
Fun Stat - Net rushing yards: Rutgers 293 - North Texas -51

2nd Round -
No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 5 Rutgers

No. 20 San Jose State 21 ... No. 13 NC State 3
In Tom O'Brien's debut as the Wolfpack head coach, NC State turned the ball over six times and failed to get in the red zone after the first quarter. San Jose State took advantage of great field position for its three scores, with Yonus Davis running for a 12-yard score following a Toney Baker fumble, and getting two touchdown passes from Adam Tafralis following two Christopher Owns interceptions.
Player of the Game - San Jose State CB Christopher Owens made six tackles, picked off two passes and broke up two others
Fun Stat - Turnovers: NC State 6 - San Jose State 0

No. 7 TCU 34 ... No. 26 Louisiana Tech 0
TCU's defense lived up to its reputation, and then some, generating seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and holding Louisiana Tech to four first downs and 109 total yards of offense. The Horned Frog offense was efficient, with Marcus Jackson playing an error-free game and throwing touchdown passes to Donald Massey and Walter Bryant. Aaron Brown ran for 79 yards and two first half scores before leaving the game with a minor knee injury. He would've played had the outcome been in doubt.
Player of the Game - TCU DE Tommy Blake made 11 tackles, with five for loss and three sacks
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: TCU 5 of 10 - Louisiana Tech 0 of 10

2nd Round -
No. 20 San Jose State vs. No. 7 TCU

No. 14 Michigan State 24 ... No. 19 Western Michigan 20
Western Michigan gave Michigan State all it could handle in Mark Dantonio's head coaching debut in East Lansing, but the running tandem of Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick proved to be too much for the Bronco defensive front. The WMU defensive pressure made life impossible for MSU QB Brian Hoyer, who threw three interceptions and was sacked five times. The Bronco offense kept the pressure on with touchdown catches from Branden Ledbetter and Jamarko Simmons for a 14-10 halftime lead, but could only manage two Mike Jones field goals in the second half. MSU controlled the ball for over 20 minutes in the second half, with Ringer finishing off a long third quarter drive with a ten-yard touchdown run, and Caulcrick pounding six-yard run with just over five minutes to play to pull ahead for good.
Player of the Game - The Michigan State rushing tandem of Javon Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick combined to rush for 252 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Michigan State 41:33 - Western Michigan 18:27

2nd Round -
No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 3 UCLA