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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - West 1st Round
Posted Aug 12, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

West Division - Round One

First Round
North | South | East
Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. USC
2. Michigan
3. Ohio State
4. Oregon State
5. Florida State
6. Oklahoma State
7. Boston College
8. South Florida
9. Iowa
10. Alabama
11. Boise State
12. Washington State
13. Kentucky
Kansas State
15. Central Michigan
16. Ole Miss
17. Nevada
18. Minnesota
19. Iowa State
20. Baylor
21. SMU
22. Northern Illinois
23. UCF
24. Navy
25. Air Force
26. Troy
27. UL Monroe
28. Middle Tennessee
29. Eastern Michigan
30. Temple

No. 16 Ole Miss 19 ... No. 17 Nevada 17
BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored from 19 yards out in the first quarter and 23 yards away in the third, but the Rebels needed a big play from the special teams to hang on. Down 17-3 and with the offense having problems converting on third downs, Nevada finally kicked it into gear with a ten-play, 88-yard drive culminating in a five-yard Luke Lippencott touchdown. Following an Ole Miss fumble, Nevada went 16 yards in two plays with Lippencott rushing for a second score to tie it up with 7:21 to play. After a defensive stop, the Wolf Pack was going to the ball back with just under five minutes left when Ole Miss punter Rob Park got a perfect roll for a 62-yard punt putting the ball on the Nevada two. Wolf Pack QB Nick Graziano fumbled the snap on the ensuing play from scrimmage and fell on it in the end zone for a safety and the winning Rebel points.
Player of the Game - Ole Miss P Rob Park kicked the ball eight times for a 49.2-yard average putting four kicks inside the 20
Fun Stat - Ole Miss passing yards: 59 - Ole Miss rushing yards: 249

2nd Round - No. 16 Ole Miss vs. No. 1 USC

No. 21 SMU 31 ... No. 12 Washington State 20
Washington State sacked SMU QB Justin Willis six times, but it didn't force the Mustang star to make many mistakes. Willis picked apart the Cougar secondary with three touchdown passes while completing 15 straight throws during a second half stretch on the way to a surprisingly easy win. Emmanuel Sanders caught scoring passes from 29 and 18 yards out on the way to a 17-0 SMU lead before the Cougars got on the board with a 37-yard touchdown catch from Michael Bumpus. Willis answered on the first drive of the second half by going 7-for-7 to lead to a two-yard DeMyron Martin touchdown run, and then effectively put the game away on the next drive with another crisp drive finishing with a five-yard pass to Martin for a 31-7 lead. Wazzu's Alex Brink finished the game with 384 yards and two touchdown passes, but wasn't consistent.
Player of the Game - SMU QB Justin Willis completed 24 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns and ran ten times for 44 yards
Fun Stat - Sacks: Washington State 6 for 58 yards - SMU 0 for 0

No. 8 South Florida 31 ... No. 25 Air Force 10
The first game of the Troy Calhoun era at Air Force began with a crashing thud, as the Falcon offense was stopped cold by Ben Moffett and the USF defense. The Bull linebacker came up with 18 tackles and Trae Williams picked off three passes to give Matt Grothe and the offense good field position all game long. The Bull offense wasn't sharp, but it took advantage of its opportunities with two short scoring catches from Marcus Edwards in the first half for a 14-0 lead, a 15-yard Ben Williams touchdown run for a 21-0 advantage, and after an exchange of field goals, a four-yard Grothe run for a 31-3 lead headed into the fourth. Carney ran for a five-yard score for the Falcons only touchdown.
Player of the Game - South Florida LB Ben Moffitt made 18 tackles, three tackles for loss and recovered a fumble
Fun Stat - Penalties: South Florida 15 for 150 yards - Air Force 1 for 10 yards

2nd Round - No. 21 SMU vs. No. 8 South Florida

No. 5 Florida State 14 ... No. 28 Middle Tennessee 0
Amidst a constant chorus of boos, Florida State's offense didn't look much better than 2006 with quarterbacks Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee each getting picked off twice, and each having problems consistently finding their targets. Even so, the the defense picked up the slack, limiting the Blue Raiders to 153 yards and forced a fumble the one time MT got within scoring range. The one positive for the Nole offense was Antone Smith, who ran for a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 31-yard score in the fourth.
Player of the Game - Florida State LB Geno Hayes made 14 tackles, two sacks, forced a fumble and recovered it
Fun Stat - Sacks: Middle Tennessee 6 - Florida State 5

No. 24 Navy 29 ... No. 9 Iowa 28
Navy QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada kept the ball on the option for a two-point conversion with five seconds to play to stun Iowa and its crazed crowd. The Hawkeye offense had little problems marching up and down the field, rolling up 344 yards of rushing offense with Albert Young tearing off 232 yards and three scores, but it had a hard time getting the ball. Navy held on to the ball for 41:15 including more than 12 minutes in the fourth quarter, to overcome a 28-14 lead with a four-yard touchdown run from Adam Ballard to get within seven, and then an 11-play, 81-yard march culminating with a two-yard Reggie Campbell run on a pitch from Kaheaku-Enhada for the final touchdown.
Player of the Game - Navy QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran 22 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns with a two-point conversion, and completed 2 of 9 passes for 15 yards
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Navy 388 - Iowa 232. Passing yards: Iowa 220 - Navy 15

2nd Round - No. 24 Navy vs. No. 5 Florida State

No. 13 Kentucky 55 ... No. 20 Baylor 42
In a wild shootout with 923 combined yards of passing, Kentucky's Andre Woodson threw six touchdown passes, with four to Keenan Burton, to get ahead early and stay up comfortably throughout. Even so, Baylor's offense put up points and yards in bunches. Down 17-0 in the first quarter, the Bear offense finally got on the board with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Thomas White for the first of his three scores, and the first of six Michael Machen touchdown passes. However, the Bears never got within a score, as Kentucky answered the first Baylor score with a field goal and a 19-yard Rafael Little touchdown run for a 27-7 lead.
Player of the Game - Kentucky QB Andre Woodson completed 38 of 45 passes for 441 yards and six touchdowns, and WR Keenan Burton caught 12 passes for 254 yards and four scores
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Kentucky 179 - Baylor 10

No. 4 Oregon State 51 ... No. 29 Eastern Michigan 14
Oregon State WR Sammie Stroughter caught two touchdown passes and returned a punt 65 yards for a score on the way to a 21-0 first quarter lead and an easy win. Alexis Serna nailed field goals from 41, 35 and 52 yards to close out the first half giving the Beavers a 30-0 lead, and then the starters were done for the day after the offense took the opening kickoff of the second half 78 yards in eight plays finishing with a 14-yard Yvenson Bernard touchdown run. Eastern Michigan managed two fourth quarter touchdowns against the Beaver defensive backups.
Player of the Game - In just over two quarters of work, Oregon State WR Sammie Stroughter caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns and returned four punts for 114 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Oregon State 40:12 - Eastern Michigan 19:48

2nd Round - No. 13 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Oregon State

No. 15 Minnesota 24 ... No. 18 Central Michigan 21
Minnesota avoided the upset with a 51-yard touchdown run from Jay Thomas to tie the game at 21 with 5:41 to play, and after a defensive stop, got a 38-yard field goal from Justin Kucek as time ran out. Central Michigan appeared to be on its way to the win early on with a 14-0 halftime lead on a 36-yard touchdown catch from Bryan Anderson and a 12-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown, but the offense bogged down in the second half, managing just one decent touchdown drive for a 21-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. Amir Pinnix got the first Gopher touchdown from one yard out, and set up the second score with a 44-yard run to get down to the one, leading to a Ernie Wheelwright touchdown catch.
Player of the Game - Minnesota RB Amir Pinnix ran 27 times for 155 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Minnesota 284 - Central Michigan 214

2nd Round -
No. 15 Minnesota vs. No. 2 Michigan

No. 11 Boise State 42 ... No. 22 Northern Illinois 16
Boise State had no problem running the ball as Ian Johnson motored for 166 first half yards and three touchdowns on the way to a 28-3 halftime lead. Northern Illinois managed to move the ball a bit in the second half, but only managed two Chris Nendick field goals, while the Broncos added a 15-yard Taylor Tharp touchdown pass to Vinny Perretta to pull away. Cas Prime got the only NIU touchdown with a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game - Boise State RB Ian Johnson ran 20 times for 214 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Boise State 6 for 9 - Northern Illinois 1 for 11

7 Boston College 24 ... No. 26 Troy 3
Troy marched down the field without a problem on its opening possession, but stalled at the BC nine and settled for a Greg Whibbs field goal. That was the only Trojan offensive highlight of the day, as the BC defense allowed a mere 143 yards after the first drive and just five first downs. The Eagle offense wasn't explosive, but it was efficient thanks to the1-2 rushing punch of L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender, who combined for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Player of the Game - Boston College DT B.J. Raji made seven tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Boston College 256 - Troy 22

2nd Round -
No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 11 Boise State

No. 6 Oklahoma State 38 ... No. 27 UL Monroe 9
Oklahoma State rolled up 528 yards of total offense, but managed to keep the game from getting out of hand thanks to six drive-killing turnovers. UL Monroe wasn't able to take advantage, getting just one Calvin Dawson 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and a third quarter field goal. The defense didn't have an answer for the Cowboy running game that rumbled at will, with Dantrell Savage running for 114 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and Keith Toston tearing off 127 yards and a score. OSU held a 24-7 halftime lead, but turned it over on the first three possessions of the second half before putting it out of reach with a 43-yard touchdown catch from Adarius Bowman.
Player of the Game - The Oklahoma State RB combination of Keith Toston and Dantrell Savage combined for 241 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries
Fun Stat - Tackles for loss: Oklahoma State 15 - UL Monroe 1

No. 10 Alabama 26 ... No. 23 UCF 7
Nick Saban's debut as Alabama head coach couldn't have gone much better, at least for the passing game. The ground attach struggled to get going, but QB John Parker Wilson had no problems moving the ball, throwing two first half touchdown passes to D.J. Hall and a 31-yarder to Keith Brown in the third quarter. UCF's offense couldn't consistently get going, especially after top back Kevin Smith was lost after the first series with an ankle injury. The Knights managed a ten-yard touchdown run from QB Kyle Israel in the fourth quarter, but that was the only offensive highlight.
Player of the Game - Alabama QB John Parker Wilson complete 21 of 32 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: UCF 56 - Alabama 51

2nd Round -
No. 10 Alabama vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State

No. 14 Kansas State 14 ... No. 19 Iowa State 10
The battle of Big 12 North teams turned into a defensive slugfest after a good first quarter. Iowa State took a 10-0 lead helped by a nine-yard jump ball to Todd Blythe, but Kansas State responded with a 31-yard touchdown run from Leon Patton and a 19-yard touchdown catch from Jordy Nelson. And then the second quarter started, and the offenses went into the tank. KSU QB Josh Freeman completed just six of his final 19 passes, while Iowa State QB Bret Meyer was sacked six times and only got the offense inside the Wildcat 30 once, and that drive stalled on a stuffed fourth and one.
Player of the Game - Kansas State LB/DE Ian Campbell made ten tackles, three sacks and three tackles for loss.
Fun Stat - Combined third down conversions in the first quarter: 5 of 9 ... Combined third down conversions in the final three quarters: 2 of 15

No. 3 Ohio State 48 ... No. 30 Temple 7
Ohio State took a 35-0 halftime lead helped by a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown from Malcolm Jenkins and a  22-yard fumble recovery for a score from Larry Grant. The offense had little trouble as Chris Wells ran for scores from three and 13 yards out, while QB Todd Boeckman connected with Brian Robiskie for a 16-yard score. Temple was down 41-0 before finally getting on the board with a
Vaughn Charlton touchdown dash.
Player of the Game - Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins made five tackles and picked off two passes
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Ohio State 294 - Temple 3

2nd Round -
No. 14 Kansas State vs. No. 3 Ohio State