2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - East 2nd Round

Posted Aug 12, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

East Division - Round Two

Second Round
North | South West
First Round
North | South
East |
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. 1 Oklahoma 30 ... No. 16 Mississippi State 10
Oklahoma pounded its way to the win with Allen Patrick, Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray combining for 279 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense kept the Bulldogs out of the end zone until a third quarter Robert Elliott 12-yard run. The OU passing game was effective, but not explosive, with Sam Bradford completing 12-of-18 passes for 121 yards, keeping the passes short and safe. The Sooner offensive line controlled the game from the start, and the running backs came through highlighted by a 36-yard Murray dash for a third quarter score to pull away. OU PK Garrett Hartley connected on field goal attempts from 34, 22 and 45 yards out.
Player of the Game - The Oklahoma offensive line paved the way for 285 rushing yards and didn't allow a sack
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Oklahoma 39:31 - Mississippi State 20:29

No. 8 Maryland 35 ... No. 12 Notre Dame 20
The Maryland passing game ripped apart the Irish secondary early as Darrius Heywood-Bey scored from 57 and 29 yards out on the way to a 21-3 lead. Notre Dame fought back with a 14-yard John Carlson touchdown catch and a Travis Thomas one-yard scoring run to pull within one early in the third quarter. The momentum appeared to be all Notre Dame's way after a punt pinned the Terps on their own six, and then lightning struck as Danny Oquendo took a short pass and weaved his way though the middle of the field on the way to a 95-yard score. The Terps put a nail in the coffin with a pounding 77-yard, 12-play drive finishing up with a two-yard Lance Ball run.
Player of the Game - Maryland QB Jordan Steffy completed 18 of 27 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Notre Dame 38:39 - Maryland 21:21

3rd Round - No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 1 Oklahoma

No. 5 Penn State 23 ... No. 9 Oregon 12
Penn State and Oregon traded touchdowns in the first half as Austin Scott scored from five yards out for the Nittany Lions, with the Ducks answering with a 31-yard Jaison Williams touchdown catch, but the extra point attempt hit the upright. Penn State came back with a long drive and a four-yard Deon Butler scoring grab, but Oregon responded with a long drive of its own, closing out with a five-yard Jonathan Stewart touchdown run. Down two, Oregon went for the two-point conversion and missed as Dennis Dixon's pass sailed through the end zone. The second half was all defense, with Penn State keeping Oregon from getting closer than the Nittany Lion 34, and the Ducks only allowing three Kevin Kelly field goals.
Player of the Game - Penn State LB Dan Connor made 15 tackles
Fun Stat - Second half third down conversions: Penn State 1 of 6 - Oregon 0 of 5

No. 4 Florida 31 ... No. 13 Utah 21
Urban Meyer's former team gave his current team all it could handle. Down 24-14, the Utes pulled within three midway through the fourth quarter on a 12-yard pass to Derrek Richards. Facing third and 11 on its own 25, and the momentum all on Utah's side, Florida came through with a 52-yard catch-and-run from Percy Harvin to set up a two-yard Tim Tebow touchdown run to finally put the Utes away. Brian Johnson threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns for Utah, but he failed to get the offense in scoring range on two final drives after the Tebow score. The Gators started off the scoring on a 16-yard Andre Caldwell touchdown catch, and tied it at 14 on a six-yard Kestahn Moore run.
Player of the Game - Florida WR Percy Harvin caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown and ran five times for 41 yards
Fun Stat - Passing yards: Utah 314 - Florida 298

3rd Round - No. 5 Penn State vs. No. 4 Florida

No. 2 Wisconsin 27 ... No. 15 Southern Miss 10
Wisconsin efficiently put away Southern Miss by getting up 10-0 early on a 39-yard Taylor Mehlhaff field goal and a 27-yard Travis Beckum touchdown catch, and playing tough defense when it had to. Southern Miss got on the board early with a 25-yard field goal, but didn't get back on the board until midway through the fourth quarter after the Badgers held on a deep Golden Eagle drive on the previous possession by forcing a Jeremy Young fumble. The UW offense controlled the clock throughout, finishing one long drive with a two-yard P.J. Hill touchdown run in the second quarter and a 12-yard touchdown catch from Paul Hubbard in the third.
Player of the Game - Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill ran 25 times for 147 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Net punting: Wisconsin 45.9 yards per kick - Southern Miss 44.9 yards per kick

No. 7 Auburn 48 ... No. 22 New Mexico State 31
Auburn did whatever it wanted to on offense, cranking out 575 yards highlighted by a brilliant day from QB Brandon Cox, but New Mexico State sure made it interesting. The Aggies bombed away for 421 passing yards with Chris Williams eating the Tigers alive with 15 catches for 255 yards and three scores, but the defense couldn't contain Cox, who connected on 15 of 16 passes during a stretch while making every key throw to keep the Tigers ahead. Auburn got up 17-0 helped by a 22-yard Rodgeriqus Smith touchdown catch and a five-yard Brad Lester run to keep a relatively comfortable lead, but NMSU kept throwing and throwing some more, forcing Auburn to leave the starters in the entire game. Tiger DE Quentin Groves came up with four sacks and several hurries.
Player of the Game - Auburn QB Brandon Cox completed 22 of 29 passes for 341 yards and four touchdowns
Fun Stat - Fourth down conversions: New Mexico State 4 of 4 - Auburn 1 of 1

3rd Round - No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 2 Wisconsin

No. 6 Nebraska 24 ... No. 10 South Carolina 20
South Carolina was driving with a chance to pull out a tough road win, but QB Blake Mitchell's dart into the end zone went off Moe Brown's shoulder pads and into the hands of Tierre Green to seal the Husker win. Nebraska QB Sam Keller struggled, but he got plenty of help from his running game, as Marlon Lucky ran for 93 tough yards and a key fourth quarter touchdown on third and two from the six to take the lead instead of trying for a game-tying field goal. Mitchell had a good game against the Nebraska secondary with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Andy Boyd and a perfectly thrown 39-yard pass to Kenny McKinley to set up a short Mike Davis touchdown for a 20-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game - Nebraska RB Marlon Lucky ran 23 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 29 yards
Fun Stat - Nebraska passes for first downs: 3 - Nebraska runs for first downs 12

No. 3 Georgia Tech 31 ... No. 14 Hawaii 17
Georgia Tech figured out how to slow down the Hawaii offense; keep it off the field. The Yellow Jackets used a ball-control offense and long, sustained drives to keep Colt Brennan on the sidelines. When the Warrior attack got a chance, it struggled early on with Brennan under constant pressure from Adamm Oliver and Darrell Robertson, who combined to make three sacks and several hurries. Tech got up 21-3 on two drives of over seven minutes with two short Rashaun Grant touchdown runs and a 12-yard scoring catch from Greg Smith. Hawaii finally got into the end zone in the third quarter on a 35-yard Brennan pass to Jason Rivers, but Tech answered with a ten-play, 62-yard drive that ate up five minutes and ended with a Travis Bell field goal. Hawaii never got closer, as Tashard Choice put a cap on the win with a 19-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to play. Hawaii's Davone Bess caught a 31-yard touchdown pass with :41 to play.
Player of the Game - Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice ran 31 times for 159 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Georgia Tech 42:19 - Hawaii 17:41

3rd Round -
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Georgia Tech