2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - South 2nd Round

Posted Aug 13, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

South Division - Round Two

Second Round
North | East | West
First Round
North | South
East |
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. 1 LSU 31 ... No. 16 Northwestern 7
It took a half for LSU to get rolling, and then the team started to play like it's supposed to, keeping the Wildcats to 61 yards and four first downs in the second half, while scoring three touchdowns on the first three possessions. The Tigers started off the scoring on a 32-yard Colt David field goal, but Northwestern answered with a surprisingly crisp ten-play, 77-yard drive finishing up with a C.J. Bacher one-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead that held up until late in the first half. LSU finally got into the end zone with a 31-yard Early Doucet touchdown for a 10-7 halftime lead, and rolled from there with a Keiland Williams 12-yard scoring run, a 18-yard Doucet score, and a one-yard touchdown from Jacob Hester.
Player of the Game - LSU WR Early Doucet caught nine passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: LSU 3 of 14 - Northwestern 1 of 12

No. 6 West Virginia 34 ... No. 10 Texas Tech 10
The running game beat the passing game. West Virginia's defense played well, but Texas Tech didn't help itself with a sloppy performance with several dropped passes, missed opportunities, and lots and lots of penalties. The Mountaineers got on the board first with a pass, as Pat White connected with Darius Reynaud for a 14-yard score, and then took a 14-0 lead on a 31-yard Steve Slaton run. Texas Tech appeared to be on the verge of getting into the game, but saw a promising drive halted by three straight penalties followed up by a missed field goal. West Virginia capitalized with a 4:31 drive that ended with a one-yard White run for a 21-0 halftime lead. The Red Raiders finally got on the board with a 14-yard touchdown catch from Shannon Woods, but West Virginia had an answer as Reynaud took a reverse 44 yards for a 31-7 lead midway through the third.
Player of the Game - West Virginia WR Darius Reynaud caught five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown and ran twice for 72 yards and a score
Fun Stat - Penalties: Texas Tech 15 for 108 yards - West Virginia 2 for 15 yards

3rd Round - No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 1 LSU

No. 9 Arizona State 24 ... No. 8 Arkansas 10
Arizona State stunned Arkansas with a swarming run defense that limited Darren McFadden to 59 yards on 19 carries and kept Felix Jones to 68 yards on 14 attempts, while Sun Devil back Ryan Torian went wild with 152 yards and touchdown runs from 53 and 29 yards out. Down 3-0, ASU took the lead for good late in the first quarter on a 22-yard Rudy Carpenter scoring pass to Michael Jones. On ASU's next possession, Torian took a pitch on the right side, made one move, and took off untouched for his first touchdown. With the ground game struggling to consistently get going, Arkansas went to the air to no avail, as Casey Dick completed just 6 of 20 passes for 79 yards. The Hogs didn't get into the end zone until midway through the fourth, when McFadden, lined up at quarterback, tore off a nine-yard scoring run.
Player of the Game - Arizona State RB Ryan Torian ran 28 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 34 yards
Fun Stat - First downs: Arizona State 22 - Arkansas 11

No. 4 Clemson 34 ... No. 12 Wake Forest 9
Clemson needed a blocked kick for a touchdown to get past the eventual ACC champions last year. There wouldn't be any need for any dramatics this time around, as the running game kept the Demon Deacons off the field for most of the game, while the Tiger defense allowed just three Sam Swank field goals. C.J. Spiller ran for three scores, but it was James Davis who had the bigger game with 162 yards to set Spiller up for his touchdowns. Tiger QB Cullen Harper had an efficient day, completing 9 of 12 passes for 131 yards with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Grisham in the second quarter to effectively put the game away.
Player of the Game - Clemson RBs James Davis and C.J. Spiller combined for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Clemson 39:39 - Wake Forest 20:21

3rd Round - No. 9 Arizona State vs. No. 4 Clemson

No. 2 Louisville 27 ... No. 15 Vanderbilt 25
Louisville got all it could handle, needing a 34-yard Art Carmody field goal with :29 to play to avoid the upset. In a well played game, the two teams traded key drives with the momentum never tilting to one side. Anthony Allen ran for two short scores for Louisville, while Vanderbilt QB Chris Nickson scrambled his way to 121 yards and two scores, including a 29 yarder for a 25-24 lead with just over five minutes to play. And then Brian Brohm went to work. The Cardinal quarterback, who was off from his usual high standards, played like a star when he had to, completing six straight passes including a 25-yard strike to Harry Douglas to set up the game-winning field goal.
Player of the Game - Louisville RB Anthony Allen ran 15 times for 89 yards and two scores
Fun Stat - Total yards: Louisville 395 - Vanderbilt 390

No. 5 Rutgers 42 ... No. 11 Purdue 14
The Purdue offense was supposed to give Rutgers a nightmare of a time, but it turned out to be the other way around as QB Mike Teel had one of his most effective games of his career with four touchdown passes with two to Tiquan Underwood and two to Kenny Britt. Purdue's offense had drive after drive stalled due to sacks, penalties, missed field goals and turnovers. Despite managing a 14-yard Kory Sheets touchdown run in the first half and a four-yard Curtis Painter scoring run in the second, it wasn't nearly enough to keep up the pace. Rutgers RB Ray Rice added touchdown runs from four and 12 yards out.
Player of the Game - Rutgers QB Mike Teel completed 19 of 25 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns
Fun Stat - Penalties: Purdue 13 for 95 yards - Rutgers 1 for 5

3rd Round - No. 5 Rutgers vs. No. 2 Louisville

No. 7 TCU 24 ... No. 20 San Jose State 7
TCU was hardly a well-oiled machine on offense, but the defense lived up to the billing yet again, holding San Jose State to 210 yards of total offense and allowing just a seven-yard Yonus Davis touchdown run in the second quarter. The Horned Frogs didn't get much from the passing game, but Aaron Brown controlled the tempo with a strong 118 yards with two touchdowns. Even when the Spartans seemed on the verge of getting something going in the second half, TCU made sure the momentum stopped with a timely sack or big play.
Player of the Game - TCU RB Aaron Brown ran 25 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Sacks: TCU 7 - San Jose State 5

No. 3 UCLA 35 ... No. 14 Michigan State 28
UCLA made quick work of the Spartans in a game not nearly as close as the final score would indicate. Chris Markey ran for a 33-yard touchdown on the Bruins' first drive of the game, and Ben Olson threw the first of his three touchdown passes on the team's second drive. After getting down 21-3, Michigan State appeared ready to be on the verge of getting back into the game with a thrilling 55-yard Javon Ringer touchdown run, complete with a dive into the end zone to avoid a possible last-gasp shoestring tackle, but the Bruins had an immediate answer with a 69-yard Brandon Breazell touchdown off a perfectly thrown slant pass from Olson. MSU's final touchdown, a ten-yard catch from A.J. Jimmerson, came with just one second to play.
Player of the Game - UCLA QB Ben Olson completed 20 of 29 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: UCLA 5 of 9 - Michigan State 1 of 11

3rd Round - No. 7 TCU vs. No. 3 UCLA