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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - East 3rd Round

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Posted Aug 15, 2007


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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

East Division - Round T
hree

East
Third Round
North | South | West
Second Round
North | South
East |
West
First Round
North | South
East |
West 
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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 19 ... No. 8 Maryland 10
It wasn't pretty, but Oklahoma moved on thanks to three of Garrett Hartley's four field goals and a 65-yard Malcolm Kelly touchdown catch in the second half to pull away from the Terps. Maryland got up 3-0 early, but the Sooners answered with their best drive of the day going 77 yards in ten plays with Allen Patrick finishing up with a one-yard scoring plunge. The Terps tied it at ten going into halftime after a great drive of its own, going 82 yards in 14 plays, mostly on the ground, with Keon Lattimore pounding it in from two yards out. And then OU took over with a great defensive second half, bending, but not breaking, as the Terps got into Sooner territory four times without coming away with points.
Player of the Game - Oklahoma RB Allen Patrick ran 21 times for 110 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Total yards: Maryland 421 - Oklahoma 319

No. 5 Penn State 17 ... No. 4 Florida 15
Florida scored on its second drive of the game, capping off a 79-yard march with a one-yard Tim Tebow run, but the extra point was blocked, and it would prove costly. Penn State reeled off the next 17 points, as Anthony Morelli found Deon Butler for a 31-yard strike in the second quarter, and Derrick Williams for a 29-yard score in the third for a 17-6 lead. The Gator offense moved the ball, but struggled on third downs and lost a fumble on the Nittany Lion five early in the second half. But Tebow got the attack moving in the fourth quarter, leading the way to a 29-yard field goal with just under nine minutes to play, and throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin with just over two minutes left. The two point conversion attempt never got going as Tebow was sandwiched by Josh Gaines and Chris Rogers for a sack. Penn State was able to run out the clock, thanks to a 21-yard Austin Scott run on third and five.
Player of the Game - Penn State WR Deon Butler caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Sacks: Penn State 5 for 44 yards - Florida 4 for 19 yards


East Semifinal - No. 5 Penn State vs. No. 1 Oklahoma


No. 2 Wisconsin 24 ... No. 7 Auburn 14
Wisconsin gave up on trying to throw the ball halfway through the third quarter and pounded away with 21 straight running plays over the course of three drives, overcoming a 14-0 deficit to score 17 straight points on a 41-yard Taylor Mehlhaff field goal, a seven-yard Tyler Donovan run, and a two-yard P.J. Hill dash. Auburn started off the scoring, and appeared on its way to an easy win, thanks to two Brandon Cox touchdown passes, connecting with Rogeriqus Smith on a 23-yard pass and four-yard throw to Cole Bennett. And then Cox couldn't seem to do anything, overshooting his target on one pass, under-throwing his receiver on the next, completing just three of 14 passes over a stretch. Down just 17-14 with under five minutes to play, Cox hit Badger CB Jack Ikegwuonu in the numbers. Ikegwuonu returned the pick to the Auburn 12, and three plays later, Hill pounded it in for the dagger. The Badger defense bent all game long, but didn't break against the Tiger running game, allowing 221 yards, left by 124 yards from Brad Lester.
Player of the Game - Wisconsin CB Jack Ikegwuonu made six tackles, broke up three passes, and all but sealed the win with an interception
Fun Stat - Passing: Auburn 10 of 27 for 131 yards and two scores - Wisconsin 5 of 10 for 57 yards

No. 3 Georgia Tech 31 ... No. 6 Nebraska 10
Georgia Tech's defense made things rough on Husker quarterback Sam Keller, picking him off five times and sacking him six on the way to a stunningly easy win. Just when Keller appeared to get on a roll, he got picked off, killing drive after drive. The turnovers were hardly all his fault with two passes going off receivers' hands and into waiting Yellow Jackets, and he had horrible luck on a key first half drive when his pass hit the official, bounced up in the air, and into the hands of Djay Jones in the end zone. The Tech offense was efficient, scoring a touchdown in each quarter, along with a 44-yard Travis Bell field goal at the end of the first half. Tashard Choice ran for two short scores, while Taylor Bennett threw touchdown passes to James Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. The Huskers got their one touchdown on a one yard Marlon Lucky run in the second quarter, set up by a 52-yard catch from Terrence Nunn.
Player of the Game - Georgia Tech FS Djay Jones made 12 tackles and intercepted three passes
Fun Stat - Turnovers: Nebraska 6 - Georgia Tech 0

East Semifinal - No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. No. 2 Wisconsin