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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - North 3rd Round
Posted Aug 14, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

North Division - Round Three

Third Round
South | East | West
Second Round
North | South
East |
First Round
North | South
East |
Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. Texas
2. Virginia Tech
3. Miami
4. California
5. Missouri
6. Texas A&M
7. Tennessee
8. Georgia
9. Arizona
10. BYU
11. Colorado
12. Illinois
13. Washington
14. New Mexico
15. Pitt
16. Colorado State
17. Syracuse
18. Wyoming
19. Fresno State
20. Duke
21. Houston
22. Bowling Green
23. East Carolina
24. Akron
25. Miami Univ.
26. Rice
27. UAB
28. Idaho
29. FIU
30. Army

No. 8 Georgia 23 ... No. 1 Texas 21
Texas PK Ryan Bailey missed three field goals, and Georgia's Brandon Coutu nailed his three shots from 32, 41 and 29 yards out, with the final one to take the lead with just over three minutes to play. The final Texas drive came up short as QB Colt McCoy tripped and fell pulling away from center on fourth and three on the Georgia 41. Georgia started off the scoring on two Coutu field goals, but Texas was able to take the lead on a 21-yard pass to Billy Pittman. The Dawgs bounced back to get up 13-7 going into the half on a 12-yard pass to Sean Bailey. Texas scored the next 14 points on a five-yard Jamaal Charles run and a one-yard McCoy sneak, but the defense couldn't contain the much-maligned Bulldog receiving corps, as Matthew Stafford connected on 10 of 12 throws during a stretch, highlighted by a 34-yard strike to Mikey Henderson early in the fourth..
Player of the Game - Georgia QB Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Georgia 5 of 10 - Texas 2 of 11

No. 5 Missouri 30 ... No. 4 California 21
With 2:19 to play, Missouri took the lead on a 34-yard Jeff Wolfert field goal, and the Tiger defense did the rest with Hardy Ricks picking off a Nate Longshore pass and going 51 yards to seal the upset win. The two teams traded haymakers in a wild second quarter, with Robert Jordan and Sam DeSa scoring from 71 and 57 yards respectively for the Bears, and Will Franklin making a 51-yard scoring play off a short pass for the Tigers. With the score tied at 14, things calmed down considerably with Missouri going on a 6:35 drive culminating in a 27-yard Wolfert field goal, a short drive finishing with a 31-yard field goal, and Cal going 71 yards in 11 plays with Justin Forsett banging it in from a yard out for a 21-20 lead.
Player of the Game - Missouri CB Hardy Ricks made five tackles, broke up a pass, and came up with the game-sealing interception.
Fun Stat - First downs: Missouri 24 ... California 12

North Semifinals - No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 5 Missouri

No. 7 Tennessee 24 ... No. 2 Virginia Tech 21
Virginia Tech appeared to be cruising with two Branden Ore touchdown runs and a blocked kick for a score to take a comfortable 21-3 lead midway through the third quarter, and then the roof caved in. Tennessee's Jonathan Hefney picked off a Sean Glennon pass to set up a four-yard Arian Foster scoring run on the first play of the fourth, and after a forcing a three and out, the Vols went 68 yards in eight plays finishing with a second four-yard Foster score to pull within four. The Hokies were able to work a little bit of clock, but a long drive came up empty as Jud Dunleavy pushed a 34-yard field goal attempt wide to the right. With just over three minutes to play, UT QB Erik Ainge connected with Lucas Taylor on two straight passes, hit Chris Brown for a 19-yard gain, and then found Austin Rogers down to the one after three runs from LaMarcus Coker. With :41 to play, Foster ran for his third score to pull off the improbable comeback.
Player of the Game - Tennessee RB Arian Foster ran 18 times for 77 yards and three touchdowns
Fun Stat - Tennessee yards in quarters 1 through 3: 141 - Tennessee yards in fourth quarter: 184

No. 3 Miami 14 ... No. 6 Texas A&M 10
Down four, Texas A&M went 63 yards in six plays to get down to the Miami seven with five seconds to play, but Stephen McGee's final pass was batted down in the end zone to seal the win for the Hurricanes. Miami scored first on a 12-yard pass to Sam Shields in the first quarter, but A&M answered in the second with a 15-yard Mike Goodson touchdown dash. Neither team was able to score in the third, as Miami turned it over twice in A&M territory and the Aggies missed two field goals and were stuffed on a fourth and one on the Miami 34. Aggie PK Matt Szymanski nailed a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth, but Miami answered right back with a big Bruce Johnson kickoff return setting up a six play drive culminating in a six-yard Javarris James touchdown run.
Player of the Game - Miami RB Javarris James ran 24 times for 100 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: Texas A&M 4 of 13 - Miami 2 of 11

North Semifinals - No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Miami