2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - West 3rd Round

Posted Aug 14, 2007

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

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

West Division - Round Three

Third Round
North | South | East
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. 1 USC 34 ... No. 8 South Florida 0
South Florida's defense wasn't bad against the USC attack, but the offense went nowhere for most of the game. When the Bulls did get on the move, USC clamped down with two turnovers and a fourth down stop on its own side of the field. USC scored on its second drive of the game with Patrick Turner catching a perfectly thrown 14-yard fade pattern. South Florida went three and out, and USC responded with John David Booty completing five straight throws to get down to the one, leading to a Chauncey Washington touchdown. Not needing to take any chances, USC was able to run the ball at will, cranking out long drives taking time off the clock and not allowing USF to get into any sort of a groove. The Trojans got two second half touchdown runs from C.J. Gable, and backup quarterback Mark Sanchez got a chance to play the entire fourth quarter going four of five for 57 yards.
Player of the Game - USC RB Chauncey Washington ran 18 times for 98 yards and a touchdown in just over two quarters of work
Fun Stat - Third down conversions: USC 4 of 9 - South Florida 0 of 10

No. 5 Florida State 27 ... No. 4 Oregon State 17
Much-maligned over the last few seasons, Florida State QB Drew Weatherford pulled out one of the best games of his career throwing for 388 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon State stayed alive with a 17-yard Yvenson Bernard touchdown run in the second quarter and a 12-yard Brandon Powers catch in the fourth, but Florida State was able to stay relatively comfortably ahead all game long thanks to big throw after big throw from Weatherford. De'Cody Fagg caught eight passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns for the Noles, highlighted by a 35-yard leaping grab in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Weatherford also connected with Greg Carr and Richard Goodman for short scores.
Player of the Game - Florida State QB Drew Weatherford completed 28 of 37 passes for 388 yards and four touchdowns
Fun Stat - Penalties: Oregon State 12 for 126 yards - Florida State 2 for 20 yards

West Semifinals - No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 1 USC

No. 7 Boston College 24 ... No. 2 Michigan 21
Michigan's offense outgained Boston College by 167 yards, but it had a hard time converting drives into points with three missed field goals, including one from 38 yards out that would've sent the game into overtime, an uncharacteristic fumble from RB Mike Hart on the BC 16, and an interception in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Boston College, on the other hand, took advantage of every opportunity with a steady attack and a fantastic game from QB Matt Ryan. With the Wolverines keying on stopping the BC ground game, Ryan dinked and dunked his way down the field leading to short touchdown passes to Kevin Challenger and Ryan Thompson and a four-yard L.V. Whitworth scoring run for a 24-14 lead with just over nine minutes to play. Michigan then came up with its best drive of the day, as Chad Henne completed four of five passes finishing with a 14-yard strike to Mario Manningham, his second score of the game. But the Wolverines would only get one last shot, and while Henne got the team into position, PK Ryan Wright's kick with four seconds to play never had a chance hooking wide left from the start.
Player of the Game - Boston College QB Matt Ryan completed 20 of 31 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Michigan 39:39 - Boston College 20:21

No. 6 Oklahoma State 19 ... No. 3 Ohio State 14
Everyone was planning on an expected Michigan-Ohio State showdown the moment the brackets came out, but Michigan was upset by Boston College and Ohio State couldn't handle Oklahoma State. The Cowboys weren't consistent, but they got three huge plays for all they'd need. Adarius Bowman came up with a 51-yard touchdown catch on the first drive of the game, a 67-yard Bowman play in the second quarter to set up a five-yard Keith Toston run, and Dantrell Savage tore off a 59-yard run to lead to a three-yard Bobby Reid touchdown run for a 19-7 lead midway through the fourth. The Buckeye offense sputtered all game long, with QB Todd Boeckman struggling against the blitzing Cowboys. He was able to connect with Rory Nichol on a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and put together his best drive of the day with a late fourth quarter drive capped off by a one-yard Maurice Wells scoring run, but the Cowboys were able to run out 4:30 on the clock giving the Buckeyes the ball back on their seven with just 19 seconds to play.
Player of the Game - Oklahoma State WR Adarius Bowman caught seven passes for 185 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Third don conversions: Oklahoma State 3 of 12 - Ohio State 1 of 10

South Semifinals - No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State