2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - South Finals

Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff South Finals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

South Division - Finals

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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. 4 Clemson 28 ... No. 3 UCLA 14

Clemson pounded and pounded and pounded some more with the running game, and eventually, the dam broke.

C.J. Spiller, kept in check on his first 18 carries, finally found a sliver of daylight and broke open a 14-14 tie with an 81-yard touchdown run with :39 to play in the third quarter. Spiller added a 22-yard touchdown dash in the fourth, and the Tiger defense held on forcing two turnovers on UCLA's final two drives.

UCLA started off the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Everett, but penalties, two missed field goals and mismanagement of the clock at the end of the first half overshadowed a good start from QB Ben Olson, who completed 12 of 15 passes for 211 yards and a score.

Clemson was able to tie it on a one-yard James Davis touchdown run, set up by a 55-yard catch and run from Aaron Kelly. Davis was the Tiger offense throughout the first half, rushing for 78 yards and a score, while Spiller was able to manage just 23 yards and the passing game failed to consistently connect.

UCLA appeared on the verge of taking the lead after Chris Markey tore off a 43-yard run to get down to the Clemson 15 with :29 seconds to play, but Olson was sacked, then botched the snap on the next play, and with no timeouts left, failed to spike the ball in time to get the field goal unit on the field.

"That was a strange first half for both teams," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. "They totally dominated us, but we had a few good plays and somehow we were able to get into the locker room tied."

Clemson's offensive line took over the second half, as Davis was able to convert on third and short after third and short, eating up the clock and the time of possession while taking a 14-7 lead on a one-yard Cullen Harper sneak.

UCLA came up with its best drive of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 12-play, 79-yard drive that took off just over six minutes and finished up with one-yard Markey run. And then Clemson's ground game took over, running off most of the remaining time.

"They pounded the ball well on us," said UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell. "Their backs turned out to be too terrific and way too effective. We didn't wear down; they just executed."

Markey ended up running for 158 yards and a touchdown, but was overshadowed by the big games from Spuller and Davis. Olson struggled in the second half connecting on just six of 16 passes.

Clemson ended up rushing for 311 yards net, while QB Cullen Harper completed just seven of 14 passes for 103 yards.

Player of the Game
- Clemson RB James Davis ran 29 times for 178 yards and a touchdown, and C.J. Spiller ran 20 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Clemson 40:23 - UCLA 18:37

South Champion - Clemson Tigers