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2007 Ultimate Natl Finals - Final Four Orange
Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff Final Four - Orange Bowl. Wisconsin vs. Clemson

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

Final Four - Orange Bowl

East Champion Wisconsin

No. 2 Wisconsin 24 ... No. 5 Penn State 10
No. 2 Wisconsin 16 ... No. 3 Georgia Tech 13
Third Round
No. 2 Wisconsin 24 ... No. 7 Auburn 14

Second Round
No. 2 Wisconsin 27 ... No. 15 So, Miss 10
First Round
1st Round Bye 

South Champion Clemson
No. 4 Clemson 28 ... No. 3 UCLA 14
No. 4 Clemson 14 ... No. 1 LSU 10
Third Round
No. 4 Clemson 24 ... No. 9 Ariz. State 20 
Second Round
No. 4 Clemson 34 ... No. 12 Wake For. 9
First Round
No. 4 Clemson 52 ... No. 29 UL Laf. 15
Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets

East Champion No. 2 Wisconsin 28 ... South Champion No. 4 Clemson 21

Wisconsin appeared to be have things well in hand, cruising to an easy lead before Clemson made a big change and almost pulled off a huge comeback.

Freshman QB Willy Korn stepped in for an ineffective Cullen Harper and went wild, completing 11-of-13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, along with 36 rushing yards, and had the Tigers down to the Badger seven with five seconds to play. With one final shot in the end zone, he threw into traffic and was picked off by Shane Carter to put Wisconsin into the Ultimate National Championship.

Until Korn came in early in the fourth quarter, the Wisconsin defense dominated, allowing the great Tiger running tandem of James Davis and C.J. Spiller to just 94 yards combined, and made it a nightmare of a night for Harper, who completed just five of 18 passes for 68 yards before being pulled.

"Obviously everyone will be second-guessing us about whether or not we should've put Willy in earlier," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. "But Cullen helped get us to this point and has bounced back from rough stretches before. Obviously Willy showed what kind of player he can become."

Wisconsin got out to a 21-0 lead thanks to a 44-yard touchdown catch from Paul Hubbard in the first quarter, a six-yard P.J. Hill run early in the second, and a 11-yard Luke Swan scoring grab with :21 to play just before the half.

"That was as efficient and as effective a half as we could possibly play," said Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema. "I think our guys were making plans for the national championship in the third quarter. They had their bags packed for New Orleans, but we closed when we had to."

Clemson finally got on the board on its second drive of the second half as Spiller got free for a 21-yard run and Harper threw his best pass of the day on a perfect deep pass to Aaron Kelly for a 33-yard touchdown.

Wisconsin had an answer, as Josh Nettles took the ensuing kickoff down to the Clemson 29. Five plays later, Hill rumbled in for a 12-yard touchdown and a seemingly insurmountable 28-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Korn scrambled for 11 yards on his first play, and then hit four straight passes with a 12-yard strike to Jacoby Ford to start the attempted comeback. Wisconsin ran off close to five minutes, driving down to the Clemson 24, but a fumbled snap gave the ball back to the Tigers, and Korn went to work, marching the offense to a quick score on a 22-yard Tyler Grisham catch.

With just over three minutes to play, Wisconsin failed to gain a yard and had to give it back to Clemson for its final drive that came up just short

Player of the Game
- Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill ran 33 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns

Fun Stat - Clemson yards in the first three quarters: 140 - Clemson yards in the fourth quarter: 227