CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate
College Football Playoff
West Division - Semifinals
Ultimate National Title
Seedings & Brackets
2. Virginia Tech
6. Texas A&M
14. New Mexico
16. Colorado State
19. Fresno State
22. Bowling Green
23. East Carolina
25. Miami Univ.
No. 1 USC 35 ... No. 5
Florida State 31
Before the Trojan fans could get comfortable, Florida State appeared
to be on its way to pulling off a stunner.
The Seminoles got a big kickoff return from Michael Ray Garvin
to start the game, and were up 7-0 two plays later on a 27-yard Antone
Smith touchdown dash. USC turned the ball over on its second play from
scrimmage when FSU DT Andre Fluellen tattooed QB John David Booty and
forced a fumble on the USC 17. Three plays later, Greg Carr outjumped
two Trojan defenders for an 11-yard score and a 14-0 lead.
USC appeared to settle down, going on a long drive to shift the
momentum, but it came up empty when David Buehler pushed a 35-yard field
goal attempt wide left. The Seminole offense didn't cool down, marching
its way down to the USC five before having to settle for a Gary Cismesia
field goal and a 17-0 lead.
The two teams traded touchdown passes in the second quarter, with
Patrick Turner making a 35-yard grab for the Trojans and De'Cody Fagg
making a diving 22-yard catch for the Noles and a 24-7 halftime lead.
And then USC became USC.
Booty connected on 13 of his first 15 second half passes with a 33-yard
scoring strike to Turner on the first drive of the second half, and a
19-yard dart to Vidal Hazelton to cut the FSU lead to three. The Noles
put the pressure on with a 14-yard Jammal Edwards touchdown run, but the
offense couldn't do anything else the rest of the game.
Booty went back to work in the fourth quarter, completing 9 of 14 passes
for 187 yards and two scores, with a 11-yard strike to Turner giving the
Trojans their first lead of the game with 2:29 to play. Taylor Mays
picked off a Drew Weatherford throw, and USC escaped.
"We didn't panic in the locker room," said Booty. "We
knew that we'd just need a little bit of a break and we could get back
in the game. I didn't know we'd get that hot, but it was nice."
On the day, Turner caught 11 passes for 189 yards and three
touchdowns, while Florida State's Greg Carr caught 12 passes for 129
yards and a score.
of the Game - USC QB John David Booty completed 30 of 46
passes for 402 yards and five touchdowns
Fun Stat - Rushing yards: Florida State 179 - USC
No. 7 Boston College
28 ... No. 6 Oklahoma State 21
Oklahoma State appeared to be as hot as it was over the first few
rounds of the tournament, going 81 yards in nine plays, finishing
off the opening drive with a 12-yard Adarius Bowman touchdown catch.
But Boston College put the clamps down and ended up running away
with the win.
The Eagles were able to keep the Cowboys off the field, and off
the scoreboard, with the running of L.V. Whitworth and Andre
Callender outshining the more heralded OSU tandem of Dantrell Savage
and Keith Toston. Controlling the clock, also helped by several
third down conversions from QB Matt Ryan, BC rolled up 21 straight
points in the first half on two short Whitworth touchdown runs and a
14-yard catch from Kevin Challenger.
Oklahoma State scored early in the second half on a 11-yard
Bowman catch, but BC once again controlled the tempo of the game. A
five-yard Calender touchdown run with ten minutes to play gave the
Eagles a comfortable lead, and the defense did the rest, forcing two
turnovers before OSU got in the end zone with 29 seconds to play on
a one-yard Bobby Reid run. BC recovered the onside kick to seal the
"This game belonged to our offensive line," said BC
head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. "They gave us a great push for the
running game and gave Matt all the time he needed to throw. They're
not going to get enough credit for the job they did."
In a losing cause, Bowman caught eight passes for 148 yards and
two scores, but the OSU ground game was held to just 115 yards.
of the Game - The Boston College tandem of L.V. Whitworth
and Andre Callender, who combined for 198 yards and three touchdowns
on 42 carries
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Boston College 41:19
- Oklahoma State 18:41
South Finals -
No. 7 Boston College vs. No. 1 USC