2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - West Semifinals

Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff West Semifinals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

West Division - Semifinals

North | South | East
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Second Round
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First Round
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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 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.

Player 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 22

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 win.

"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.

Player 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