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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - North Semifinals
Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff North Semifinals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate Playoff

North Division - Semifinals

South | East | West
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. 8 Georgia 23 ... No. 5 Missouri 21
Brandon Coutu once against showed off his worth to the Bulldogs, connecting on a 45-yard shot with two seconds to play to get past Missouri in a game Georgia had no right winning.

Missouri outgained the Dawgs 457 yards to 239, owned the time of possession, and got a huge game from RB Tony Temple, who slipped and darted his way to 158 yards and two touchdowns. But the Tigers also missed two field goals and blew a golden scoring opportunity at the end of the first half, when QB Chase Daniel was sacked on the Georgia 14 as time was running out, and couldn't down the ball in time for a field goal attempt.

Georgia's offense took advantage of every opportunity, turning a 51-yard Bryan Evans interception return into a four-yard Kregg Lumpkin touchdown in the second quarter. Punt returner Mikey Henderson was bottled up all game long, except for one big return in the third quarter to set up a one-yard Tripp Chandler scoring catch.

"This one is going to hurt for a long, long time," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. "We executed relatively well, we played like we thought we could, and our defense did a whale of a job. We just couldn't get it done. We blew a great opportunity."

Missouri's first touchdown for a 7-0 lead came in the first quarter on a 23-yard catch from Martin Rucker. Georgia answered with a 31-yard Coutu field goal, and later got a 41-yard shot to close out the first quarter.

Player of the Game - Georgia PK Brandon Coutu was three of three on field goals connecting from 31, 41 and the game-winner from 45 yards out
Fun Stat - Time of possession: Missouri 38:29 - Georgia 22:31

No. 3 Miami 45 ... No. 7 Tennessee 10
All the frustrations and all the problems of the past few disappointing Hurricane seasons seemed to come out in a flurry, as Miami shocked Tennessee from the first minute of the game and never let up.

On the second play from scrimmage, Miami's Lance Leggett took a short pass from Kyle Wright 78 yards for a touchdown. The defense, as it would do five times on the day, forced a Tennessee three-and-out, and the offense took full advantage going 67 yards in eight plays, finishing up with a five-yard touchdown catch from Sam Sheilds.

Things didn't get much better for the Volunteers, as Javarris James ran for a 34-yard touchdown and Matt Bosher connected from 31 yards out for a 24-0 lead. Tennessee finally got on the board with a 35-yard Britton Colquitt field goal, but Miami answered just before halftime 21-yard touchdown catch from Leggett for a stunning 31-3 lead.

"We just ran into a buzzsaw today," said Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer. "We were ready to play, but they were unbelievable. That's about as good as I've ever seen a team play against us. Even when we were making plays, they were executing. Simply put, they kicked our tails for a full 60 minutes."

Tennessee finally got into the end zone late in the third quarter on a 35-yard touchdown catch from Quintin Hancock, but as was the case all game long, Miami had an answer, as backup QB Kirby Freeman threw the first of his two touchdown passes, hitting Ryan Hill from 19 yards out.

North Finals - No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 3 Miami