2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - South Semifinals

Posted Aug 12, 2007

CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff South Semifinals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

South Division - Semifinals

North | East | West
Third Round
North | South
East |
Second Round
North | South
East |
First Round
North | South
East |
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 14 ... No. 1 LSU 10
All week long leading up to the game, Clemson was talking about winning the game in Baton Rouge for the right to take the Death Valley all for itself. LSU was well motivated to begin with, and the smack talk only heightened the intensity ... at least on defense.

LSU's defense completely shut down the star Tiger rushing tandem of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, keeping them to just 68 yards combined. Clemson QB Cullen Harper had an even rougher day, getting sacked five times and completing just five of 18 passes with three interceptions.

Fortunately for Clemson, it had Jacoby Ford.

Ford started off the scoring in the second quarter with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, and set up a one-yard Davis touchdown run early in the fourth by answering a 39-yard LSU field goal with an 89-yard kickoff return. The Clemson defense was up to the challenge, keeping LSU's offense outside of the CU 35 outside of the first half field goal drive and a fourth quarter Tiger march that led to a five-yard Keiland Williams touchdown run with just under four minutes to play.

LSU attempted an onside kick, but Clemson recovered. The offense went nowhere, but it was able to run off just enough time to give LSU the ball back on its own 17 with just 58 seconds to play. The Tigers weren't able to get past midfield.

"Call it winning ugly, call it whatever you want," said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. "We just went into one of the toughest places in America to play and came out with a win. That's all that matters. Our defense was unbelievable."

Clemson's defense didn't give up a third down conversion over the final three quarters and came up with three sacks and three turnovers.

Player of the Game - Clemson WR/KR Jacoby Ford caught one pass for 11 yards, returned four kickoff for 139 yards, and returned six punts for 109 yards and a touchdown
Fun Stat - Total yards: LSU 387 - Clemson 166

No. 3 UCLA 23 ... No. 2 Louisville 20
UCLA's defense was in the face of Louisville QB Brian Brohm all game long, with four sacks, including one for a safety, and several more pressures forcing two interceptions and several off throws. Even so, Brohm had his shot to pull off the win with the ball on the UCLA 19 with five seconds to play, but his final pass into the end zone was just over the head of Mario Urrutia.

UCLA got on the board first on a 15-yard catch from Joe Cowan in the first quarter, but Louisville answered right back with its best drive of the day going 69 yards in ten plays with Anthony Allen scoring untouched from six yards out. UCLA was forced to punt on its next series, but Aaron Perez nailed a nearly perfect 58-yard punt that rolled out at the Louisville two. After two running plays, a holding call put the ball on the one. UCLA took advantage as Bruce Davis was able to trip up Brohm for the safety and a 9-7 lead. The Bruins took the ensuing free kick 71 yards in 11 plays, finishing with a six-yard Chris Markey touchdown run. Louisville got a 41-yard Art Carmody field goal to cut it to 16-10 going into halftime.

The Bruin defense kept up the pressure in the second half, but Brohm was able to get time on two straight plays, and he made the most of the opportunity hitting Urrutia for 39 yards and Harry Douglas for a 34-yard score and the only Cardinal lead of the day.

UCLA took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard Marcus Everett touchdown catch. And then the defense did the rest, limited Louisville to a 39-yard Carmody field goal the rest of the way.

"Our defense did a great job disrupting what they were trying to do," said Davis. "If you give Brohm time, he'll carve you up. We didn't give him that time."

The performance by the Bruin defense overshadowed a strong game from QB Ben Olsen, who completed 16 of 26 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Player of the Game - UCLA DE Bruce Davis came up with six tackles, two sacks, a safety, and consistent pressure all game long
Fun Stat - Net rushing yards: UCLA 198 - Louisville 43

South Finals - No. 4 Clemson vs.
No. 3 UCLA