Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Ultimate College Football Tournament: South 2nd Round

8 Virginia vs. 1 Ohio State -
Chris Wells had the game of the tournament, running for 330 yards in Ohio State's 48-10 pasting of Virginia in the South's opening second round game. Wells scored on touchdown runs of 51, 60 and 63 yards in the dominating performance. The Cavaliers actually struck first on Jared Sewell's 56 yard pass to Mikell Simpson. But Ohio State quickly answered and was off and running. Todd Boeckman threw two touchdowns and picked up 268 yards through the air.

5 Tennessee vs 4 Hawaii -
The Volunteers couldn't stop the Warriors or Colt Brennan as Hawaii moved past Tennessee with a 56-46 win. Colt Brennan threw five touchdowns on a 29-for-34 night for 359 yards. That outdid Eric Ainge by just three yards but it proved to be enough. Tennessee may have gotten comfortable after storming to a 21-7 lead after one quarter, but the Warriors rallied to tie it at halftime. Then in the second half, Ainge and the Volunteers couldn't match the Warrior offense. Kealoha Pilares ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Jason Rivers had 102 yards receiving and two scores, while Ryan Grice-Mullen had two touchdown grabs and 9 catches.

7 Boise State vs 2 West Virginia -
Steve Slaton scored four touchdowns on his way to 163 yards rushing as the Mountaineers downed the Broncos 34-20. West Virginia never trailed, but never had it easy against the tough WAC foe. The Broncs were within 27-20 with just under five minutes to play when Jeremy Childs hauled in a Taylor Tharp touchdown pass. But West Virginia answered with a long drive and Slaton's fourth score. Pat White completed four-of-four passes on the 82-yard drive, but it was Slaton's six-yard run that sealed the outcome.

6 Kentucky vs 3 Missouri -
We expected more offense in this matchup and we got it. Eventually the Wildcats outlasted Missouri 55-48 in two overtime sessions to seal the win. Rafael Little ran in the winning score from 12 yards out to earn the win. Missouri had rallied from down 10 points and forced overtime, when Chase Daniel capped a 77 yard 15-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in regulation. Daniel threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns, but Andre' Woodson threw for 386 yards and four scores to lead the Wildcats.

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