Saturday, December 26, 2009

If We had a College Football Playoff - 2nd Round Games - Saturday Early Afternoon

Ohio State vs Clemson @ Toronto - site of the International Bowl

The Buckeyes defense found a way to slow down CJ Spiller and Terrelle Pryor scored the game's only touchdown as Ohio State bounced Clemson in Canada 9-2. Pryor ran one in from seven yards out midway through the first quarter and it was assumed the shootout was on. But it never developed. The Tigers only scored when they caught Pryor in the end zone late in the first quarter for a safety. Ohio State completed the scoring with a 41-yard Aaron Pettrey field goal on the final play of the first half. Spiller managed just 52 yards as Ohio State held Clemson to 9 first downs.

Miami (FL) vs Ole Miss @ Nashville - site of the Music City Bowl

Ole Miss rallied from a 20-7 halftime deficit to eliminate the Hurricanes 34-23 in Nashville. Dexter McCluster scored three touchdowns after the break, two on the ground and one from quarterback Jevan Snead to spark the rally. McCluster finished with 163 yards rushing and another 23 receiving. Miami took a 20-7 lead on the second of Javarris James' first half touchdown runs. But couldn't hold on as the Rebels rallied for three straight touchdowns to tak a 27-20 lead. The 'Canes cut the lead to four on Matt Bosher's 36-yard field goal with 6:08 left, but McCluster's 13-yard scoring run sealed it with 2:52 left

Cincinnati vs West Virginia @ Detroit - site of the Motor City Bowl 

West Virginia finally figured out the Cincinnati offense and rallied for a 43-37 double overtime win in Detroit. After allowing 41 points in six quarters against the Bearcats this season, the Mountaineers held Cincy without a second half touchdown and rallied from down 30-16 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Noel Devine scored twice in the extra sessions, including a 4-yard run to eliminate the previously unbeaten Bearcats. Jarrett Brown's 17-yard pass to Alric Arnett with 2:46 left forced the extra time and the Mountaineers didn't disappoint. Devine scored in the first session on a six-yard run, before Isaiah Pead caught a 13-yard pass from Tony Pike to make it 37-all in the first overtime. Jake Rogers missed a 42-yard attempt in the second overtime setting the stage for West Virginia.

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