Thursday, December 31, 2009

If We had a College Football Playoff - Sweet Sixteen - New Year's Eve Results

Arkansas vs Alabama @ Atlanta

There is no Heisman jinx in the College Football Championship Tournament. Mark Ingram ran for 215 yards as the Crimson Tide rolled Arkansas 64-3 at the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve. Ingram ran for a touchdown and caught a two-yard pass from Greg McElroy for another. The Tide ran for 459 yards and led 31-3 at the half. Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett was 10-for-38 with three interceptions in the season ending loss. The Razorbacks finish at 9-6, while 'Bama moves to 16-0 and into the quarterfinals.

Nebraska vs Boise State @ El Paso

Alex Henery's 43-yard field goal with six seconds left put Nebraska through to the Quarterfinals of the College Football championship Tournament with a 27-26 win over previously unbeaten Boise State. The Huskers led all game, but Boise took the lead with 1:44 to play on Kyle Brotzman's fourth field goal, a 28-yarder. Zac Lee completed three passes on the drive, but it was his key 3rd down scramble for 11 yards, that put Henery in position to win the game. The first half was a tale of two quarters. Nebraska stormed out to a 21-0 lead as Roy Helu bookended a pair of touchown runs (45 & 57 yards) around a Lee to Manelik Holt touchdown pass. Helu finished the day with an impressive 199 yards. Boise came back in the second quarter as Jeremy Avery and DJ Harper each scored on touchdown runs, and Brotzman kicked a pair of field goals, and it was 21-20 at half. Henery's first field goal extended the lead to 24-20 midway through the third. The odd/even scoring pattern continued in the fourth as Brotzman booted a pair of field goals for the only scoring and a 26-24 lead. But Henery's heroics broke the pattern and advanced the Cornhuskers to a Quarterfinal date with top-seeded Alabama.

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