Saturday, December 18, 2010

FanBlog's 2nd Annual If We had a College Football Playoff Playoff - 1st Round Saturday Early Evening Games

Tulsa at Wisconsin

Phillip Welch's 39 yard field with 30 seconds left bailed out Wisconsin and gave them a 17-16 victory over the Golden Hurricanes. The Badgers led 14-3 at the half courtesy of a pair of touchdown passes from Scott Tolzien. But Tulsa rallied for 13 straight second half points and saw itself within 7:43 of the upset after Kevin Fitzpatrick's 30-yard field goal put them ahead 16-14. John Clay ran for 96 yards for the Badgers.

Central Florida at Nevada

Nevada held on for a 20-18 1st round win when Central Florida's 2-point conversion with 4:05 left was denied. Latavius Murray had bolted 49 yards to give the Knights a chance to tie the score, but Jeff Godrey's pass fell incomplete on the conversion attempt. Colin Kaepernick threw for 157 yards, ran for 61 more and connected with Vai Taua on a touchdown pass. Taua ran the final Wolfpack touchdown in to give them the 20-12 lead.

Temple at Auburn

Temple nearly did the unthinkable. The Owls led 21-0 in the second quarter and 24-10 at halftime, but couldn't hold off an Auburn rally. The Tigers won the game on Wes Byrum's 44-yard field goal as time expired. Michael Dyer fueled the comeback with three long touchdown runs, including a pair in the third quarter. The freshman scored from 45, 58 and 47 yards and finished with 194 yards on 15 carries. Temple's Brandon McManus missed three field goal attempts.

Baylor at Miami

A healthy Jacory Harris threw for 285 yards and two scores as Miami breezed past Baylor 26-14. The Canes fell behind 7-0 but scored the next 26 points to secure advancement. Damien Berry ran for 117 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Jay Finley had 138 yards for the Bears.

Tennessee at Virginia Tech

The Hokies defense bent but wouldn't let Tennessee in the end zone in advancing with a 17-15 win. Daniel Lincoln made five field goals for the Volunteers but missed from 55 yards out with 1:06 left to keep Tech in contention to fill its empty trophy case. Tyrod Taylor threw for two touchdowns, while rushing for 55 yards.

Penn State at South Carolina

Stephen Garcia was an efficient 16-of-20 for 236 yards and two scores as South Carolina dumped Penn State 35-17. The Gamecocks will face Virginia Tech in St. Petersburg next weekend. Marcus Lattimore scored twice, once on a pass from Garcia to open the scoring and on a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Evan Royster led the Nittany Lion offense with 117 yards on the ground.

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