Saturday, December 18, 2010

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

Miami OH at Stanford

Stepford Taylor ran for three touchdowns and Oliver Luck threw for three more as Stanford downed the Redhawks 51-3. The Cardinal will take on West Virginia in the next round. Taylor finished with 166 yards rushing while Luck threw for 288 yards as Stanford rolled up 518 yards. Zac Dysert threw for 216 yards for Miami but was intercepted once and sacked three times.

San Diego State at USC

For the second straight year the Trojans were bounced in the first round of the tournament falling 22-21 in dramatic fashion to the Aztecs. Demarco Sampson caught a 26 yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game from Ryan Lindley as SDSU pulled out the upset. The Trojans had taken a 21-16 lead in the heavy rains of Los Angeles when Marc Tyler scored from 7 yards out with 2:35 left. But San Diego State converted on two fourth downs, including the final play to notch the win.

Kentucky at Arkansas

The Razorbacks jumped to an early 20-0 lead and cruised to a 33-20 win over SEC conference mate Kentucky. Knile Davis ran for 99 yards and two scores and Ryan Mallet threw for 236 yards. UK's Randall Cobb had a great game offensively. He ran for 50 yards and caught 7 passes for 98 yards and two scores.

Pittsburgh at Florida

Pitt let leads of 13-3 and 20-13 slip away in the fourth quarter as Florida rallied for a 23-20 double overtime win. Caleb Sturgis' 38-yard field goal won the game in the second overtime. Pitt failed on both of its overtime possessions. Tino Sunseri was intercepted in the first OT, and Dan Hutchins 36-yard attempt sailed wide right in the second giving Florida the win. Florida tied the game the first time at 13-all with 3:19 left on Jeffery Demps 17-yard run. But Pitt scored on a Sunseri to Mike Cruz pass with 58 ticks left to apparently secure the upset. But four plays later John Brantley hit Carl Moore from 29 yards out to knot things up and force overtime. Sturgis missed a field goal in the first OT session, but became the hero with his 38-yarder in the second.

Fresno State at LSU

Pat Hill's Bulldogs pulled the shocker of the tournament thus far, holding LSU without a touchdown in a 22-8 surprise. The Tigers were held to 12 first downs and turned the ball over 3 times. Fresno State led 9-8 entering the fourth quarter but Robbie Rouse's 5 yard TD run, the only touchdown of the game extended the lead. Kevin Goessling booted five field goals in the win.

Illinois at Arizona

Nick Foles threw for 3 scores and the Dessert Swarm defense held Illinois without a touchdown as the Wildcats advanced with 30-12 win. Nic Grigsby ran for 118 yards in the win, while Foles threw for 240. Derek Dimke kicked a perfect four field goals for the Illini, whose offense racked up 335 yards but couldn't convert in the Red Zone.

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