After making a few roster adjustments –Troy Smith, Michael Robinson, DJ Shockley and Brady Quinn were all bumped up, the WVU and Auburn backfields were given more love, Jeff Samarzijda was turned into his All-American type self and Reggie Bush was put at the Christ-like level he deserved – we got to simulating the first round of the second annual Blog National Championship Tournament, being played out on NCAA Football 2006 on the X-Box.
Without further ado, your results:
White was five for ten for 116 yards, with one pick and one score, a 79-yard bomb late in the second quarter to give the Mountaineers a short-lived lead. He also had twenty yards on the ground, complimenting Slaton’s 133 yards on 19 carries, adding in a score.
The Peach Bowl will host
Fun Stat: Rushing Offense – WVU: 157
Game Ball Goes To: Steve Slaton, for his 133 yards and 7 per carry average. White had the bomb, but Slaton was there the entire game.
The Gator Bowl – 9.
You’d think that if the Hurricane offense was shut out, you could put the blame squarely on the shoulders of young quarterback Kyle Wright, but while his only touchdown pass went the other way for UGA, it wasn’t Wright’s fault that the
Wright’s major mistake was a third quarter interception to
Wright got no help the entire game, with his running game getting only 21 yards, his offensive line gave up three sacks and his receiving corps managed six drops. After three consecutive drops on the final drive, junior wide-out Ryan Moore finally caught a ball – and promptly fumbled it.
UGA now gets served up to – uh, plays against - the USC Trojans in the Holiday Bowl.
Game Ball Goes To: Greg Blue for getting the only score of the game.
The Capital One Bowl – 10. LSU vs. 7.
They were losing by 18 at halftime.
EJ Kuale returned Brandon Cox’s first pick of the game twenty-three yards with 42 seconds left in the half. After another
LSU ended up intercepting
LSU moves on to play
Final Score: LSU 38
Fun Stat: LSU’s converting all six
Game Ball Goes To: The entire LSU back seven. Six different members of the secondary and linebacking crew had interceptions, with two of those returned for touchdowns (Kuale and Mario Stevenson).
The Outback Bowl – 12. Virginia Tech vs. 5. Notre Dame – First Round Game
Cedric Humes cracked the Irish defensive line as time was ticking down, but he came up seven yards short as time expired.
The Irish, who had missed an extra point earlier and couldn’t convert third downs the entire game, were forced to stop the Hokies on the final drive of the game, leading 16-10. Marcus Vick, mostly contained the entire game, handed off to Humes in an interesting call that the senior took nearly to the house before being drug down by Irish safety Tom Zbikowski as the clock ran out.
The game was played evenly throughout, with Brady Quinn throwing for 209 yards and a pair of scores while Vick kept the Hokies in it, ripping off a 19-yard run and completing a 78-yard bomb to David Clowney to cut into the Irish lead early. Neither team could convert on third down, combining to go five for twenty-four, and the Irish couldn’t get a running game going either, averaging only less than two yards per carry.
The Irish move on to play
Final Score: Notre Dame 16 Virginia Tech 10
Fun Stat: 8, or the number of different receivers that Quinn completed passes to.
Game Ball Goes To: Brady Quinn, who got the job done against a tough Hokie defense and minimized mistakes while mixing in some well-thrown deep balls, including a 33 yarder on 4th down to Matt Shelton for the first score of the game.
Your updated bracket and bowl match-ups:
5. Notre Dame vs.