The holidays have slowed me down a bit. But here are the results from the West 1st Round.
16 Southern Mississippi vs. 1 Kansas - Brandon McAnderson ran for 224 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Jayhawks cruised past Southern Miss 66-12. Todd Reesing threw for another 363 yards and three scores as Kansas amassed 701 yards of total offense.
9 Florida State vs. 8 Texas Tech - Graham Harrell threw four touchdown passes as the Red Raiders rolled past Florida State 50-17. Harrell completed 31-of-43 for 376 yards, including 10 passes to freshman Michael Crabtree for 156 yards. The Seminoles led early 7-0, on a Preston Parker 62-yard TD run, but Tech scored 30 straight points to seize control and never looked back.
13 Indiana vs. 4 Clemson - The Tigers rallied from a 27-14 fourth quarter deficit and then stopped the Hoosiers game-tying two-point attempt with 59 seconds left to advance with a 35-33 win. The Tigers trailed 13-0 early, but rallied to take a 14-13 halftime lead. Indiana reclaimed the lead in the third quarter and a Tracy Porter pick six made it 27-14 in favor of the Hoosiers. Clemson scored three straight times in the fourth quarter to take a 35-27 lead. Kellen Lewis couldn't find anyone open on the ensuing two-point try and tried to run it in, but was cut down just short. Still, with two timeouts left the Hoosiers got the ball back. On the final play of the game Lewis connected with James Hardy who struggled to get in the end zone, but was stopped just one yard short and the Tigers survived.
12 Maryland vs. 5 Auburn - Auburn had no trouble with Maryland and cruised to a 41-10 win. Brad Lester ran for 126 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns.
15 Tulsa vs. 2 LSU - The Tigers had two backs go over 100 yards and Matt Flynn threw for four scores as LSU cruised past Tulsa 66-13. Jacob Hester led the attack with 186 yards on 25 carries, while Keiland Williams picked up 108 on just 10 carries. LSU scored six touchdowns to start the game with a 42-0 lead and never looked back.
10 Texas A&M vs 7 Michigan - The Wolverines destroyed Texas A&M 63-14 to set up an interesting second round matchup with LSU. Mike Hart led the way for the victors scoring three times and finishing with 238 yards rushing. Chad Henne hooked up with Mario Manningham 6 times for 113 yards and two scores.
14 Ball State vs 3 Arizona State - The Sun Devils ran for 468 yards and cruised past Ball State 55-33 into the second round. Ryan Torain led the attack with 261 yards on 24 attempts and Keegan Herring also went over 100 yards with 125 yards on 16 totes.
11 UCF vs 6 BYU - Manase Tonga caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Max Hall with just over nine minutes to play as BYU defeated Central Florida 31-27. The Cougar defense held the nation's leading rusher Kevin Smith to 93 yards, but it was his one-yard td dive that gave the Knights the lead at 27-24. Hall finished 22-of-29 for 293 yards and three scores for BYU.
The 2nd round matchups in the West will follow the seeds and be:
8 Texas Tech vs. 1 Kansas
5 Auburn vs. 4 Clemson
7 Michigan vs. 2 LSU
6 BYU vs. 3 Arizona State