12 Georgia Tech vs 4 Oregon- The Rambling Wreck may take up permanent residence in Oregon. Tashard Choice's 19-yard dash to the end zone with 24 seconds left gave Georgia Tech a thrilling 37-34 win over Oregon and pushed them through to the Round of 16 with their second straight upset in the Great Northwest. The run culminated a 138-yard night for Choice who scored twice in the fourth quarter. The game was back-and-forth the whole way and featured 7 lead changes and 2 ties. The Ducks had taken a 34-29 lead with 3:41 to play on Dennis Dixon's 16-yard scoring strike to Derrick Jones. But the Ducks couldn't hold the Jackets down. Tech marched 79 yards on 13 plays for the winning score.
7 Texas vs 2 Virginia Tech - A lot more was expected from Texas. But Jud Dunleavy booted five field goals and the Hokies cruised to an easy 43-10 win over the Longhorns. Tyrod Taylor was 16-of-21 for 249 yards. He threw 2 second quarter touchdown passes to Brandon Ore as the Hokies jumped to a 23-0 halftime advantage. The Hokie defense sacked Colt McCoy seven times and intercepted him twice as they made life difficult for the Horns offense. McCoy completed just 11-of-34 passes. Jamaal Charles did run for 190 yards but the Horns had no balance and couldn't garner much offense.
6 Illinois vs 3 South Florida - Illinois scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes to defeat the Bulls 18-17. Rashard Mendenhall's 5-yard run with 1:40 left capped the rally. The run completed an 8-play 52-yard drive that gave the Illini the win. Illinois' first scoring drive covered 76 yards on 12 plays and Aurelious Benn scored on an option pitch from a yard out. That cut the lead to 17-12 as the Illini failed on the attempted two point conversion. Mendenhall led the attack with 76 yards rushing in the highly defensive game. South Florida was led by sophomore quarterback Matt Grothe. He threw for 179 yards on 9-of-14 passing.
The quarterfinal matchups in the region will be:
12 Georgia Tech vs. 1 Florida
6 Illinois vs 2 Virginia Tech