TEXAS A&M @ MIAMI (FL) - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
Jacory Harris threw for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Canes advanced with a 23-14 win over the Aggies. Leonard Hankerson had five catches for 67 yards and the game's first touchdown which gave Miami a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Jerrod Johnson threw for 194 yards for the Aggies.
HOUSTON @ OLE MISS - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
In what may go down as the best game of the opening round, Ole Miss rallied for a 35-34 win over Houston. Jevan Snead's 17-yard scoring strike to Shay Hodge gave Ole Miss the lead with 2:07 to play. The Rebels trailed 24-7 early in the second half before starting the rally. Case Keenum threw for 519 yards and 3 scores for the Cougars.
BOSTON COLLEGE @ WEST VIRGINIA - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
West Virginia advanced with a 19-10 win at Mountaineer Field. Jarrett Brown led the Mountaineers throwing for 184 yards and 2 TD's, while rushing for 49 yards as well. Boston College committed 3 turnovers, all in the second half as the Moutaineers beat their old conference rival.
NORTHWESTERN @ CINCINNATI - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
The dream season continued for the Bearcats as they pummelled visiting Northwestern 44-24. Tony Pike threw for 509 yards and four touchdowns in leading UC into the next round against West Virginia. Pike hooked up 9 times for 152 and a score with Mardy Gilyard.
SOUTHERN MISS @ VIRGINIA TECH - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
Defense ruled the day and the Hokies held on for a 15-9 win over Southern Miss on Saturday. Tech managed just 12 first downs, but a blocked punt set up one field goal and an interception set up a second, plus the Hokie defense recorded a safety.
KENTUCKY @ TENNESSEE - SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
In a matchup of SEC teams, Tennessee nearly left an 18-0 lead slip away but prevailed 18-11 in Knoxville. Montario Hardesty ground out 75 yards on 22 carries for the victors. Jonathan Crompton completed 63% of passes as he managed the game for the Vols.