Here are the early results from Thursday's afternoon Games....
CALIFORNIA VS ALABAMA @ Mobile, Alabama
Top seeded Alabama needed to rally past Cal in the 2nd Round of the College Football Championship Tournament to secure its place in the next round with a 31-24 win. Playing before an in-state crowd in Mobile, Alabama found itself down 21-7 early in the second quarter. After cutting it to 21-14 at halftime when Greg McElroy found Collin Peek on a 31 yard touchdown pass, Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram capped a second half opening drive with a two-yard plunge to tie it at 21. Cal took the lead back on a Vince D'Amato 37 yard field goal with 13:36 left. But Roy Upchurch's 6 yard with 9:57 left gave the Tide the lead for good. Ingram finished with 138 yards on 28 carries but was outrushed by Cal's Jahvid Best who broke free for 162 yards on just 17 carries.
STANFORD VS ARKANSAS @ Memphis, Tennessee
Arkansas raced out to a 28-0 lead and held on for a 52-35 win at the Liberty Bowl on Christmas Eve. The Razorbacks torched the Cardinal defense for 633 yards of total offense in the win. Stanford got as close at 45-35 at the end of the third quarter, but Arkansas stiffened defensively in the fourth quarter. Michael Smith ran for 112 yards for Arkansas while Ryan Mallett threw for 412 yards and 5 touchdowns. Toby Gerhart carried the ball 33 times for 200 yards in the loss.