Oregon vs Georgia @ San Francisco - home of the Emerald Bowl
Georgia got exactly the style football game it wanted, but couldn't hold on in the end as Oregon rallied for a 23-13 win over the Dawgs at AT&T Park. Jeff Maehl caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Masoli with just 1:20 to put the Ducks into the lead 16-13. Talmadge Jackson ran an interception back 50 seconds later, the third Duck pick of the day to preserve the victory. LaMichael James ran for a game high 117 yards in the win. Joe Cox threw for 309 yards in the loss, but was victimized by the three interceptions. Oregon faces Ohio State next weekend in the Sweet Sixteen.
Nevada vs Penn State @ San Diego - home of the Poinsettia Bowl
Evan Royster ran for 157 yards and scored two touchdowns as Penn State ended Nevada's Cinderella run with a 31-17 win in balmy San Diego. The Nittany Lions never trailed and pounded out 475 yards of offense in the win. The attack was balanced for Penn State as they accumulated 242 yards rushing and 233 passing. Nevada again showed one of the top running attacks in the country as Vai Taua ran for 146 of his team's 300 yards on the ground. Taua's 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter drew the Wolf Pack within 14-9, but Penn State took control after that and Nevada had two drives go scoreless with missed field goals.
Wisconsin vs TCU @ Albuquerque - home of the New Mexico Bowl
Color the Horned Frogs a contender. TCU left little doubt in a 36-0 pasting of Wisconsin in the 2nd Round. The Hourned Frogs held Wisconsin to 169 yards of total offense and nine first downs. Meanwhile, the two-headed rushing attack of Joseph Turner and Edward Wesley combined for 203 yards rushing and two scores for TCU. The Frogs led 7-0 after one quarter and built the lead to 20-0 at the intermission. Ross Evans booted five field goals in the win for TCU. TCU returns to Texas to face Penn State in Dallas on New Year's Day.