LSU vs Oklahoma @ Shreveport - home of the Independence Bowl
The Oklahoma Sooners weren't thought of as title contenders before the tournament began. But the pundits may want to rethink the title thoughts after the second straight impressive performance from the Sooners. Oklahoma bombed LSU 30-3 in Shreveport to advance. Ryan Broyles started the rout with a 79-yard punt return for a score after the Tigers had gone three and out on their opening possession. Chris Brown ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The ability of the Oklahoma defense to stop the LSU rushing attack was a key for the Sooners. LSU averaged less than one yard per carry on 44 carries. Meanwhile, the pass rush pressured Jordan Jefferson nearly everytime he tried to throw and finished with five sacks.
Oregon State vs Pittsburgh @ Las Vegas - home of the Las Vegas Bowl
Justin Kahut's 44-yard field with 11:13 left lifted the Beavers to a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh. Oregon State trailed 24-17 entering the fourth quarter but scored ten points within the first four minutes to take the win. Jacquizz Rodgers caught a seven-yard TD from Sean Canfield to tie the score, before Kahut hit the game-winner. Pitt's Dan Hutchins missed from 41 yards with just over three minutes to play and the Beavers were able to run out the clock. Rodgers ran for 114 yards and caught six passes for a nother 48, including the touchdown. Dion Lewis ran for 168 yards on 34 carries in defeat for the Panthers.
Texas Tech vs Florida @ St. Petersburg - home of the St. Petersburg Bowl
There was nothing easy about this second round matchup for the Gators, but Florida sent the partisan crowd home happy with a 29-17 win at the Tropicana Dome. Tim Tebow threw for two scores as the Gators pulled away late. Florida led 19-17 entering the final quarter, as Baron Batch had scored a pair of touchdowns to close a 19-3 lead to two points. Chris Rainey ran for 145 yards for the Gators in the win on just 12 carries. The Florida defense intercepted Taylor Potts 5 times as the Red Raiders slung it around 50 times for the game. But the Gator defense never really gave Potts time to throw sacking him six times to go along with the picks.