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Default NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT (Sweet 16 Results)

South Bend, IN (East Bracket)

#1 Oklahoma State d. #5 Michigan State, 45-40

Brandon Weeden (36-57, 447 yds, 3 TD, INT) wins player of the game, but it was a complete offensive performance that catapulted the Cowboys over the Spartans. Weeden found star Justin Blackmon 13 times for 138 yards including a 14-yard TD. Colton Chelf hauled in two TD passes, and Joseph Randle kept the game balanced with 121 yards on the ground and three TDs. The last one, a 3-yard grind over the right side, was the game winner with just 10 seconds left. Right before that, La'Veon Bell broke free on a 61-yard TD with 1:21 left. It was one of Bell's two TDs along with 108 yards on just 11 carries. Kirk Cousins led the Spartans all night with a 318 yard performance with 3 TDs and one pick.

#6 Penn State d. #7 Auburn, 37-23

Silas Redd (29 car, 187 yds, 2 TD) broke free all afternoon as the Nittany Lions knock off the Tigers. Auburn was intent on passing the ball in this contest. Tigers QB Barrett Trotter was 23-46 for 311 yards and 2 TDs. He hit Philip Lutzenkirchen 4 times for 131 yards and a TD. However, Trotter had two crucial picks, both to Chaz Powell, one returned 31 yards for a TD. Penn State did a nice job shutting down the Auburn running game and making them one dimensional. Auburn had big plays on offense, but they were outweighed by the crucial mistakes.

Ann Arbor, MI (West Bracket)

#1 Alabama d. #12 North Carolina, 44-23

It was expected to be a defensive game between the Crimson Tide and the Tar Heels. Alabama had other plans, however, exploding for 44 points behind the player of the game, Trent Richardson (23 car, 284 yds, TD). AJ McCarron showed he was no slouch either, picking up 221 yards on 16 of 23 passing and 3 TDs with one pick. For the Tar Heels, Giovani Bernard (29 car, 159 yds, TD) and Dwight Jones (9 rec, 130 yds) each had good games against this stingy defense. However, Bryn Renner's 300-yd game was negated by three crucial picks.

#2 Oregon d. #6 West Virginia, 36-29

Darron Thomas (16-28, 279 yds, 3 TD) made the big plays the Ducks needed to eliminate the Moutaineers. Josh Huff was big in the passing game (3 rec, 114 yds, TD) and while LaMichael James was limited to just 71 yards on 23 carries, he had two big TD runs. For West Virginia, Dustin Garrison (21 car, 134 yds) powered the running game and Geno Smith (29-47, 348 yds, 2 TD, INT) made big plays, mainly to Tavon Austin (10 rec, 122 yds, TD).

Boise ID (North Bracket)

#4 Michigan d. #9 Rutgers, 17-3

In a defensive game, it's only right that a defensive player wins the game's MVP. The Wolverines' Courtney Avery left no doubt about that as he picked off Rutgers QB Chas Dodd (17-37, 143 yds, 4 INT) three times to stall any hopes the Scarlet Knights had in this game. Denard Robinson (8-13, 153 yards, 2 TD, INT, 24 car, 32 yds) led a struggling Michigan offense, but made enough plays to win. Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan's MVP thus far in this tourney had just 87 yards on 25 carries and a 5-yard TD catch.

#2 Boise State d. #11 Temple, 37-10

Playing on their own turf in the Sweet 16, the Broncos used a complete game to dominate the Owls. Doug Martin (20 car, 202 yds, TD), Kellen Moore (22-28, 243 yds, 3 TD), DJ Harper (12 car, 55 yds, 2 TDs-rush and receiving), and Tyler Shoemaker (5 rec, 48 yds, 2 TDs) highlight the Broncos on the offensive end. Meanwhile the defense held all-conference back Bernard Pierce to 92 yards on 26 carries and kept him out of the end zone. Owls QB Chester Stewart was 10-16 for 153 yards with 1 TD and a matching INT.

Lincoln, NE (South Bracket)

#1 LSU d. #5 TCU, 24-23

LSU survived a scare as Jordan Jefferson connected with Russell Shephard on a 20-yard TD with just over five minutes left to give them the lead. The defense held TCU the rest of the way to secure an Elite 8 spot. Jordan Jefferson excelled with 196 yards on 15-of-26 passing and an INT to go with that lone TD. Spencer Ware and Michael Ford chipped in with a combined 34 carries for 164 yards, and two TDs. Casey Pachall really stole the show, however, with 357 yards on 25-of-43 passing, a TD and an INT. The performance raises questions of the LSU secondary heading forward. Perhaps, it could be a chink in the Tigers' armor.

#7 USC d. #6 Southern Mississippi, 35-13

USC's QB-WR tandem of Matt Barkley and Robert Woods couldn't look any better. Barkley (21-31, 257 yds, 3 TD) was efficient all game long while Woods (10 rec, 140 yds, TD) was mentioned often for his first down grabs every single time the Trojans needed it. Marc Tyler (20 car, 77 yds) contributed with 2 TDs. For Southern Miss, Jamal Woodyard (12 car, 150 yds, TD, 3 rec, 44 yds) had a big all-around performance. Austin Davis performed admirably under constant pressure with 191 yards on 17-of-32 passing with an INT, but the Golden Eagles were clearly outmatched in this one.



ELITE 8:

#1 Oklahoma State vs. #6 Penn State
#1 Alabama vs. #2 Oregon
#2 Boise State vs. #4 Michigan
#1 LSU vs. #7 USC
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