Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:37 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2010 4:38 pm

D-1A Playoffs First Round -- Top Half

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16) Florida International at 1) Auburn


The game starts as both teams trade punts. Midway through the first, Auburn returns a punt all the way to FIU’s 32. Two plays later, Dyer runs for 30 yards and scores the game’s first touchdown. After another FIU punt, McCalebb breaks off a 34 yard run for another touchdown. FIU finally gets on the board in the 2<sup>nd</sup> as Carroll hits Mallary on a screen and he scores. Later in the quarter, on the first play after an Auburn punt, Mallary makes another catch, but loses the ball and it is recovered by Auburn. Three plays later Newton finds Blake in the end zone for another touchdown. After another punt, Auburn starts another drive, capped by McCalebb running for 25 yards and a score. HALFTIME SCORE 28-7 AUBURN.


The second half opens to see Auburn’s opening drive ending with a missed field goal. After receiving a punt, Dyer takes the third play and runs 44 yards for a touchdown. The very next play after the kickoff, Carroll throws a screen to Younger who gets good blocking and runs 81 yards for a score. The 3<sup>rd</sup> ends and the 4<sup>th</sup> begins with both teams again trading punts. Auburn then gets a short field to work with and the drive ends with Newton running for 13 yards and a score. Later, FIU begins another long drive capped by another touchdown pass from Carroll to Mallary. But it’s too little, too late. AUBURN WINS 42-21.



9) Oklahoma at 8) Michigan St.


The Spartans take the opening drive 69 yards and score the first points on a field goal. Oklahoma puts together a lengthy drive of its own; but they score a touchdown as Jones finds Murray for six. Both teams punt on their next possessions. Then, Edwin Baker and the Spartans take over. His first score is from 15 yard out at the beginning of the 2<sup>nd</sup>. Jones  hits Kenney in the end zone on their next drive to score. After a good kick return, Cousins leads Mich. St. down the field and Baker puts it in for another touchdown. The Sooners go three and out and then Cousins and Baker complete another drive. Baker puts this one in from 10 yards out. HALFTIME SCORE 24-14 MICHIGAN STATE.


Oklahoma takes the opening drive 78 yards and Murray scores the touchdown on a 33 yard run. Both teams then go three and out, but Oklahoma’s punt is blocked. The Spartans make good use of the short field as Cousins finds Nichol for a touchdown. After a lengthy Sooner drive, Jones gets the ball to Franks who loses it, recovered by MSU at the 8. They would then take the ball 92 yards over ten plays with Baker running it in from 5 yards out. All that Oklahoma can muster after that is a field goal. MICHIGAN STATE WINS 38-24.



13) Connecticut at 4) Wisconsin


This game was a lot closer than it should have been. UConn opens the game with a 30 yard field goal to take an early lead. Both teams punt on their next possessions but Wisconsin returns theirs to the UConn 35. They take advantage of the short field and Ball scored from a yard out. Again, both teams punt to end the 1<sup>st</sup>. Now, both teams trade field goals. Teggart hits a 28-yarder for UConn, then Welch gets one at the same length for Wisconsin. After a Wisconsin interception, Welch hits another one from 27 yards. With six seconds on the clock, Teggart nails a 32-yarder to end the half. HALFTIME SCORE 13-9 WISCONSIN.


Wisconsin takes the opening drive of the 2<sup>nd</sup> half 77 yards, capped off by a Tolzien pass caught in the end zone by Abbrederis. On UConn’s next drive, Teggart gets his 4<sup>th</sup> field goal, this one from 30 yards. On the first play of Wisconsin’s drive, Clay is stripped of the ball and UConn picks it up and takes it to the 4. Frazer finds Todman in the end zone two plays later for the score. Both teams punt on their next possessions. Wisconsin then unloads an 8 play, 86 yard drive that ends with Tolzien finding Toon for the touchdown. UConn can do nothing else with the ball. WISCONSIN WINS 27-19.



12) Nevada at 5) Stanford


This is the most intriguing first round matchup. Nevada takes the opening kickoff down to the 3 where they connect with a 20-yard field goal. Stanford makes quick work on their next drive, finished with a two yard run by Wilkerson. Nevada answers quickly. On their next play, Kaepernick scrambles for 62 yards and a score. The 1<sup>st</sup> ends with both teams punting and both QBs being picked off. In the 2<sup>nd</sup>, it was all Cardinal. Stanford opens the scoring with a 35-yard field goal. Next, Martinez gives Nevada three more with a 36-yarder. Luck takes over and leads Stanford down the field ending the drive with a touchdown pass to Whalen. Punts are traded until Stanford gets the ball with 19 seconds on the clock. As time expires, Luck hits Owusu for a 54-yard touchdown. HALFTIME SCORE 24-13 STANFORD.


Defenses show up for the 3<sup>rd</sup> quarter. Martinez missed a 37-yarder for Nevada and Whitaker connected on a 50-yarder for Stanford. Other than that, offenses were forced to punt. Opening the 4<sup>th</sup>, Martinez misses another field goal, this one from 47 yards. Two plays later, Wilkerson puts the ball on the ground and Nevada recovers. But, they cannot capitalize as Martinez misses a third field goal from 50 yards out. Luck leads Stanford down the field with Taylor finishing the drive on a 9 yard rush for a touchdown. Kaepernick revives the Wolf Pack and leads them to a score with a 16-yard pass to Session. After Stanford fails on a 4<sup>th</sup> down with 2:21 remaining, Kaepernick puts together another touchdown drive, throwing this one to Green with 22 seconds remaining. But, Stanford recovers the ensuing onside kick and runs out the clock. STANFORD WINS 34-27.

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