Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Fiction: I-A Playoff Results, 12/17/2004

Peach Bowl
The Michigan Wolverines scored the first major upset as they upset the Texas Longhorns, 34-31 in an exciting atmosphere in the sold-out Georgia Dome. Michigan RB Mike Hart was the MVP with 181 yards and 1 TD. QB Chad Henne added TD passes to RB Braylon Edwards and WR Tyler Ecker. Texas jumped out to a 14-0 lead early, but Michigan stormed back with 17 straight points. Texas then kicked a FG to go into the break tied at 17. After Hart's TD to open the second half, Michigan recovered a big fumble by Texas QB Vince Young which set up a FG to make the score 27-17. But Texas wasn't done. RB Cedric Benson broke free for a 46 yard TD run, cutting the deficit to 3. Then, after a Michigan 3-and-out, Texas marched the length of the field, with QB Young sneaking a TD with 2 minutes left, giving the Longhorns a 4 point lead. But then Michigan went to work, mixing the run and pass well. Ecker got the winning TD pass with 10 seconds left to seal Michigan's win.

Sun Bowl
Oklahoma showed why they're the #1 ranked team in the nation after romping over outmatched LSU, 41-7, in a rocking Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX. RB Adrian Peterson got the Sun Bowl MVP, with 132 yards and 3 TDs, after being yanked in the second half. It was definitely the Sooner show as they benefitted greatly from four LSU turnovers, including 2 interceptions from Tiger QB Marcus Randall. RB Alley Broussard scored the only Tiger TD late in the 4th quarter. Aside from that, it was surgical precision as QB Jason White racked up 300 yards passing and 2 TDs, one to WR Mark Bradley and the other to WR Travis Wilson.

Second-Round Matchup
Oklahoma will play Michigan in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, FL on December 24th. The organizers couldn't be more excited with the matchup involving two of the best-drawing teams in all of I-A. They can't wait.
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