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Fiction: I-A Playoff Results, 12/16/2004

Outback Bowl
In Tampa. the Hawkeyes of Iowa dominated a Pitt team 31-7 that really reflected Iowa's strong finish to the year. Pitt QB Tyler Palko was running for his life all day, going 19-40 with a fumble and two interceptions. Hawkeye QB Drew Tate on the other hand passed for 300 yards, with a pair of TDs to MVP Ed Hinkel. Hinkel ended the day with 11 receptions for 186 yards as well.

The Hawkeye faithful who made the trip got their money's worth in a stadium with 45,000 strong, and will be looking forward to next week's matchup.

Alamo Bowl
In a sold-out Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX, the WAC representative Boise St. put a major scare into USC, but ultimately lost a shootout 42-34 to the Trojans. QB Jared Zabransky surprised the Trojans on the first play of the game with a bomb to WR Drisan James, and took a 21-10 lead into the half against a stunned USC squad.

After recieving the kickoff in the second half, however, USC's QB Matt Leinart and RB Reggie Bush came o…

Fiction: I-A Playoff Results, 12/15/2004

New Orleans Bowl
Memphis demolished North Texas, 42-11, in a game that wasn't even that close. Played in the Superdome in front of a modest crowd of 26,000 fans or so, RB DeAngelo Williams powered for 212 yards and 3 TDs, giving him the New Orleans Bowl MVP Trophy.

Continental Tire Bowl
A sold-out Bank of America stadium witnessed a thriller as lower-ranked Georgia upset the Hokies of Virginia Tech 25-19 in triple overtime.

Fans throughout the south will need some serious valium after this nailbiter.

In this battle of the south, the score was 13-6 in favor of the Bulldogs with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Then Tech Brian Randall finally broke a 24-yard run to the outside, putting Tech in the red zone. Taking no chances, six plays later, RB Cedric Humes powered in on 3rd-and-goal to knot the game up at 13 with 3 minutes left. Bulldog QB David Greene led a 3-and-out, leaving the Georgia defense to hold onto the win. Driving to the 30 yard line, a 47 yard Brandon Pace field …

Lehigh Football Nation Players of the Year

Press Release
On Thursday, December 9th, the fan blog Lehigh Football Nation announced their awards of outstanding achievement to members of the Lehigh Football team. The awards are: Top Offensive Hawk, Top Defensive Hawk, Top Special Teams Hawk, and Player of the Year.

Top Offensive Hawk: The 2004 Top Offensive Hawk award goes to junior QB Mark Borda. In a year where he had to battle for the starting job in August, Mark left little doubt that he was "the man" after accumulating three Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and eight Lehigh Football Nation game balls, as well as getting on the second team All Patriot League Offense and Sports Network's Walter Payton award "watch list". With 24 TD throws, 1 rushing TD and only 6 interceptions on the year, Mark compiled a 62% completion rate to go with his 150.8 QB rating on the year.

Mark also brought a quiet confidence to the offense this year, epitomized by the come-from-behind performace against Yal…

2-for-2

Two for Two
Incredible, but true. I somehow managed to pick both games right this weekend. Mind you, I has James Madison scoring 20 points, and Sam Houston St. scoring 44, but considering my pathetic playoff picking record, I will gladly take it.

Congratulations to James Madison and Montana, who now will play Friday for the I-AA Championship in Chattanooga, TN.

(If only Lehigh had stopped the Dukes on 7th and goal...)

I'll go ahead and pick the I-AA Championship game now. James Madison does the unthinkable, and gets a national championship. Rascati, Hines, and company will bowl over the Montana front four, without any way to stop them. Montana QB Ochs rallies for 2 late TDs to keep it close, but the Dukes cap off a memorable year by getting the championship.

James Madison 27, Montana 24

This week: Find out the winner of the I-AA Championship Game, And My Mock I-AA Playoff results.