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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Banshee Sports College Football Playoffs: Round 2

After a couple upsets in Round 1 of the Banshee Sports College Football Playoffs, Round 2 went according to script.  This round was once again played at the home field of the higher seeded team.  The home field advantage proved to be too much to overcome.  All the higher seeds advanced.  But, the second round ends the home cooking.  Next week's games will be played at neutral sites.

Oklahoma State 48, Georgia 42.  This game was the first game on the schedule.  It turned out to be the best game of the day.  Georgia's defense played very well for three quarters.  And Oklahoma State played absolutely no defense for three quarters.  Georgia led 42-21 at the end of the third.  It appeared that the Bulldogs Cinderella run was going to continue another week.  And then the roles reversed.  The Cowboys came storming back to tie the game with 46 seconds to go.  Neither team scored on their first possession of overtime.  The Bulldogs scored a field goal on their second possession.  The Cowboys answered with a touchdown pass to win 45-48 in 2OT.

Oregon 55, Clemson 7.  For a moment, this looked like it would be a game.  But, it was a brief moment.  Clemson scored first when they intercepted an option pitch and ran it in for a defensive touchdown.  And then the beat down began.  Oregon's defense had five takeaways in the first half.  That propelled the Ducks to a 31-7 lead at the half.  The second half was more of the same.  The Ducks defense picked Taj Boyd off five times.  Darron Thomas played a great game.  He ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more.

Alabama 34, Arkansas 26.  This game was a rematch of the conference game played on September 24.  The Hogs put up a better fight this time.  The Hogs were able to throw the ball enough to hang close throughout.  Arkansas scored on a 76 yard touchdown pass with 1:46 to go to make the score 31-26.  Alabama then recovered the onside kick and tacked on a field goal to make the final score 34-26.  The Crimson Tide gave up some points in the air, but they held Arkansas to a total of just 7 yards rushing in the game.

LSU 48, Boise State 19.  There is not a lot to say about this game.  LSU led 14-3 after the first quarter and continued with a methodical beating.  LSU moved the ball at will on the ground and through the air.  And LSU's defense was stifling while the game was still in doubt.  The score was 35-12 at the half.  Jordan Jefferson played a magnificent game.  He was 13-14 for 218 yards and 4 touchdowns.