There are eight teams remaining in the 2010 College Football Playoffs after
the opening round games. Virginia Tech will travel south to take on the #1
overall seed, the Auburn Tigers. The other three #1 seeds are still alive as
well. Today’s quarterfinal action will set up our 2010 Football Final Four.
#3 Virginia Tech (12-2) at #1 Auburn (14-0)
Weather: 50 degrees, no wind
Virginia Tech was the only team to pull an upset in the opening round,
knocking off Ohio State thanks to big plays at critical times, and a couple of
timely interceptions by Jayron Hosley. They would need the same big plays to
knock off the #1 overall seed on the road.
Auburn took a 3-0 first quarter lead on a 24 yard field goal by Wes Byrum.
The Hokies failed to cross midfield in the first quarter, while Auburn moved the
football with relative ease. The Tech defense employed the same “bend but
don’t break” style as they did against Ohio State. They allowed one field
goal in the first quarter, and Byrum also missed from 40 yards in the first 15
The Hokies struck quickly in the second quarter. Auburn went three and out on
their opening possession, and Jayron Hosley came up with another big play,
taking the punt back 77 yards for a touchdown to put Tech up 7-3 with 13 minutes
remaining in the second quarter. However, the lead didn’t last, as Auburn scored
on a six-play drive that saw Cam Newton run it in from 10 yards out to put the
Tigers back up 10-7.
Tech started their next drive on their own 17, and aided by an Auburn late
hit, they drove the ball steadily downfield. The big play came when Tyrod Taylor
hit Ryan Williams coming out of the backfield for a 26 yard gain. Tech advanced
all the way to the Auburn one yard line, where they faced second down. However,
they couldn’t advance that final yard, and instead lost a yard on second down
and third down. They settled for
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