The 2005 school soccer season was pretty much as good as any in historical past because of the top-level expertise amongst heavyweights Texas and USC — leading to an outstanding title recreation — and a deep pool of thrilling expertise across the nation.
Stars that 12 months included Vince Younger, Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Ryan, Calvin Johnson and lots of extra. Whereas the Longhorns and Trojans had been becoming championship contenders, it might have been much more enjoyable to see different colleges with an equal shot in a playoff format.
So, we have determined to run a full, in-depth 32-team bracket based mostly on the 2005 marketing campaign utilizing “NCAA Soccer 06” with rosters rigorously programmed with actual names, attributes and appearances. It is a ardour mission, to make sure, however one which ought to be greater than worthwhile given the nostalgia of the mid-2000s period.
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The bracket was set by considering three elements:
- How groups fared in actual life in 2005
- How groups are rated within the online game
- What number of NFL stars and/or cult heroes had been produced
The primary two factors carried many of the weight, with the ultimate element coming in useful after we had notably robust calls to make. UCF, for instance, was gifted the ultimate seed as a result of it had a pair of supremely gifted broad receivers in Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker. We needed to see if the Knights might use them to steer a shock upset over top-seeded Texas (spoiler: they could not).
Video games are performed by manually controlling the underdog group on sliders that present usually reasonable outcomes (although clearly not good). Dwelling area is given to the upper seed. We’re recording recreation play and posting highlights on YouTube and in our articles summarizing every spherical.
This story will take you thru the primary spherical, which consisted of 16 contests. We’re additionally logging recreation stats all through “The Match” and sharing them on the finish of every write-up.
Listed below are all outcomes from the primary spherical, adopted by participant stats and Candy 16 matchups:
No. 1 Texas 49, No. 32 UCF 20
Texas earned the precise to the No. 1 seed with its real-life championship and stacked roster, whereas UCF (8-5 in 2005) barely snuck into our bracket as a result of its star exterior threats.
The matchup was predictably lopsided. Brandon Marshall and Mike Sims-Walker mixed for 107 yards and no touchdowns for UCF, doing little exterior a few chunk performs with the competition already out of hand. The Longhorns offense, in the meantime, was completely dominant.
Vince Younger went 9 of 15 by means of the air for 294 passing yards and three touchdowns and ran for 75 yards and a further rating. His speeding TD was harking back to what he did to win the nationwide title — albeit with the stakes a lot decrease.
Jordan Shipley contributed 212 receiving yards for Texas. Limas Sweed chipped in 78 and a landing catch.
No. 16 West Virginia 42, No. 17 NC State 28
In a matchup of a memorable offensive group in West Virginia (No. 17) towards a powerful defensive facet in NC State (No. 18), issues remained shut till the ultimate seconds of the third quarter, when Steve Slaton took a kickoff again 100 yards to place the Mountaineers up for good.
West Virginia (11-1 in 2005) is criminally underrated in “NCAA Soccer 06” largely as a result of Slaton and quarterback Pat White had been freshmen. EA did not understand simply how good the duo can be straight away. However despite the fact that White struggled a bit beneath middle (9 of 22 for 158 yards), the Mountaineers had been greater than explosive sufficient to beat a Wolfpack line led by NFL first-rounders Mario Williams and Manny Lawson. Their protection impressed, too, choosing off NC State quarterback Jay Davis 5 instances.
We anticipate West Virginia’s Candy 16 recreation towards Texas to be a high-scoring affair.
No. Eight Oklahoma 28, No. 25 Cal 21
Adrian Peterson vs. Marshawn Lynch. That is the story.
Lynch (118 speeding yards, two TDs) tied the sport at 21 early within the fourth quarter earlier than Peterson (144 speeding yards, three TDs) sped away for a game-winning landing.
Oklahoma (8-Four in 2005) carried a No. Eight seed as a result of EA anticipated the Sooners to carry out a lot better than they really did and rated them accordingly. Cal (8-Four in 2005) was nonetheless a 12 months away from their greatest roster centered round Lynch — then-freshman DeSean Jackson had but to achieve his peak and quarterback Joe Ayoob struggled to keep away from turnovers.
Jackson did return a punt for a landing on this digital matchup, however he contributed little within the passing recreation. Justin Forsett was a non-factor for the Golden Bears.
No. 24 Texas A&M 31, No. 9 Florida State 7
We anticipated to get hammered by ninth-seeded Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. As a substitute, No. 24 Texas A&M (5-6 in 2005) did all the hammering.
The Aggies had been a group that seemed a lot better on paper — and in online game rankings — than they did in actual life. Twin-threat quarterback Reggie McNeal was a monster within the opening spherical matchup, amassing 171 passing yards, 57 speeding yards and two touchdowns with out turning the ball over towards a Seminoles protection that featured Lawrence Timmons, Antonio Cromartie and Ernie Sims. He ran the choice nicely whereas flanked by operating again Courtney Lewis (78 all-purpose yards, two TDs). Large receiver Jason Carter additionally had a giant day, reeling in a pair of deep throws from McNeal to achieve 114 receiving yards.
Texas A&M boasted each Martellus Bennett and Michael Bennett in 2005 and featured defensive sort out Johnny Jolly because the anchor of its D-line. It’s going to face the Sooners subsequent in our match.
Florida State (8-5 in 2005) suffered the lack of Cromartie to harm in actual life, a setback that wasn’t mirrored within the recreation. His presence wasn’t sufficient to forestall Texas A&M from roasting his group.
No. Four Penn State 42, No. 29 TCU 14
TCU (11-1 in 2005) was a enjoyable and fairly good Mountain West upstart exterior of its unusual early season loss to SMU. The Horned Frogs did not get sufficient rankings respect from EA, although, and had been pummeled by fourth-seeded Penn State’s rock strong roster in our match.
Nittany Lions quarterback Michael Robinson may need had the perfect efficiency of any participant within the first spherical. He threw for 196 yards and two scores, ran for 138 yards and one other rating and sat for the latter half of the fourth quarter with the sport out of attain of TCU. Working again Tony Hunt gashed the Horned Frogs for 134 speeding yards and 29 receiving yards, whereas receivers Derrick Williams and Deon Butler every hauled in lengthy landing passes.
Penn State (11-1 in 2005) gained the Orange Bowl in actual life. This system figures to be a major impediment to Texas and USC in our simulation.
TCU did choose up substantial rubbish time yardage. Robert Merrill completed with 180 on the bottom within the shedding effort, and wideout Michael DePriest gained 172 by means of the air.
No. 13 Oregon 27, No. 20 Alabama 14
On the verge of a dizzying run of up-tempo offensive success led by the likes of Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli, Darron Thomas and Marcus Mariota, Oregon (10-2 in 2005) was fairly rattling good. The Geese leaned on NFL-bound Kellen Clemens beneath middle and had an underrated protection spearheaded by Haloti Ngata, Anthony Vehicles and Patrick Chung.
Alabama (10-2 in 2005) was not on the stage it might attain with Nick Saban in cost however nonetheless an SEC drive. With Brodie Croyle beneath middle and Kenneth Darby within the backfield, the Crimson Tide did simply sufficient in actual life to assist the top-ranked scoring protection within the nation. Within the recreation, although, the squad is beneath appreciated by way of rankings, main us to provide them a quite disrespectful No. 20-seed.
This turned out to be one of many extra evenly matched, entertaining video games of the opening spherical.
Oregon jumped forward 14-Zero with this pick-six from Chung, who by some means coated half the sphere horizontally to safe his interception.
Alabama grounded and pounded its approach again into the sport, chopping its deficit to 17-14 behind Darby’s workhorse efficiency. Darby completed the competition with 144 speeding yards and a pair of scores.
Oregon’s decisive second got here late within the third quarter when Clemens discovered Garren Robust down the sideline with a cross that looped juuust past the attain of Simeon Castille.
No. 28 Iowa 20, No. 5 Georgia 10
Iowa (7-5 in 2005) was all the time going to be a entice recreation for Georgia (10-Three in 2005) given its elite protection. Nonetheless, we did not anticipate the Hawkeyes to be as relentless as they had been.
Led by linebackers Chad Greenway and Abdul Hodge, Iowa stored Georgia from scoring an offensive landing. The Bulldogs’ lone rating got here through a first-quarter pick-six of Drew Tate.
The Hawkeyes compelled 5 turnovers of their victory. Security Miguel Merrick bookended the takeaways with an early choose of D.J. Shockley and a late compelled fumble of Sean Bailey.
Iowa’s lack of offensive pop is a priority shifting ahead in our match. Drew Tate (7 of 18 for 140 yards, one TD and three INTs) was inconsistent, and operating again Albert Younger managed simply 57 yards on the bottom. Nonetheless, the unit did a lot better than what the Bulldogs put forth.
No. 41 Virginia Tech 41, No. 20 Auburn 20
The youthful brother of Michael Vick went off for 21-seed Virginia Tech (11-2 in 2005) towards 12-seed Auburn (9-Three in 2005). He threw a landing cross and ran for 2 extra scores in a runaway win, trying improbable in an possibility assault for the Hokies. Tigers defensive linemen Quentin Groves and Stanley McGlover had been largely neutralized, combining for six tackles and a single sack.
Defensively for Virginia Tech, Jimmy Williams intercepted two passes and compelled two fumbles.
No. 2 USC 79, No. 31 Clemson 10
This was not a enjoyable recreation to play. USC (12-1 in 2005) is on one other planet talent-wise in “NCAA Soccer 06” and proved to be an unfair matchup for Clemson (8-Four in 2005). As in actual life, Reggie Bush was ridiculous as a digital operating again/particular teamer. He tallied 140 all-purpose yards and 4 whole touchdowns (together with three return TDs!) within the first-round romp.
Check out Bush in all of his collegiate glory.
Dwayne Jarrett added an extended landing reception , and LenDale White poured on the factors late with 113 yards of his personal.
Clemson’s solely landing got here by means of an interception return from Tye Hill.
No. 18 Michigan 35, No. 15 Tennessee 7
Mike Hart was a tank out of the backfield for Michigan, carrying the ball 1,015 instances in his profession. That mark ranks 14th on the all-time NCAA leaderboard, a exceptional accomplishment contemplating simply three of the gamers forward of him performed within the 2000s.
Whereas the Wolverines (7-5 in 2005) had been one of many nation’s greatest disappointments in actual life, they used Hart to nice success in our digital contest. The New York native racked up 188 speeding yards and a pair of touchdowns towards Tennessee (5-6 in 2005). A major chunk of his manufacturing got here on this spin-aided 94-yard run:
Chad Henne (137 yards, one TD and no INTs) was strong beneath middle for Michigan on this recreation whereas counterpart Erik Ainge (141 yards, one TD and two INTs) was far much less efficient.
Outdoors of a 12-yard landing reception for Robert Meachem, little went proper for Tennessee.
No. 7 LSU 37, No. 26 Boston School 27
Just one quarterback confirmed up on this matchup of marquee signal-callers between seventh-seeded LSU (11-2 in 2005) and 26th-seeded Boston School (9-Three in 2005) — and it occurred to be the passer on the shedding group.
Matt Ryan was usually wonderful for Boston School, connecting with Will Blackmon ultimately zone twice within the first half. His second strike to the cornerback-turned-wideout lower LSU’s result in 17-14 coming into the half.
LSU managed to place up 37 factors regardless of an atrocious effort from JaMarcus Russell (Three of 16 for 75 yards, one TD and two INTs). Alley Broussard, rated as LSU’s high again within the recreation coming into 2005 earlier than lacking the whole season, went off for 231 speeding yards and two touchdowns to assist the Tigers draw back.
We anticipate Russell to select up his recreation within the Candy 16 towards Florida. He has too many exterior choices (together with Dwayne Bowe and Early Doucet) to not play higher.
No. 10 Florida 37, No. 23 Virginia 6
Florida (9-Three in 2005) earned the 10-seed in our bracket however prompt it ought to have been ranked even greater with a dominant win over a Virginia group that includes NFL first-rounders D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Chris Lengthy, in addition to future Professional Bowl linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
The Cavaliers (7-5 in 2005) took a 3-Zero lead into the second quarter earlier than falling sufferer to an onslaught from the Chris Leak-led Gators. A wonky 59-yard tip catch and run by Andre Caldwell set the blowout in movement.
No. Three Ohio State 47, No. 30 Wisconsin 24
Ohio State (10-2 in 2005) might be the highest risk to maintain USC out of the championship recreation. The Buckeyes have Troy Smith, Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. on offense and A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Malcolm Jenkins on protection. Our 3-seed had no downside dispatching Wisconsin at dwelling.
Wisconsin (10-Three in 2005) didn’t decelerate the run recreation. Antonio Pittman ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, Smith ran for 103 yards and a landing and Ginn discovered the tip zone on a nifty possibility reverse play.
The Badgers performed from behind all through the competition, retaining issues respectable largely due to a powerful outing by Jonathan Orr (126 receiving yards and two TDs).
No. 14 UCLA 48, No. 19 Louisville 30
A conflict of star-studded offenses didn’t disappoint. UCLA’s Drew Olsen, Maurice Jones-Drew and Mercedes Lewis bested Brian Brohm, Michael Bush and Joshua Tinch within the back-and-forth affair that stayed shut till late within the third quarter.
Jones-Drew (137 all-purpose yards, three whole TDs) was the MVP for the Bruins (10-2 in 2005). His punt and kickoff return scores had been instrumental in creating house between groups.
Brohm price Louisville by throwing three interceptions, every one coming in UCLA territory. He did accumulate 384 passing yards — essentially the most of anybody within the first spherical. Bush rushed for 146 yards and Tinch delivered 177 all-purpose yards.
No. 27 Georgia Tech 28, No. 6 Notre Dame 24
This wound up being essentially the most thrilling recreation of the opening spherical.
Georgia Tech (7-5 in 2005) noticed the great model of quarterback Reggie Ball to assist P.J. Daniels and Calvin Johnson in a slim upset of sixth-seeded Notre Dame (9-Three in 2005).
Brady Quinn gave the Preventing Irish a 7-Zero benefit with a lob over the center to future MLB pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
It was then time for Johnson to say himself, first with an over-the-shoulder catch down the left sideline after which with a reception streaking wide-open down the precise sideline. His second landing got here on the primary play from scrimmage of the second half and gave Georgia Tech a 21-10 lead.
Notre Dame clawed again, although, as Quinn discovered his rhythm to information his group to a 24-21 lead with lower than 5 minutes to go within the contest.
Georgia Tech’s response sucked the life out of South Bend:
With an opportunity to reply with a profitable drive, Quinn and the Preventing Irish turned the ball over on downs. Georgia Tech superior to face Miami within the Candy 16.
No. 11 Miami 45, No. 22 Texas Tech 24
Miami (9-Three in 2005) is a darkish horse candidate to make a run on this competitors. It has NFL expertise scattered all through its roster; the group’s massive names embody Greg Olsen, Devin Hester, Sinorice Moss, Brandon Meriweather and Calais Campbell.
Texas Tech (9-Three in 2005) could not fairly deal with Miami’s firepower, although it did get some robust particular person shows from Joel Filani (206 receiving yards, one TD) and Taurean Henderson (136 speeding yards, two TDs).
Craig Hodges threw two interceptions within the loss, along with his second one going the opposite approach for six.
Miami quarterback Kyle Wright went 17 of 32 passing for 324 yards and two touchdowns.
Stats leaderboard for ‘The Match’
|Participant||Group||Comp/Att||Move Yards||Move TD||INT|
|Brian Brohm||Louisville||16 of 44||384||0||3|
|Kyle Wright||Miami||17 of 32||324||2||0|
|Vince Younger||Texas||9 of 15||294||3||0|
|Matt Ryan||BC||20 of 31||275||2||2|
|Jay Davis||NC State||11 of 21||262||1||5|
|Cody Hodges||Texas Tech||17 of 38||262||1||2|
|Brady Quinn||Notre Dame||12 of 21||250||2||0|
|Kellen Clemens||Oregon||12 of 20||235||1||1|
|D.J. Shockley||Georgia||14 of 32||234||0||2|
|Brandon Cox||Auburn||20 of 35||233||2||2|
|Chris Leak||Florida||13 of 25||224||2||0|
|Jeff Ballard||TCU||9 of 18||207||1||3|
|Michael Robinson||Penn State||9 of 12||196||2||0|
|John Stocco||Wisconsin||10 of 17||192||2||2|
|Reggie Ball||Georgia Tech||7 of 14||187||2||2|
|Charlie Whitehurst||Clemson||14 of 27||183||0||2|
|Reggie McNeal||Texas A&M||16 of 21||171||2||0|
|Pat White||West Virginia||9 of 22||158||1||1|
|Marques Hagans||Virginia||11 of 29||158||0||5|
|Paul Thompson||Oklahoma||15 of 32||155||0||0|
|Drew Olson||UCLA||Eight of 24||141||2||1|
|Erik Ainge||Tennessee||Eight of 17||141||1||2|
|Drew Tate||Iowa||7 of 18||140||1||3|
|Matt Leinart||USC||6 of 12||138||3||1|
|Chad Henne||Michigan||9 of 21||137||1||0|
|Brodie Croyle||Alabama||6 of 19||132||0||2|
|Marcus Vick||Virginia Tech||7 of 14||120||1||1|
|Steven Moffett||UCF||Eight of 18||112||0||2|
|Drew Weatherford||Florida State||11 of 18||93||0||1|
|JaMarcus Russell||LSU||Three of 16||75||1||2|
|Joe Ayoob||Cal||6 of 22||54||0||0|
|Troy Smith||Ohio State||6 of 12||47||1||1|
|Selvin Younger||Texas||1 of 1||19||0||0|
|John David Booty||USC||2 of 5||16||1||0|
|Kenny Irons||Auburn||1 of two||14||0||1|
Dashing (high 10)
|Participant||Group||Rush Yards||Rush TD||Scrim Yards|
|Leon Washington||Florida State||148||1||148|
|Antonio Pittman||Ohio State||145||2||145|
|Michael Robinson||Penn State||138||1||138|
Receiving (high 10)
|Participant||Group||Receiving Yards||Receiving TD|
|Joel Filani||Texas Tech||206||1|
|Tramain Corridor||NC State||133||0|
|Calvin Johnson||Georgia Tech||132||2|
|Jeff Samardzija||Notre Dame||128||1|
Candy 16 matchups
Anticipate the Candy 16 and Elite Eight recap tales to return out in a few week. Listed below are the matchups for the following spherical:
- No. 1 Texas vs. No. 16 West Virginia
- No. 2 USC vs. No. 18 Michigan
- No. Three Ohio State vs. No. 14 UCLA
- No. Four Penn State vs. No. 13 Oregon
- No. 7 LSU vs. No. 10 Florida
- No. Eight Oklahoma vs. No. 24 Texas A&M
- No. 11 Miami vs. No. 27 Georgia Tech
- No. 21 Virginia Tech vs. No. 28 Iowa