Ultimate Battle for Ultimate Destiny: First Round

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2009 vs 2003

Last week one of the top 2 seeds was knocked off by what most would view as a lesser squad. Could it happen again this week? We’ll find out when Snyder’s return year takes on the legendary 2003 team.

You can see all the match ups so far, as well as the methodology, here.
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The Matchup

 20092003
Seed152
Record6-6 (4-4 Big 12)11-4 (6-2 Big 12)
Head CoachBill SnyderBill Snyder
BowlNoneFiesta (vs Ohio State; L 28-35)
Big 12 Award winners1st Team: Daniel Thomas, RB, Brandon Banks, WR (AP)/PR/KR (Both); Nick Stringer, OL (Coaches).

2nd Team: Brandon Banks, WR (Coaches); Nick Stringer, OL (AP).

Honorable Mention: Tysyn Hartman, DB; Jeron Mastrud, TE (AP); Jeffrey Fitzgerald, DE (Coaches); Joshua Moore, DB (Coaches).

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Daniel Thomas
1st Team: Josh Buhl, LB; Nick Leckey, OL; Darren Sproles, RB.

2nd Team: Bryan Hickman, LB (AP); Ryan Lilja, OL; Justin Montgomery, DL (Coaches); Andrew Shull, DE; James Terry, WR; Rashad Washington, DB.

3rd Team (Coaches only): Randy Jordan, DB; Joe Rheem, PK; Ell Roberson, QB
Pre-Tournament Salute Ranking#15#2

Seeding and methodology here

The Game

First Quarter

Grant Gregory was never known for his arm, but when you’ve got a guy like Brandon Banks in your wide receiver corps, you may not need much. On the first possession of the game, with the ball on the 45 yard line Gregory tosses a screen to Banks and he’s off to the races. Just like that the 2009 team leads 7-0.

Just ask Oklahoma how the 2003 team responds to a quick score, though. It doesn’t come until their second possession, but after a Brandon Archer sack, the 2009 team can’t duplicate their first drive. 2003 takes over the ball and Darren Sproles starts doing Sproles things. He gets the ball on 4 of the first five plays of the drive before Roberson connects with Thomas Hill for a 45 yard gain. Sproles finishes it off, though, and the game is tied 7-7.

The 2009 team takes the hint and starts handing off to Daniel Thomas, but he can’t get going against the ’03 D, who forces a 3 and out. The 2003 team starts to put another drive together, but following a holding call they’re forced to punt.

Second Quarter

Early in the 2nd quarter the 2009 team is struggling to get out of the shadow of their own goal posts when Ted Sims breaks through for a sack on Grant Gregory. The ball comes loose and he falls on it on the 13 yard line. One play later Sproles is in the end zone for his 2nd TD of the game, and 2003 leads 14-7.

Later in the quarter the ’09 team is still trying to recapture the magic of their first drive, but James McGill picks off Gregory and returns it 8 yards to the 12 yard line. Then what? Sproles of course. 2003 leads 21-7. 

The game continues to be played on the ’09 end of the field as their offense just can’t find anything that works against the stout ’03 defense. They take over on the 44 yard line, and Roberson takes over for the drive. On a 6 play, 44 yard drive, Roberson passes for 11 yards and rushes for 30, including the 14 yard touchdown run and 2003 leads 28-7. (Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, 2003 OU)

With just a minute remaining in the half the 2009 team manages to put together an impressive drive, all the way to the red zone, but when they get there Grant Gregory throws his 2nd interception of the game. This one is James McGill again, and he returns it to the 7 yard line, but there’s not enough time to extend the lead.

Third Quarter

It doesn’t take long in the 3rd. Sproles goes 48 yards up the middle and 2003 leads 34-7 because they missed the PAT for some reason. Tired kicker?

Then Gregory throws another interception. You know to whom. It’s James McGill. Again. This drive is on Roberson’s arm, but once again Sproles finishes it off with his 5th TD of the game. 2003 leads 41-7. Spoiler alert, he does it on the next drive, too. 2003 leads 47-7. Think 6 TDs is enough for the player of the game honors?

Fourth Quarter

Blah blah blah… blowout blowout blowout… oh hey, Roberson scores again! 2003 wins it 55-7.

Score by Quarters  Score 
2009 7 0 7
2003 7 21 20  55

No upset this week. Because Darren Sproles says so.

Game Leaders:

CapturePlayer of the Game
Darren Sproles
’03 Running Back
32 att, 208 yds, 6 TDs

Leading Receiver
’09 Brandon Banks

3 rec, 71 yds, 1 TD

Leading Passer
’09 Grant Gregory
10/25, 143 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT

The Bracketultimate bracket

Game 11 next week: 1st Round: 2009 vs 2003

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