In the wake of yesterday’s crazy 15 laterals by Division III Trinity to win over Millsap on the final play of the game, let’s give you some crazy plays. First, if you haven’t seen it, here’s the play. Count them, 15 laterals and Trinity beats Millsap to win, 28-24.
On November 23, 1984, Boston College’s Doug Flutie cemented his legendary status in New England by throwing this “Hail Mary” pass to Gerard Phelan to defeat the “U”, Miami, 47-45 in one of the craziest games ever. Brent Musburger called the game on CBS along with Pat Haden and Ara Parsegian.
Ten years later, Kordell Stewart of Colorado broke the hearts of Michigan fans by throwing a Hail Mary TD pass of his own. The great Keith Jackson had the call on ABC.
Five years ago, LSU pulled off the Bluegrass Miracle against Kentucky by going 75 yards on a tipped pass. JP Sports even flashed that Kentucky had won even as LSU scored. Final, LSU 33-30. Kentucky fans are bitter to this day.
And of course, there’s the finish of the Cal-Stanford game in 1982 that was one of the greatest endings of all time. Before the crazy laterals by Cal, Stanford QB John Elway led the Cardinal down the field to get a FG to go ahead, 20-19. Then came the craziest kickoff return you’ll ever see, laterals, the Stanford band went on the field and there was pandemonium. Joe Starkey, the Voice of the Cal Bears and San Francisco 49ers just went beserk.
To this day, Stanford doesn’t recognize the result putting the final score as “Stanford 20, Cal 19″. Elway is still bitter about the game despite winning two Super Bowls. Everyone else knows the final as Cal, 25-20 winners.