Tag:Appalachian State
Posted on: February 14, 2008 4:56 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2008 6:46 pm

DR's Top 10: Greatest NCAAF Finishes: 15-2

I have decided I would just add all of them together instead of doing this daily. I ask for NO suggestions until tommarow, when I announce my number 1 College Football Finish. I have updated my list, so it looks different.

Note: The stories on these games was created by Pete Fiutak of FoxSports.com

15: Notre Dame 35, Houston 34

Cotton Bowl, January 1, 1979


"The Throw"

The ending: Montana got the ball back and marched the offense 61 yards in five plays, ending with a two-yard touchdown run to get within six. Houston's running attack couldn't heat back up and had to give the ball back to the Irish, but the Cougar defense appeared to have saved the day by forcing a Montana fumble with 1:50 to play. On fourth-and-inches with :34 to play and with the punting game struggling with the win, Yeoman chose to go for it, but the Irish defense held, giving it back to Montana on the Cougar 29 with :28 to play. Two plays later, the Irish had it on the eight with :06 to play. After one incompletion, there was time for one more play with just :02 to go. Montana ran to his right and found Kris Haines in the corner of the end zone for a diving grab just before going out of bounds. Joe Unis hit the extra point to cap a 23-point fourth quarter and a 35-34 win.

14: Virginia 33, Florida State 28

November 2, 1995

"Staunch Defenders"

The ending: Kanell and Andre Cooper hooked up three times before Dunn caught a short pass to the Virginia 13 with nine seconds to play. Virginia got nailed with an illegal participation penalty, giving FSU the ball on the six. Kanell had to throw it away on first down to allow one last shot with four seconds left. FSU lined up with four wide receivers spreading the field with Kanell in the shotgun. But the snap went directly to Dunn, who weaved his way through the Cavalier defense before being hit by two Virginia defenders. Just as Dunn was about to cross the goal line, Virginia LB Melvin Jones made the stop inches short. While it looked like it could've been ruled either way, the officials signaled it wasn't a touchdown, giving Virginia the 33-28 win.

13: Stanford 24, USC 23

October 6, 2007

"The Siege of Troy"

The ending: With Stanford trailing 23-17, Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard, playing for injured starter T.C. Ostrander, hits Mark Bradford in the back of the endzone for the game tying TD pass. With the score 23-23, kicker Derek Belch hit the extra point and forced a reaction from the USC faithful like non-other, dissapointment. They had allowed a mini football school the chance at showtime and Stanford took it. When the game clock struck 0:00, the Trojans had there 36-game home winning streak snapped. \


12: LSU 33, Kentucky 30

November 9, 2002

"Bluegrass Miracle"

The ending: On the ensuing kickoff, LSU got the ball on its own 19 and did nothing, suffering a sack and two plays that didn't go anywhere. A lousy Donnie Jones punt and an 18-yard return by Derek Abney gave the Wildcats the ball on the LSU 39 with 1:07 to play. An LSU penalty and a nine-yard Artose Pinner run put UK well into field goal range, and a two-yard Lorenzen sneak set it up perfectly for a 29-yard Taylor Begley field goal and a 30-27 lead with just 11 seconds remaining. LSU was dead as a penalty on the kickoff put the ball on the Tiger nine. QB Marcus Randall hit Michael Clayton for a 17-yard pass to get out to the 26, but only two seconds remained. Wildcat fans were celebrating, and Morris was even doused with Gatorade while fireworks popped from the scoreboard. LSU gave it a shot anyway. Randall faded back and heaved a throw as far as he could. Meanwhile, UK fans stormed one end zone and jumped on the goalposts. It looked like the Wildcats were in a position to intercept the pass, but the ball was tipped, and then tipped again into the arms of Henderson at the 20. The Wildcats had one last chance, but Derrick Tatum missed on a diving attempt. Henderson got to the end zone, completing one of the most miraculous plays in college football history. On the day, Henderson caught five passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.


11: Ohio State 31, Miami 24 - OT

Fiesta Bowl, January 3, 2003

"The Pass Interference"

The ending: The Canes scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass to TE Kellen Winslow on their first overtime possession. Miami appeared to have the national championship won when Glenn Sharpe broke up a Krenzel pass in the end zone on fourth down, but he was nailed with a controversial pass interference call to keep the game alive. Krenzel punched it in for a one-yard TD run to force a second overtime. Maurice Clarett scored on a five-yard touchdown run on OSU's possession in the second overtime for a 31-24 lead. On Miami's turn, Dorsey got his bell rung and had to come out on the biggest drive of the year. After a few time outs to try and clear the star quarterback's head, Dorsey was able to come back in and completed a perfect fourth down pass to Winslow to keep the season alive. With first and goal on the six, the Buckeyes got nailed with a pass interference call on Chris Gamble to give the Canes first and goal from the one. Jarrett Payton was stopped. Second and goal. Dorsey couldn't connect with a wide-open Eric Winston. Third and goal. Stopped. Fourth and the national title from the one. Ohio State got pressure on Dorsey, forcing a prayer that went nowhere, and the Buckeyes had the national title.


10: Miami 31, Nebraska 30

Orange Bowl, January 1, 1984

"2 For the Win"

The ending: Gill was having an average game overshadowed by Kosar's tremendous performance, but he wasn't getting much help as his all-everything receiver Irving Fryar was nowhere to be found. On first down on their own 26, Gill threw a strike to Fryar, who cut up the field and took it 29 yards before being brought down on a last gasp tackle. With 1:12 to play on the Miami 25, Gill threw another perfect pass, but a wide-open Fryar dropped it in the end zone before collapsing in a grief stricken moment. On the following play, Gill fumbled the ball after getting popped, but Steinkuhler picked it up and rumbled for positive yards, making it fourth down and eight on the Miami 29. Gill calmly ran the option to the right. At the last possible nanosecond, he pitched the ball away to a streaking Smith, who tore up the right sideline before diving into the end zone to pull the Huskers to within one point. Without hesitation, Osborne decided to go for two to try to win rather than go for the tie. Gill fired it outside to Smith, but it fell incomplete. On the ensuing onsides kick, Miami recovered and preserved the 31-30 win.


9: Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32

September 1, 2007


The ending: With Appalachian State leading over half of the game, they seemed destined for one of the biggest upsets of all-time. Then, in the fourth, Mike Hart had his way, streaking for a 54-yard run and putting Michigan on top, 32-31. Armanti Edwards had one last shot to make history. He got the ball back with 4 minutes to use, and he made the most of it. Edwards worked his way down field and gave the ball to Julian Rauch, who booted a 24-yard field goal, putting App State up 34-32. The Wolverines just would not die, and got themselves into perfect field goal range for kicker Jason Gingell. The ball was placed at the App State 20-yard line. On the hike, App State saftey Corey Lynch blazed past the UM lineman and blocked the Gingell kick. It sealed it. One of the greatest endings ever to one of the greatest upsets ever. That week, the NCAA passed a rule that allowed D-II schools eligibility into the Top 25 polls.


8: USC 34, Notre Dame 31

October 15, 2005

"Bush Push"

The ending: USC’s Reggie Bush took the ensuing kickoff to the Trojan 24. Following a sack of Matt Leinart, Bush caught a 12-yard pass to make it fourth and nine with 1:32 to play. Leinart sized up the defense, audibled out of the play call and threw, considering the circumstances, one of the most precise clutch passes in college football history — connecting with Dwayne Jarrett for a quick strike that went 61 yards down to the Irish 13. A few Bush runs later made it first and goal from Notre Dame's two; but time was quickly running out, and USC didn’t have any timeouts left. On first and goal, Leinart ran to the left, tried to dive into the end zone and got popped well short of the goal line. Fans and players rushed the field thinking the game was over, but few saw the ball go flying out of bounds on the hit to stop the clock , giving USC another life with seven seconds remaining. With USC coaches signaling to spike the ball to stop the clock, Leinart chose to try to sneak it in for what would be USC’s final play, no matter what the outcome. After twisting, turning and getting a little help from behind on what would be known as the Bush Push, Leinart got into the end zone for the game-winning score with three seconds to play. Notre Dame wasn’t able to do anything with the last gasp kickoff return.


7: Texas 41, USC 38

Rose Bowl, January 4, 2006

"Young Legend"

The ending: This would be the drive that made Young a legend. Things started off slowly, but Texas was helped by a face mask call on third and 12 to move the ball into USC territory. Two passes to Brian Carter and a seven-yard Young run helped give Texas a first down on the USC 13. Young threw two incomplete passes and ran for five yards, setting up fourth and five from the USC eight; but he was up to the task, tearing through the Trojan defense for an eight-yard touchdown with 19 seconds to play. Following another Young run for the two-point conversion and a 41-38 lead, USC had one final shot. Mario Danelo was one of the nation’s most accurate field goal kickers, but he didn’t have a huge leg, meaning the Trojans had to get down to at least the Texas 35 to have a prayer of tying it. On his own 31, Bush took a shovel pass for a 26-yard gain, but time was quickly running out. Leinart held on to the ball on the final play a bit too long, trying to make something happen, but his final pass fell incomplete and time ran out.


6: Colorado 27, Michigan 26

September 24, 1994

"Kordell the Wolverine Slayer"

The ending: Colorado tried an onside kick with no luck, but Michigan failed to run out the clock, hurt by a penalty, which made it third and seven rather than third and two. Colorado's Chris Hudson signaled for a fair catch for the Michigan punt on his own 15 with :14 to play. The Buffs were also out of timeouts. Stewart and Westbrook hooked up for a 21-yard gain, but there were now only eight ticks remaining; and CU was only on its 36. A Stewart spike left six seconds. The play call was "Rocket Left" with three receivers on the right running as far as they could. Stewart took the snap and rolled to his left back to around the 26, not pressured and able to wait for his receivers to make their way down the field. With no time left on the clock, he let it sail more than 70 yards, arching down among a mass of players. Michigan's Ty Law and Chuck Winter went up with CU's Blake Anderson, but the ball bounced off of Anderson and into the air by Law. Westbrook was behind the play and worked behind the mass to dive by Law and grab the deflected throw for a 64-yard touchdown and the 27-26 win.

5: BYU 46, SMU 45

Holiday Bowl, December 19, 1980

"Greatest Comeback in NCAAF History"

The ending: The Pony Express wasn't able to get the job done as Dickerson was stuffed on third down, forcing a Mustang punt. SMU punter Eric Kaifes couldn't get his kick off as BYU's Bill Schoepflin came in untouched for the block — putting the ball on the SMU 41 with 13 seconds left. McMahon's first two passes fell incomplete, but he had one final shot with just three seconds to play. McMahon dropped back and launched a high-arching pass that made its way down in between a mass of Mustang defenders and into the hands of tight end Clay Brown. SMU's Wes Hopkins also had the ball, but the catch goes to the receiver when two players have it at the same time. The official signaled touchdown BYU to tie it at 45. BYU kicker Kurt Gunther hit the game-winning extra point for the 46-45 win. Dickerson ran 23 carries for 110 yards and two TDs, while James carried it 23 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns. McMahon threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns.


4: Trinity 28, Millsaps 24

October 27, 2007

"The Miracle in Mississippi"


3: Boston College 47, Miami 45

November 23, 1984

"Fluties Hail Mary"

The ending: On his own 20, Flutie had one final drive, starting off with a pass to Troy Stradford, who was able to get out of bounds at the Miami 48. An incompletion left six seconds on the clock, and BC stuck with one last play. It was called 55 Flood Tip. Flutie scrambled to his right, narrowly averting a sack, and then let it fly. He let it go from around his own 37-yard line, meaning the 5-9 QB had to wing the ball 63-plus yards after already throwing it 45 times and scrambling around all game long. The Miami defensive backs didn't think Flutie could throw it to the end zone; so they didn't pay much attention to Phelan as he ran behind them. The ball came straight down over the mass of players untouched into Phelan's arms for the 47-45 Eagle win. The hard part was for Phelan to adjust to the ball, not hitting any one as he was waiting for it to be tipped. Phelan finished with 11 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns, while Flutie completed 34 of 46 passes for 476 yards, three touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, one miracle and one Heisman Trophy.


2: California 25, Stanford 20

November 20, 1982

"The Play"

The ending: Harmon, not wanting to give up a big return, squabbled his kickoff into the hands of Cal's Kevin Moen. About to be tackled, Moen tossed the ball to Richard Rodgers. Rodgers lateraled the ball to Dwight Garner. Garner was tackled but desperately got the ball away And back to Rodgers. The Bears were still around midfield. Rodgers then lateraled the ball to Mariet Ford. Yes, the play was still alive. Unfolding in front of the college football world was the embodiment of moments played out on sandlots and playgrounds as long as kids have played football, rugby and Kill the Quarterback games. The band and the Stanford fans were on the field thinking the game was over, but Ford flung the ball wildly behind him into the hands of Moen, the man who started it all, who weaved and raced his way to the end zone by dodging Stanford defenders and band members before crushing a trombone player after a triumphant leap. Did they really do it? After a huddle by officials for more than five minutes, they declared the impossible play a touchdown for the 25-20 Bear win.


Number 1 will be seen tomarrow.................



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