“Here’s your ballgame, folks, as Flutie takes the snap….He drops straight back…has sometime…now he scrambles away from one hit…looks…uncorks…a deep one for the end zone…Phelan is down there…”
On a rainy day in November, the Boston College Eagles took on the University of Miami Hurricanes on what to become one of the most memorable moments in college Football history.
Facing the defending national champions from the previous year, the 10th ranked Eagles came into the game with an 8-2 record and an invitation to the Cotton Bowl. The Hurricanes were right behind with an 8-3 record, clinching its spot in the Fiesta Bowl as the 12th rank in the nation.
The game started in favor of Boston College as they jumped into a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. But Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar led the team to a come back as the Hurricanes landed a 45-41 lead with help from running back Melvin Bratton with his fourth touchdown in the final minute. The Eagles had 22 seconds to move 80 yards down to field to score a touchdown.
The miraculous moment arrived as quarterback Doug Flutie and the Eagles advance the ball to the Miami 48 in three plays with 6 seconds left on the game clock.
“I assumed we had lost, I’m thinking, ‘What am I going to tell these guys in the locker room?’ They just played a great game.” – Former Coach Jack Bicknell
But Flutie did not give up.
With three wide receivers on his right, the ball was snapped.
The game clock winds down to zero as the Boston College Eagles defeat the defending champions 47-45.
Doug Flutie, who passed for 472 yards and four touchdowns in the game became the first collegiate quarterback to pass 10,000 yards during a college career. Later that season, Flutie receives the Heisman Trophy and continues into his professional career as the lowest drafted Heisman Award winner by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round 285th pick overall.
“Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown, Boston College! He did it! He did it! Flutie did it…He hit Phelan in the end zone…Touchdown!” – Dan Davis