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What the Hail?
""What the Hail?" just may be the question these receivers ask themselves all the time. The quarterbacks get all the glory, yet hardly no one besides the coach and their moms remember these receivers. Do you remember who made these great catches?"
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The 1980 Holiday Bowl between Southern Methodist University and Brigham Young University has been dubbed "The Miracle Bowl" based on the tremendous come from behind victory capped by Jim McMahon's Hail Mary touchdown pass. Who was on the receiving end of this legendary play?
Mention a Hail Mary pass to almost anyone and the name Doug Flutie is generally the first words out of their mouths. Boston College was losing to the University of Miami late in the game when Flutie lofted this 48 yard pass to his receiver. Everyone talks about Flutie, but no one ever mentions the true hero of the play, the guy who made the tremendous catch. What was his name?
In 1989, the University of Southern Mississippi was tied up with the University of Louisville with ten points apiece. The clock was winding down and USM was on their own 21 yard line. The ball was snapped, quarterback Brett Favre rolled back and heaved the ball down field. After bouncing off one receiver's helmet, the ball landed into this receiver's hands and was carried safely into the end zone for a touchdown. Who was the lucky benefactor of this lucky bounce?
Kordell Stewart, quarterback of the Colorado Buffaloes, became an instant celebrity in 1994 when his Hail Mary touchdown pass gave his team the victory over the very competitive University of Michigan. This play has been shown time and time again on the television, and Kordell has done hundreds of interviews, but no one seems to give any credit to the guy who actually made the outstanding catch. Who caught this winning touchdown pass?
2002 gave us the "Bluegrass Miracle" when the Louisiana State University defeated the University of Kentucky on a late throw by quarterback Marcus Randall. The 75 yard throw was deflected off the hands of a Kentucky defender and ended up being caught by which LSU receiver?
Ben Roethlisberger earned the nickname "Big Ben" from this 2001 Hail Mary play. The University of Miami (Ohio) was losing to the Akron Zips as the clock was winding down to end the game. Big Ben rolled back and threw the ball for a 70 yard touchdown to which receiver?
Not all Hail Mary touchdown passes are on the last play of the game. Sometimes, as in this case, they give a team the lead and they go on to win. In 2003, Casey Clausen of the University of Tennessee Volunteers found his team losing late in the first half to a very physical Florida Gators team. With the half winding down, Clausen threw a 48 yard touchdown strike to put his team ahead for good. Who caught the pass that sealed the victory for Tennessee that day?
2006 was a banner year for the Hail Mary pass as three teams won football games on their final play of the game. Washington beat Cal on a 40 yard Hail Mary. Arkansas State beat Memphis on a 53 yard bomb. In a stunner, North Carolina State University beat Boston College on a 34 yard Hail Mary pass from Daniel Evans to which receiver who was drafted in 2008 by the Miami Dolphins?
Cam Newton had a heck of a day in the 2010 SEC Championship game against the University of South Carolina, including a long Hail Mary pass late in the first quarter to his wide receiver. Including this 54 yard touchdown, which player caught 217 yards worth of passes from Cam Newton en route to a 56-17 SEC Championship victory?
2011 saw one of the unlikeliest Hail Mary passes ever. It was the University of Wisconsin versus Michigan State University. The two teams were tied at the end and Michigan State was 44 yards from pay dirt. They were looking for their quarterback, Kirk Cousins, to throw some sort of miracle into the end zone for a touchdown. He did just that. Who was the unlikely receiver to catch that last second touchdown pass?
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