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100 Greatest Finishes - No. 61 to 70

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    No. 70 Syracuse 28 ... Virginia Tech 26, November 14, 1998
    At the time: It was a battle for the Big East title as 7-1 Virginia Tech faced a 5-3 Syracuse team that needed a win against the Hokies and a victory over Miami the following week to win the title.
    The setup: Syracuse dominated the game, but was down 21-6 at halftime on a 76-yard Jarrett Ferguson touchdown run, a blocked punt for a score and a 78-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. SU QB Donovan McNabb led the Orangemen back to a 22-21 lead early in the fourth quarter. SU decided to go for two after a Rob Konrad touchdown, but Tech's Loren Johnson picked off a McNabb pass and took it deep into SU territory before fumbling it into the end zone. After the Hokie recovery, Tech was up 23-22. A 49-yard field goal gave Tech a 26-22 lead with just over four minutes to play. SU was moving the ball on its final drive, but it was also eating up tons of time. McNabb saved the day on a fourth down scramble down to the 15 before throwing up. He yacked twice more on the next play, but still ended up getting the offense down to the one with less than a minute to play. And then he made Virginia Tech fans sick
    The ending: On first and goal from the one, Konrad got stuffed. McNabb had to throw the ball away on second down, but a pass interference call on Tech once again made it first and goal from the one. McNabb got sacked by Tech's Corey Moore forcing a spike on the following play with five seconds left. On the 13 and with time for one more play, McNabb rolled to his right unable to find any receivers open. TE Stephen Brominski tried to get open running to the left with a Hokie defender frantically chasing him. McNabb wheeled and fired the pass high in the air across the field. Brominski outjumped the defender for the touchdown and the win with no time left on the clock.
    How they ended up: Syracuse blasted Miami 66-13 the following week to win the Big East champion and a berth in the Orange Bowl. After losing 31-10 to Florida, the Orangemen finished with an 8-4 record. Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 47-7 the next week before losing 36-32 to Virginia. With a 38-7 Music City Bowl win over Alabama, the Hokies finished with a 9-3 record.

    No. 69 Georgia 56 ... Auburn 49, November 16, 1996
    At the time: 3-5 Georgia was desperately trying to get its season going losing three of its last four games and coming off a blowout loss to Florida. 7-2 Auburn was in the mix for the SEC title, but couldn't afford to slip after losses to LSU and Florida in league play.
    The setup: Auburn had a stronger team than Georgia in 1996 and looked the part early on with a 28-7 lead late in the first half on three Dameyune Craig touchdown passes. But the Dawgs fought back with a late touchdown before heading into the locker room and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward on the third play of the second half to get in it. Down by seven, Georgia had the ball on its own 18 with 1:07 to play. QB Mike Bobo caught fire completing five straight passes before getting sacked as time was running out. And then the fun began.
    The ending: On 3rd and 18, Bobo connected with Corey Allen for a 30-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock followed by a Hap Hines extra point to tie it at 28 and force overtime. In the first extra frame, Craig ran for a 13-yard score for Auburn, but Georgia answered with a nine-yard Robert Edwards touchdown run. In the second overtime, Edwards ran for a five-yard score answered by a Fred Beasley three-yard run to tie it at 42. The Tiger offense kept on rolling in the third overtime as Craig ran for a one-yard score, but Edwards was at it again with a nine-yard score to tie it at 49. Edwards once again the man on the next Dawg drive working it down to the two leading to a one-yard Torin Kirtsey touchdown run for a 56-49 lead. It was Auburn's turn in the fourth overtime, but this time the Georgia defense was tough. Craig threw two incompletions and ran for seven yards for 4th and 3 from the 18. Craig was able to scramble for two yards, but was stopped short of the first down. It was over, and it only took four overtimes.
    How they ended up: Auburn had more heartache the following week losing to archrival Alabama 24-23. A 32-29 win over Army in the Independence Bowl closed out an 8-4 season. Georgia couldn't keep the momentum going losing 31-27 to Ole Miss to ensure a losing season, but a win over Georgia Tech ended the Dawg season at 5-6.

    No. 68 Texas 16 ... Arkansas 14, October 17, 1987
    At the time: Arkansas had gotten off to a decent start winning four of its first five games with the only loss coming to eventual national champion Miami. Texas wasn't having the best of beginnings with a 2-3 record coming off a 44-9 loss to Oklahoma. On the year, Longhorn QB Brett Stafford had thrown one touchdown pass and ten interceptions.
    The setup: Arkansas WR Derek Russell dropped a sure touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. After three more passes, Arkansas stuck with its option attack for the final three quarters not attempting another throw. The ground attack steamrolled over the Longhorns for two second quarter touchdown runs for a 14-7 lead. Texas managed a field goal to keep it close and got the ball back with 1:48 to play on its own 44. After dodging a bullet with fumble, the Horns faced 4th and 10 from the Hog 32 with time winding down.
    The ending: With :14 to play, there was time for a few plays, but Texas first had to get a first down. Stafford was able to keep the chains moving finding Eric Metcalf for a first down with four seconds to play. To make matters worse, an illegal procedure call on the Horns put the ball on the 18 for the game's final play. Stafford threw a perfect strike to Tony Jones, but Arkansas defensive backs Steve Atwater and Anthony Cooney arrived at the same time nailing Jones so hard that he spun around before hitting the turf with a thud. He hung on to the ball as the clock read 0:00 for the 16-14 win.
    How they ended up: Arkansas rebounded to win three straight games and five of the final six before losing 20-17 to Georgia in the Liberty Bowl finishing 9-4. Texas won three of its next four games before losing to Texas A&M in the regular season finale. A 32-27 Bluebonnet Bowl win over Pittsburgh ended UT's season at 7-5.

    No. 67 Clemson 31 ... South Carolina 27, October 19, 1977
    At the time: Clemson was in the midst of a solid 7-2-1 season in the first year under head coach Charley Pell highlighted by a 21-17 loss the previous week to eventual national champion Notre Dame. South Carolina was struggling losing five of its previous seven games and needed a win to keep bowl hopes alive.
    The setup: Clemson roared out to a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter, but South Carolina bounced back with a 77-yard touchdown run from Spencer Clark followed up by two Steve Dorsey touchdown runs to cut the Tiger lead to four (because of a missed two point conversion) with seven minutes to play. Clemson couldn't punt the ball all game long and it became a problem late giving the Gamecocks great field position. USC took advantage as Philip Logan made a leaping grab for a 40-yard touchdown and a 27-24 lead with 1:39 to play. QB Steve Fuller led the Tigers into scoring range with two big passes, but time was running out.
    The ending: On first down from the USC 20, Clemson WR Jerry Butler broke off his pattern and was wide open in the clear, but Fuller's pass sailed and appeared to be well out of Butler's reach. The Tiger receiver leapt up and was able to grab the ball with both hands while falling backwards. He landed in the end zone and hung on for a spectacular 20-yard touchdown with :49 to play. South Carolina couldn't complete a pass on its final drive.
    How they ended up: Clemson went on to play Pittsburgh in the Gator Bowl for the school's first post-season game since 1959. The Panthers won 34-3 dropping the Tigers to 8-3-1. South Carolina didn't go to a bowl, but it did get to travel to Hawaii for the season finale losing 24-7 to finish 5-7.

    No. 66 Penn State 27 ... Nebraska 24, October 25, 1982
    At the time: Nebraska had a 2-0 record and a burgeoning juggernaut of a team led by QB Turner Gill and a backfield of Mike Rozier and Roger Craig beating Iowa and New Mexico State by a combined score of 110-7. Penn State was ranked second in the country winning its first three games led by quarterback Todd Blackledge and running back Curt Warner.
    The setup: Penn State was up 21-14, but the great Nittany Lion D struggled through three quarters giving up a spectacular long touchdown reception to Irving Fryar and 356 yards of total Husker offense. As the fourth quarter started, Nebraska moved the ball well but could only manage a field goal. Looking to put the dagger in and all but end the game, Penn State drove deep only to be stopped by a Neil Harris interception in the end zone. With the momentum swing, the Huskers went on a 13-play methodical drive down the field that took 5:43 off the clock capped by a Gill quarterback sneak with only 1:18 to play taking a 24-21 lead.
    The ending: Penn State got the ball on the 35 after a personal foul penalty on the kickoff. Blackledge took advantage with a swing pass followed by a pinpoint touch throw to Kenny Jackson. But the drive bogged down with Penn State facing fourth and 11 from the Husker 33. Blackledge was able to convert connecting with Jackson for the first down by inches. The drive was helped by a catch that appeared to be out of bounds, but went the Nittany Lions way. With :13 to play, Blackledge completed a pass down to the two with time for one, possibly two more plays. Blackledge only needed one on a perfectly executed play action pass to Kirk Bowman who had to dive to make the touchdown grab for the 27-24 win.

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