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100 Greatest Finishes - No. 11 to 20

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by BoltsFanUK, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. BoltsFanUK

    BoltsFanUK Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    No. 20 Virginia 33 ... Florida State 28, November 2, 1995
    At the time: Florida State was 7-0 and ranked second in the country coming into Virginia on a Thursday night with a 29-0 conference record since joining the ACC. 24th ranked Virginia overcame a heartbreaking 18-17 loss to Michigan to reel off five straight wins before losing two of three games for a 6-3 record.
    The setup: Virginia stunned the Noles by getting out to a 24-14 lead thanks to a 64-yard Tiki Barber touchdown run and a 72-yard Mike Groh touchdown pass to Demetrius Allen. But Danny Kanell and FSU came back on a 38-yard touchdown pass to E.G. Green to finish the first half with 320 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 27-21 deficit. The party had started in Charlottesville after Rafael Garcia's fourth field goal with less than seven minutes to play for a 33-21 lead. FSU wasn't dead yet going 80 yards in less than a minute getting a seven-yard Warrick Dunn touchdown run to make it 33-28. Virginia ended up with the ball with a few minutes to play, but the Seminole defense forced a three and out giving it back to Kanell with 1:37 left.
    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 for 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.
    How they ended up: The two teams ended up tying for the ACC title. Virginia closed out with a win over Maryland and a loss to Virginia Tech before beating Georgia 34-27 in the Peach Bowl to finish 9-4 ranking 16th in the AP poll and 17th in the Coaches'. Florida State won three of its final four games with a 35-24 loss to Florida before beating Notre Dame 31-26 in the Orange Bowl finishing fourth in the AP and fifth in the Coaches' Poll.

    No. 19 Michigan State 16 ... Ohio State 13, November 9, 1974
    At the time: No. 1 Ohio State was 8-0 with a high-octane offense that was averaging 45 points per game, while the defense failed to allow double-digit points in its previous six games. Michigan State turned things around after a rough patch to be 4-3-1.
    The setup: The two teams pounded the ball with their running games as Ohio State and Archie Griffin were marching without a problem, but had a hard time scoring with only a 6-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes caught a break on a fumble from MSU QB Charlie Baggett, which led to a Champ Henson touchdown run and 13-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Spartan offense came up with a bolt of lightning as Baggett and Mike Jones hooked up for a 44-yard touchdown pass, but missed on the two-point conversion to be down 13-9. The defense held, giving the Spartan attack another chance with 3:30 to play.
    The ending: On its own 12-yard line, MSU called for a conservative running play to fullback Levi Jackson to get out of trouble. Instead, Jackson found himself past the line and in the clear, cutting up the right sideline with OSU defenders diving and missing on the way to an 88-yard touchdown run and a 16-13 lead. OSU started its final march from its own 29, but it appeared to end before it began as Cornelius Greene's first pass was intercepted by a diving Terry McClowry. One official called it an interception, but the umpire waved it off saying it hit the ground. Griffin tore off 31 yards on the next play leading the Buckeyes eventually down to the one with :26 to play and no time outs. OSU head coach Woody Hayes had no thoughts about a field goal and the tie. Instead, he called for Henson to power it in, but the play was stuffed with :14 left. The Spartan defenders hardly moved off the Buckeyes making it nearly impossible to set up for another play. As the OSU offense frantically got to the line, Greene missed the snap just as the clock read 0:00 and the ball hit the turf. Brian Baschnagel picked it up and ran for an apparent game-winning Buckeye score with one official raised his hands for the touchdown signal. However, two other officials were waving off the play saying time had run out. The Spartan fans stormed the field and tried to tear down the goalposts as the officials huddled to try to figure out what the correct call was. Both teams were told to go to their locker rooms until chaos could be restored. The officials had to leave the stadium, along with Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke, to try get a little bit of peace and to discuss what to do. Duke spoke to the officials and then went to each locker room to talk with the coaches. Meanwhile, the fans were still waiting to find out exactly what happened. 45 minutes later, Duke went to the press box to give the outcome. The famous words in MSU lore came out of the PA system, "Ladies and gentlemen. Michigan State has been declared the winner by the score of 16-13." It was determined that the back and field judges, whose job it was to keep the time, had ruled that time had expired. Replays later showed that the Buckeyes weren't set anyway and should've been flagged for an illegal procedure penalty.
    How they ended up: Ohio State beat Iowa and Michigan to finish the regular season 10-1 before losing 18-17 to USC in a classic Rose Bowl to end up fourth in the AP poll and third in the UPI. MSU, helped by this classic victory, won its final five games to finish 7-3-1 to finish 12th in the AP poll and 18th in the UPI.

    No. 18 Northwestern 54 ... Michigan 51, November 4, 2000
    At the time: No. 12, 6-2 Michigan was four points away from being perfect losing 23-20 to UCLA and 32-31 to Purdue. Northwestern was blasted by TCU and Purdue, but was still ranked 21st in the AP poll with a 6-2 record.
    The setup: The statistics were mind-boggling as the two teams finished with 1,189 yards of total offense. Michigan's Anthony Thomas rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns, David Terrell caught nine passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns, and Northwestern's Damian Anderson rushing for 268 yards and two touchdowns. The two offenses traded shot after shot until Michigan took the lead 51-46 late in the fourth on a one-yard Thomas run.
    The ending: Northwestern had the ball at the Michigan 12 with 1:38 to play when Zac Kustok found Anderson open in the end zone. Anderson dropped the perfect pass, and the storyline for the game appeared to be written. All Michigan had to do was run out the clock and it would escape with a wild victory, and with Rose Bowl hopes still intact. Thomas was running well, keeping the clock grinding, when he suddenly got a huge hole to tear through and appeared to be off to the races. Northwestern's Sean Wieber was able to slap at the ball, and Thomas dropped it on the turf, losing it to the Wildcats on the Michigan 30 with :46 to play. Kustok was flawless with two quick completions to get down to the 11 with :20 left. He ended his 322-yard passing day with a strike to Sam Simmons for a touchdown and a 54-51 lead after a successful two-point conversion. But Michigan wasn't done. A few quick completions from Drew Henson allowed the Wolverines to try a 57-yard field goal with confidence after Hayden Epstein had nailed a 52-yard shot in the third quarter. The snap went through the holder's hands forcing Epstein to throw a last gasp pass to Evan Coleman to the Northwestern 33, but time ran out.
    How they ended up: With a shot at the Rose Bowl in its grasp, Northwestern blew it with a sloppy 27-17 loss to a horrible Iowa team. The Wildcats ended up 8-4 after getting obliterated 66-17 to Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl. Michigan won its final three games including a 31-28 victory over Auburn in the Citrus Bowl to finish 9-3 and 10th in the Coaches' Poll and 11th in the AP.

    No. 17 LSU 7 ... Auburn 6, October 8, 1988
    At the time: Auburn was 4-0 after dominating its first four games by a total of 161 to 44. LSU was 2-2, but had blown out Tennessee and Texas A&M before losing to Ohio State and Florida.
    The setup: It was the ultimate defensive battle with each offense failing to do much of anything. Auburn's attack, which was averaging over 40 points per game, could only manage two field goals for a 6-0 lead late in the game. The Tigers had a few chances with Eddie Fuller dropping a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. LSU QB Tommy Hodson finally moved the ball enough to get down to the Auburn ten with 1:41 to play.


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