Michigan Vs. Indiana and 10 of the Best Finishes in College Football History

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2010

Michigan Vs. Indiana and 10 Of The Best Finishes in College Football History

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    This is why I enjoy watching college football so much more than the NFL, but that's another conversation for another day.

    There have been some great finishes to college football games throughout the years. You can go back to 1984 and the hail mary pass from Boston College's Doug Flutie to beat Miami or the infamous "THE BAND IS OUT ON THE FIELD," the famous call during Cal's improbable win over Stanford in 1982.

    There are a lot more memorable moments that may come to our minds, but here are 10 of the greatest finishes in college football history.

No. 10: Michigan Vs Indiana (2010)

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    Denard Robinson saved his best performance for last against Indiana on Saturday afternoon.

    After connecting on a 42-yard pass with 21 seconds to go, Robinson did the rest himself as he took it in from four yards out to give Michigan a 42-35 win against Indiana.

No. 9: Ohio State Vs Miami (2003)

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    This is a game that might always be known for a controversial pass interference call that kept Ohio State alive and gave them the opportunity to force overtime. It was also the game that Miami fans remember their star running back, Willis McGahee, blew out his knee and was lost for the remainder of the national championship.

    In the overtime, the Buckeyes struck first on a Maurice Clarett touchdown run. When Miami got the ball back, they got inside the one yard line thanks to a pass interference call on Ohio State.

    Three straight plays and the Hurricanes couldn't punch it through the end zone. On fourth down, Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey threw up a prayer that wasn't answered and the Buckeyes took home the trophy.

No. 8: Miami Vs Nebraska (1984)

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    You may know a well known name from this game. At the time, he was Nebraska's quarterback, but now you know him as Kansas head coach Turner Gill.

    Nebraska had scored on what seemed to be an impossible fourth and eight play, but got the ball in end zone on an option play. Head coach at the time, Tom Osbourne, didn't hesitate for a second before going for two and the win instead of kicking the extra point and going into overtime.

    Gill's pass on the two point conversion fell incomplete and the Hurricanes took the win.

No. 7: Colorado Vs Michigan (1994)

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    Six seconds to go, only one thing Colorado could do. Throw up it for grabs.

    The Buffaloes ran three wide receivers to the right and just sent them down the field as far as they could go. Quarterback at the time, Kordell Stewart, had plenty of time, stepped up, and heaved it down the field toward the end zone.

    The ball bounced off wide receiver Blake Anderson and Michigan defensive back Ty Law, and was grabbed by Michael Westbrook in the end zone to give Colorado a 27-26 win.

No. 6: USC Vs Notre Dame (2003)

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    The game that would come to be known as "The Push."

    USC quarterback Matt Leinart tried to sneak the ball into the end zone but was hit a yard short of the goal line, sending Notre Dame fans rushing on to the field thinking the game was over.

    However, the ball had popped out of Leinart's hands and out of bounds, giving USC new life.

    On the very next play, Leinart again tried to get through the Notre Dame defense and got some help from running back Reggie Bush to get him the few extra feet he needed to give USC the touchdown and the win, 34-31.

No. 5: Miami Vs Notre Dame (1988)

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    The Miami Hurricanes had one more play.

    It was fourth and a 11 with less than a minute to play. Not only did the Hurricanes get the first down but they got it into the end zone when quarterback Steve Walsh hit Andre Brown for a touchdown.

    Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson didn't hesitate to go for two and the win, but Walsh's pass was well under thrown and the Irish came away with the win.

No. 4: Texas Vs Texas Tech (2008)

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    It was the play that Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree would become known for.

    With less than 20 seconds to play, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell hit wide receiver Michael Crabtree on the right sideline.

    Crabtree broke away from a Texas defender and scored to put the Red Raiders ahead with just one second to go.

    It was a huge upset of the heavily favored Longhorns.

No. 3: Boise State Vs Oklahoma (2007)

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    It was Boise State's coming out party in a game they were never supposed to win.

    The Fiesta Bowl in 2007 will forever be known for how it ended and for a play that no one saw coming.

    The Broncos had jumped out to a 28-10 lead by the end of the third quarter and most of the country was wondering what was wrong with Oklahoma.

    The Sooners came back to tie the game and then took a 35-28 lead on an interception returned for a touchdown. It was the moment that most thought the game was over. Not so much.

    Boise State marched down the field in five plays but faced a fourth-and-18. They pulled off the most improbable hook-and-ladder play for a 35-yard touchdown to force overtime.

    Oklahoma would score first to go back up seven, but Boise State would score on yet another trick play. A touchdown pass from backup wide receiver Vinny Parretta to pull the Broncos to within one. This time, they wanted the win.

    The Statue of Liberty play from quarterback Jared Zambransky and a handoff to running back Ian Johnson worked to perfection and it sent the Boise State fans into a frenzy.

No. 2: Boston College Vs Miami (1984)

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    It's not often you see a quarterback throw up an absolute prayer on the final play of the game, only for it to land in the arms of his wide receiver.

    On this play, that's exactly what happened.

    Boston College's Doug Flutie, his team down 45-41, took the snap and rolled to his right, narrowly avoiding a sack. He stepped up and heaved the ball some 63+ yards, landing it in the arms of wide receiver Gerard Phelan who had gotten behind the mass of players who didn't think Flutie couldn't throw it that far.

    Boston College won it, 47-45.

No. 1: Cal Vs Stanford (1982)

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    The best finish to a college football game in history.

    Stanford was kicking off after taking the lead. Cal didn't have time to get the ball and run another play, but what happened next was something no one thought they'd ever see.

    After a squib kick, the Cal players lateralled the ball several times before Mariet Ford took the final lateral and ran through the Stanford band which was out on the field. Ford leaped when he got into the end zone and crushed one of the Stanford trombone players which is where the famous picture comes from.

    Not only was this an epic finish to a college football game, but the call of that final play made it that much better.

    Oh, by the way, Stanford's quarterback was some guy named John Elway. Not sure if you've heard of him.

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