Thursday, December 8, 2011

Favorite Plays In College Football History

With the Heisman awards show coming up, I started thinking about the greatest plays in NCAA history.  You know, those defining moments during the season that the greatest Heisman winners had.  Every year we see that Heisman moment, with the exception of this year.  I find a hard time finding one for the guys on this year's ballot.  Tyrann Mathieu had his punt return against Georgia to start the rout, but he really has no chance of winning the award.  Robert Griffin III has put up some monster games, but I couldn't pinpoint a play in particular, besides maybe this one (pretty lucky, though).  Or this one.  These plays are great, but they lack something special.  So without further ado, here are my 5 favorite Heisman moments.

5) Cam Newton run vs. LSU.  Just an incredible effort, and the acceleration at the end was incredible.  This play was shown ad naseum during Cam's Heisman season, and for good reason.

4) Reggie Bush vs. Fresno St.  This run was just part of an incredible game in which Bush amassed 513 all-purpose yards, and it solidified his Heisman hopes (which were subsequently vacated a few years later).

3) Desmond Howard Heisman pose.  The play itself is incredible, but striking the Heisman pose in the endzone was the icing on the cake.  And I'm not sure what I enjoyed more,  Desmond's pose or Keith Jackson making the "Hello, Heisman" call.  They had to have planned it.

2)  Charles Woodson.  Woodson gets two plays on this list, as his Heisman season is arguably the most impressive of all-time.  As we have all heard a thousand times, he's the only primarily-defensive player to ever win the Heisman, and he did it with plays like this and this.  That interception against Michigan State might be the greatest play I've ever seen in college football.

1) Doug Flutie hail mary.  With help from the football gods, Flutie was able to solidify his Heisman season more emphatically than anyone in history.  This play was very lucky, but as the great Seneca once said "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."  Give Flutie all the credit on this one.

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