With six seconds left in the game, the ball on Miami's 48-yard line and Boston College down 45-41, the 5-foot-9 Flutie uncorked a desperation Hail Mary toward the end zone. Waiting for the pass was an uncovered Gerard Phelan, who caught the ball for a miraculous 47-45 victory against the defending national champs. Flutie's Hail Mary is arguably the greatest play by a Heisman winner.
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He was simply electrifying in a late-season game against Fresno State, setting a Pac-10 record with 513 all-purpose yards, including a 50-yard, stop-and-go, sideline-to-sideline third quarter touchdown run. Said USC coach Pete Carroll about Bush after the game: "He was pure magic."
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After splitting several Ohio State defenders on the way to a 93-yard punt return touchdown, Howard struck the Heisman pose in the end zone, sealing one of the most memorable images by a winner. As Howard celebrated in the end zone, announcer Keith Jackson told the television audience, "Helloooooo Heisman."
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Six years after Desmond Howard's punt return against Ohio State locked up his Heisman win, Woodson had his own, slipping past two Buckeyes on the way to a 78-yard punt return touchdown. He also added an interception in the end zone to lead the eventual national champions to the Big Ten title.
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During a late-season rampage for the Heisman, the soft-spoken Sanders reeled off consecutive rushing games of 320 yards (Kansas State), 215 (Oklahoma) and 312 (Kansas) before a 293-yard, four-TD effort against Iowa State. One of the scores against the Cyclones was an 80-yard romp that changed the momentum in favor of the Cowboys.
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With 2:12 remaining and the score tied at 27, Spurrier nailed a game-winning, 40-yard field goal against Auburn, which clinched the Heisman Trophy. Spurrier also completed 27-of-40 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as Florida improved to 7-0.
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He had bigger statistical games in his first Heisman-winning season of 1974, but none more important than his 111-yard effort against Michigan. Playing with a hip pointer and a severe thigh bruise, Griffin set up the final field goal that gave the Buckeyes a 12-10 victory, the Big Ten co-championship and their third straight trip to the Rose Bowl.
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One year after his zig-zagging punt return touchdown against Oklahoma in the "Game of the Century" in 1971, but before his five-touchdown (three rushing, one receiving, one passing) performance against Notre Dame in the 1973 Orange Bowl, Rodgers had 266 all-purpose yards in a 33-10 victory against Colorado.
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With just 58 seconds remaining and Army and Rice tied at seven, Dawkins grabbed Joe Caldwell's pass on the dead run and churned through Owls defenders to complete a 64-yard touchdown for a 14-7 victory.
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After rushing for 215 yards and converting 14 first downs himself against Mississippi State, Walker racked up 219 yards in a little less than three quarters in a 44-0 rout of Florida. The highlight was a 30-yard touchdown run during which he juked the free safety off his feet and carried the strong safety on his back the final five yards for the score.
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