November 23, 1984 - On a wing and prayer, Boston College showed it wasn't a fluke, but Flutie. That's Doug Flutie, who clinched the Heisman Trophy with one magnificent "Hail Mary" throw.
Trailing 45-41 with six seconds left and the ball on Miami's 48-yard line, Flutie called for "Flood Tip," Boston College's version of everybody go deep. The 5-foot-9¾ quarterback scrambled back and to his right, giving four receivers time to reach the end zone. From his own 37-yard line, he planted his left foot and let it fly, 64 yards in the air.No tip was needed. The ball went over two Miami defenders and settled poetically into the waiting arms of Flutie's roommate, Gerard Phelan, a yard deep in the end zone. The touchdown gave the Eagles an incredible 47-45 victory over the defending national champions in Miami's Orange Bowl. "I knew I could throw it that far, even against the wind," Flutie said. "I can throw 75 yards if I have to. Actually, I had to take a little off it to keep it in the end zone."
Earlier in the game, Flutie had become the first to pass for more than 10,000 yards in a major-college career. Until this game, no two college quarterbacks had surpassed 300 yards apiece in one game. Flutie finished with 472 yards, while Miami's Bernie Kosar threw for 447.
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