Doug Flutie of Boston College throws Hail Mary pass in win over Miami Hurricanes
Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown, Boston College! He did it! He did it! Flutie did it...He hit Phelan in the end zone...Touchdown!”— Dan Davis, Announcer, WRKO-AM Radio
You never know until you try.
Doug Flutie tried. Forty-eight yards and six seconds later, he became a legend.
The 5-foot-9 Boston College quarterback already was considered a lock for the Heisman Trophy when, on Nov. 23, 1984, he led the Eagles against Miami in the Orange Bowl. But the Hurricanes led the Eagles 45-41 in the nationally televised game, having gone ahead with 28 seconds remaining on the fourth of Melvin Bratton's rushing touchdowns and Greg Cox's extra point.
"I thought we'd won it," said Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar, who had 447 yards passing to Flutie's 472.
The Hail Flutie Game is a college football game that took place between the Boston College Eagles and the University of Miami Hurricanes on November 23, 1984. It has been regarded by FOX Sports writer Kevin Hench as among the most memorable moments in sports. The game is most notable for a last-second Hail Mary pass from quarterback Doug Flutie to wide receiver Gerard Phelan, to give Boston College the win. Miami was the defending national champion, and entered the game ranked 12th in the nation. Boston College was ranked 10th with a record of 8-2 and had already accepted an invitation to the Cotton Bowl Classic at the end of the season. The game was nationally televised by CBS, and played in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. The game capped a Heisman Trophy season for Flutie.
Notable achievements in the game included:
* the Hurricanes' Bernie Kosar passed for a school-record 447 yards.
* Miami running back Melvin Bratton ran for four touchdowns.
* Flutie passed for 472 yards and four touchdowns and became the first collegiate quarterback ever to surpass 10,000 yards passing in a college career.
Dan Davis: Here's your ballgame, folks, as Flutie takes the snap...He drops straight back...has some time...Now he scrambles away from one hit...looks...uncorks a deep one for the end zone...Phelan is down there...
Gino Cappelletti: Oh, he got it!
Davis: Did he get it?
Cappelletti: He got it!
Davis: Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown! Touchdown, Boston College! He did it! He did it! Flutie did it...He hit Phelan in the end zone...Touchdown!
Cappelletti: I don't believe it!
Davis: Oh, my goodness!
-This transcription of the WRKO-AM broadcast of the 1984 Boston College-Miami game, and all other italicized sections in the following story, are taken from Tales from the Boston College Sideline, by Reid Oslin