BOISE, Idaho Boise State University’s “Statue of Liberty” play against the University of Oklahoma to win the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in overtime continues to rack up victories as the play has advanced to the semifinals of the ESPN’s Greatest Highlights.
In the most recent balloting on ESPN’s web site, the Statue of Liberty play received 56 percent of the fan votes to defeat the Cal-Stanford “Band is on the Field” highlight from 1982. Boise State will next face Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie’s “Hail Mary” pass to defeat the University of Miami (Fla.) in 1984.
Voting on Boise State’s play vs. Flutie’s pass takes place on Sunday (Feb. 24) at ESPN.com.
The Greatest Highlight, hosted by Chris Berman, is a chance for voters to help determine the all-time best highlight in a tournament-style setting. Fans narrowed the original field of 100 candidates to 16, and those finalists were then seeded in a highlight bracket where it’s a win or go home result for each highlight.
Boise State faced Michael Jordan’s jumper against the Utah Jazz to give the Chicago Bulls its sixth NBA title in 1998 in the first round receiving 57 percent of the votes.
On the other side of the bracket, Mike Eruzione’s goal to give the U.S. Hockey Team the lead against the former U.S.S.R at the 1980 Olympics has advanced to the semifinals, while the other slot will be taken by the winner of the Willie Mays over the shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series, or Franco Harris’ “Immaculate” reception to beat the Oakland Raiders in the 1972 NFL playoffs.