BOISE, Idaho Boise State University is in the finals of ESPN’s Greatest Highlight as the Broncos’ “Statue of Liberty” play handed Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie’s “Hail Mary” pass a decisive defeat during balloting on Sunday and Monday (Feb. 24 and 25).
The “Statue of Liberty” play, used by the Broncos for a two-point conversion in overtime to hand the University of Oklahoma a 43-42 defeat in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, received 68 percent of the fans votes.
Boise State now advances to the finals against Mike Eruzione’s goal to give the U.S. Hockey Team the lead against the former U.S.S.R. at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
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 won its first round match versus Michael Jordan’s jumper against the Utah Jazz to give the Chicago Bulls its sixth NBA title in 1998, receiving 57 percent of the votes. In the semifinals, the Bronco play received 56 percent of the votes to defeat the Cal-Stanford “Band is on the Field” highlight from 1982 collegiate football season.