Yards to Glory: Nos. 60-41


ESPN.com's Yards to Glory project continues today with Nos. 60-41, the best scoring plays in college football history, and once again, ACC teams are featured:

No. 59. Bounce Back

Peter Warrick does it all in title game

Jan. 4, 2000: Facing a Virginia Tech special-teams unit that had allowed only nine punt returns for 36 yards that season, Florida State's Peter Warrick nearly doubled that yardage on one play. With FSU leading the Hokies 21-7, Warrick took a one-hop punt from his own 41, cut to the inside then shed a defender before sprinting down the right sideline for the 59-yard score that helped the Seminoles to a 46-29 national championship victory in New Orleans.

-- Edward Aschoff

No. 53. Euro Smash

Mike Sanders scores first college TD in Europe

Nov. 20, 1988: Boston College running back Mike Sanders scored on a 53-yard run to open the scoring in his team's 38-24 victory over Army. The significance? It was the first-ever college football game held in Europe, with the two teams competing in the Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin, Ireland. That made Sanders something of a reverse Pilgrim -- a Bostonian sticking his flag through some unsettled land (in this case, the end zone) in the Old Country.

-- Brian Bennett

No. 52. Rix Flick

P.K. Sam grabs last-minute score from Chris Rix

Nov. 29, 2003: In a game remembered more for its questionable officiating, Florida State again walked out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in front of another record crowd (90,407) with a remarkable win. The Seminoles had come from behind twice during a thrilling second half before Chris Rix deflated the rowdy crowd inside The Swamp with his 52-yard pass that slipped by Florida's Gus Scott and landed in receiver P.K. Sam's hands to put FSU up 38-34 with 55 seconds remaining.

-- Edward Aschoff

No. 48. Hail Flutie

Doug Flutie's Hail Mary lifts BC over Miami

Nov. 23, 1984: "Caught by Boston College! I don't believe it!" In one of the most famous plays in college football history, Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie had his Hail Mary answered by teammate Gerard Phelan on the game's final snap to lead Boston College to a 47-45 win over Miami.

Flutie had to scramble away from pressure and actually flung the pass near his own 37-yard line. The ball somehow sailed just over the hands of two Miami defenders and nestled into Phelan's hands as he fell into the end zone. Flutie's name is all but synonymous with that play.

-- Brian Bennett

No. 43. Finish Them Off

Peter Warrick caps off national title with circus catch

Jan. 4, 2000: With Florida State leading feisty Virginia Tech 39-29 in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, Seminoles receiver Peter Warrick walked into the FSU huddle and asked his teammates, "Ya'll want me to finish them?" Warrick, who was deprived of the Heisman Trophy after he was suspended for an illegal shopping spree, did just that, catching a 43-yard touchdown while being interfered with and lifting the Seminoles to a 46-29 victory. FSU went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the country, giving coach Bobby Bowden his second national title.

-- Mark Schlabach

No. 42. Leonard Part 2

Leonard Conley runs Miami past Nebraska in Orange Bowl

Jan. 2, 1989: Miami's diminutive Leonard Conley stood tall in the Orange Bowl against Nebraska, scoring both of the Hurricanes' touchdowns in a 23-3 win. The second score stood out, as he caught a Steve Walsh pass in the flat, juked Nebraska's Lorenzo Hicks and scooted down the sideline for a 42-yard touchdown. Miami receiver Dale Dawkins spurred Conley with a crushing downfield block. The catch marked Conley's longest in college as Miami handed Nebraska its first loss of the season.

-- Adam Rittenberg