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Monday, August 1, 2011
Yards to Glory: Howard's Heisman moment

By Adam Rittenberg

If you haven't done so already, head to the college football home page and check out a very cool project we have going on all week.

We're taking a look at the most memorable touchdowns in college football history from each yard line (and beyond). Yards to Glory kicks off Monday with a look at touchdowns from 100+ plus to 81 yards. Colleague Pat Forde has this homage to the yard marker.

Two touchdowns with Big Ten connections made the initial list.
93. Helloooo Heisman!
Nov. 23, 1991: Desmond Howard locked up the Heisman Trophy with one of the most memorable plays in Michigan Stadium history. Michigan led 17-3 late in the first half, when Howard fielded an Ohio State punt and raced 93 yards to the end zone, striking the Heisman pose as broadcaster Keith Jackson famously proclaimed, "Helloooo Heisman!" Michigan cruised to a 31-3 win and claimed a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth. Howard hoisted the Heisman two weeks later.
-- Adam Rittenberg
88. Rocket Man
Sept. 16, 1989: The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry took on added significance as the top-ranked Irish went to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a showdown with the second-ranked Wolverines. A rainy afternoon caused both sides to play conservatively, but there was no grounding the Rocket. Raghib "Rocket" Ismail returned the second-half opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown to put Notre Dame up, 14-6. Ismail would bring another one back in the fourth quarter as the Irish held on for a 24-19 victory.
-- Brian Bennett

I'm sure Michigan fans appreciate the former more than the latter, but it's always fun to look back at the game's greatest plays. We'll have more of these for you the rest of the week.