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Kordell's Hail Mary a "Miracle in Michigan"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Sept. 24, 1994
It's called the Miracle in Michigan when Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart pulls a Flutie. On the game's final play, with Colorado trailing by five and having the ball on its own 36-yard line, Stewart buys time by scrambling in the pocket before letting loose a Hail Mary.
The ball travels 73 yards towards the Michigan goal line. Back-up wide receiver Blake Anderson, son of former Miami Dolphins safety Dick Anderson, leaps and tips the ball away from a Michigan defender back into the end zone.
Michael Westbrook dives for the ball and cradles it for the touchdown that gives No. 7 Colorado the improbable 27-26 victory over No. 4 Michigan, which led by 12 points with 2-1/2 minutes left.
"Only a guy with Kordell's ability could throw that far -- and stay alive to throw that far," Colorado coach Bill McCartney says. "Actually, I didn't think he could throw it that far."
While Westbrook shouts at the Michigan crowd of 106,427, Stewart tearfully kisses the grass in the end zone.
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