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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Updated: December 17, 3:11 PM ET
Vote: Top 10 College Football Plays

By ESPN SportsCenter

This college football season was full of highlight-reel plays. So we asked our friends at SportsCenter to come up with their Top 10 plays of the year. Take a look at the list and tell us which play should be No. 1 by voting in the poll to the left.

Is your favorite play not on the list? Just use the form at the bottom of the page and send it in!

10. Rhys Lloyd's FG wins Paul Bunyan's Axe
Lloyd's 35-yard kick gave the Minnesota Golden Gophers a 37-34 win over their fierce rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. Lloyd then led a stampede of Gophers to the Wisconsin sideline, grabbed the Axe and paraded it around the Metrodome field.

Greg Jones just looks tough.
9. Greg Jones levels Dexter Reid
Florida State's Greg Jones was fired up for the first game of the season, a road game against North Carolina. His excitement came to a head when he bulldozed over all-ACC defensive back Dexter Reid, lowering his shoulder and knocking off Reid's helmet at the tail end of a 21-yard rush.

8. Sean Jones' 92-yard fumble return vs. Vols
Trailing 13-7 in the second quarter against Georgia, Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen fumbled near the goal line and Georgia's Sean Jones picked it up and ran 92 yards for a touchdown as time ran out in the first half. The Vols never recovered and went on to lose 41-14.

7. Jason Avant's homecoming gift
Avant's 22-yard touchdown catch gave Michigan a 31-3 lead over Northwestern. But it was the way Avant, a sophomore from Chicago, caught the ball, grabbing Navarre's high throw with his right hand, pulling it into his body before landing in the end zone for the score -- never touching the ball with his left hand.

Michael "The Burner" Turner burned the Terps.
6. Northern Illinois stuns 15th-ranked Maryland on bizarre last play
Northern Illinois stunned No. 14 Maryland 20-13 in overtime in the season opener for the two teams. The win was sealed when Scott McBrien's long pass near the end zone intended for Latrez Harrison, hit defensive back Rob Lee in the leg as he fell backward and shot into the air and was intercepted by Randee Drew.

5. Ben Troupe - One man wrecking crew
Florida tight end Ben Troupe was going to get into the end zone, period. After catching a pass over the middle, Troupe broke several tackles before getting tied up at the five-yard line by several defenders. But Gator fans didn't need to worry, Troupe just brought them along for the ride as he made his way in for six points.

4. Larry Fitzgerald's 49-yard TD vs. A&M
Heisman Trophy finalist Larry Fitzgerald had many great catches this season, but none more highlight-worthy than this 49-yard touchdown catch in traffic against Texas A&M. It was his third touchdown grab of the day en route to a 37-26 victory over A&M.

3. Chris Rix's 52-yard bomb to P.K. Sam
Chris Rix found himself in The Swamp, down three points with under a minute to play. Instead of poking forward to get into FG range for the tie, Rix rolled right and let one fly. P.K Sam went up, twisted around and crashed to the ground with the ball and a Seminole victory firmly in his grasp.

Yeah, Mike, we saw it. Great catch!
2. Mike Williams' one-handed grab vs. Oregon St.
Mike Williams had two touchdown receptions in USC's 52-28 victory over Oregon State. But it was the second, a leaping, one-handed grab in the back of the end zone, that people will reminisce about long after Williams makes the eventual jump to the NFL.

1. Quincy Wilson bowls over the Hurricanes
The Hurricanes won the war but Wilson won the battle. West Virginia running back Quincy Wilson took a screen pass from Rasheed Marshall on third down, escaped Vince Wilfork behind the line of scrimmage, broke a tackle and then steam rolled safety Brandon Meriweather at the 10 and scored to give the Mountaineers a 20-19 lead. The Hurricanes would rally and kick a field goal to win, but Wilson's run will long be remembered.

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