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Big East: Yards to Glory

The fantastic ESPN.com Yards to Glory project wrapped up today with the final 20 most memorable plays -- by yardage. Here is where the Big East stacks up:

17. The Don

Don McPherson keeps Syracuse undefeated

Nov. 21, 1987: West Virginia was threatening to pull one of the biggest upsets of the season on Sugar Bowl-bound No. 6 Syracuse. West Virginia led 31-24 with less than a minute to play, but Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson started driving his team. McPherson threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Pat Kelly in the back of the end zone with 10 seconds left, and the Orange went for two. McPherson pitched to Michael Owens on the option, and Syracuse won 32-31 to cap an 11-0 regular season. It was Cuse's first undefeated season since its 1959 championship season.

-- Andrea Adelson

9. Pony Fakeout

Lance McIlhenny, not fabled RBs, seals Cotton Bowl win

Jan. 1, 1983: It was the Pony Express of SMU versus the passing express of Dan Marino and Pitt in the 1983 Cotton Bowl. But there was little in the way of the expected offensive fireworks. In fact, it was SMU quarterback Lance McIlhenny who stole the show. With the ball at the Pitt 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter, McIlhenny faked up the middle to Eric Dickerson. One more fake to Craig James and it was McIlhenny scoring a 9-yard touchdown on the option to give SMU a 7-3 lead with 13:43 to play. It was the winning score, and SMU finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.

-- Andrea Adelson

5. Call Me Maurice

Maurice Clarett scores title-winning TD on final college carry

Jan. 3, 2003: With a national championship hanging in the balance in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State freshman tailback Maurice Clarett ran for a 5-yard touchdown, and OSU's defense then made a dramatic goal-line stand for a 31-24 victory. OSU ended Miami's 34-game winning streak and ended its bid for back-to-back national championships. It also was the last carry of Clarett's college career; he was suspended from the team the next season for filing a false police report.

-- Mark Schlabach