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70. The Gipper

George Gipp throws 70-yard TD pass on his final play

Nov. 20, 1920: The legend of George Gipp was cemented on what tragically turned out to be his final play.

Gipp stayed on the bench for most of the game against Northwestern, resting a shoulder injury he had suffered the week before against Indiana. As fans chanted for their beloved star, Knute Rockne put Gipp in late in the fourth quarter. Gipp tossed a then-school-record 70-yard pass to Norman Barry from punt formation. Just three weeks later, however, Gipp was dead from pneumonia that stemmed from a throat infection.

-- Brian Bennett