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by Ivan Maisel

Boston College Athletics


Miami | Nov. 23, 1984

Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie had sewn up the 1984 Heisman. But his 48-yard Hail Mary to Gerard Phelan is treasured to this day because of what it represented: the rise of the little guy. Not only did the 5-foot-9 Flutie lead the Eagles to a 47-45 victory over Miami, throwing for 472 yards and three scores, but the pass is the moment that Boston College returned to the big time after four sinking decades.