Friday Flashback:  1984 Boston College vs. Miami

It has been called one of the greatest finishes in college football history.  I remember watching this game on television in my bedroom at my parents’ home after I had just returned from my tour in Greenland.  In Greenland, we never saw the games live but usually two weeks later so it was a treat to see the game on live television for the first time in a year.  What a game I witnessed in this November 23, 1984 contest at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie hurled up a last-second 64-yard pass that landed in the hands of Gerard Phelan for a 47-45 win over Miami.

The game was not a defensive battle to say the least.  Miami racked up 655 yards of offense while Boston College had 627 yards.

With 28 seconds left, Miami’s Melvin Bratton scored on a one-yard run that appeared to have given the Hurricanes a 45-41 win.  Starting at their own 20 after the score, Boston College got to the Miami 48 in time for the final play.

Boston College finished the season at 10-2 and a win over Houston in the Cotton Bowl.   They finished #5 in the final poll.  Miami finished 8-5 and lost to UCLA in the Fiesta Bowl.   They finished #18 in the final poll.

The Hurricanes were beaten by Maryland a week prior to their game against Boston College.   Maryland overcame a 31-0 deficit to win 42-40 for the biggest comeback in NCAA history.

See the game winning score below:


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