I had been meaning to make a better copy of the Fail Mary game against Colorado for a while now. I finished it and then watched the final minute and had nearly forgotten how that last play was set up and how disaster nearly screwed us again against the Buffs.
First to give some perspective for that time, Colorado was one of the best college football programs in America. This Buffs team would finish 7th in the final polls. The game is in Boulder and we're just two years removed from the Kordell Stewart saga.
With 1:30 left in the game, we have a 7 point lead and the ball at our own 40. We start taking knees so Colorado can burn their last timeout, which they did after 2nd down. On the 3rd down knee, there's 37 seconds left and Keith Jackson points out the slight difference from the play clock which is about 1-2 seconds less. On 4th down, Dreisbach takes a knee with 8 seconds left for some reason giving Colorado one play. The silent stadium suddenly comes to life and we're in this horrible position again, only the mishandling of the clock gives the Buffs a much easier hail mary attempt from our 37 yard line. Even Bob Griese has this WTF voice when he asks, "Is this weird or what?"
This Hail Mary had a chance with it slightly bounching off the finger tips of Woodson and Chuck Winters, dangerously close to a Colorado receiver a few feet behind them. Thankfully, he was just out of reach and the ball bounced to the turf off to his left. No disaster this time but can you imagine the shitstorm had the Buffs caught it again all thanks to Michigan mishandling the clock? Lloyd took blame for the clock issue in the Michigan Replay episode but he and Brandy sort of change the subject rather quickly.
The game would have gone to overtime. 1996 was the first season college football had overtime. Thankfully, that didn't happen.
Skip ahead to 12:03 to see the ending.
Beforehand, there's some great catches by Tai Streets and a few shots of Mattison on the sideline.