Central Michigan’s Hail Mary/Hook-And-Ladder Game-Winning TD Is The Play Of The Year So Far

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09.10.16 4 Comments

The hook-and-ladder play is one of those gimmick plays that works once a decade, and it’s legendary. The Hail Mary works once a year and people tell their kids about it for years to come. But never, ever do they work, together. But lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened in this ridiculous game winning touchdown that gave Central Michigan the miraculous come from behind 30-27 victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater today.

After two late fourth quarter turnovers allowed Oklahoma State to take a lead Central Michigan got the ball back with time for just one play, 51 yards away from the end zone. In what was surely a designed play, CMU quarterback Cooper Rush lofted about as far as he could, and when senior receiver Jesse Kroll brought the pass in at about the 10 yard line he immediately lateraled it to Corey Willis. Once he had the ball, Willis was locked into a foot-race to the goal line with every OSU defender on the field and somehow just made it into the end zone, pushing his way through a tackle attempt and extending the ball over the goal line. The touchdown was confirmed by replay and the trio of Rush, Kroll and Willis etched their names into Central Michigan history with a play you’re sure to see for years to come.

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