|Thursday, November 14
Over 10,000 vote to name legendary LSU play
ESPN.com news services
BATON ROUGE -- Over 10,000 votes were casts this week by fans on LSU's Internet site to determine the name for the last-second play that lifted the Tigers to a 33-30 win over Kentucky last Saturday in Lexington and "The Bluegrass Miracle" was the runaway winner.
With 4,497 votes, "The Bluegrass Miracle" easily beat out "The Bluegrass Bomb" for the name of the 75-yard Marcus Randall-to-Devery Henderson touchdown pass. "The Bluegrass Bomb" accumulated 2,415 votes, while Hail Henderson had 1,785 votes and "Miracle on the Bluegrass" 1,261 votes.
There were also 398 write-in emails with suggestions ranging from "Lucky in Kentucky" to "The Devine Deflection" to "It Works Devery Time" and "The Lexington Longshot."
One fan submitted song lyrics for the play, while other suggestions included t-shirt ideas and cartoon drawings.
"The Bluegrass Miracle" has been re-played countless numbers of times this week has been called everything from "the play of the year" by AP's Richard Rosenblatt to "Christian Laettner in cleats" by John Clay of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
Tom Leach, Kentucky's radio play-by-play announcer may have put it best when he said, "how much heartbreak. Kentucky fans are up on the goalposts. I don't know why."
"The Bluegrass Miracle" now joins LSU football's greatest plays including Billy Cannon's 89-yard "Halloween Run" and "The Earthquake Game" in 1988 when the Tigers beat Auburn, 7-6, in Tiger Stadium.