Some are calling Colorado State’s 48-45 win in the New Mexico Bowl the best bowl comeback ever.
It certainly makes a good case. It took two touchdowns, a 2-point conversion and a field goal in the final three minutes to get the Rams a win over Washington State.
Still, it wasn’t better than the 1980 Holiday Bowl. In that game, BYU overcame a 20-point deficit in under four minutes.
BYU had cut SMU’s led to 38-25, but then gave up a touchdown that made the score 45-25. At that point the stadium was almost devoid of fans.
Colorado State’s winning points against WSU came on a 41-yard field goal as time ran out. But in BYU’s memorable Holiday Bowl, Jim McMahon threw a pass from midfield on the game’s final regulation play, to tie the score. The PAT provided the winning margin.
As to whether CSU’s Statue of Liberty play or McMahon’s “Hail Mary” was more exciting, that’s entirely subjective.
Having covered the ’80 Holiday Bowl, I’m still going to stick with it as the best bowl comeback ever.
If you have a better one, make sure to post a comment on it.