Central Michigan's Bahamas Bowl Hail Mary up for ESPY

The Detroit News

Central Michigan may have lost the Bahamas Bowl, but the Chippewas still could win an ESPY.

The Chippewas' last-ditch Hail Mary, which capped a furious 34-point fourth-quarter rally in a 49-48 loss to Western Kentucky in the Christmas Eve classic, is one of 16 plays nominated for an ESPY as the year's best.

And, judging by its No. 2 seed in ESPN's bracket-style voting, it's considered a favorite.

Central Michigan trailed 49-14 after three quarters in the game, but dominated the final quarter, pulling within 49-42 in the waning seconds. That's went the Chippewas went to the Hail Mary, with quarterback Cooper Rush hitting Jesse Kroll for 48 yards. Three laterals and a little magic later, and Titus Davis was in the end zone with no time on the clock.

Only a failed two-point conversion kept Central Michigan from completing the miraculous comeback.

Now, the Chippewas can win some consolation. The Hail Mary is going up against a cricket save made by Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies, seeded 15th. Round of 16 voting lasts until July 1 before the next round begins.

You can vote here.

The winner will be announced July 15 at the ESPYs, which air at 8 p.m. on ABC.