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.