When fans think of Boise State, it's almost impossible not to gravitate toward the Broncos' miraculous overtime Fiesta Bowl victory against Oklahoma. Of all the plays that then-Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin called, the two that will always stand the test of time are the hook-and-ladder touchdown that forced overtime and the statue of liberty score that won the game.
Now one of those plays is being credited with a miracle high school finish in Texas. According to the Austin American-Statesman, a Central Texas head coach called for a last-second, impromptu hook-and-ladder pass after conjuring it up in the huddle just before the final snaps with the Boise State finish specifically in mind.
In this case "snaps" is the operative word, because the coach called for the play twice, once with 10 seconds remaining (the pass fell incomplete) and again immediately thereafter on the game's final play.
"I owe that play to [now Texas offensive coordinator] Bryan Harsin," Manor (Texas) High football coach Sadd Jackson told the American-Statesman.
"Our play looked like a carbon copy of the Boise play."
You can be the judge of that yourself, but in comparing the play you see directly above with the one that starts off this highlight here, Jackson appears to have a heck of a point.
The setup to the magical play ran something like this: Facing off against Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson High, Manor trailed 49-46, holding the ball at the Hendrickson 43-yard line with 10 seconds remaining. Clearly, the Mustangs needed something special to salvage a chance at a memorable win.
That's when Jackson called for the hook-and-ladder not once, but twice. After a quick timeout, Manor receiver Avery Mack over ran his route on the first attempt, leading Jackson to call a second timeout and bring out a sideline whiteboard, where he rapidly diagrammed exactly what he was talking about.
Incredibly, it worked, with Manor quarterback Jacory McQueen finding Mack on the same slant he had over run moments before, with Mack then flipping the ball to fellow wide out Statron Jones, who streaked 25 yards down the left sideline to the end zone.
The touchdown capped what could only be considered one of the more unlikely victories of the season. Earlier in the game, Hendrickson had rolled to a 31-point lead in the second quarter, leading area news services to stop recording the game and head back to edit film. One station even briefly reported a final score as a Hendrickson win.
Clearly, both of those decisions were mistakes, just as Hendrickson was mistaken for thinking Manor wouldn't be brazen enough to call for a hook-and-ladder on back-to-back plays.
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