Greatest CFB Plays: Cannon's Halloween Run defeats Rodgers' PR

Voting for Round 3 of the Greatest CFB Plays tournament has concluded. Billy Cannon's Halloween Run advanced to the semifinals to take on the Bluegrass Miracle.

Round 3 poll results:
Cannon's Halloween Run: 72 percent
Rodgers' punt return: 28 percent

Rodgers' punt return (1)


Date: Nov. 25, 1971
Summary: In a No. 1 vs. No. 2, "Game of the Century" showdown, Johnny Rodgers put Nebraska on the board first with a 72-yard punt return touchdown, which helped the Cornhuskers defeat Oklahoma, 35-31.

Cannon's Halloween Run (2)


Date: Oct. 31, 1959
Summary: Billy Cannon's 79-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter gave top-ranked LSU a 7-3 win over No. 3-rated Ole Miss. Cannon would go on to win the Heisman Trophy in 1959.

What we learned from the tournament


Tournament results:


Final round:
Kick Six (2) defeats Bluegrass Miracle (5)

Semifinals:
Bluegrass Miracle (5) defeats Cannon's Halloween Run (2)
Kick Six (2) defeats McMahon Hail Mary (4)

Knute Rockne region:
Quarterfinal matchup: Cannon's Halloween Run (2) defeats Rodgers' return (1)
Round 2 matchups: Rodgers' return (1) defeats Harvard Beats Yale (5) | Cannon's Halloween Run (2) defeats Punt Bama Punt (6)
Round 1 matchups: Punt Bama Punt (6) defeats O.J.'s TD run (3) | Harvard Beats Yale (5) defeats Wrong Way Roy (4)
Round 1 byes: Johnny Rodgers' return (1) | Billy Cannon's Halloween Run (2)

Bear Bryant region:
Quarterfinal matchup: McMahon Hail Mary (4) defeats Hail Flutie (2)
Round 2 matchups: McMahon Hail Mary (4) defeats The Play (1) | Hail Flutie (2) defeats Walker First TD (6)
Round 1 matchups: Walker First TD (6) defeats Montana TD (3) | McMahon Hail Mary (4) defeats Scott 92-yard TD (5)
Round 1 byes: The Play (1) | Hail Flutie (2)

Bobby Bowden region:
Quarterfinal matchup: Bluegrass Miracle (5) vs. Favre's Hail Mary (2)
Round 2 matchups: Bluegrass Miracle (5) defeats Miracle in Michigan (1) | Favre's Hail Mary (2) defeats Williams Leap (6)
Round 1 matchups: Williams Leap (6) defeats Howard Heisman Pose (3) | Bluegrass Miracle (5) defeats Flea Kicker (4)
Round 1 byes: Miracle in Michigan (1) | Brett Favre's Hail Mary (2)

Urban Meyer region:
Quarterfinal matchup: Kick Six (2) vs. Statue of Liberty (1)
Round 2 matchups: Statue of Liberty (1) defeats Crabtree GW (5) | Kick Six (2) defeats VY Runs to Title (3)
Round 1 matchups: VY Runs to Title (3) defeats Prothro Catch (6) | Crabtree GW (5) defeats Bush Push (4)
Round 1 byes: Statue of Liberty (1) | Kick Six (2)

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