YouTube is a hell of a thing, isn’t it? You never know what gems you’ll stumble across, including some truly great memories from your youth. In this case, it’s the 1998 football game between Syracuse University and the Miami Hurricanes. If you’ve got an extra four hours, and you’ve either never seen just how explosive Donovan McNabb was in college or you’d just like a friendly reminder, this is the video for you.
This game was significant for a few reasons. First, because prior to this game, Miami had absolutely dominated Syracuse over the course of the 1990’s. This was Donovan McNabb’s last chance to kick the crap out of the Canes, and that’s exactly what he did. On senior day in the Carrier Dome, McNabb threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more – including a scintillating 51 yard touchdown run – to guide the Orangemen to a 66-13 annihilation of Miami.
People sometimes forget just how great a runner McNabb was, because he ultimately transformed into more of a pocket passer as his NFL career wore on. But when he was at Syracuse, he was absolutely electric when he scrambled, or had to tuck the ball and run. People talk about Randall Cunningham and Michael Vick as the greatest running quarterbacks in history, but McNabb is all too often forgotten in the conversation. If you’re too young to have watched McNabb in his college days, you need to watch this game. In fact, you should watch it just to see how explosive the entire offense was. The Orangemen finished the season averaging just under 40 points per game, the fourth best average in the nation.
The game was also significant for another reason: it was senior day not just for McNabb, but also Rob Konrad. That means that this was the last time that the number 44 jersey has been worn on the gridiron in the Carrier Dome. Hopefully, that’ll soon change. But enough on that – enjoy the game!