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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Few will forget the last game of the 2009 season for Bethel College’s football team, and not just because the Threshers won 30-0 or the fact that it was Mike Moore’s last game as head coach.

Instead, the game will be remembered for a wild play that took place late in the third quarter.

With his team leading Sterling College 20-0, the coach tried a new offensive tactic. He put in senior defensive end Joel Maple, Umatilla, Fla., for an unusual touchdown play: quarterback Garrett Hiebert, junior from Goessel, made a no-look, over-the-shoulder throwback at the goal line to Maple, who caught it in the end zone for the score.

The “bouquet toss,” captured on video, has become a YouTube sensation. In fact, as of Friday morning, Nov. 20, it was the most viewed video. (See video.)

In addition, ESPN will feature the video and comments from Assistant Coach Chase Hansen at 2:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. today. KWCH Channel 12 in Wichita ran the video this morning at 6:15 in their Web Worthy segment, which included a telephone interview with Hansen.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. In sports, Bethel competes in the KCAC and is part of the NAIA’s Region IV. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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