Colorado trailed Michigan 26–21 with six seconds left when Stewart heaved the ball more than 70 yards in the air into the end zone where Westbrook caught it on a planned deflection from Blake Anderson for the game-winning touchdown. The play, which was named "Rocket Left", was called by Bill McCartney, Colorado coach and former Michigan assistant coach. Westbrook, Anderson and Rae Carruth lined up wide left and James Kidd lined up wide right. The same play had been called to end the first half, resulting in a Chuck Winters interception.
Before the 1994 season, running back Rashaan Salaam was quoted in the Colorado Media Guide on what would be his favorite SportsCenter highlight. "It's fourth and 15 late in the game at Michigan Stadium. We're on our 2 yard line, and with 2 seconds to go, Kordell pitches me the ball. I throw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook and the Buffs win the game." Salaam almost nailed the scenario, but it was Kordell Stewart who completed the legendary play.