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Lowdermilk on fumble: ‘It was just an embarrassing play’

[ 0 ] January 1, 2014 |

On a day when nothing came easy for Iowa’s football team, John Lowdermilk made things way too difficult.

The junior safety provided a spark with his third-quarter interception and 71-yard return.

It would have been a touchdown, but after a replay review, it was determined he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.

“It was just an embarrassing play,” Lowdermilk said. “That’s not Iowa Hawkeye football.

“It was just embarrassing for myself, my family and my team.”

The Hawkeyes got the ball at the 1-yard line and eventually scored a touchdown on Mark Weisman’s 2-yard run.

This screen capture shows John Lowdermilk's fumble at the goal line. (ESPN)

This screen capture shows John Lowdermilk’s fumble at the goal line. (ESPN)

So, all was not lost.

“We were hoping, obviously, (Lowdermilk’s play) was a touchdown,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It didn’t work out that way, but that’s part of the deal.”

The play got off to a promising start.

Louisiana State was facing a third-and-10 near midfield when quarterback Anthony Jennings threw downfield.

“We ran a bunch of different combinations of coverages,” Lowdermilk said. “I just zoned off, and they overthrew the ball.

“I just took it and ran.”

Lowdermilk, who finished with six tackles, did a nice job of letting his teammates set their blocks and straddling the sideline as he raced toward the end zone.

Then, Lowdermilk flipped the ball behind him, a moment too soon.

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“I didn’t even realize it,” Lowdermilk said. “I don’t know what I was doing. I really regret it and apologize.”

Officials spent several tense moments reviewing what happened.

“It was just a sickening feeling all around,” Lowdermilk said. “I was just so happy Mark scored.”

The rest of the defense tried to lift Lowdwermilk’s spirits.

“It was a great play,” defensive tackle Carl Davis said. “We didn’t give the ball back to them and we still scored, so we were happy with that.”

Consider it a lesson learned.

“If I’m lucky enough to get in that situation again,” Lowdermilk said, “I’ll probably put two hands around the ball and go to the back of the end zone, just to make sure.

“It was stupid on my part.”

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