TAMPA, Fla. — It was another up-and-down performance for Kevonte Martin-Manley.
As he did earlier this season, Iowa’s junior receiver was involved in positive and negative plays during the course of Wednesday’s Outback Bowl.
A muffed punt return by Martin-Manley in the second quarter helped Louisiana State score a touchdown and take a 14-0 lead. Otherwise, the Hawkeyes would have taken possession near midfield with a chance to tie the score.
“It was a good punt,” Martin-Manley explained. “I didn’t get my hips turned enough and my feet were crossed. I didn’t get square on the ball.”
Neither Martin-Manley nor coach Kirk Ferentz blamed soggy conditions.
“I don’t know if it was so much the weather as misjudging,” Ferentz said. “Looked to me like he was going backwards. If you’re running to the ball, it’s a better deal.”
Martin-Manley remained upbeat.
“Plays like that happen to everybody,” Martin-Manley said. “I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if you’re all-American or a Heisman Trophy winner.
“They also have bad plays.”
Martin-Manley had a chance to make amends in the fourth quarter, when a play called for him to throw the ball. Damon Bullock had broken free up the right sideline, but Martin-Manley’s throw had too much air under it, allowing LSU safety Craig Loston to recover and break up the pass.
Martin-Manley caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard with 1:42 left. It was his only catch of the game.
“I have to be more consistent,” Martin-Manley said. “And that’s something I’m going to work on.”
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