Iowa won its school-record eighth straight game to start a season on Oct. 24, 2009, at Michigan State. The streak remained alive because of the most famous slant pattern in school history.
It was run by sophomore wide receiver Marvin, and it came on the final play. Michigan State had taken a 13-9 lead on a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to Blair White with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining in the game. But quarterback Ricky led the down the field, against a shrinking clock and long odds.
The perfect record looked to be gone when Michigan State intercepted apass inside the 10-yard line. But the Spartans were called for defensive holding. That put the ball on the Michigan State 7. After three straight , it came down to one last chance. Offensive coordinator Ken sent in the slant play.
“I told myself just to run perfect technique and do what you’ve been taught,”said. “It worked.”
got inside Chris and made the catch for the winning touchdown. A bench-clearing celebration ensued.
“I just remember freaking out and everyone jumping around,”said after Iowa’s first victory in East Lansing since 1995.
was buried by teammates in the end zone after his catch.
“I couldn’t breathe,”said.
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