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Iowa’s sixth-best football victory of past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 24, 2014 |

Hail Mary? On Nov. 14, 1987, it became known as Hartlieb to Cook. In the playbook it was known as “Lion 75 Y Trail.”

Fourth down, 23 yards to go from the Ohio State 28 with less than a minute remaining. And trailing Ohio State, 27-22. In Ohio Stadium, where Iowa hadn’t won since 1959. That’s what quarterback Chuck Hartlieb faced when he brought his team to the line of scrimmage.

Marv Cook hauled in the winning scoring reception at Ohio State in 1987. (Register File Photo)

Marv Cook hauled in the winning scoring reception at Ohio State in 1987.
(Register File Photo)

“There was a time out,” Hartlieb said. “And coach (Hayden) Fry said to me, ‘Chuck, what do you want to run?’ And I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”

Hartlieb wanted to throw a pass to his roommate, tight end Marv Cook.

“I said, ‘coach, we should run Lion 75 Y Trail,’” Hartlieb recalled. “And he said, ‘We’re going to do it.’ We called up to (quarterbacks coach Bill) Snyder and he said, ‘Go.’”

Cook sprinted down the right sideline as Hartlieb dropped back. The pass hung in the air, and Cook had to come back for it. He caught it and bulled his way into the end zone.

“I think I made it by an inch,” Cook said.

Hartlieb wasn’t sure if Cook had scored.

“I was a long way away, so I hustled back down there in the event we needed another play,” Hartlieb said.

Ohio Stadium had been the only Big Ten venue Fry had not won at, so this completed a sweep. The loss also cost Ohio State’s Earle Bruce his job.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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