IOWA CITY, Ia. – For a few frantic moments, Iowa’s Tevaun Smith held the 66,805 fans at Kinnick Stadium spellbound.
It started when the junior wide receiver took a third quarter handoff and raced toward the left sideline, coming within a few tantalizing feet of the first-down marker.
Then, Smith pivoted and headed the other way.
“I gave it to him, tried to sell the fake a little bit,” quarterback Jake Rudock said. “I’m thinking ‘Get up field, get up field.’
“Then, all of a sudden he starts running back toward me. So I thought I’d go and try to get in someone’s way.”
Smith tried to tight-rope the right sideline, but stepped out of bounds with a 35-yard gain.
“I had no clue,” Smith said. “I thought I had scored.”
The ball was placed at the Northern Iowa 11-yard line, following a Panthers penalty.
Smith did eventually reach paydirt, however, making a nifty one-handed touchdown catch of a 6-yard pass from Rudock to put Iowa ahead 24-13.
The Hawkeyes went on to win, 31-23.
“I’m eager to see it on a replay,” coach Kirk Ferentz said of Smith’s grab, “because that looked like a thing of beauty live.”
Smith thought he might land in the doghouse.
“We’re supposed to be catching the ball with two (hands),” he said. “And I know if I would have dropped it, I probably would have gotten in some trouble.”
Instead, Smith helped shift the momentum back in Iowa’s direction, finishing with three catches for 17 yards.
“That’s every receivers’ dream,” Smith said. “I hope to make a lot more plays like that.”
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