Iowa's trick play propels Hawkeyes to victory over Ohio State

The Hawkeyes' fake field goal set up a touchdown late in the third quarter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The play call was polecat. The pass was perfect. A fake field goal that now resides in Hawkeye lore. 

"I was like really, we're running it? Okay," Iowa senior Tyler Kluver said. "We knew we we're gonna need stuff like that to compete. I was just ready to go make a play and I was glad we could get the first down." 

Kluver's 18-yard catch from Colton Rastetter to convert the fourth down and give the offense a first and goal was the biggest surprise on a day full of them during Iowa's 55-24 trouncing of Ohio State.

"I was a little upset that I fell on the one-yard line, but right after that, I had to go snap the PAT," Kluver said. "I was just happy we got points out of it." 

The punter to long snapper connection set up the second Nate Stanley to T.J. Hockenson touchdown, which put the Hawkeyes up 38-17. 

The sophomore quarterback made sure to tell Rastetter he missed his chance at gridiron glory. 

"We messed around with him a little bit, gave him a hard time on the sideline after that, that he could have had a touchdown pass," Stanley said.

The fake field goal had been ready to use the past few games, but the right time never materialized. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said special teams coordinator LeVar Woods deserves the all the credit for finding and installing the polecat. 

"Needless to say, and this goes without saying, if it's an original thought play, then it didn't come out of my brain, that's for sure," Ferentz said. "We copied it from somebody. I'm not sure who, but we copied it and thought it might have a chance to go. Figured that was a pretty good situation for it."

And something Hawkeyes fans will remember for generations. 

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