Warren Holloway called it a dream, and who can blame him when you snatch victory from the certain jaws of defeat?
Iowa fans will never forget the first — and only — touchdown catch of Holloway's career. It came on the last play of the Jan. 1, 2005 Capital One Bowl, a 56-yarder with no time left against No. 12 Louisiana State.
The play, called "All Up," gave the Hawkeyes a shocking 30-25 victory. Quarterback Drew Tate delivered the ball, Holloway caught it and ran into history.
"You can't write a better script than this," Holloway said.
A more believable one, perhaps.
"I thought I overthrew him at first," said Tate, who was named the game's MVP. "If he'd gotten tackled, I don't know what would have happened."
Iowa would have lost.
"The resiliency these guys have shown — it's hard to put into words," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "For this thing to end the way it did was pretty fitting."
LSU had taken a 25-24 lead with 46 seconds to play. Iowa's mission was to get in position for a field goal. With the ball at the Hawkeyes' 49 and a time out left, Tate spiked it. But officials ruled Tate did it before the ball was put in play.
After marking off the 5-yard penalty, the clock started. Ferentz thought the penalty killed the clock. So when Tate dropped back, it was the last play of the game.