The Hawkeyes' quarterback hit receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley, who was initially ruled out of bounds, on the play.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Kevonte Martin-Manley didn't really give it a second thought.
Neither did C.J. Beathard.
When an official ruled Martin-Manley failed to stay in bounds while catching a third-quarter pass from Beathard, the Iowa offense shifted its attention to the next snap.
Then, the play was reviewed.
"I saw the replay," Martin-Manley said. "And I was like, 'That might be a touchdown.' "
The officials agreed, giving Iowa a 23-yard touchdown pass and a 17-10 lead, with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.
"That's what the whole principle is, to get it right," coach Kirk Ferentz said of the replay process. "We've had a bunch of them this year, and I'm assuming they got this one right."
On a day when the Hawkeyes had trouble connecting, the way this moment unfold seemed appropriate.
Beathard dropped back and lofted the ball to Martin-Manley, who was weaving past defenders.
"It was just a go route," Martin-Manley said. "We had similar looks this week in practice and I expected it the whole time.
"C.J. threw a great ball."
But when it was waved off, there was little protest. Beathard and his teammates were nearing the line of scrimmage as the whistles came.
"We were really surprised," Beathard said. "We already had our next call in mind.
"When they called a touchdown, I was like, 'Wait, what?' "
It appeared Martin-Manley's right foot ended up out of bounds, but his left touched in the field of play.
"I gave him a shot," Beathard said. "And he made a great catch."
Purdue never recovered.
"That was a big point in the game," Martin-Manley said. "We felt like if we could give them a lead, our defense would hold them."