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Iowa's second-best football victory of the last 50 years

Rick Brown
ribrown@dmreg.com

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."

Iowa wide receiver Warren Holloway (86) breaks away from LSU's Travis Daniels (29) for the game-winning touchdown as time expired on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005 at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Iowa won 30-25.

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.