Iowa offense showcases its brazen fourth-down genius with another crazy fake field-goal touchdown
Kirk Ferentz, Brian Ferentz and LeVar Woods are looking like the Kings of Crazy on the college football field.
Or, the way their plays are hitting, we probably should be saying the Kings of "So Crazy, It Just Might Work."
Three weeks after converting a swinging-gate field goal shovel run play to perfection against Minnesota, the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes struck again in Saturday's first quarter against No. 16 Penn State.
This conversion, though — it makes the first one look like child's play.
Iowa was ahead 5-0 after a sufficiently wild enough first 9 minutes and change of the game. The Hawkeyes faced a fourth-and-goal from the Penn State 10-yard line, and quarterback Nate Stanley had been just 2-for-7 for 43 yards.
So, naturally, Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz lined up punter (and field-goal holder) Colten Rastetter in the shotgun. Special teams coach Woods oversees the execution. Rastetter took the snap, rolled a bit to his right and lofted a floating pass across his body to — of course! — defensive lineman Sam Brincks.
Brincks made a rather impressive over-the-shoulder grab, and Penn State found itself dumbfounded. And down 12-0.
As you might expect, people went crazy. And that included several prominent Iowa alums.
Once you watch the play back, you can appreciate some of the nuance in the misdirection. Hockenson, who was on the left, stepped back into the backfield, thus making Brincks the tight end on the left side. Penn State probably had the Hockenson move scouted from the previous Minnesota tape.
But Brincks blocked briefly, went out for the pass, and you know the rest.
Another good observation from our columnist, Chad Leistikow, who wondered if Iowa was playing the long con with some similar theatrics on its first offensive possession.
Despite the huge highlight play, this game had so much more to go after the first quarter. The Hawkeyes couldn't find the end zone on offense, ultimately falling 30-24.