Iowa football: Oliver Martin's first Hawkeye catch goes for a touchdown

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

IOWA CITY, Ia. — The Oliver Martin era began with a you-can't-make-this-up play. 

His first career catch in a Hawkeye uniform went for a 9-yard touchdown, giving Iowa a 17-7 lead with 10:06 to go in the third quarter. The catch came on Martin's second snap of the night. 

Aug 31, 2019; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Oliver Martin (5) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Stanley (not shown) over Miami (Oh) Redhawks defensive back Zedrick Raymond (14) during the third quarter at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

For a while, it seemed Martin would remain a spectator. He didn't play at all in the first half, even as Ihmir Smith-Marsette exited briefly with a shoulder injury. But Martin checked in to a loud roar. His scoring snag on a fade sent Kinnick Stadium into a frenzy. 

Martin, who transferred from Michigan this offseason, was ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA last week and the Big Ten on Wednesday. Expect plenty more impact to come as Martin gets better acquainted with the offense.  

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.