Why Marshall Koehn hesitated before late field goal

Andrew Logue


Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn kicks the ball to Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Even in Marshall Koehn's best moment of the season, there was a glitch.

Koehn made a 44-yard field goal that temporarily tied Iowa with Iowa State, 17-17, with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

But as he started jogging onto the field, he stopped. Koehn wasn't sure if he was the one who was supposed to make the attempt.

"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz said I was going to take it if (the ball) was on the 25 or back," Koehn recalled. "And Mick (Ellis) was going to take anything up.

"When I ran up, coach was calling for Mick."

The ball was on pretty much on the 26-yard line. So Koehn went ahead and ran out, as the play clock was ticking down.

"Wasn't really how we planned it," the Solon native said. "Glad it worked out."

Koehn had been 2-for-5 on field goals this season, with all three misses coming from inside the 40-yard line. Ellis handled Iowa's extra-point kicks Saturday, and Koehn had four touchbacks on all four of his kickoffs.

"I was pretty excited," he said. "After my week last week, it was good to bounce back.

"But I wish we could have pulled it out today."