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.
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"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."