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Cornerback Lowery on momentum swing: ‘I messed up’

[ 0 ] October 5, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. - Iowa rallied to take a 14-10 lead and momentum into halftime against Michigan State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

The Spartans took it back by starting the second half with a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Connor Cook finished that drive with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler. Iowa cornerback B.J. Lowery got beat on the play.

“I messed up,” Lowery said. “I thought I had help over the middle, but I didn’t. It was on me.”

Iowa's B.J. Lowery was unable to break up a pass to Spartan wide receiver Bennie Fowler during the Hawkeyes game against Michigan State on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

Iowa's B.J. Lowery was unable to break up a pass to Spartan wide receiver Bennie Fowler during the Hawkeyes game against Michigan State on Saturday, October 5, 2013. (Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen)

This has been a feast-or-famine senior season for Lowery. He’s made several spectacular plays, but got burned on others. He tried to jersey tackle Iowa State’s Quenton Bundrage and let him get away for a 67-yard touchdown. Late in that game, Lowery made a spectacular one-handed interception.

Minnesota’s only touchdown in a 23-7 loss to the Hawkeyes a week ago came on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Engel. He got loose when Lowery whiffed as he tried to jam Engel at the line of scrimmage.

“I know when I mess up,” Lowery said. “When you mess up, you’ve got to face the music.”

Getting beat in one-on-one situations is the life of a defensive back. The good-bad scale tips to the positive during Lowery’s career.

But the mistakes are magnified.

“I don’t expect to give up plays like that,” Lowery said of the 37-yard Cook to Fowler connection. “Coach (Phil) Parker has me out there for a reason. And I don’t mean any harm to him.”

As far as his up-and-down season so far, Lowery strives to get better.

“I’ve just got to stay consistent with what I’m doing,” Lowery said.

And he knows just one way to do that.

“Practice,” Lowery said.

On Saturday, the Cook-to-Fowler connection was the final, deciding momentum swing of the game.

“We had to get off the field as soon as possible there,” Lowery said. “And we didn’t do it.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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