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Before Holloway’s 2005 miracle catch, Schlicher prepared to be the hero

[ 0 ] December 21, 2013 |

Every Iowa football fan who watched the 2005 Capital One Bowl remembers Drew Tate’s 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway that beat Louisiana State 30-25 as time expired.

What tends to be forgotten is, the Hawkeyes were originally hoping to win the game on a field goal.

“Coach (Kirk) Ferentz came up to me and he said, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this.’ ” former kicker Kyle Schlicher recalled. “I do remember my heart rate jumping pretty quickly.”

Schlicher, who made 21 of 26 field goals that season, went into his usual routine with Iowa trailing 25-24 and the clock winding down.

“I’d just go to my kicking net,” Schlicher said. “Get that muscle memory back, and pay attention to what’s happening on the field.”

In the frantic final seconds, Schlicher became caught up in the moment.

“I remember being pushed onto the football field, as the ball was being snapped to Drew Tate,” Schlicher said. “I was actually on the field when (Holloway) caught that pass.

“He had a few more yards to go before he got into the end zone. So I continued to kind of trot onto the field.

“I thought there would be time left. He would go down. We’d kick a field goal.”

Instead, Schlicher joined a celebration.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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