Iowa takes first Citrus Bowl lead on perfectly executed TE screen to Sam LaPorta
Iowa’s offense has been a completely different animal since halftime in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.
After managing a little over 100 yards of offense in the first half, the Hawkeyes rolled 92 yards on their last drive to take the lead in the Citrus Bowl. That drive covered 9 plays and needed just over 3 minutes of game time to find the end zone.
The deciding blow came from 36 yards out and was a screen pass designed to go to tight end Sam LaPorta. Spencer Petras was just able to get the ball out and around the oncoming pass rush of Kentucky as Iowa leaked multiple linemen down the field.
Once LaPorta reeled in the catch, he had a convoy of blockers and a lot of green grass, diving into the end zone at the end of the run. That made it 17-13 as Iowa has erased another 10-point lead this season.
TOUCHDOWN IOWA SAM LAPORTA THIS IS NOT A DRILL pic.twitter.com/4FuTBjp1PR
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Iowa linemen getting blocks 40 yards downfield 😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/9ZqSRRxdkR
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