WATCH: NATE STANLEY STEPS UP, HITS IHMIR SMITH-MARSETTE FOR 60-YARD TOUCHDOWN

By Adam Jacobi on October 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm
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Is this the pass of the year for the Hawkeyes? Debatable, but we'll be seeing plenty of it in the highlight reels for the rest of the season.

With Iowa facing 3rd and long and a seemingly untouched blitzer flying through the line, RB Mekhi Sargent got just enough of a chip block to buy some space for QB Nate Stanley. Stanley stepped up, and found WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette wide, wide open on the sideline. The race to the end zone was on, and Smith-Marsette hit pay dirt—punctuated with a somersault for six points.

That's a level of pocket presence and escapability that few Iowa quarterbacks have had under Kirk Ferentz. Combine that with the arm to get the ball to that spot on the field, and that's just a truly special play by Stanley. 

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