Happy 10th Anniversary To Adrian Clayborn's Blocked Punt Against Penn State

By RossWB on September 27, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest Iowa plays of the modern era -- Adrian Clayborn's stunning blocked punt and touchdown return in Iowa's upset of #5 Penn State in Happy Valley. You remember it, right? Surely you do, but watching this play never, ever gets old, so let's take it in one more time: 

Everything about this play is perfect, beginning with the tiny Penn State player (#18) who somehow ends up with the assignment of blocking Clayborn on this play. (SPOILER: it does not go well for him.) Clayborn blows up the human traffic cone in front of him and is in perfect position for his outstretched arms to get in front of the punter's kick and send the ball backwards. Then the ball bounces nicely on the grass, allowing Clayborn to snatch the ball off the ground without breaking stride. From there it's wide open grass to the end zone -- and a touchdown that gave Iowa an 11-10 lead in the game. 

Brent Musberger's call of the play is also perfect -- and instantly memorable: 

BLOCKED! 

SCOOPED UP!

THIS IS GONNA BE A HAWKEYE TOUCHDOWN!

This play is one of the most iconic and memorable plays of the now-21 year Kirk Ferentz Era at Iowa. It's up there with Tate-to-Holloway in the 2005 Capital One Bowl or "7 Got 6" in the 2009 Iowa-Michigan State game or Daniel Murray's kick against Penn State 2008 or Keith Duncan's game-winner against Michigan in 2016. Just perfect plays that never fail to send a chill down your spine when you see them. It's been a decade since Clayborn blocked, scooped, and scored his way into Hawkeye lore -- and we'll be watching and talking about this play for many decades to come. 

So if you'll excuse us, we're just gonna watch this on a loop for the rest of the night: 

CLAYBORN SMASH

GO CLAYBORN AWESOME

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