Iowa City, IA (U-WIRE) -- Forty years from now, one play will be forever etched in your memory. You'll remember your seat location or where you watched the game. You'll remember the crazy swing of emotions - from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs - in just over a minute.
Most importantly, you'll remember Warren Holloway - his name, his number, his wide-eyed expression when he saw a path to the end zone, and his two-handed death grip on the football, even though there wasn't a defender in sight.
With seconds left in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, Iowa quarterback Drew Tate scrambled behind the line, looked downfield for an open receiver 56 yards away in the end zone, and found a wide-open Holloway.
The play defined Holloway's career, summarized a season, and defeated defending national champion LSU, 30-25.
"I wasn't thinking about nothing but running forward," Holloway said. "All I saw was the end zone. I caught the ball, and that's all I saw. That's all I ran for."
Holloway, a fifth-year senior, had caught zero touchdown passes in 35 pervious games as a Hawkeye.
Thirty-two career catches without one leading to the end zone before there was literally no time left on his college career.
"I'd have to say, without the catch, I guess I feel my career would be incomplete," Holloway said.
After trailing for most of the game, LSU scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 25-24 lead.
The Hawkeyes had decent field position after Walner Belleus' ensuing kick return, setting up Iowa's drive for a potential game-winning field goal. Two catches later, Iowa stood at midfield, but the clock continued after the second reception failed to reach a first down.
A false start penalty cost Iowa five yards, when Tate attempted to spike the ball without the line being set.
"I blew it not taking the time-out there," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I guess I didn't realize after a penalty, they start the clock even though we spiked it."
Holloway made sure Ferentz didn't lose any sleep.
Tate hustled the team to the line once he realized the clock was ticking down and found an open Holloway streaking down the sideline because of LSU's blown coverage.
LSU coach Nick Saban said the Tigers have three or four defensive plays to call when there's a last-second play situation - some variations of man defense, others zone.
"There was nothing wrong with the call, but it's like every other call you make," said Saban, who now coaches the NFL's Miami Dolphins and former Hawkeye Matt Roth.
"If you don't execute it properly and correctly, you've got a chance to get beat, and that's exactly what happened."
Today, the play is being used by Iowa's sports marketing department to sell tickets for the upcoming football season.
Fans can buy limited-edition posters and framed pictures of the famous play bearing Holloway's John Hancock.
One of the greatest plays in Iowa football history and arguably the greatest finish in a bowl game, "The Catch" will always be remembered.
"Very few times does a real-life experience measure up to imagination," Holloway said. "But this experience blows my imagination away."
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