Iowa used a wacky swinging gate formation on a fake field goal TD (Video)

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Iowa is not known for creativity, but a play call on Saturday against Minnesota may alter that perception to an extent.

Holding a 14-7 lead, the Hawkeyes faced fourth-and-goal from the Minnesota 4-yard line. Iowa sent out its field-goal unit, but it was quickly clear that something was afoot.

Instead of lining up for the chip-shot field goal, the Hawkeyes broke into one of those odd “swinging-gate” looks with the kicker and punter behind the long snapper and most of their linemen lined up way right of the football.

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Iowa shifted into this formation on fourth and goal vs. Minnesota (via Big Ten Network).
Iowa shifted into this formation on fourth and goal vs. Minnesota (via Big Ten Network).

The ball was then snapped to the right to tight end T.J. Hockenson, who followed a wall of blockers into the end zone for a touchdown.


Pretty cool, huh? Here’s another angle:


It’s not the first time Iowa has pulled out big play using a “swinging gate” formation. In the Hawkeyes’ huge upset over Ohio State last fall, they pulled out a similarly strange play on a fourth down in OSU territory. That time, punter Colten Rastetter, the team’s holder (No. 7 in the video above), threw downfield to long snapper Tyler Kluver for an 18-yard gain.

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(via ESPN)oo

Maybe these days, Kirk Ferentz’s Hawkeyes are far more aggressive than we give them credit for.

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