After a furious Iowa State comeback tied the game at 38-all in the final minutes, Texas Tech drove the field with no timeouts for one final shot at winning the game before overtime.
The Cyclones’ defense held firm, keeping Texas Tech from getting too far into ISU territory and stopping them at the Iowa State 45-yard line with three seconds to go. Iowa State even sent back a return man in the hopes of taking back a missed field goal attempt.
Seriously, what college kicker can hit a 62-yarder with the game on the line?
Texas Tech kicker Jonathan Garibay, that’s who.
Garibay lined up and nailed a 62-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to beat Iowa State, 41-38.
“When you get to a distance that far, it’s really hard to give it that nice height,” Garibay said. “You’ve kind of got to drive it. I thought the wind’s not blowing, don’t try to kill this ball. I’ve got to hit a clean ball and hopefully it goes all the way.”
Garibay’s 62-yarder is the longest field goal made in the Football Bowl Subdivision this year. It also broke the Texas Tech school record that had stood since 1977.
Said interim coach Sonny Cumbie: “When Jon’s out there, I don’t look at the kick, I just watch him. It’s like a golfer. When you watch a golfer you just watch their body language and their reaction. If they hold the pose, they’ve got a pretty good shot. I watched him drill that sucker, and there was never a doubt in his mind that he was going to make that field goal.”
The loss drops the Cyclones to 6-4 on the season (4-3 Big 12) and all but ends the hopes of a return trip to the Big 12 title game.
Texas Tech’s Jonathan Garibay kicks the game-winning 62-yard field goal against Iowa State.
Contributing: Associated Press
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