Martin-Manley Provides Steady Target for Iowa

By Scott Dochterman, Reporter

Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley goes low for a reception during the first half of their NCAA game against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)


By Sam Louwagie

When the final play ended, Iowa’s players raced toward the Iowa State sideline to reclaim the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which had resided in Ames since 2011.

Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley was the first Hawkeye to the ISU sideline, but he was distracted by teammate Brandon Scherff. Martin-Manley was directed closer to the end zone, while Iowa’s offensive linemen stormed to the trophy first.

“Brandon Scherff deceived me on that one,” Martin-Manley said. “He pointed in a different direction. He beat me to it. He knew he couldn’t beat me in a foot race. He had to use a different technique.”

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was just as happy as the players to reclaim the CyHawk Trophy.

“We haven’t seen it in two years, and they don’t give it away,” he said.

“Man that thing’s heavy,” Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock said. “I don’t know why they made it so heavy. It really is a heavy trophy.”

Iowa now is in possession of two traveling trophies, including Floyd of Rosedale. The Hawkeyes and Minnesota Gophers will play for the pig on Sept. 28 in Minneapolis.

But more important for Iowa was just getting the win.

“That game had a lot of implications,” Martin-Manley said. “First of all, it’s a game. Every game is big. But it’s an instate rivalry, it’s a trophy game and it’s big for our confidence.”

Martin-Manley went over 1,000 yards for his career with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rudock with 12:07 left in the second quarter.

“I ran a flat route and it was man to man coverage,” Martin-Manley said. “I had a good route called for me I made a god move and Jake found me.”

Martin-Manley, a junior, has 19 catches this season and 101 in his career. He now has 1,057 receiving yards.

“I’m pretty confident if a play is called and my number is probably going to be called, then I’m pretty confident I can help our team pick it up,” Martin-Manley said.

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