PASADENA, Calif. (GMC) -- Even a week later, it's all kind of hard to believe. At the time? Like a dream come true. After fighting long lines and belligerent security guards to get into the stadium, I walked through Tunnel 3 and into Nirvana, otherwise known as the Rose Bowl, the most beautiful stage in college football. Soon enough the Iowa band was putting the finishing touches on the National Anthem, the B-2 Stealth Bomber was soaring overhead, and the teams were lining up for the opening kickoff.
As always, the Cardinal received the kick, and while there was some disappointment that Christian McCaffrey didn't get an opportunity for a return, that disappointment wouldn't last long. Fans were still standing and cheering loudly as Kevin Hogan settled into the shotgun a few yards behind his massive offensive line, with McCaffrey poised to his right, waiting to make history.
We'll never know if this play was a designed in response to some of the comments we'd heard from the Hawkeyes during the week prior to the game, with some players claiming not to know who he was, but what happened next served as an introduction. Not politely knocking to meet a new neighbor, but violently kicking in the door.