WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Johnny Lowdermilk picked off a pass late in Saturday's 24-10 win at Purdue. In a split second, thoughts raced through the Iowa senior's head. He made a snap decision that earned him admiration.
Lowdermilk could have sprinted into the end zone, possibly untouched. Instead, he fell to the turf, downing the ball with 1:04 left in the game. The Hawkeye offense trotted out on the field and ran out the clock.
"It just would have been an unnecessary touchdown. It wasn't needed. Obviously I want to score a touchdown. It just wasn't necessary there," Lowdermilk said.
Asked if he thought he could have reached "the house", Lowdermilk said he felt he could as long as he didn't drop it. He was joking about a play in January's Outback Bowl where he intercepted a pass and was running to the goal line when he lost the pigskin at the LSU one.
"It helped that I was kind of tired," Lowdermilk said laughing talking about falling down after the interception. "(The Iowa coaches) were yelling at Greg Mabin a couple of weeks ago when he didn't get down (with the Hawkeye win in hand against Norther Iowa Aug. 30)."
Here's the interview with Lowdermilk talking about the play and the defense's dominant performance at Ross-Ade Stadium: