Hartline unsure Cobb open for winning TD

Cobb faked that route and the South Carolina safety bit, allowing him to run wide open to the right corner of the end zone. But Hartline didn't know that Cobb was open, or even where he was, because of the pass rush.

The underneath route that Mike Hartline — and Joker Phillips and offensive coordinator Randy Sanders — has been criticized for throwing too much set up the game-winning play.

Randall Cobb faked that route and the South Carolina safety bit, allowing him to run wide open to the right corner of the end zone. But Hartline didn't know that Cobb was open, or even where he was, because of the pass rush.

"I just knew Randall would be somewhere deep, and I wanted to throw the ball up and give him a chance to make a play," Hartline said. "I didn't see if he was covered or open. I just knew he would be in the vicinity.

"This is a dream come true. You can't script this. This is what we work all those hours in practice going full speed for, so we will know what to do when it matters."

Cobb said he felt like the ball "hung in the air forever" as it floated toward him. He had no idea Hartline had not seen him when he released the ball.

"I just knew if I dropped the ball people would kill me. Once I saw the safety crash down, I knew I was good," Cobb said.

"It just all comes down to faith. Mike had faith I would be there. If he couldn't see, he knew that's where I should be, and he has the ability to make that throw. I have that faith and confidence in him."

Cobb admitted his embrace with Hartline after the game was emotional for him. He is UK's most versatile player, but he's also a team player and a Hartline backer.

"I've always had his back. I will probably never forget that moment because I know what it meant to him and our team," Cobb said.


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