It wasn’t a game decider and it didn’t come in regular season play, but there is just something about that Murray to Conley 87-yard TD pass in the Cap One Bowl that makes me go schwiiinnng! You can read what Murray had to say about the play here.
“They brought a full-house blitz, man-to-man coverage blitz. I think about seven guys, leaving the last four in coverage on our four receivers. Perfect. Just how you draw it up, exactly what you want to do,” Murray said.
Tight end Arthur Lynch walls off Conley’s defender, Cornhuskers cornerback Ciante Evans, with a key block to spring him into the open field. Meanwhile, left tackle Kenarious Gates sprints into the open field and upends Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford at the 24, cutting off the last defender who has any chance of catching Conley.
The Georgia receiver, meanwhile, turns on the afterburners and sprints down the middle of the field for the win-clinching touchdown.
Great call, great throw, great catch, great run. But what really sealed the deal for me was that block Gates threw to open up the middle of the field for Conley after the reception. It looked like the parting of the Red Sea out there.
“Kenarious Gates made an unbelievable block downfield, which a lot of people won’t see, but he did a great job of chopping Conley’s guy down at the knees and Conley did the rest of the work from there,” Murray said. “It was a pretty impressive run. I’ve never seen him run so fast in my life. He was galloping pretty nicely down the field and … just really sealed the deal for us.”