Wow. Former Iowa quarterback Drew Tate, who missed 14 games of the Canadian Football League season with a dislocated shoulder, threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Romby Bryant with 20 seconds left to give the Calgary Stampeders a 36-30 Western Conference semifinal win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders today.
Saskatchewan had scored with :52 left to take a 30-29 lead over Calgary.
All of that added up to make this game reminiscent of Iowa’s win over LSU in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005. In that game, LSU scored a touchdown and kicked the PAT with 46 seconds remaining to take a 25-24 lead. But Tate hooked up with Warren Holloway for a 56-yard TD pass on the game’s final play for a 30-25 Iowa win.
Tate completed 22 of 36 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns.
It was just Tate’s seventh start of a CFL game. The eighth will be next Sunday when Calgary plays the B.C. Lions in the West finals in Vancouver.
For a good Calgary Sun story on Tate, click here.