Luke Lachey is stepping into a bigger role for Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Luke Lachey wobbled the ball for a second and was just pulling it into his chest with two hands when Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin belted it on.

But Nubin’s strike didn’t separate Iowa’s second tight end from the ball. The 33-yard reception, the largest of Lachey’s burgeoning football career, put the ball on the Minnesota 12 and set up Drew Stevens’ game-winning walk-off field goal last Saturday .

“That was my main thing, making sure we had possession at the end of the game,” Lachey said. “Because I knew we could probably make a field goal from there. My hands are quite big and I just held (the ball) to my chest. It was a big hit, but I didn’t really notice it.”