Michigan called a pass play facing third and three from the Illinois 45-yard line with the score tied 21-21 and a little more than three minutes remaining in the first half. Seeing no one open, Denard Robinson scrambled to his left and spotted Junior Hemingway breaking off his route and streaking towards the line of scrimmage. Robinson delivered the ball to the 25-yard line, where Hemingway made the catch and spun around at the Illinois 29 with three tacklers in space. Hemingway absorbed a hit from one defensive back then sidestepped another tackle, using a block from teammate Roy Roundtree to run down the sideline and score on the 45-yard passing play to put Michigan ahead, 28-21.
Junior Hemingway's Take:
"I was running a go route and I saw Denard roll out of the pocket, so I cut back to try and make the play. I caught the ball and saw a bunch of defenders around me, so I tried to juke to get a few extra yards. When I broke that first tackle, I saw a gap open up on the sideline. At the time, I didn't see any Michigan players near me, but later I saw that Tree (No. 12 Roy Roundtree) threw a block in there. I ran up the sideline and they couldn't catch me. I think Koger (No. 86 Kevin Koger) and Tree look so happy in the picture because they couldn't believe I got out of that. I was actually on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays that night but for my touchdown catch in overtime. I got tons of texts and tweets and it was really cool to be recognized."
Roy Roundtree's Take:
"I saw Junior catch the ball and once he beat the cornerback I threw a block to help out. I actually thought he might have stepped out of bounds, but he kept running so I knew it was a touchdown. That was some video game stuff. It was crazy -- juke, juke, juke. We've got a powerful offense."
Here's how photographer Scott Galvin got the shot:
"I was watching the play unfold through one of my cameras. I saw Hemmingway break free of two defenders with help from Roundtree on a nice block on a third defender. Once Junior got free I saw he had a straight shot along the sidelines to the end zone with no close threat of being tackled. As he crossed the goal line I grabbed my "celebration lens" -- a 35mm lens on a camera around my neck for just these kinds of moments. I always like to shoot from the back of the end zone on the visitors side of the field, about 5-10 feet from the corner. It gives me a good perspective on plays as they come toward me and it allows me to be in the right spot for almost anything on that side of the field."