With the score tied and just 29 seconds left on the clock, Michigan faced a second and nine from the Indiana 46 yard-line. A field goal would win it, but the Wolverines had six in mind. Three receivers spread the field with wideout Junior Hemingway lined up wide right. All three Wolverines ran deep routes but it was Hemingway, covered one-on-one by Indiana fifth-year senior defensive back Richard Council, who quarterback Denard Robinson targeted.
Though Council and Hemingway are both listed at 6-1, the Michigan receiver out-jumped his opponent for the catch, then stumbled and dove to the four yard-line for the first down. The high-flying 42-yard reception set up Robinson's four-yard game-winning TD run, giving the Wolverines the victory.
The player and photographer were asked to recall the moment and share their memory of the photo.
Junior Hemingway's Take:
"The defensive back was off the line of scrimmage at first and when he moved down I thought to myself, 'Oh man, oh man, oh man.' I came off the ball, ran right by him and kept thinking, 'Please throw it, please throw it Denard.' Denard threw it up, I saw it and I knew I had to make a play. I just came back for it, high-pointed the ball and caught it."
Here's how photographer Eric Bronson got the shot:
"As all of the receivers were going deep, I was watching Robinson to see what he was going to do. When he angled his body to throw to the right side I quickly found Hemingway with my 400mm as he was running down the sideline. I was able to focus and center the shot just as he jumped up to make the catch. Out of all the receivers, I was at the best angle to capture Hemingway, so I'm glad Robinsion chose to throw to him."