Hawkeyes Kick Pitt Back To The Iron City In Last Second Win, 27–24
It’s the Iowa — Pittsburgh series, so what else should you expect. Another thriller that didn’t end until Marshall Koehn kicked the game-winning 57 yard field goal as the clock expired. The victory pushes the Hawkeyes to a 3–0 start for the first time since 2009 and drops the ACC’s Panthers to 2–1.
It was the 5th Annual ANF game and the Black and Gold Spirit game — all under the lights in Iowa City. The setting was electric and so was the atmosphere. It was also an emotional beginning as former Iowa start Bret Greenwood acted as the honorary captain and led The Swarm out in a first-ever walk form the tunnel in pre-game ceremonies.
The game was extremely physical from start to finish. There were critical mistakes by both teams, especially two by the Hawkeyes (an interception and a blocked punt) that gave the Panthers a short field and led to two of their four scores. This was the stiffest test of the young season for Iowa. Yet in the end, the Hawkeyes marched down the field as the final seconds ticked off, going 31 yards in 7 plays, ending with Koehn’s game-winning and record-tying field goal on the last play of the night.
The Iowa Defense was stout most of the game — and the Offense overcame relentless Pitt defensive pressure to outscore the Panthers in the end. Quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 27 of 40 passes for 258 yards. The Hawkeyes finished with 363 total yards, 258 of those through the air as Pittsburgh’s stingy run defense held Iowa’s running game in check. And the game winning drive was bookended by terrific special teams play: Desmond King’s 27 yard return of Pitt’s squib kick-off and Koehn’s 57 yard field goal. Iowa’s Defense held Pitt’s running game in check and limited the damage done y its excellent wide receiver Tyler Boyd — the Panthers finished with 282 in total offense but only 55 rushing. Iowa also won the time-of-possession 32:42 vs. 27:18 — something Pitt had dominated in its first two games.
Iowa (3–0, 0–0) faces North Texas State (0–2, 0–0) next Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, as it closes out the non-conference season — before it opens Big Ten play on the road at Wisconsin.
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