(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Iowa 24, (3) Penn State 23
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - Daniel Murray hit a 31-yard field goal with one second left, and the Iowa Hawkeyes toppled third-ranked Penn State, 24-23, to end the Nittany Lions' dream season and likely national title hopes.
The victory marks the first time that Iowa has beaten a top-10 team since 1990, when they defeated fifth-ranked Illinois.
Down 23-21, Tyler Sash intercepted a Daryll Clark pass late in the fourth, giving Iowa the ball back at their own 29 with 3:46 to play. Ricky Stanzi was sacked for five yards, and an incompletion forced a 3rd-and-15. A pass interference call gave the team a first down at the 39, and Shonn Greene ran up to the 44 on the next play.
Iowa got a first down at midfield, but two straight incompletions forced a third down, and Brandon Myers grabbed a 10-yard pass for another first down at the 40. Another 11-yard completion to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos put the Hawkeyes at the 29.
Johnson-Koulianos caught another crucial 10-yard pass on third down to put the ball at Penn State's 15. With one second left, Murray blasted a 31-yard field goal right down the middle, sealing the victory.
"I knew eventually I'd probably get a shot," said Murray. "I didn't know it might be a game-winner, but I'm just glad they could put me out there. I kept hoping and hoping that I'd get my chance. I can only thank the coaches so much for giving me the opportunity to go out there; that's all I could ever ask for."
Stanzi went 15-of-25 for 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten), who have won three of four. Greene ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, and Johnson-Koulianos hauled in seven passes for 89 yards and a score in the win.
"I think we just kept fighting at it and fighting at it and nobody gave up," said Greene. "I think that, with predictions, nobody would have guessed that we could have done this, but we knew ourselves and we just stuck to it and kept fighting to get the job done."
Clark struggled to fight the high winds and the cold air, completing just 9-of-23 passes for 86 yards for Penn State (9-1, 5-1), which was seeking to win 10 games to open up a season for the first time since 1994. Derrick Williams ran for 53 yards and a score while adding 43 yards receiving.
"We need to keep our heads up," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno. "We still can have a heck of a year. We can't start moaning about this one. Monday we have to go out and be ready to work."
Iowa made it a two-point game with 4:43 to go in the third. On 3rd-and-13, Stanzi found Johnson-Koulianos wide open in the end zone from 27 yards out to cap a 10-play 68-yard drive. Stanzi converted all three third downs he faced in the drive.
The Hawkeyes coughed up the ball on a crucial fumble that gave Penn State the ball on Iowa's 28 late in the third quarter. The Lions took only four plays to find the end zone, as Williams took his 10th rushing attempt of the game in from nine yards out for a 23-14 lead going into the final frame.
Iowa started a drive from Penn State's 44 after a poor punt, and Greene completed a six-play drive with a six-yard touchdown run, again pulling the Hawkeyes to within two.
After a fumble, Penn State was forced to punt from its own one-yard line on the opening drive of the game. Iowa took over on the Lions' 25 after the punt, and Greene ran for a 14-yard score two plays later just 1:06 into the game.
Penn State answered with a 19-play drive, but the team could only manage a 24- yard Kevin Kelly field goal with 4:11 left in the first.
The Lions forced a punt, and Evan Royster capped an 11-play 68-yard drive with a two-yard burst up the middle for a touchdown, giving Penn State a 10-7 lead early in the second.
Kelly added a 31-yard field goal in the final minute of the first half to give Penn State a 13-7 lead going into the break.
An early second half interception put the Lions in good field position, and Kelly made it a two-score game with a 25-yard field goal to go up 16-7.
Greene has topped 100 yards in every game this season...Iowa has beaten Penn State in six of their last seven meetings...Kelly set a new Big Ten record for most field goals in a career with 75. He had previously been tied with Mike Nugent with 72...Penn State's Deon Butler caught three passes for 27 yards, giving him 167 career receptions, tying him with Bobby Engram for the all-time mark in school history.
11/08 20:51:02 ET