The Iowa Hawkeyes-Iowa State Cyclones clash for the Cy-Hawk Trophy Saturday had plenty of memorable moments, especially in a 31-point fourth quarter where Iowa bounced back following a 31-21 deficit, but the biggest highlight may have come with just over a minute left in that frame. With just over three minutes left and Iowa State up 38-31, Cyclones punter Colin Dowling delivered a massive 61-yard punt that stopped at the Iowa 11, giving the Hawkeyes a long field. Iowa worked up the field and had a first down at the Iowa State 46 with 1:09 left, though, and then Nathan Stanley hit running back Akrum Wadley on a short pass near the line of scrimmage. Wadley did the rest, breaking through multiple defenders and tacklers for a 46-yard game-tying touchdown:
That’s an incredible run. Wadley shakes off one tackler who tries to bring him down from behind, then jumps over another one who went low, bulls his way through a third and gets into the end zone before the third and fourth bring him down. He was crucial all day, finishing with 118 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries and adding 72 yards and this touchdown on four receptions, but this was the most impressive play of the game. And this wound up being vital for the Hawkeyes, as they came up with a 44-41 victory in overtime on this play:
That’s a nice pass from Stanley, and a great catch from Ihmir Smith-Marsette. But it was Wadley’s amazing run that paved the way for this, and let Iowa retain the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the third consecutive year.
[Ben Koo on Clippit]