Can we just give the Lou Groza Award to Marshall Koehn right now?
Koehn, the Iowa kicker, sent the fans in Iowa City home ecstatic Saturday night, booting a 57-yard field goal as time expired to give the Hawkeyes a walk-off 27-24 win over Pitt to improve to a perfect 3-0.
It was a wild finish at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa broke a 17-all tie with a one-yard Jordan Canzeri touchdown tote with about six minutes to play. But Pitt went right back down the field on a long drive — one that featured a conversion on fourth and 15 — and capped it with a game-tying touchdown pass with under a minute to play.
Things looked like they were heading for overtime, but C.J. Beathard took the Hawkeyes 31 yards in six plays to the Pitt 39-yard line, where with just two seconds left on the clock Koehn kicked the second longest field goal in Iowa program history to deliver a win in the most clutch fashion.
Check out the kick:
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The sensational kick finished off another big win for Iowa, which is looking like one of the conference's better teams with its third win in three tries.
Beathard had another strong day, passing for 258 yards and rushing for a touchdown. Canzeri scored two rushing touchdowns.
Iowa led by 10 at the half before Pitt came roaring back with a 10-point third quarter that included a touchdown off a blocked punt.
The Hawkeyes' defense held the Panthers to just 282 total yards and just 55 rushing yards.
Iowa wraps up its non-conference schedule next weekend with a game against North Texas.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.