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.