Iowa celebrates its 125th season of football this fall. And there has never been a comeback like the one the Hawkeyes pulled off on Sept. 17, 2011.
Trailing Pittsburgh by 21 points late in the third quarter, Iowa stormed back for a 31-27 victory.
“They had the momentum, and we didn’t have any answers for it,” Panthers coach Todd Graham said.
The 21-point comeback erased the previous school record, which occurred in a 34-31 victory over Oregon on Oct. 29, 1949. Iowa trailed the Ducks 24-6 with 2 minutes 30 seconds left in the third quarter of that contest in Iowa City.
Iowa was down against Pittsburgh 24-3 until quarterback James Vandenberg scored on a 1-yard sneak with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter.
Pittsburgh countered with a field goal to make it 27-10. Momentum changed uniforms for good after Keenan Davis had one of his 10 receptions — a 14-yard scoring toss from Vandenberg. The deficit was cut to 27-24 on a 25-yard Vandenberg-to-Kevonte Martin-Manley hookup.
Vandenberg again found Martin-Manley for a 22-yard scoring pass with 2:51 remaining for a 31-27 lead.
Pittsburgh had one last shot, but Iowa’s Micah Hyde locked up the biggest comeback ever with an interception.
Vandenberg completed 31-of-48 passes for 399 yards — the most passing yards for an Iowa quarterback in a game since Scott Mullen threw for 426 against Indiana in 1999.
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