The tense moments of a game were replaced by tears. An emotional week finally caught up to Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes won at Penn State, 6-4, on Oct. 23, 2004. The day before, Ferentz gave the eulogy at the funeral for his father, John.
“I talked to him after the Ohio State game last Saturday (a 33-7 win in Iowa City),” Ferentz said. “His trademark was saying ‘sooeeee’ after every game we won, and he did it that time, too. That’s the last conversation I had with him. It couldn’t have been a better one.”
This was Ferentz’s fifth consecutive victory over Joe Paterno. The only other coach to accomplish that feat was Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who won six in a row.
“We wanted to win this one for (Ferentz),” linebacker and current Minnesota Vikings standout Chad Greenway said. “He was emotional, but that comes with winning your fifth game in a row against Penn State and losing your father in the same week.”
Iowa’s defense had four interceptions. The Nittany Lions couldn’t take advantage of several opportunities.
Penn State had it first and goal from the Iowa 9 late in the third quarter. But kicker Robbie Gould, now one of the NFL’s best with the Chicago Bears, missed a 25-yard field-goal try. And on the first series of the fourth quarter, Penn State had it first and goal at the Hawkeye 10. Iowa’s Antwan Allen ended that threat with an interception.
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