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Iowa’s 16th-best football win in past 50 years

[ 0 ] August 14, 2014 |

Iowa’s first bowl appearance under Kirk Ferentz ended with an unlikely player being named the offensive player of the game.

Sophomore running back Aaron Greving stepped in for Ladell Betts, who was injured early in the game, and rushed for 115 yards in 25 carries as the Hawkeyes knocked off Texas Tech, 19-16, in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29, 2001.

“I just took my opportunity and ran with it,” Greving said.

Aaron Greving, left, and Tim Dodge

Aaron Greving, left, and Tim Dodge

This was Iowa’s first bowl appearance since 1997, covering the final season of Hayden Fry’s 20-year run and the first two years of Ferentz’s rebuilding efforts.

“The Hawks are back,” Ferentz told the Alamodome crowd of 65,232 afterwards.

Iowa quarterback Kyle McCann completed 19 of 26 passes for 161 yards and no interceptions. Future NFL standout Nate Kaeding accounted for most of Iowa’s points, kicking field goals of 36, 31, 46 and 47 yards. The four field goals tied a school record. His last field goal, in the final minute, provided the winning points.

Texas Tech, behind quarterback Kliff Kingsbury – the current Red Raiders coach – tied the game at 16-16 with 2:05 to play. Kingsbury completed 29 of 49 passes for 309 yards and three picks.

McCann completed three straight passes for 41 yards, on the final drive, then scrambled for 16 more to the Texas Tech 26 to set up Kaeding’s winning boot with :44 remaining.

View the entire series at DesMoinesRegister.com/Hawkeyes25in50.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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