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Iowa’s fifth-best football victory of the last 50 years

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |
Daniel Murray celebrates his game-winning field goal.

Daniel Murray celebrates his game-winning field goal.

It matched the biggest upset, ratings wise, in school history. Iowa’s 24-23 victory over No. 3 Penn State on Nov. 8, 2008 at Kinnick Stadium also crushed the Nittany Lions’ national title hopes.

“Biggest win in Hawkeye history? Who knows,” Iowa’s Mitch King said. “Let’s just say this is something I’ll remember as long as I’m alive.”

Daniel Murray’s line-drive 31-yard field goal with one second remaining completed a rally from a 23-14 deficit with 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Penn State entered the game with a 9-0 record.

It marked the fourth time Iowa had defeated a third-ranked team — Notre Dame in 1939 and Ohio State in 1960 and 1983 were the other three. Iowa also beat No. 2 Michigan in 1985, but the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 1.

Iowa’s winning drive started at its own 29 after a Tyler Sash interception. Fifteen plays later, Murray delivered his game winner. In between was a huge pass interference call and two receptions each by Brandon Myers and Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.

After quarterback Ricky Stanzi had driven his team into winning position, it fell on the foot of Murray to finish the deal.

“I was nervous until I got on the field,” Murray said.

But King was nervous on the sidelines.

“I had my eyes closed,” King said. “I just listened to the crowd to see if he made it.”

View the entire series at DesMoinesRegister.com/Hawkeyes25in50.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

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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