The Iowa Hawkeyes held off the upset bid of Syracruse for a 20-13 win in double overtime. The Hawkeye defense came up big and stopped Syracruse on seven plays from inside the two yard line to preserve the win. Coach Kirk Ferentz says it was a “phenomenal effort” in which his team never quit. Ferentz says it all started with a lot of guys showing a lot of courage.
The offense struggled with starting quarterback Drew Tate sidelined with an abdominal muscle strain. Mason Manson was 16 of 32 for 202 yards an one touchdown but also had four interceptions. Ferentz hopes Tate will return for Saturday’s matchup with Iowa State. He says they’ll play it by ear and see how Tate feels. Ferentz says they didn’t want to fool around on Saturday and get Tate hurt worse.