The Iowa Hawkeyes stayed at number four in the B.C.S. rankings after surviving a Halloween day scare. Iowa had to come from behind, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter to get a 42-24 win over Indiana Saturday.
Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi shook off five interceptions to throw two back-to-back fourth quarter touchdown passes to pull Iowa ahead. It was a game that coach Kirk Ferentz couldn’t believe.
Ferentz says he’s never been involved in a game like that in his life or ever seen one either. Ferentz says an interception return by Tyler Sash gave them a big boost and got things turned around. Sash got the interception after the ball bounced off several other players. Ferentz says his team’s resiliency showed again and the defense did not get down when the offense was struggling early.
Ferentz says the team refuses to quit or get down, and the defense doesn’t get on the offense when they are not doing well. He says all the players can do is keep playing hard and hopefully things will work out. Iowa plays Northwestern at home this Saturday.
Ferentz says they saw Northwestern on tape against Indiana and they have a good team. Ferentz says right now any team is a challenge for his team, but he says as long as they keep coming out on the right side of the score, that is fine by him. Iowa’s win put them at 9-0 for the first time in school history. They are 5-0 in the Big Ten.