Unbelievable Upset

Daniel MurryIt was an amazing moment that warmed the hearts of thousands of Hawkeye fans shivering in the stands. In the final seconds of Iowa’s November 2008 game against Penn State, backup kicker Daniel Murray nailed a 31-yard field goal to clinch a 24-23 victory for the Hawks. Penn State players, unbeaten and third in the nation, stood stunned on the sidelines as fans swarmed the Kinnick Stadium turf. It was Iowa’s first win against a top five team since 1990.

Iowa was down 23-14 going into the fourth quarter, but Shonn Greene soon nabbed the second of his two touchdowns with 9 minutes left to make the score 23-21. Then, a Tyler Sash interception off of Penn State’s Daryll Clark helped set the Hawks up for the critical field goal. Murray hadn’t made a field goal since the first game of the season, having been replaced by freshman Trent Mossbrucker. But Coach Kirk Ferentz opted to tap Murray for this nail-biter of a play, a decision that paid off—big time.

We hope Saturday’s primetime reunion ends just as sweetly.

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