Iowa football aced mid-terms in finishing first-halves

Iowa has 4 TDs in first halves' final minute

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At the midway mark of this season, Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz should feel especially good about this statistic:

The Hawkeyes have scored touchdowns in the final minute of the first halves of four different games, with the finishing play on each drive a pass.

Wyoming: After a completely botched punt by Wyoming’s Tim Zaleski went minus-5 yards, the Hawkeyes got the ball at the Wyoming 32 with just 27 seconds left in the first half. After a 5-yard Cowboys penalty, Stanley fired a dart to tight end Noah Fant for a 27-yard touchdown with: 22 remaining to give Iowa a 14-3 lead and a big jolt of adrenaline going into the locker room.

Iowa State: The Hawkeyes forced Iowa State to punt from the Iowa 48, and took possession at their own 9 with 5:56 left in the half. They then went 91 yards in 10 plays, with Stanley’s 17-yard scoring pass to Matt VandeBerg putting Iowa up 14-10 with: 52 remaining. More locker room adrenaline.

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Penn State: After Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell intercepted a Trace McSorley pass and returned 33 yards to the Penn State 21 with: 43 left. On the next play, Stanley hit Nick Easley for a 21-yard touchdown, and Iowa took a 7-5 lead to halftime.

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Illinois: Iowa had the ball at its own 25 with 2:49 left in the first half, trailing 13-10. The Hawkeyes used all but eight seconds of the remaining time in the half, capping a 13-play drive with a 2-yard TD toss from Stanley to Akrum Wadley.

I’m not about to spend an entire day (week?) of research counting how many times Iowa has scored touchdowns in the last minute of the first half. But I would wager my lawn mower against your house that it’s never happened more in a 6-game stretch than it has this season.

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