SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- When Iowa needs a spark, it usually turns
to star quarterback Drew Tate. With Tate out with an injury against
Syracuse, the Hawkeyes' defense keyed a stirring victory.
Albert Young scored on a 1-yard run in the second overtime and
No. 14 Iowa kept the Orange out of the end zone on seven
consecutive plays inside the 2 for a 20-13 victory Saturday.
"It might have been one of the greatest feelings ever, just
knowing we gave them all the opportunities in the world to score,"
Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King said. "But we never gave up. It
might have been one of the most exciting series I've ever been
The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime. Young
scored the clincher for Iowa (2-0) two plays after Syracuse
cornerback Tanard Jackson was called for interference on Calvin
Davis at the 5.
A pass interference call against the Hawkeyes gave the Orange a
first down at the 2 and the teams seemed headed for a third
overtime. Then the defensive line took over and ended the game in
Fullback Tony Fiammetta gained nothing on two tries up the
middle, another pass interference call gave Syracuse another first
down, and Fiammetta gained 1 yard on two more tries. Then,
6-foot-4, 231-pound quarterback Perry Patterson gained nothing on
an option left, and tailback Paul Chiara ran into defensive end
Kenny Iwebema and a bunch of his close friends on a fourth-down run
up the middle to end it.
"Our defense did a great job of gutting it up down there and
showed a lot of heart," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We knew
this was going to be a tough football game we were walking into a
team that's very, very hungry."
And still disappointed. The loss for Syracuse (0-2) was its 11th
in a row, a school record. Their last victory was exactly a year
ago, over lowly Buffalo.
"It's tough, extremely tough," Syracuse coach Greg Robinson
said. "You know what? You've got to come back. I wish we could
have just blocked a little bit better. We didn't get it done.
"But all in all, they're improving. No question," Robinson
said. "I'd like to believe the worm is turning. Last year, we had
buzzards' luck. I think it's starting to turn."
Iowa took a 10-7 lead on a 24-yard field goal by Kyle Schlicher
late in the third quarter, but the Orange sent the game to overtime
on a 41-yard field goal by Patrick Shadle with six seconds left,
despite a low snap on the kick.
In the first extra session, Syracuse settled for Shadle's
19-yard field goal after Tim Lane dropped a perfectly thrown pass
from Patterson at the back of the end zone. The Hawkeyes tied it on
a field goal by Schlicher.
Just before the game started, Tate was pulled from the lineup
with a strained abdominal muscle. Tate has had the injury since
preseason camp but played for most of Iowa's season-opening victory
over Montana last week.
Tate watched from the sideline as his backup, Jason Manson,
threw his first career touchdown pass and g four interceptions.
Manson was told he would start only hours before the game.
"It was ugly, but a win is a win. Hopefully, we can keep it
going," said Manson, who finished 16-of-32 for 202 yards. "This
win was huge for us. Every time I came back to the sideline, he
[Tate] would tell me what the defense was doing."
Manson set up Schlicher's go-ahead kick with a short pass over
the middle that Herb Grigsby turned into a 44-yard gain. Only a
saving tackle by safety Joe Fields at the 14 prevented a touchdown,
but Schlicher converted with 22 seconds left in the quarter.
Manson led the Hawkeyes inside the Orange 20 in the fourth, but
he was sacked for a 6-yard loss on third down and Schlicher missed
wide left on a field goal attempt from 42 yards with 8:51
Syracuse had a chance to tie it after Patterson hit Taj Smith
for a 40-yard pass play, but Shadle missed a 45-yard field-goal
attempt with 6:49 left.
Syracuse tried a huge gamble early in the third, and it
backfired. Instead of punting from near midfield on a fourth-and-6,
the Orange faked and punter Brendan Carney was tackled by
linebacker Ross Petersen, giving the Hawkeyes a first down at the
But on the next play, Terrell Lemon intercepted Manson's long
pass for Davis at the goal line and Syracuse escaped.
Iowa, ultimately, made the last escape.