Iowa-Boston College key play, key stat, key quote

December 28, 2017

Key play

With time running down in a 20-20 game, Anthony Nelson recorded Iowa’s first sack of the game, forcing Boston College’s Darius Wade to fumble a ball that Parker Hesse recovered at the Eagles’ 45-yard with 4 minutes, 22 seconds remaining. The second of the three turnovers forced by the Hawkeye defense led to Iowa’s game-deciding touchdown three plays later.

Key stat

Outgained by 183 yards, Iowa used three turnovers to even the playing field against Boston College and a slippery Yankee Stadium turf. Interceptions by Jake Gervase and Josh Jackson on both sides of a Parker Hesse fumble recovery came as the Hawkeyes played turnover-free football to earn their eighth win of the season.


“To come home, to come up a big and win as a team, it means the world to me. There couldn’t have been a better ending for this team. It’s what we all wanted, one last win together. It’s a pretty special night.” – Iowa running back Akrum Wadley


The Hawkeyes’ 2018 schedule includes seven games against teams that are participating in bowls this season and starts with four straight home games, including a Big Ten opener against defending West Division champion Wisconsin.

Here’s how it stacks up:

Sept. 1;Northern Illinois

Sept. 8;Iowa State

Sept. 15;Northern Iowa

Sept. 22;Wisconsin

Oct. 6;at Minnesota

Oct. 13; at Indiana

Oct. 20;Maryland

Oct. 27;at Penn State

Nov. 3;at Purdue

Nov. 10;Northwestern

Nov. 17;at Illinois

Nov. 23;Nebraska


SEPT. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3

SEPT. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)

SEPT. 16;Iowa 31, North Texas 14

SEPT. 23;Penn State 21, Iowa 19

SEPT. 30;Michigan State 17, Iowa 10

OCT. 7;Iowa 45, Illinois 16

OCT. 21;Northwestern 17, Iowa 10 (OT)

OCT. 28;Iowa 17, Minnesota 10

NOV. 4;Iowa 55, Ohio State 24

NOV. 11;Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14

NOV. 18;Purdue 24, Iowa 15

NOV. 24;Iowa 56, Nebraska 14

DEC. 27;Iowa 27, Boston College 20