IOWA ELITE FOOTBALL

Iowa Running Back Jordan Canzeri helps Hawkeyes run past Nebraska

By Mackenzie Richardson
EFN Staff
Published: 11/28/2015

The Hawkeyes have never gone 12-0 in the regular season. That was on the line against a Nebraska team that has a nasty reputation for winning and losing big games in the fourth quarter. That includes a controversial last minute victory against Michigan State. Iowa may not be the flashiest team, but their consistency and power was enough to achieve victory against Nebraska.

Running Back Jordan Canzeri, a 5’9, 192-pound Senior from Troy, New York, finished the game with 17 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite achieving this milestone, the game was only 14-10 in favor of Iowa at the half. The Hawkeyes failed to score in the first quarter despite having the ball for three possessions. Iowa didn’t achieve a first down on two of the three possessions.

"We're not trying to be pretty, we are just trying to be productive. That has been our goal from day one,” said Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

Even Iowa’s touchdowns aren’t flashy. Canzeri recorded two long touchdowns runs in the third quarter, and both were simple. Hand off to Canzeri who, thanks to some great blocking, was able to get into the open field and score. Two touchdowns later and Iowa’s up 28-17 at the end of the third quarter.

Nebraska gained 120 yards on their last four possessions, setting them up with a few chances to come back, but Iowa’s defense stepped up late. The Hawkeyes picked off Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong four times, and held Nebraska to only a fourth quarter field goal.

Nebraska outgained Iowa 433 yards to 250, but Armstrong’s four interceptions were too much to overcome late in the game. In the end, it isn’t about who has the best stats, it’s about who has the most points. Iowa is consistent enough to take advantage of mistakes, and although Nebraska moved the ball well, the Hawkeyes’ defense prevailed. This will need to continue for Iowa if they want to win the Big Ten championship and continue their search for a playoff spot.

Canzeri played high school football for Troy high school in New York. As a senior he earned first team all-state honors and offensive MVP of the regional final, state semifinal and state championship game. He recorded 2,048 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior and caught five passes for 30 yards. He also score three special teams touchdowns according to hawkeyesports.com.

Iowa will travel to Indianapolis to play Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game.