Iowa Running Back Jordan Canzeri helps Hawkeyes run past Nebraska
By Mackenzie Richardson
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
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.
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.
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.