No Drew Ott. No LeShun Daniels. No problem.
Iowa persevered through a lot of adversity, losing Drew Ott and LeShun Daniels' services mid-game, and still came out victorioius over the Iowa State Cyclones in the annual battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy. Iowa State had won three out of the last four meetings, but Iowa leaves Ames with the win, 31-17.
Not only did the Hawkeyes persevere through injuries, they overcame a lot of silly mistakes throughout the evening as well. A Jordan Canzeri fumble, a bad penalty and special teams error by Desmond King, dropped ball by Riley McCarron, and a sloppy first half put the Hawkeyes in uncomfortable conditions. Despite all that, they rebounded, and kept fighting through the end.
McCarron made up for his drop in the first half with the game-clinching touchdown reception on a brilliant play call that had him pull out the double-move on the Cyclone secondary, a unit that had been jumping a lot of underneath routes throughout the evening. Desmond King bounced back from his special teams gaffe as a returner, his pass interference penalty and late hit penalty, and responded with a critical interception that put the Hawkeyes in business to seal the win.
The perseverance has been something that was created since the final of last year according to many of the players, notably center Austin Blythe.
"(It's the) kind of team we talked about being back in the winter and summer months," Blythe said. "It feels good being about it instead of talking about it. It feels really good. It absolutely (began in January) when we lost to Tennessee. We talked about team we wanted to be and it showed up tonight."
Watch the Iowa football program's reaction to moving forward to a 2-0 record, and of course the celebration of bringing the Cy-Hawk trophy back to Iowa City, in the video above.