The Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week is Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn. He receives the honors in large part of his game winning 57 yard field goal that helped the Hawkeyes defeat Pittsburgh late Saturday night. It was the fashion it was delivered as it was the final play of the game but also the distance.
Koehn is the first Iowa kicker to receive the award since Mike Meyer was chosen as the recipient in 2012 for Iowa's double overtime victory over Michigan State. He's the second Hawkeye to receive a player of the week award from the conference this year, following C.J. Beathard's performance against Iowa State.
The 57 yarder from Koehn is the second longest field goal ever made in Kinnick Stadium. The longest came from Tim Douglas back in 1998 against Illinois, which was a 58 yarder. Koehn now holds two of the nine longest field goals made in Iowa history. His field goal Saturday night was the first walk-off connection for Iowa football since Rob Houghtlin's 41 yarder in the 1986 Holiday Bowl.
The award winner spoke directly after the game about the feelings of being apart of such a big moment in Iowa football history.
"It's pretty crazy (to be apart of)", Koehn said. "It hasn't sunk in for me yet. I was tanding out there and was like 'holy crap, this just happened'. I had to pinch myself for sure."
The celebration afterwards was just as special but Koehn was trying to avoid any punishment from his teammates.
"I wasn't letting anyone touch me," he shared about the frenzy afterwards. "I know I knocked over about three or four cheerleaders. I didn't get touched other than a couple chest bumps. It was a great win."
Iowa will now direct their focus on beating North Texas this upcoming Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.