Iowa has just finished one of the more historic football seasons in school history. They re-claimed all four of the rivalry trophies from games against Iowa State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska. They completed an undefeated season with a 12-0 record. Not only that but the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten West and played toe to toe with Michigan State in the Big Ten Title Game before falling short in the final 30 seconds. Kirk Ferentz and Iowa then played in Iowa's first Rose Bowl in 25 years, a monumental accomplishment regardless of the 45-16 drubbing they took from Stanford.
Hawkeye Insider and Scout remember the top ten moments of the unforgettable 2015 season.
1) MARSHALL KOEHN'S GAME-WINNER
Not much needs to be said here. Just watch and listen.
2) GOAL LINE STAND VS WISCONSIN
It was the first sign that something special could be brewing in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes marched into Madison with a 4-0 record with two challenges ahead in the next two weeks against Wisconsin and Northwestern. They passed the test against the Badgers by holding them off deep inside Iowa territory at the end to protect the 10-6 win.
3) TEVAUN SMITH'S GO-AHEAD TD IN CONFERENCE TITLE
It'll be hard for many Hawkeye fans to take any great moments out of either of the losses but this has to be near the top. The touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith in Indianapolis to give Iowa a 13-9 lead over Michigan State brought Lucas Oil Stadium into a frenzy and was one of the louder moments of the year. Of course it was also followed by Smith 'hitting the dab' to celebrate.
4) AKRUM WADLEY'S BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
Nobody picked Iowa to beat Northwestern. They were down both offensive tackles in addition to numerous other injuries and quarterback C.J. Beathard was practically playing on one leg. The Wildcats were hungry following the 38-0 butt-kicking they received from Michigan. Not only that, Jordan Canzeri was injured on one of the first few plays of the game. Insert Akrum Wadley at running back who runs for 204 yards, paving way for the 40-10 Hawkeye win.
5) JORDAN CANZERI'S RECORD-SETTING DAY
Jordan Canzeri is forever engrained in Iowa record books as he broke the record for carries in a single-game with 43 against Illinois. It went for 256 yards, third most in a game in Hawkeye football history. The incredible performance from Canzeri gave Iowa the 29-20 win against a pesky Illinois team that day in Kinnick Stadium.
6) C.J. BEATHARD GOES AIRBORNE FOR TD
There wasn't a whole lot on the line in terms of game situation but you'll always take a touchdown and C.J. Beathard gave the Hawkeyes a memorable one against Indiana. On a quarterback draw called against the Hoosiers, Beathard had to scramble to the front left corner pylon where he was met with a few IU defenders. There was no way around them so a banged up Beathard went over the top, flying through the air for a 7 yard score.
7) RILEY MCCARRON'S DOUBLE-MOVE FOR SCORE AND WIN IN AMES
Not many can remember going back this far but this was the key moment in the game against the Cyclones. The game was tied at 17 with 2:22 remaining and the Hawkeyes had the ball on the Iowa State 25 yard line. Riley McCarron used a double-move to get past man coverage along the left sideline, hauling in the touchdown to give Iowa the lead and the eventual win.
8) DESMOND KING'S PICK-SIX AT NIGHT
There was a few loud moments in Kinnick Stadium this season, the loudest of which was Koehn's game winner against Pitt. That was the loudest game of the season by far and probably because of the comepetitive nature of the game and the fact that it was under the lights. Another loud moment that night was Desmond King quickly diagnosing a screen pass, intercepting it and taking it all the way to the house for a 88-yard touchdown.
9) PARKER HESSE'S PICK-SIX IN LINCOLN
Desmond King's pick-six wasn't the only one of the year. Parker Hesse got one of his own in the last game of the regular season, and though it only went for four yards, it was very crucial. He tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage to himself and waltzed in from four yards out giving Iowa a 14-7 lead over the Huskers in Lincoln. Iowa never surrendered the lead from that point and clinched an undefeated regular season.
10) LESHUN DANIELS PULLS AWAY FROM MINNESOTA
The Gophers gave the Hawkeyes all they wanted in another night game in Kinnick Stadium. In the Battle for the Floyd of Rosedale, Iowa couldn't put Minnesota away. Thte Hawkeyes were hanging onto a 33-28 lead with only 2:10 left in the game but they had the ball around midfield. On second down LeShun Daniels broke through a hole at the line of scrimmage and out-ran every Gopher the rest of the way for a 51-yard touchdown run that ultimately put the game out of reach. He finished the game with 195 yards, his best statistical performance of the year.