Iowa Hawkeyes: Is This Heaven? No, It's Stanzi to McNutt

Tim Weideman@TimWeidemanAnalyst IOctober 25, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes drops back to pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The pass was a beam of angelic beauty from Heaven to the hands of Marvin McNutt.

Ricky Stanzi's last second, game-winning touchdown throw to McNutt against the Spartans even made me cry.

Actually, I jabbed myself in the eye during my maniacal celebration the instant after I was certain the ball was caught. 

If pain is what I have to go through for the Hawkeyes to keep winning, bring it on!

Heck, I'll jab myself in the eye before games for extra luck.

Anyway, thanks for the concern but I'm OK. I've picked up the moniker of the "Wild Hawkeye Guy" at Drake University. 

My mother would be proud of her college boy.

And she's definitely proud of our Hawkeyes!

Iowa has put on the show of a lifetime en route to becoming 8-0 for the first time in school history.


Forget the critics and their respect, I say. Damn it all if they still doubt!

The Iowa Hawkeyes are undefeated and this season has that glow about it. The few experts aboard the Hawkeye band wagon know it and the fans believe without a doubt. Don't ask the coaches or players to admit it, but I'll bet they feel it, too!


The latest installment in the Hawkeyes' story to glory had me riding an emotional roller coaster with highs and lows Six Flags could never reproduce. 

I jumped out of my seat when, on third-and-18, Kirk Cousins threw to Brian Linthicum who lateraled to Blair White.

Hawkeye fans should be familiar with that name.

My jaw dropped when Cousins, with Hawkeye defensive tackle Karl Klug charging, found White 30 yards down field for a touchdown.

Hawkeye fans didn't like White before, they definitely despise him now.

Yet, I knew plenty of time remained for the Hawkeyes to score. I'll admit I wished Drew Tate was in the game.

Ricky Stanzi took a page out of the Wizard's book and practiced a little magic of his own. As always, he looked best in the clutch, hooking up with receivers four times for 59 yards in the waning seconds of the game.

Then, on fourth down no less, Stanzi received a message from God and relayed it to Marvin McNutt. 

Heaven exploded with joyous screams.

Hey, it felt like Heaven to the three Hawk fans huddled around the TV in the dorm basement.