Iowa-Indiana: Sorry for Ever Doubting You, Ricky Stanzi

B.Senior Analyst IOctober 31, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a touchdown 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)
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Dear Ricky,

With the utmost sincerity, I extend you my humble apologies.  You pulled off another brilliant fourth-quarter comeback when almost nobody in the Hawkeye Nation thought you could. 

After three absolutely miserable quarters, you came out in the fourth quarter and immediately threw two passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns to give the Hawkeyes the lead. 

I lost faith, and you showed me how ridiculously stupid that was.    

With four INTs in the third quarter and five total on the day, I thought maybe it just wasn't your day. 

Sometimes, a player has an off day and I thought maybe this was yours.  But like four other this season, you lead Iowa to a comeback win in the fourth quarter. 

You followed up a career-high five interceptions with four straight touchdown drives.  Iowa put up 28 points in the fourth quarter to rally to a 42-24 victory and a record of 9-0 on the season. 

You ended the game with 13 completions for 337 yards and 2 TDs, your first career 300-yard pass game.

That was simply amazing.  You are truly fearless in the face of adversity.

I feel terrible I ever doubted you.  For that, I am truly sorry. I will never doubt you again.


A Humbled Hawkeye