And so the slaying of the giants begins again in the fantasyland of college football. Grab the Tums, as tonight's going to be a wild ride. They'll be celebrating in the sleepy hamlets of Iowa tonight as the Hawkeyes have slain BCS No. 3, previously undefeated Penn State.
The fans wore green for tailback Shonn Greene and it brought them luck. Iowa intercepted Penn State with just over three minutes left and methodically drove down the field setting up a short field goal for shaky Daniel Murray. Murray had been 1/3 on field goals on the year, but they called his name and he delivered.
OK so it was a twisty, windy sort of kick but it went through the uprights and by rule is "good", three points and enough to provide the winning margin, 24-23. The seeds of Penn State's demise were planted in their last performance against Ohio State that relied on a late Terrelle Pryor fumble to save the day.
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Today, Penn State's offense was the one of ruin coughing up the late pick that put Iowa in a position to win after leading 23-21. Shonn Greene dropped several key balls but kept Iowa in the game by nibbling away for 117 rushing yards and two critical touchdowns.
For one day at least, the scandal monkey is off Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz's back. He still may not have a job after this season given the insanity around the Iowa program the last few years, buthe deserves credit for keeping Iowa competitive and knocking off a No. 1 in a tumultuous season.
Meanwhile, No. 1 Alabama is tied with LSU, a battle that is headed to overtime. The hits keep coming.