“I don’t think anybody thought we were going to be in this situation after we lost 31-0 at Penn State. I said, ‘You know, we still have all of our goals in front of us. We can still win the Big Ten West and we can win the Big Ten championship.’ I know a lot of people kind of laughed at that, so we love being the underdog.”
aitlin Clark scored 32 points, and No. 5 Iowa survived wasting a pair of double-digit leads before rallying to finally beat No. 16 Kansas State 77-70 in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Sunday night.
Solomon Washington had 18 points, Wade Taylor IV scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 12 Texas A&M rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Iowa State 73-69 in the third-place game at the ESPN Events Invitational.
Abu Sama III ran through the snow for 276 yards and three touchdowns, Rocco Becht threw for 230 yards and three more scores, and Iowa State held No. 19 Kansas State on fourth down with less than a minute left for a 42-35 victory on Saturday night.
Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert combined to score 30 of their 44 points in the second half as Iowa State rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat VCU 68-64 Thursday night in an opening-round game at the ESPN Events Invitational.
Harrison Ingram scored 16 points, Cormac Ryan added 15 points and No. 14 North Carolina used a big second-half run to beat Northern Iowa 91-69 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Although the Iowa football team has already clinched the Big Ten West Division Title, the Hawkeyes still feel like they have a lot to play for this Friday. That includes avenging a loss against the Cornhuskers last season, winning their final trophy game and becoming a 10-win team on the season.