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Iowa rallies to beat Boston College 27-20 in Pinstripe Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) Akrum Wadley had never been to Yankee Stadium, even though he grew up about 20 miles across the river in New Jersey. On his first visit, he seemed to bring out all of Newark to cheer him on. His 40 tickets to give away weren't enough to satiate his hometown fans.

''I couldn't get more tickets,'' he said, laughing.

He had all his fans in New Jersey to the ones freezing inside Yankee Stadium to the black-and-gold faithful in Iowa that packed bars roaring in approval: Wadley's homecoming ended with an MVP trophy that helped put the Hawkeyes' bowl misery on ice.

Wadley rushed, received and returned in dazzling fashion on a frozen field and Iowa beat Boston College 27-20 in the frigid Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday night to snap a five-game bowl losing streak.

''You can't pay for moments like that,'' Wadley said.

The only milestone that eluded him was the winning touchdown: Drake Kulick fought for a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter on his only carry of the game that clinched the win for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes (8-5) had been the only team in the nation to lose a bowl game in each of the last four seasons. Iowa had last won a bowl game in 2010 and started the losing streak the next season.

It ended in New York.

The Hawkeyes used their first sack of the game late in the fourth to spark the winning drive. Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson hit Darius Wade, and Parker Hesse recovered a fumble at the BC 45.

Nate Stanley's pass to Nate Wieting on a rollout was ruled a touchdown until a review showed the tight end was down at the 1. No worries. Kulick got the call over Wadley, who had 283 total yards in his final game, and barged through for the go-ahead score. The smattering of Iowa fans went wild and Josh Jackson gave them reason to stay on their feet when he sealed the win with an interception.

''For our team to come out the way they did in the second half, it was a breakthrough moment for us,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Boston College (7-6) had nothing on its final drive and that ended an otherwise miserable day at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees' postseason games in October seemed downright balmy compared to the kickoff temperature of 23 degrees and a wind chill that made it feel like 12 degrees. The stadium turf was akin to running on ice and the conditions forced players to change from cleats to sneakers to get some grip. The most common huddle was the one around the sideline heaters.

Boston College's AJ Dillon found the field just to his liking, and ripped off a 66-yard run in the second quarter and had 126 yards rushing overall in the first half. He had a 4-yard TD run in the first quarter. His monster half helped the Eagles hold a 281-56 edge in total yards, a staggering discrepancy that made little impact on the scoreboard.

''I thought we moved the ball well given what the conditions were,'' Boston College coach Steve Addazio said.

The Hawkeyes had two clutch plays that kept it close: Iowa safety Jake Gervase intercepted a pass on the third play of the game and returned it to the BC 6. The Hawkeyes got a field goal. And Wadley returned a kickoff 72 yards that led to a touchdown on Stanley's 8-yard TD pass to Noah Fant. With a short field, Iowa was stout and kept it at 17-10 at halftime.

Wadley, a two-time 1,000 yard rusher, scored on a 5-yard run in the third and Miguel Recinos and Colton Lichtenberg swapped field goals in the fourth to make it 20-all with 8:09 left in the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: Ferentz tied Hayden Fry for first on Iowa's career wins list with 143.

Boston College: The Eagles are still trying for their first eight-win season since 2009.

THE WAVE

Iowa fans ended the first quarter with ''The Wave.'' Iowa fans at Kinnick Stadium turn and wave to patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, a 12-story building that sits right across the street. On game days, patients and their families can watch the game and, after the first quarter, wave back. The Hawkeyes kept the tradition going at Yankee Stadium.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BOWL GAME

The Yankees remain committed to hosting the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The wintry temps kept most of the 37,667 fans out of the seats and the stadium was sparsely populated in the second half.

UP NEXT

Iowa: Jackson faces a big decision. Jackson did not announce if he will come back for his senior season. Jackson's numbers, along with his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame and his abundance of physical gifts, have left many NFL draft pundits pegging him as a possible first-round pick in 2018. Jackson redshirted his first season and is set to graduate in May. He finished with eight interceptions.

Boston College: The Eagles return a nice chunk of their starting offense and should again contend for another seven-win season. Under coach Steve Addazio, the Eagles have had four seven-win seasons in his five years at BC.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:09
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
20
Touchdown 3:09
45-D.Kulick runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
45
yds
01:13
pos
26
20
Field Goal 8:14
99-C.Lichtenberg 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
60
yds
03:09
pos
20
20
Field Goal 11:37
91-M.Recinos 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
70
yds
00:48
pos
20
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:11
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
17
Touchdown 7:11
25-A.Wadley runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
58
yds
03:31
pos
16
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:34
99-C.Lichtenberg 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
84
yds
03:25
pos
10
17
Point After TD 9:35
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 9:35
4-D.Wade complete to 89-T.Sweeney. 89-T.Sweeney runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
69
yds
03:29
pos
10
13
Point After TD 13:18
91-M.Recinos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 13:18
4-N.Stanley complete to 87-N.Fant. 87-N.Fant runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
4
yds
01:42
pos
9
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:05
99-C.Lichtenberg extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 0:05
2-A.Dillon runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
62
yds
05:57
pos
3
6
Field Goal 13:03
91-M.Recinos 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
0
yds
00:51
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 13 16
Rushing 6 4
Passing 5 12
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 2-11 8-17
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 182 373
Total Plays 54 70
Avg Gain 3.4 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 101 175
Rush Attempts 39 43
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 4.1
Net Yards Passing 81 198
Comp. - Att. 8-15 16-27
Yards Per Pass 5.4 7.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-18 2-10
Penalties - Yards 3-20 6-57
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 7-32.6 4-35.5
Return Yards 206 93
Punts - Returns 2-1 1--2
Kickoffs - Returns 5-171 5-95
Int. - Returns 2-34 0-0
Kicking 5/5 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 2/2 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Iowa 8-5 3771027
Boston College 7-6 7100320
81 PASS YDS 198
101 RUSH YDS 175
182 TOTAL YDS 373
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.3% 99 1 0 130.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.7% 2536 27 6 135.0
N. Stanley 8/15 99 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 88 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
274 1197 11
A. Wadley 22 88 1 27
J. Butler 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
101 428 1
J. Butler 10 32 0 13
D. Kulick 45 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 3 2
D. Kulick 1 1 1 1
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 -134 0
N. Stanley 5 -19 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Easley 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
52 562 4
N. Easley 1 32 0 32
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 377 3
A. Wadley 2 24 0 17
N. Wieting 39 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 34 0
N. Wieting 1 17 0 17
T. Hockenson 38 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 329 3
T. Hockenson 1 9 0 9
M. VandeBerg 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 393 2
M. VandeBerg 1 9 0 9
N. Fant 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 502 12
N. Fant 2 8 1 8
S. Beyer 42 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Beyer 0 0 0 0
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 25 1
I. Kelly-Martin 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Nelson 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
A. Nelson 1-1 1.5 0
P. Hesse 40 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
P. Hesse 0-1 0.5 0
J. Jackson 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 9 0.0
J. Jackson 0-0 0.0 1
J. Gervase 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
J. Gervase 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Recinos 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
13/15 47/47
M. Recinos 2/2 38 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Rastetter 7 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 32.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 37.3 2
C. Rastetter 6 32.5 2 41
N. Stanley 4 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 33.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 36.0 1
N. Stanley 1 33.0 1 33
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Wadley 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 34.2 72 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 31.6 72 0
A. Wadley 5 34.2 72 0
I. Kelly-Martin 21 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 21.5 25 0
I. Kelly-Martin 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. VandeBerg 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 4.8 1 0
M. VandeBerg 2 0.5 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Wade 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.3% 208 1 2 121.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.5% 944 4 5 124.4
D. Wade 16/27 208 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Dillon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 157 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
332 1746 15
A. Dillon 32 157 1 66
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
171 654 5
J. Hilliman 4 16 0 6
T. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 303 2
T. Smith 2 8 0 9
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 108 1
J. Smith 1 1 0 1
D. Wade 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 -24 1
D. Wade 4 -7 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Sweeney 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 137 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 649 5
T. Sweeney 7 137 1 48
K. White 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 450 2
K. White 2 27 0 15
C. Callinan 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 154 2
C. Callinan 3 20 0 11
J. Smith 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 314 0
J. Smith 2 18 0 12
J. Hilliman 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 160 2
J. Hilliman 1 5 0 5
T. Levy 35 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 154 1
T. Levy 1 1 0 1
K. Idrizi 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 32 0
K. Idrizi 0 0 0 0
C. Lewis 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Lewis 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Z. Allen 2 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
Z. Allen 1-0 1.0 0
K. Bletzer 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Bletzer 1-0 1.0 0
N. Merritt 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
N. Merritt 0-1 0.5 0
W. Ray 11 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.5
W. Ray 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Lichtenberg 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/23 42/45
C. Lichtenberg 2/3 30 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Knoll 98 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 35.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
81 39.8 1
M. Knoll 4 35.5 1 38
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 19.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
41 23.0 31 0
M. Walker 5 19.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Walker 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -2.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 12.6 0 0
M. Walker 1 -2.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:54 BC 6 0:51 3 0 FG
8:50 IOWA 8 2:38 5 23 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BC 16 1:42 5 16 TD
9:25 IOWA 35 4:16 9 23 Punt
1:21 IOWA 20 0:48 3 2 Punt
0:02 IOWA 20 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 IOWA 45 1:53 3 1 Punt
10:42 IOWA 42 3:31 8 58 TD
5:59 IOWA 41 1:20 3 4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:10 IOWA 25 0:48 10 55 FG
8:01 IOWA 15 2:28 4 -6 Punt
4:22 BC 45 1:13 3 45 TD
1:18 BC 48 0:17 3 -3 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BC 11 0:45 3 83 INT
12:49 BC 28 3:51 7 32 Punt
6:02 BC 38 5:57 14 62 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:04 BC 31 3:29 7 69 TD
4:59 BC 4 3:25 6 84 FG
0:24 IOWA 42 0:18 3 23 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:49 BC 20 1:56 4 4 Punt
7:11 BC 14 1:04 3 8 Punt
4:31 BC 19 3:10 6 18 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:23 BC 39 3:09 7 55 FG
5:22 BC 48 0:52 3 7 Fumble
3:01 BC 30 1:37 5 22 INT
0:54 BC 18 0:48 4 -4 Downs