Iowa topped Boston College, 27-20, to win the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes had just 200 yards of offense, but they forced a trio of Boston College turnovers.
The Hawkeyes ended a five-game bowl losing streak. Iowa’s last bowl victory came in 2010 with a 27-24 win against Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
Iowa-Boston College game updates
FINAL – Iowa 27, Boston College 20. The Hawkeyes’ defense shut down Boston College on both of its final two possessions to seal the win. Josh Jackson had a key interception — his eighth of the year.
Q4, 3:09 – Touchdown Iowa. The Hawkeyes take the lead on a 1-yard run by fullback Drake Kulick. It’s 27-20 Hawkeyes with just more than 3 minutes left.
6:57 p.m. (Q4, 8:09) — Boston College hit a 48-yard pass on third-and-11 to move the ball inside Iowa’s 10-yard line. But the Hawkeyes’ defense held firm and forced BC to kick a 24-yard field goal. The Eagles knotted the score at 20-20.
6:47 p.m. (Q4, 11:32) — The Hawkeyes retook the lead, 20-17, on a 38-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. Iowa drove from its 25 to the Boston College 20 before it stalled out.
6:18 p.m. (Q3, 7:11) — Iowa put together its best drive of the game to tie the score at 17-17. On third and 7 from the BC 45, quarterback Nate Stanley connected with Nick Easley on a 32-yard seam pass to put the ball on the 13. Two straight runs by Akrum Wadley, including a 5-yarder for the score, knotted up the game. Wadley now has 35 career touchdowns, just one shy of Tavian Banks for the school record.
6:07 p.m (Q3, 12:49) — Iowa’s Akrum Wadley returns the second-half kickoff to the 45 but slipped. Iowa couldn’t mount anything offensively and was forced to punt. BC also went three-and-out on its first drive of the second half.
5:35 p.m. (Halftime) — Iowa gives up one field goal but BC misses another. The Eagles lead 17-10 at halftime. It’s been a dominating performance for BC, which has outgained Iowa 281-56. Iowa’s play calling remains horrifically inconsistent.
5:26 p.m. (Q2, 4:59) — Records update: Iowa QB Nate Stanley’s 8-yard TD pass to Noah Fant was his 26th strike of the season, tying for second in Iowa history. Fant now has 11 receiving touchdowns, tying for second on Iowa’s single-season list. Receiver Matt VandeBerg played in his 54th career game, breaking the career mark he shared with Dez King entering the Pinstripe Bowl.
5:11 p.m. (Q2, 9:35) — On second and 6 from the Iowa 39, BC QB Darius Wade saw tight end Tommy Sweeney open up on a right post-corner route. Wade underthrew Sweeney, but the ball was tipped up by Iowa safety Amani Hooker and Sweeney pulled it down for a 39-yard score. With the extra point, BC took a 14-10 lead.
5:02 p.m. (Q2, 13:18) — Iowa quickly took advantage of Wadley’s return. On second and 6 at the Boston College 12, QB Nate Stanley was sacked for a 12-yard loss. BC defensive end Taylor Hill was then hit with a personal foul that gave Iowa a first down at the 12. Two plays later, Stanley rolled right and found tight end Noah Fant for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Iowa leads 10-7.
4:53 p.m. (Q1, 0:05) — Boston College drove 62 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-3 lead on RB A.J. Dillon’s 4-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, Iowa RB Akrum Wadley returned the kickoff 72 yards to the Boston College 16 to end the first quarter.
4:42 p.m. (Q1, 6:02) — The teams have traded punts and Boston College takes over at its 38. Hawkeyes still lead 3-0.
4:23 p.m. (Q1, 12:59) — On the game’s third play, Iowa safety Jake Gervase intercepted BC QB Darius Wade and returned it 29 yards to the BC 6-yard line. Iowa went into shotgun all three plays and failed to gain a single yard. Miguel Recinos kicked a 24-yard field goal to give Iowa a 3-0 lead.
4:20 p.m. — Iowa wins the toss and defers. Iowa will kick off.
4:16 p.m — Game time temp is 23 degrees with a Northwest wind of 12 mph with a wind chill of 12 degrees.
4:08 p.m. — A Boston College note: top pass rusher Harold Landry, who has dealt with an ankle injury for most of the season, will not play.
3:46 p.m. — Welcome to Yankee Stadium for today’s Pinstripe Bowl. Wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette will not play for Iowa because of a soft-tissue injury.. Cedrick Lattimore appears to start at defensive tackle inside of Matt Nelson. True freshman Mark Kallenberger is working at backup left tackle. Iowa will do everything it can to ensure it won’t play Kallenberger.
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Iowa-Boston College game time, details
Iowa and Boston College play at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
- Time: 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT kickoff
- Date: Wednesday, Dec. 27
- Location: Yankee Stadium, New York
- Weather: 22 degrees, mostly sunny with northwest winds of 14 m.p.h.
- The line: Iowa -2.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Boston College?
ESPN televises the eighth Pinstripe Bowl between the Hawkeyes and Eagles. Kevin Negandhi is the play-by-play broadcaster while Mack Brown and Booger McFarland provides color. Jen Lada is the sideline reporter.
How can I watch Iowa-Boston College online?
ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app provide live streaming of the game. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Boston College on the radio?
You can listen on Sirius/XM channel 80. For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Boston College radio coverage, Jon Meterparel (play-by-play) Pete Cronan (color analyst) Scott Mutryn (sideline reporter) call the action for the BC IMG Radio Network. Boston College’s flagship station is 850 AM (WEEI-Boston). Click here for other Boston College radio affiliates.
On ESPN Radio, Kevin Winter (play-by-play), Jack Ford (color analyst) and Paul Carcaterra (sideline reporter) call the action. The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
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Iowa-Boston College preview
On a likely brutally cold day in the Bronx, both Iowa and Boston College will bring football teams that befit the style and image of a late afternoon in December.
Both teams like to smack their opponents with a physical style of football. Boston College brings one of the nation’s best running backs in freshman A.J. Dillion, who rushed for 1,432 yards, 13 touchdowns and 119.3 yards per game this season. The Hawkeyes respond with senior Akrum Wadley, who finished with more than 1,000 yards for the second straight season.
Boston College boasts one of the better passing defenses in college football, allowing just 199.7 yards a game and intercepting 18 passes this season. Additionally, defensive end Zach Allen (14.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 93 total tackles) is a skilled pass rusher.
But the Eagles rank No. 101 in defending the run at 198.4 yards allowed per game.
Iowa’s rushing attack was inconsistent this year. The Hawkeyes averaged just 142.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 93rd nationally. Season-ending injuries knocked out the team’s original starting tackles in Boone Myers and Ike Boettger, which hampered the team’s running efforts. Iowa was 7-0 when it ran for at least 100 yards and 0-5 when it didn’t. As a show of its inconsistency, Iowa rushed for 313 yards on Nebraska and only 19 at Michigan State.
Like Boston College, Iowa’s pass defense is a strength. The Hawkeyes allowed 213 yards per game but intercepted 19 passes. Cornerback Josh Jackson, a consensus All-American, picked off 7 passes and defended another 18. The Hawkeyes also are strong against the run, allowing 142.1 yards per game.
At quarterback, Iowa sophomore Nate Stanley has thrown for 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Boston College lost starter Anthony Brown in the 10th game and now rely on senior Darius Wade.
With winds whipping over the field from the northwest, this game could have a biting chill. Field position, turnovers and penalties could tip the outcome toward one team or the other.