No.24 Wildcats Upset No.9 Hawkeyes 34-27

Tom Chieppo

The No.24 ranked Arizona Wildcats stun the No.9 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes at Arizona Stadium and won 34-27 on Saturday night to ruin the BCS Championship hopes for the Hawkeyes.

Nick Foles, quarterback for the Arizona Wildcats, was 28 for 39 with 303 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He led his team down the gridiron and helped the Wildcats earn their 3rd consecutive victory in front of 57,864 people in attendance.  David Douglas, wide receiver for the Wildcats, had seven receptions, 74 yards, and one score.

William Wright, another wide receiver for the Wildcats, had five receptions, 67 yards, and one score, key components for the offensive attack that Head Coach Mike Stoops had in order.  “I’m speechless right now trying to figure out what just happened out there,” he said according to  “When they were challenged, they challenged them right back.”

Here are some important facts to remember when it comes to these two teams. Arizona beat a nonconference opponent ranked in the top 10 at home for the first time since 1989. Since 1990, ranked pac-10 teams have beaten ranked Big Ten teams in all eight meetings. Iowa allowed at least 30 points for the first time since 2007 vs. Purdue in a span of 33 games. Iowa has lost six straight games when playing a regular season game west of the central time zone.  The last win came in 1987. Arizona sacked Ricky Stanzi six times, including three straight times on Iowa’s final drive.

Top performers for the Hawkeyes were quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who was 18 for 33, with 278 yards and two touchdowns.  Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, wide receiver for the Hawkeyes, had seven receptions for 114 yards and one score.  “Obviously we’re disappointed not to come with a win,” Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz said according to  “Our sloppy play in the first half made it difficult.”