With temperatures in the low 20s and two strong defenses, the 2017 New Era Pinstripe Bowl was a hard-fought battle. Iowa ended up coming away with the 27-20 victory, snapping its five-game bowl losing streak.
Senior running back Akrum Wadley ran for 88 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and was named MVP. "It was wild. You can't pay for moments like that," Wadley said. "Before the game, I was talking about setting the tone, saying 'let's go' and setting the tone first play. And winning the MVP is a bonus, the biggest thing though is that we got a big team victory."
The touchdown tied Wadley for second place in Hawkeyes history with 35 touchdowns. Tavian Banks is the all-time leader with 36 touchdowns. Wadley also ran five kickoffs back for 171 yards, breaking a Hawkeyes bowl record of 169 yards.
Wadley's ability to shorten the field for the Hawkeyes was what ultimately led the Hawkeyes to victory over the Eagles.
"In the second half, we were on the long field, they were on the short field," Steve Addazzio said. "Between a bad penalty and some poor kickoff coverage, we put ourselves in bad field position." More »