Week 1 -- Passing an Appalachian State-sized kidney stone

Published: September 5 2009 | 1:26 pm - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 8:59 am in
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You only need one point of reference -- Appalachian State.

Of course, you remember Appalachian State going up to the Big House and upsetting Michigan to open the 2007 season.

This is Iowa's Appalachian State.

Almost.

This was the No. 22 FBS team playing host to the No. 4 FCS team. And it was Applachian State all over again.

Almost.

Billy Hallgren's first 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Broderick Binns. Iowa linebacker Jeremiha Hunter didn't recover the fluttering ball and UNI tight end Ryan Mahaffey did.

So, do-over.

After a five-plus minute review, Hallgren got his second chance. This time, Hunter blocked the 40-yard attempt.

[Sorry, I wrote Tyler Sash earlier. No one freaking knew. I didn't know until Hunter told me he got it with his right hand.]

Season saved.

Northern Iowa led into the fourth quarter before the Appalachian State nightmare wafted out of the dreams of the 70,585 fans.

Quarterback Ricky Stanzi shook off a shaky first half and hit tight end Tony Moeaki for a 6-yard TD with 13:18 left in the fourth quarter, giving the Hawkeyes the lead and a national embarrassment-great escape, 17-16.

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