The game was totally in reach. Easy reach, by football standards. It was so frustrating to watch. Iowa had the ball for most of the waning minutes. They burned so much clock (as always) while they held the ball, and retreated backwards. They only needed to get into the endzone once. Once.
They didn't need march down the field multiple times. No onside kicks or tricks were needed. They didn't need a number of huge downfield plays. They needed one. And they got zero. They under-threw into double coverage. They got sacked. They held. Finally they just chucked it into the stands, quickly.
I didn't have a problem that Iowa went all-in on the passing calls, for the second half. The run game might have been more effective had they used it more throughout the game. Sure. But by the beginning of the second half, it already felt like 1 TD was all that Iowa was going to need (for regulation... because you know KF would prefer to go for overtime in every circumstance). And Iowa's most successful plays had all been passes, although that only seemed to happen on the Iowa side of the field. Iowa looked pretty good, on that side of field. When they got to the 50 yard line, MI started blitzing. And it was all over. Iowa just retreated back to their own side, and punted. I don't think the receivers/corners were on-screen very much to tell what was going on there. They just focused on Stanley backing up 10 yards and getting smashed. Or maybe that's all I could focus on. I kept thinking there have got to be some open receivers with all those defenders blitzing/fake-blitzing. But I really didn't see. And if they weren't open, they should have been. Stanley and the offensive line were going nowhere but backwards when the blitzes came.
I was really glad to see Goodson get meaningful plays. Like I said above, Iowa really only needed one TD. It was good to see them trying to get the ball to the guy who had the greatest individual ability to turn a common play, into a spectacular play. Though, that might have had something to do with Iowa's odd scheming and inability to handle the blitz.
p.s. And the Oliver Martin play was complete bullshit, he was held the whole way. It would have been totally catchable without the hold.