Rushing the field after a big win seems to be more popular this year than ever, and Iowa and Umass just contributed to the fun.
Maybe we’re seeing more field rushing because COVID-19 taking out crowds in 2020 created more desire to celebrate on the grass. Maybe it’s just in vogue, and schools seeing other students do it has led one into the other.
But the simple fact of the matter is that rushing the field absolutely rules.
Sure, fans of Alabama or other powerhouses might say, “act like you’ve been there before” and they may have a point. Alabama fans shouldn’t need to rush the field considering how winning is like breathing in Tuscaloosa.
But let’s have some fun for once, y’all. If you watch Iowa and UMass rush the field below and don’t smile at least a little bit, dust yourself off and check into the morgue cause you don’t have a pulse.
Two programs at the opposite ends of the spectrum. One is a Iowa team that has title hopes. The other is UMass, who just snapped a 16-game losing streak and won a matchup between the two worst teams in FBS football.
It doesn’t matter. Have fun. Lose yourself in the moment and savor what joy you can find. Whether that’s winning a game that doesn’t matter or keeping your title hopes alive.
Iowa Comes From Behind for Huge Win Over Penn State
It seems like every high-profile matchup this week in college football has delivered. Ole Miss and Arkansas both scored 50+ points and a two-point conversion attempt separated them. Oklahoma was down big to Texas, but took the Red River Shootout after quarterback Caleb Williams (and a fox?) came in for Spencer Rattler and led the Sooners to a dramatic W in Dallas.
Iowa (6-0) squared up against Penn State (5-1) in a No. 3 vs. No. 4 matchup that didn’t disappoint. While Ohio State and a top-to-bottom tough conference awaited either team, this was a must-win for a CFP resume and both the Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions needed to add to their qualifications.
Despite a ton of big defense plays in the first half, Penn State got out ahead 17-3 as the Hawkeyes offense struggled. But the guys in black and gold didn’t give up, and slowly chipped away at the deficit.
Cut to the fourth quarter and Iowa put up 13 points unanswered to get a massive win. While Penn State got more than one opportunity to answer, the Hawkeyes vaunted defense stood tall over and over again.
Now, Iowa City enjoys a field rush with head coach Kirk Ferentz and his team. But there’s no doubt Iowa is already looking forward.