Iowa now 3-0 after stunning Pitt with 57-yard field goal as time expires

Marshall Koehn kicked a 57-yard game-winning field goal as Iowa held off Pitt on Saturday. AP Photo/Justin Hayworth

Iowa is 3-0 for the first time in six years -- and the Hawkeyes made it happen in dramatic fashion.

Marshall Koehn nailed a 57-yard field goal, spliting the uprights at Kinnick Stadium from the left hash to complete a 27-24 win for the Hawkeyes over Pitt.

Koehn’s career-long kick capped a seven-play, 31-yard drive in the final 52 seconds after the teams traded long touchdown marches. The Panthers tied it on Nate Peterman’s 8-yard TD to Tyler Boyd at the end of a 75-yard march that featured a fourth-and-15 conversion from Peterman to tight end J.P. Holtz.

The Pitt heroics came after Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard completed 5 of 5 throws for 68 yards as the Hawkeyes went 80 yards, scoring on Jordan Canzeri’s 1-yard plunge with 6:46 to play.

Beathard finished 27 of 40 for 258 yards and rushed for 39 yards, including a gain of 8 to get Koehn in range for the winning kick with two seconds on the clock. Peterman shared time with Chad Voytik in the first half and completed 20 of 29 throws for 219 yards.

Iowa has started 3-0 six times in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 17 seasons -- but it hasn't happened since 2009, which was also the last time it enjoyed an undefeated nonconference season.

What the win means for Iowa: A whole lot. The Hawkeyes are officially a feel-good story after the unbeaten, three-game start, in which every game, before the season, appeared in doubt. Iowa has a leader in Beathard and figures to take a head of steam into Wisconsin after closing nonconference play next week at home against North Texas.

What the loss means for Pitt: Disappointment after the Panthers (2-1) stole momentum with a clutch drive to tie the game in the final minute. Pitt is off next week before coach Pat Narduzzi gets his first taste of ACC play on Oct. 3 at Virginia Tech. Peterman’s play in the second half provides reason for optimism as Pitt readies for league competition.

Player of the game: Go with Iowa cornerback Desmond King. And it could just easily be Boyd, who caught 10 passes for 131 yards, often matched in coverage with the Iowa junior. But the Hawkeyes won the game -- and King twice intercepted Peterman in the first quarter on throws intended for Boyd, a two-time 1,000-yard receiver headed for another All-America season. King’s second pick came in the end zone.

Top play: Iowa had three men positioned in front of punter Dillon Kidd in maximum protection midway through the third quarter, leading by a touchdown. It wasn’t nearly enough. A big mess of Panthers broke through the line, with defensive back Ryan Lewis getting the block. Pat Amara Jr. scooped the loose ball and raced 28 yards for a touchdown as Pitt tied the Hawkeyes at 17.