Hawkeyes fall short in Citrus Bowl

Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras looks on during the Citrus Bowl.
Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras looks on during the Citrus Bowl.(ESPN)
Published: Jan. 1, 2022 at 7:22 PM CST
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ORLANDO, FL (KTIV) - Going into your bowl game without your star player is never a good thing. The Iowa Hawkeyes were left without star running back Tyler Goodson in their Citrus Bowl matchup. Leaving the pressure to be on the defense and Spencer Petras when they took on Kentucky.

The game was a low scoring affair, Kentucky scored the only points of the first quarter on a Will Levis pass to Chris Rodriguez Jr. which scored from five yards out to make it 7-0.

Iowa would respond with a field goal near the start of the second quarter from 28 yards out to make it 7-3. But, Kentucky would tack on a field goal of their own making it 10-3.

After a Spencer Petras interception the Wildcats would add three more on a 27 yard field goal. Petras would throw another interception on an end of the half Hail Mary leaving the score at 13-3 going into the half.

The Iowa offense woke up in the second half scoring a touchdown in the third quarter on an Arland Bruce IV 20 yard run to make it 13-10.

Then with Hawks took the lead in the fourth when Petras Connected with Sam LaPorta in the flat, and LaPorta took it 36 yards for the score making it a 17-13 ballgame.

Kentucky would battle back though putting an 8 play 80 yard drive together that was capped off with a Rodriguez Jr. touchdown run from five yards out giving Kentucky a 20-17 lead.

Iowa had one final chance to score, around midfield Petras dropped back and misfired, it still took a phenomenal catch from DeAndre Square to seal it for the Wildcats. As Kentucky won the Citrus Bowl 20-17.

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