Hawkeye hero Marshall Koehn (of course) gets Big Ten award

Chad Leistikow
Iowa's Marshall Koehn kicks a 57-yard field goal for a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh.

IOWA CITY, Ia. – When a kicker makes a game-winning 57-yard field goal, it should be a no-brainer that he becomes the Big Ten Conference’s special teams player of the week. And Monday, it was.

Marshall Koehn, Iowa’s fifth-year senior placekicker, picked up that honor from the league after his field goal from the left hash as time expired gave the Hawkeyes a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

A mass celebration ensued, but the former walk-on from Solon steered clear of the melee.

"I wasn't letting anyone touch me," Koehn said after his 15th successful field goal in his last 16 tries. His only miss in that stretch hit the goalpost last season at Illinois. "I know I knocked over about three or four cheerleaders. I heard a couple were on the bottom of the dog pile, but I didn't get touched, other than a couple chest-bumps."

It was the second week in a row a Hawkeye has won a Big Ten weekly award. To get this one, though, Koehn got an assist from last week’s Big Ten Co-Offensive player of the week C.J. Beathard.

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It was the junior quarterback’s 8-yard scramble on third-and-10 and a heady play to call a timeout with 2 seconds left that moved Iowa to Pittsburgh’s 39-yard line, giving Koehn a hero’s chance. And he converted, with room to spare. Koehn’s kick hit the netting behind the goalposts in the air.

“The only thing you can do (as a kicker) is want that chance to give your team the victory,” Koehn said. “They gave us a shot as the field-goal unit, and I was confident we’d have a decent shot if we could get it to the 40. C.J. got all of that, and gave me a chance. It was just a great team win.”

Koehn, who also delivered a 64-yard punt Saturday on a rugby-style kick in the first quarter (his first career punt), is the first Iowa player to win the Big Ten’s special-teams award since 2012. Mike Meyer was recognized that year after kicking four field goals in the  Hawkeyes’ 19-16 double-overtime win at Michigan State.

Also Monday, Iowa senior safety Jordan Lomax was named one of eight finalists for the weekly Ronnie Lott Impact Award. Lomax had 11 tackles vs. Pittsburgh. The award honors performance as well as character. The winner is decided by fan votes.