It was one hell of a Black Friday for Kirk Ferentz, both on the field and for his bank account.
Very early in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon, Iowa held what seemed to be a comfortable 28-13 lead on Nebraska in Iowa City. However, two Adrian Martinez touchdowns in the final quarter — one passing, one rushing — as well as a Martinez two-point conversion to Kade Warner (Kurt Warner‘s son) with just over three minutes remaining tied the game at 28-all.
As time expired, though, Miguel Recinos connected on a 41-yard field goal to lift the Hawkeyes to the 31-28 win and an 8-4 regular season. That eighth win, as it turned out, proved to be very financially beneficial for the head coach.
As I always say, teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to coach, and Kirk Ferentz’s agent will make him enough money to feed him for several lifetimes.
It wasn’t all puppy dogs and dollar signs for Ferentz, however, as he walked off the field with a bloodied face courtesy of an ill-timed and inadvertent headbutt from a helmeted Nate Stanley in the postgame celebration.