Down 25-18 with 6 minutes remaining, the Hawks were backed up on their own 4-yard line. Iowa began a 14-
play drive that took the Hawkeyes into scoring position. On 4th and 2 at Tulsa's 2-yard line, tailback Ryan Terry swept left, faked like he was going to pass, and then raced around the end to score a touchdown with :53 seconds remaining. Trailing by one, Iowa went for the win. QB Paul Burmeister tossed a rainbow pass into the right corner of the end zone to TE Scott Slutzker, who kept his feet in-bounds, and Iowa took a 1-point lead. The defense held on for the win with two batted down passes from Maurea Crain.
Iowa struggled on offense to get in the end zone. Todd Romano tied a school record with 4 FGs, including a 53-yarder. Freshman punter Nick Gallery had a booming 69-yard punt to switch field positions late in the 3rd quarter. Sedrick Shaw was also explosive with a 75-yard kickoff return and some long runs from scrimmage.
Defensively, the Hawks struggled to stop Tulsa WR Chris Penn, who caught 7 passes for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns, but did pick off QB Gus Ferrotte four times in the game.