University of Iowa senior kicker Keith Duncan has been named the Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, following No. 24 Iowa’s 26-20 win against Nebraska to retain the Heroes Trophy for the sixth straight year. The announcement was made Monday by the Big Ten Conference office.
Duncan shares the honor with Michigan State kicker Matt Coghlin, who made 3-of-4 field goals in Michigan State’s win over No. 8 Northwestern.
Duncan (5-foot-10, 179-pounds) earns his fifth career weekly honor and first of the season. It is the third time this season a Hawkeye has earned a weekly conference honor (Zach VanValkenburg at Minnesota; Charlie Jones vs. Northwestern).
Duncan, a Weddington High School (N.C.) graduate, connected on four field goals (32, 33, 48, 37) for the fourth time in his career. Duncan’s third field goal was ultimately the game-winner against Nebraska to help push Iowa’s season winning streak to four games. It also marked Duncan’s 17th career field goal of at least 40 yards.
Duncan also moved into fifth all-time in career field goals made (48) in Iowa history, passing Tom Nichol. Duncan is Iowa’s career leader in field goal percentage (.813; 48-of-59).
This season, Duncan is 10-of-14 on field goals, with three of his four misses coming from 50+ yards. He is a perfect 21-of-21 on PATs. Duncan’s 1.67 field goals per game ranks second in the conference and 13th in the nation.
Iowa plays at Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN or FS1.
HONORED BY BIG 12
Iowa State junior defensive lineman Latrell Bankston was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, announced today by the Big 12 Conference.
The Woodstock, Ga., native was sensational in Iowa State’s 23-20 victory at No. 20 Texas on Friday, registering career highs in tackles (five) and sacks (2.0).
His two sacks were crucial. His first sack was on third down and halted a Texas drive at midfield.
Bankston’s second sack was even bigger. It occurred with Iowa State clinging to a 23-20 lead and Texas in possession with its final drive.
The Longhorns drove down to the ISU 36 and had 3rd-and-10 with :09 seconds left in the contest. With one final play from scrimmage, Bankston busted up the middle and sacked Sam Ehlinger for a four-yard loss. It forced UT to use its final timeout with :04 seconds left.
Bankston’s sack pushed back the potential game-tying field goal attempt to 58 yards, as the kick hooked left and barely missed as time expired.
The win gave Iowa State its school-record seventh conference victory and clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title.
Iowa State enters its final-regular season game on Saturday vs. West Virginia ranked No. 12 nationally in the Associated Press poll.