1988 Peach Bowl Recap
NC State 28, Iowa 23
The Wolfpack exploded for 21 second-quarter points to lift NC State to a 28-23 victory over Iowa during a rain-soaked Peach Bowl at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.
The contest was played in a steady rain, which made conditions difficult for both teams. State received the day’s first break when Chris Hartsell forced a fumble on the opening kickoff. The Pack’s Lee Knight fell on the loose ball, and the NCSU offense took over at the Iowa 13-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback Charles Davenport dove into the end zone from one yard out, and State led 7-0.
Iowa came back to tally a field goal later in the opening period, but the fireworks didn’t start until the second quarter. Leading 7-3 at the close of the first period, State began the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Shane Montgomery to fleet Danny Peebles. On the ensuing kickoff, Iowa once again fumbled with the Pack recovering on the Hawkeye 27. Five plays later tailback Tyrone Jackson scored from two yards out, and the Pack advantage was 21-3.
Yet another Iowa turnover helped State to spread its lead further. On the Hawkeyes’ second play from scrimmage following the kickoff, Michael Brooks intercepted a Chuck Hartlieb pass at the NCSU 28 yard line.
The Pack then put together a sparkling 72-yard, seven-play march into the Iowa end zone. Davenport and Montgomery split time at quarterback, with Montgomery taking the field on passing downs. Montgomery had the drive’s big play, a 23-yard completion to Eugene Peters on a third-and-nine play. The march was capped by Jackson’s 30-yard dash around the left side.
Trailing 28-3, the highly-touted Iowa offense finally began to move the football. After an NCSU fumble, Hartlieb and company took over at the State 40 yard line and drove for a touchdown late in the first half.
In the second half, playing conditions continued to deteriorate, and defense took control of the contest. Iowa did manage to close the gap with a pair of touchdowns, including one last gasp with eight seconds remaining. However, State held on to preserve the 1988 Peach Bowl title with a 28-23 triumph.
Following the contest, Montgomery was named the Offensive MVP, while Brooks, who had three interceptions on the day, was tabbed as the Defensive MVP.
NCSU Davenport 1 run (Hartman kick)