Smith-Marsette ties Iowa bowl touchdown record

Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s three first-half touchdowns tied Shonn Greene’s mark for touchdowns in a bowl game.


Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa wideout Ihmir Smith-Marsette celebrates his kick-return touchdown during the 2019 SDCCU Holiday Bowl between Iowa and USC in San Diego on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

Ihmir Smith-Marsette tied Hawkeye history at the Holiday Bowl on Friday.

In one quarter, Smith-Marsette scored three touchdowns — one rushing, one kick return, and one receiving — to equal Shonn Greene’s mark for touchdowns in a bowl game from the 2009 Outback Bowl.

Smith-Marsette also became the first Hawkeye in program history to return two kicks for touchdowns in the same season after taking one back against Nebraska in Iowa’s previous game.

In addition to his kick-return touchdown — which gave Iowa a 21-14 lead — Smith-Marsette found the end zone on a 6-yard end-around before going up the middle on a 15-yard screen pass from Nate Stanley.

Iowa holds a 28-17 lead over USC at halftime.