NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, tweeted out her congratulations to the fourth-ranked Hawkeyes for winning the Big Ten championship on Saturday night moments after they blew a late lead and lost 16-13 to No. 5 Michigan State.
Iowa lost in the title game after allowing a late, 22-play touchdown drive that ended in L.J. Scott reaching for a go-ahead scoring run.
''Congrats (at)hawkeyefootball on the big win! (hash)big10 (hash)B1GFCG (hash)iowa,'' Ernst tweeted.
The tweet was removed moments after it hit the Internet, but had received at least 675 retweets by that time.