Senior B.J. Lowery a defensive back from Cincinnati, Ohio, set a school record by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and added four tackles in Iowa’s win over Western Michigan. With under a minute left in the second quarter, returned a pass 35 yards to the end zone, before returning his second pick 13 yards for a score with 12:22 to go in the third. Lowery became the second Big Ten player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a game this season, following Northwestern’s Collin Ellis in Week 1. Lowery claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor. The last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week was Tom Nardo (Sept. 26, 2011).
Kevonte Martin-Manley, a Junior wide receiver from Pontiac, Michigan, was name Special Teams Player of the Week. Martin-Manley became just the third player in Big Ten history to record two punt return touchdowns in a game in Iowa’s victory over Western Michigan. On consecutive attempts in the second quarter, returned a punt 83 yards for a score then a second 63 yards for a score. His 184 punt return yards are second most in a single game in Big Ten history, behind former Hawkeye Nile Kinnick’s 201 yards in 1939. Martin-Manley wins his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week was Mike Meyer (Oct. 15, 2012).