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Iowa crushes Indiana, 45-29

kinnick-stadium-end-zone-hawkeyesIOWA CITY – Iowa (5-1, 2-0) defeated Indiana (3-3, 0-2), 45-29, Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes scored a season-high 45 points. It is the most points scored by Iowa in a Big Ten game since scoring 45 against Indiana in 2011.

The Hawkeyes are 2-0 in the Big Ten for the fifth time under Kirk Ferentz (2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014).

The teams combined to score 74 points, the most total points since Indiana defeated Iowa 45-33 in 2000.

Iowa led 38-21 at the half. Five different players scored a touchdown (Duzey, King, Powell, Parker, Weisman) and K Marshall Koehn added a 22-yard field goal and five extra points.

Iowa scored 28 points in the first quarter, the most points scored in the first quarter since scoring 28 against Ball State on Sept. 3, 2005.

Iowa scored 38 first-half points, tying the most first-half points in a conference game under Kirk Ferentz (Minnesota, 2005). It is Iowa’s highest scoring first half in a Big Ten game since scoring 35 against Indiana in 2011.

Iowa scored 14 points off turnovers, its first such points this season. CB Desmond King returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. RB Mark Weisman scored a rushing touchdown in the second quarter following LB Bo Bower’s interception.

Iowa scored two offensive touchdowns of 60 yards or greater for the first time since Oct. 31, 2009 vs. Indiana. (Stanzi to McNutt, 92 yards; Stanzi to Johnson-Koulianos, 66 yards).

Iowa scored on three straight offensive plays in the first quarter. TE Jake Duzey caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Jake Rudock with 4:41 left. On Iowa’s next play from scrimmage, WR Damond Powell caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Rudock. On Iowa’s next play from scrimmage, RB Jonathan Parker ran for a 60-yard touchdown.

After scoring 59 combined points in the first half, the teams were scoreless in the third quarter.

Iowa’s defense held Indiana 20 total yards and one first down in the quarter. Iowa held Indiana to four first downs in the second half and 2-of-15 on third down attempts in the game. The Hawkeyes forced eight 3-and-outs.

Ten different Hawkeyes caught a pass today. It is the fourth time this season at least 10 Hawkeyes recorded a reception. Iowa is 4-0 in those games.

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