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College Football: For sixth time in a row, it’s a Hawkeye state; Iowa defeats Iowa State, 27-17

AMES – The eyes of the nation looked on as Iowa handling its business easily in Ames Saturday, defeating Iowa State for the sixth time in a row, 27-17.

#10 Iowa at #9 Iowa State
Sept. 11, 2021

Iowa (2-0) defeated Iowa State (1-1), 27-17, on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.

Iowa has won its last eight games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last eight opponents, 275-106, averaging 34.3 points per game offensively and allowing 13.3 ppg during the winning streak. Iowa has scored at least 25 points in each win.

QB Spencer Petras has led Iowa to eight consecutive wins. Petras is 116-204 with 1,339 passing yards during Iowa’s eight-game winning streak. He has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions over the last seven games.

WR Charlie Jones set career highs in receptions (2) and yards (36). His 26-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was a career first.

DB Matt Hankins had two interceptions, the fourth and fifth of his career.

P Tory Taylor’s 69-yard punt in the third quarter was a career long.

LB Jack Campbell returned a fumble six yards for his first career touchdown. The last time Iowa returned a fumble for a touchdown was 2018 (A.J. Epenesa at Illinois). The fumble was caused by Jestin Jacobs, the first of his career. Campbell matched his career high with eight touchdowns.

LB Seth Benson’s third-quarter interception was the first of his career.

K Caleb Shudak’s 51-yard field goal in the third quarter was a career long.

Iowa had four takeaways today and zero turnovers. The last time Iowa turned the ball over against Iowa State was in 2015 (352 plays). Iowa has scored 37 points on seven turnovers this season.

Iowa has won five straight games against ranked opponents dating back to 2019. The last time Iowa won five straight against ranked opponents was a six-game stretch in 1960.

Today was Iowa’s highest ranked road win since defeating #5 Penn State, 21-10, in 2009.

Iowa opened the season playing two AP Top 25 teams (#17 Indiana, #9 Iowa State). It marked the fourth time in program history the Hawkeyes opened a season against consecutive opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 (1960, 1973, 1974). The Hawkeyes started 2-0 in 1960, 1-1 in 1974 and 0-2 in 1973.

Iowa has won 13 straight non-conference games, including 10 regular season non-conference victories and three bowl wins. Iowa’s last non-conference loss was at the 2017 Outback Bowl.

The Hawkeyes are 23-4 in their last 27 trophy games (includes bowl games) and 20-4 in their last 23 rivalry trophy games (Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin). Iowa has won six straight against Iowa State, and five straight in Ames.

Iowa has won six straight in the series. The last time Iowa won six straight in the series was when it won 15 in a row from 1983-97. The Hawkeyes have won five straight and are 21-8 all-time in games played in Ames.

Iowa has played 24 straight games without surrendering 25 points, the longest streak in the nation among Power 5 teams.

Iowa has scored at least 25 points in each of its wins during its winning streak. It is the first time in school history Iowa has scored 25 points or more in eight straight wins.

Iowa had three interceptions today and has an NCAA-best 70 interceptions since 2017. The last time Iowa had consecutive games with at least three interceptions was 2017 (Ohio State, 4; Wisconsin 3).

Iowa and Iowa State met as AP ranked opponents for the first time in series history.

Iowa State won the toss and deferred. The Hawkeyes have played 276 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 209 times (134-75). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 67 times (36-31).

Breece Hall touchdown rush (confirmed)

The Hawkeyes host Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Kinnick Stadium. The game is televised on BTN beginning at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

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