|Iowa celebrates a Halloween victory at Kinnick on Saturday, as PGA|
golfer Zach Johnson enjoys his day, as the Hawkeyes' honorary captain.
|Kirk Ferentz said, after the|
Northwestern win; it was
okay to dare to dream in
2015, as Iowa remains
undefeated on the season.
"If you look at all of our players, typically they play better their second, third, fourth years as players for us, and I think it's just a real -- what it tells you is he works hard and he's really paying attention to the little things that older players understand and appreciate, and again, I'll take it back to Zach Johnson when I talk about Zach. Zach is not an overpowering golfer. He's the first guy to tell you that, but boy, he really appreciates the fundamentals, the little details, so the way he approaches his craft and his sport, we can draw so much from that. Somebody threw an article on my desk yesterday saying he tended to be boring. Boring is okay. He's got the Jug, and that's okay," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz shared after the win over Maryland.
|Iowa junior TE #46 George Kittle with a one-handed catch in the first half|
of the 31-15 win over Maryland. It was a very physical game at Kinnick.
The Hawkeyes are 8-0 for the first time since 2009, the second time under Kirk Ferentz, and the second time in school history. Iowa started 9-0 in 2009, its best start in school history. Unlike 2002 and 2004, Iowa's two previous Big Ten titles under Ferentz, the Hawkeyes are on track to finish at a very high level in 2015.
|Each of Iowa's three running backs scored touchdowns in the first half, as Iowa|
took a 21-0 lead at halftime. Here is sophomore RB #25 Akrum Wadley near
the goal line against the Michigan defense.
|Kirk Ferentz is in his 17th season at Iowa. He entered the season with a lot of|
outside noise, over the disappointments last year. The Hawkeyes have improved
in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams to open 8-0.
|Iowa senior DE #34 Nate Meier is having a career year. He was injured on the|
final defensive series of the game, which will be a development to watch
next week, with Iowa hitting the road @ Indiana next Saturday in Bloomington.
|Iowa found the ground game and passing game difficult going in the second|
half, after running up 240 yards in the first half, including this run by sophomore
RB #25 Akum Wadley, who made his first start of the season vs. Maryland.
|Iowa redshirt freshman LB #31 Aaron Mends made a huge play on special|
teams in the first half against Maryland with the block punt, which setup
a Hawkeye rushing touchdown.
|Iowa junior QB #16 C.J. Beathard found the running challenging at times|
against Maryland. He is banged up and will not be 100% in November.
|Iowa junior RB #29 LeShun Daniels Jr. returned from an ankle injury and broke|
off an early explosive play in the first half against Maryland.
|Former Maryland prep and sophomore Iowa SS #19 Miles Taylor had his biggest|
game of his career, in the win over his home state program.
SS Miles Taylor had a team-high and career-best eight tackles. DL Nathan Bazata (4) and DL Parker Hesse (6) matched their career highs in tackles.
|Maryland junior QB #11 Perry Hills was smiling here on the sidelines in|
Iowa City, but Iowa forced a fumble and three interceptions on him.
CB Desmond King’s 88-yard interception return for touchdown ties for the seventh longest interception return for touchdown in school history (Bo Bower, 2015 vs. North Texas).
|Iowa junior CB #14 Desmond King is a leader in interceptions in 2015.|
|Iowa senior WR #4 Tevaun Smith looked healthy again, after|
making his return @ Northwestern in Game 7. Smith made
his first catches of the B1G season with 2 catches for 35 yards.
|Iowa senior WR #17 Jacob Hillyer played hard for the Hawks on an important|
catch ahead of the end of the first half against Maryland.
|Iowa moves to 8-0 and remains alive in the hunt for a Big Ten title and|
the College Football Playoff hunt in 2015.
Instant replay was not used today. The Hawkeyes play @ Indiana (4-4, 0-4 B1G East), who are coming off a bye week, on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Kickoff time has not been announced, due to television.
|Maryland falls to 0-4 in the Big Ten, after falling in Iowa City to the Hawks.|