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The Iowa football team defeated Western Michigan, 59-3, today inside Kinnick Stadium. The point total is the highest for Iowa since scoring 62 against Northwestern on Nov. 9, 2002. The margin of victory ties for the largest under Kirk Ferentz (Iowa defeated Ball State 56-0 in 2005). Iowa scored touchdowns four different ways against the Broncos: 1) Pass x2 (Rudock to Hillyer, 21 yards; Rudock to Powell, 29 yards) 2) Punt return x2 (Martin-Manley, 83 yards; Martin-Manley 63 yards) 3) Rush x2 (Weisman, 4 yards; Canzeri, 16 yards) 4) Interception x2 (Lowery, 35 yards; Lowery, 13 yards) The last time Iowa scored touchdowns four different ways in a single game was in a 56-7 win vs. Buffalo on Sept. 6, 2003 (pass, run, fumble return, punt return).
Iowa outscored Western Michigan 28-3 in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes have outscored their opponents 5810 in the second quarter this season.
Iowa owned a 4-2 advantage in turnover margin. The Hawkeyes lost two fumbles, but recorded three interceptions and recovered one fumble. Iowa is 3-0 this season when winning the turnover margin. Iowa won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. Iowa has started the game on defense in 34-of-178 games under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes are 19-15 in those games. In 2013, the Hawkeyes started on offense against Northern Illinois (L, 30-27), and started on defense against Missouri State (W, 28-14) Iowa State (W, 27-21), and Western Michigan (W, 59-3).
Iowa kicked a 20-yard field goal on their first drive of the game. The eight-play, 19-yard drive marked the first time this season the Hawkeyes scored on their opening drive. Iowa held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter for the third straight game. The Hawkeye defense forced four three-and-outs against Western Michigan in the first quarter, limiting the Broncos to 22 total yards. Iowa has not allowed a first-half touchdown in three straight games. Iowa’s defense held the Broncos without a first down in their first six possessions (37 yards) of the first half. Iowa’s defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. The Hawkeyes entered the game as one of four FBS schools yet to surrender a rushing touchdown. Hawkeye opponents have rushed 128 straight times without a score. Iowa scored 38 points in the first half, its highest first-half total since scoring 49 against Ball State on Sept. 3, 2005 (W, 56-0). Iowa rushed 58 times today for 258 yards. The 58 attempts tie for the fourth-highest total under Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has totaled 58 or more rushing attempts three times this season (60 at Iowa State, 58 vs. Missouri State, 58 vs. Western Michigan). Six Hawkeyes rushed for 30 or more yards against Western Michigan (Canzeri, 73; Daniels, 54; Weisman, 43; Bullock, 37; Rudock, 30; Beathard, 30).
Iowa controlled the ball for 36:11 today, tying for the ninth-best total under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes have owned a time of possession greater than 36 minutes three times this season (38:18 vs. Missouri State; 38:03 at Iowa State; 36:11 vs. Western Michigan). WR Martin-Manley returned Western Michigan’s fifth punt of the day 83 yards for a touchdown, and returned the Broncos’ sixth punt 63 yards for a touchdown. The 83-yard return was a career long for Martin-Manley, and his first career punt return for a touchdown. The 83-yard touchdown return ties for the seventh longest in school history, and was Iowa’s first punt return for a touchdown since Andy Brodell (2008, 81 yards vs. Iowa State). WR Kevonte Martin-Manley returned consecutive punts for touchdowns in the second quarter. He is the first Iowa player to return two punts for a touchdown in a single game, tying a Big Ten record. Earl Girard (Wisconsin, 1947) and Garcia Lane (OSU, 1983) are the only other Big Ten players to perform the feat. Martin-Manley becomes the first Big Ten player this century with two punt return TD in the same game. WR Kevonte Martin-Manley returned four punts for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The 184 yards are 17 yards shy of Nile Kinnick’s single-game record of 201 (vs. Indiana on Oct. 7, 1939). The Hawkeyes finished the contest with 184 punt return yards. Iowa entered the game with 34 punt return yards on the season. CB B.J. Lowery and FS Tanner Miller recorded interceptions today. Lowery returned two interceptions for touchdowns, which is a single-game school record, and ties for the second-most in a single game in NCAA history (Houston’s Johnny Jackson returned three for TDs in 1987). He is the second Big Ten player in the BCS era (since 1998) with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a single game. His second-quarter interception was Iowa’s first interception return for a touchdown since 2011 (Christian Kirksey, at IND). For the second time in three games, Miller intercepted a pass in the end zone.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz and WR Kevonte Martin-Manley each extended their streak of consecutive games with a reception to 22. Fiedorowicz’s streak is the second-longest active streak by an FBS tight end.
True freshman LB Reggie Spearman played special teams today and saw action at linebacker. His is the fourth Iowa true freshman to see action this season. Spearman, RB LeShun Daniels, Jr., DB Desmond King, and WR Matt VandeBerg are the only true freshmen to see action for Iowa this season. WR Damond Powell caught a 29-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, his first career touchdown reception. Powell’s 54-yard reception in the fourth quarter was a career long, and Iowa’s longest play from scrimmage this season. RB Jordan Canzeri’s 16-yard rushing touchdown was the first of his career. He also scored a receiving touchdown in 2011 against Oklahoma. TE Ray Hamilton caught a career-high three passes for a career-best 39 yards. WR Tevaun Smith made his first career start today. WR Jacob Hillyer’s 21-yard touchdown was the sophomore’s second career touchdown, and second in as many weeks. QB C.J. Beathard relieved starting quarterback Jake Rudock with 3:20 left in the third quarter. It marked the first time Iowa played two quarterbacks in the same game since Dec. 31, 2011 (Chris Wienke relieved James Vandeberg at the Insight Bowl).
PK Mike Meyer’s first quarter field goal was the 50th of his career. Meyer was 1-1 on field goal attempts and 7-7 on PAT attempts. He now ranks fourth in career scoring with 267 points, passing Kyle Schlicher (260).
Senior PK Mike Meyer has made a school-record 98 consecutive PAT attempts, the sixth longest streak in Big Ten Conference history. That active streak ranks fourth in the nation (Baylor’s Aaron Jones, 125; Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien 116; Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons, 114). Meyer’s last PAT miss was in a 37-6 win over Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2010, in Iowa City. As a team, Iowa has gone 33 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT. Senior LB James Morris recorded seven tackles today to raise his career total to 316 and pass Mike Wells (313) for No. 15 on the all-time list. Morris has been a starting linebacker since his true freshman season in 2010. He is on watch lists for the Bednarik Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list. In addition, he garnered preseason second team All-Big Ten honors from Athlon, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness. The Hawkeyes have converted on 99 consecutive PATs without a miss or block, and 34 consecutive games without a missed or blocked PAT, the seventh longest streak of any school in the nation Instant replay was used one time today: 1) LeShon Daniels fumble (booth review, upheld). The Hawkeyes open conference play at Minnesota on Sept. 28. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. (CT) inside TCF Bank Stadium. The game will be televised on ABC, with a reverse mirror on ESPN2.
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