What happened and what mattered in the Iowa 42-16 win over Indiana?
Iowa 42, Indiana 16
And there’s the Nate Stanley who’s growing into – maybe – the second-best quarterback in the Big Ten this season. The Iowa ground game has been spotty all season long, but Stanley ripped apart the Indiana secondary with 320 yards and six touchdowns along with one pick.
Indiana brought the pressure, but it didn’t matter. The secondary couldn’t handle the Hawkeye receivers in one-on-one coverage, and Stanley gave his guys a shot at making things happen. TE Noah Fant came up with a huge touchdown catch, making four grabs for 101 yards, and TJ Hockenson caught four passes for 107 yards and two scores.
Indiana’s running game was swallowed up from the start. The Hawkeye defensive front never let the Hoosiers get the ground attack going, allowing just 2.7 yards per carry and no big dashes. Stanley and the Hawkeye passing game put the foot on the gas from the start, and even with Peyton Ramsey throwing for 263 yards and a score with two picks, there was no keeping up.
It wasn’t a pretty game, at times outside of Stanley’s passing brilliance. the two teams combined for 21 penalties for 209 yards with three turnovers.
The Hawkeyes have a nasty game at Penn State, but if they play like this, they’re not losing against anyone else. If they can convert 8-of-12 third down chances like they did against the Hoosiers, they might beat the Nittany Lions, too.
It’s going to be a fight for Indiana to get bowl eligible, but with a trip to Minnesota, Maryland, and Purdue still on the schedule, it should get the two more wins needed.