Iowa (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Kinnick Stadium, 3:30 p.m. ET
→ Ball State started the post-Keith Wenning era with a 30-10 win at home over Colgate. The Cardinals scored 10 points in each of the first three quarters while holding the Raiders to one TD during that span and a field goal in the final stanza.
The Cardinals’ strong suit was running the football as they totaled 311 yards on the ground. Senior Horatio Banks (5-8, 200) averaged 10.3 ypc with 134 yards on 13 carries. Classmate Jahwan Edwards (5-10, 219) added 109 yards and one touchdown on 22 rushes.
Ball State racked up 514 yards of total offense and recorded 29 first downs to just nine first downs and 227 total yards for the Raiders.
→ Iowa was pressed in a 31-23 win over Northern Iowa last week. It was a 24-23 contest with the Hawkeyes holding a slim lead in the fourth quarter. Jake Rudock found Damond Powell on a 12-yard TD toss with 6:50 remaining to make it an eight-point Iowa win.
Rudock, a 6-3, 208-pound junior who started all 13 games in 2013, completed 31 of 41 for 250 yards and two TDs with no interceptions for the Hawkeyes. Thirteen Hawkeyes had at least one catch in the opener. Keyonte Martin-Manley (8) and TE Jake Duzey (7) accounted for nearly half of the team’s 31 receptions.
Iowa’s run game accounted for 151 of the Hawkeyes 401 yards. The 36 carries were spread out over seven players, with Mark Weisman leading in rushes with 10 (34 yards).
Thanks to some big plays (e.g. David Johnson’s 70-yard TD reception), Northern Iowa actually had more total yardage (405-401). However, Iowa doubled UNI in first downs, 26-13.
→ This is the third meeting between the two teams in football. Iowa leads the series, 2-0. The last meeting was a 45-0 Iowa victory on Sept. 23, 2010.
→ Ben Ingle, who led BSU with 116 tackles in 2013 got off to another good start with a team-high 11 tackles vs. Colegate.