By Corey Elliot, Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 320 yards and a season-high six touchdowns, and the Iowa Hawkeyes beat the Indiana Hoosiers 42-16 in Big Ten action on Saturday.
Stanley connected with nine different wide receivers, completing 21 of 33 throws in a game where he was only sacked once.
Indiana’s opening drive looked promising, as the Hoosiers took the ball deep into Hawkeye territory, but the Iowa defense doubled down in the red zone and held the Hoosiers to a field goal, setting the tone for what would become an abysmal day on offense for Indiana. On the ensuing drive, Stanley threw an interception, but a pass interference call negated the turnover, setting up a 9-yard touchdown pass to TJ Hockenson.
Stanley relied on his tight ends heavily, connecting with Noah Fant and Hockenson for eight of his 21 completions. The two tight ends accounted for 208 of Stanley’s 320 passing yards, with Fant finishing the game with 101 yards and Hockenson totaling 107 yards.
Indiana was trailing 14-3 when Stanley made his only mistake of the day, an errant pass right in the direction of Hoosiers defender Thomas Allen, who set Indiana up in Iowa territory following his interception. On the next play of the game, Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey found Ty Fryfogle in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown that made it a 14-10 Iowa lead. Ramsey finished with one touchdown and two interceptions, completing 31 of 42 pass attempts for 263 yards.
But Iowa’s offense was too much for the Hoosiers thanks to the Hawkeyes’ passing attack. The Hawkeyes went into the half with a 21-10 lead and never looked back, spoiling Indiana’s homecoming weekend.
Iowa: Indiana hangs its hat on the abilities of its defense, but on Saturday the Hawkeyes offense looked phenomenal and, for nearly the entire game, unstoppable. Iowa finished with 479 yards of offense against an Indiana team that was allowing about 370 per game. The Hawkeyes will become bowl eligible with a win next Saturday
Indiana: The Hoosiers will have their work cut out for them during the second half of the season. Indiana needs two more wins to become bowl eligible. Indiana’s remaining six games features contests against No.8 Penn State and No.12 Michigan.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes return to home and will host Maryland
Indiana: The Hoosiers stay at home for a second consecutive week and will welcome Penn State
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