For the third straight year, the Iowa Hawkeyes claimed the Cy-Hawk award from its instate rival, the Iowa State Cyclones with a 35-7 win on Saturday.
Hawkeye running back Adam Robinson had another stellar week with a career high of 156 rushing yards and one touchdown. Last week Robinson had 109 yards and three touchdowns. After Saturday’s game, Robinson surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards.
Joining Robinson this week was running back Jewel Hampton. Taking time off didn’t seem to affect the sophmore as Hampton rushed for 84 yards on 20 carries. Hampton had his first touchdown of the season with a two-yard run in the second quarter. He sat out last week to serve a one-game suspension.
Good to have him back in the lineup.
Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi had a good game and remained uninjured. Stanzi threw for two touchdown passes and rushed for one. He went 11 for 18 with 204 yards. For the second week in a row, Stanzi threw a touchdown on Iowa’s first possession of the game. Yesterday, it was Marvin McNutt who got the first touchdown on a nine-yard pass from his quarterback.
And zero interceptions for Stanzi.
The Hawkeyes dominated play for most of the game. They were up 28-0 with 2:52 left in the first half while the Cyclones only had the ball for 9:25 in the first 30 minutes. Their only score of the game came in the fourth quarter with 1:51 left. Quarterback Austen Arnaud threw an eight-yard pass to Darius Darks, giving the team their first touchdown on the game and its first in three games against the Hawkeyes.
Arnaud had a rough day, throwing three interceptions in the third quarter and going 20 of 44 for 197 yards.
The other running back Robinson on the field also had a tough day. Cyclones running back Alex Robinson ran for 48 yards and had 59 yards on six receptions.
In other game notes, Hawkeye linebacker Jeff Tarpinian had a career best 11 tackles. Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parks was not present at Kinnick Stadium yesterday. He was hospitalized on Friday with back pain but according to Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz, it’s not serious and Parker should be back with the team soon.
After winning its last two game decisively, the Hawkeyes travel to Tucson next week to play the Arizona Wildcats. It will be the first true test for Iowa this season. In their first meeting last year, the Hawkeyes won 27-17. The Wildcats are 2-0 after crushing the Citadel yesterday 52-6. The game will be televised on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. central time.
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Written by Debbie Baratz