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Iowa's First Four Games

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Iowa's First Four Games
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Iowa is 4 - 0 right now and is ranked 13th out of 25 teams in the AP Poll in the 2009 season and they're next game is at home against Arkansas State. They just beat Penn State at Beaver Stadium. I will break down the first four games of the season now.

1. Northern Iowa- Iowa won the game 17-16, but it was really scary at the end of the game because on first down with 0:07 left in the game, Northern Iowa attempts a field goal, Brodderick Binns blocks it for Iowa, but Jeremiha Hunter makes a huge mental error by not falling on the ball because the ball never crossed the line of scrimmage so Northern Iowa has a chance. On Northern Iowa's second attempt, Jeremiha Hunter blocks the field goal and Iowa wins. Iowa became the first FBS team to win the game on back-to-back blocked field goals.

2. Iowa State- Iowa won the game 35-3 and got their first win at Jack Trice Stadium since 2003. Ricky Stanzi was having trouble early in the game, but picked it up later, and Iowa's defense played one amazing game. Safety Tyler Sash picked off three passes and forced a fumble. Brandon Wegher rushed for over 100 yards.

3. Arizona- Iowa won the game 27-17. Tyler Sash intercepted yet another pass which was #7 in five games for him dating back to last season. Running back Adam Robinson rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa scored 20 points in a 34-minute span to help beat Arizona to improve to 3 - 0.

4. Penn State- The Nittany Lions players, staff, and fans remember the one point loss to Iowa in Iowa City when Daniel Murray kicked the game winner with 0:01 left in the game for unranked Iowa to beat #3 Penn State. This year, unranked Iowa travelled to Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA to play #5 Penn State. Beaver Park is considered one of the toughest stadiums to play at, but Iowa pulled it out for a 21-10 win. Penn State jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the first two drives, but Iowa's defense would hang in the game. They took the lead on a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Adrian Clayborn, and the Hawkeye offense would seal it up for the upset win.

 

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