Iowa Escapes Trap Game with Arkansas State, Improves to 5-0

P MurphyContributor IOctober 6, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Adrian Clayborn #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates a 21-10 victory over the Penn State Nittnay Lions on September 26, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

13th ranked Iowa start out fast then slowed down as they hold on the beat Arkansas State 24- 21 in their last non-conference game. Iowa is now 5 – 0 overall and 1 – 0 in Big ten Conference play. This makes the first time Iowa won their first five games since 1995.

Iowa took advantage of Arkansas State’s nerves by scoring on their first two drives of the game to take a 14 – 0 lead before the Red Wolves settle down on defense. As the Hawkeye defense controlled the Red Wolves offense most of the game.

Ricky Stanzi started the game by going 5 for 5 with a 33 yard touchdown pass to Trey Stross in the opening drive of the game. On the second drive of the game he threw a 41 yard touchdown pass to Marvin McNutt.
The Red Wolves marched down the field in the Second Quarter and scored on a 12 yard touchdown throw to end the half 14-7.

Iowa started the Third Quarter like they did the game and scored a touchdown when Stanzi threw a 43 yard pass to McNutt to make the score 21-7.

Stanzi threw a bad pass that was intercepted in the beginning of the Fourth Quarter by Demario Davis who ran it back 75 yards for a touchdown. This is the second interception for a touchdown the Hawkeyes gave up this year. This made the score 21-14 with 14:41 left in the game.

Arkansas State’s Davis did a back flip into the end zone which caused them to 15 yard penalty that gave Iowa good field position as Iowa score a 20 yard Field Goal by Murray to make the score 24-14 with 10 minutes left in the game.

The interception brought life back into the Red wolves as they march down the field 84 yards and score another touchdown with 2:01 left to play making it 24-21. Iowa kept the ball alive just enough to run the clock out for the win.

Stanzi finished 18 for 26 with a career high 296 yards passing with 3 TD and 2 INTs. McNutt had four catches for 121 yards and two TD’s as Stross had the same number of catches for 64 yards and one TD.
Brandon Wegher had 11 carries for 49 yards and Adam Robinson had 14 carries for 38 yards as Iowa’s running game was stopped by the Red Wolves having 8 defenders in the box.

Tyler Sash picked up his league leading fifth interception of the season as Iowa’ defense controlled the Red Wolves Offensive line for most of the game. Adrian Clayborn also had a sack for the day.

This was only the second time in the last 40 games at Kinnick that wasn’t sold out. There were only 67,989 fans present at the game. Kinnick can hold a total of 70,585 fans for a single game.