Iowa Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Stay Perfect

P MurphyContributor INovember 6, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 2:  The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field against USC as a team member holds the United States flag before the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 2, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.  USC defeated Iowa 38-17.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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Iowa (5-0, 9-0) won their ninth straight game by beating Indiana (1-4, 4-5) 42-24 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

This is the first time in school history the Hawkeyes have won the first nine games in a single season.

This victory also makes it 13 in a row dating back to last year. It has been over 365 days since Iowa has lost a game.



The Hawkeyes beat Indiana after scoring four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. This is the first time since 2005 that Iowa has scored 28 points in a single quarter.

Ricky Stanzi threw two touchdown passes back to back in the fourth quarter. The first one was a 92-yard reception to Marvin McNutt, and the second one was a 66-yard reception to DJK. The 92-yard reception is the fourth longest in Iowa history.

This is after Stanzi threw four interceptions in four possessions in the third quarter. This marks the worst quarter Iowa has played in this year. Indiana only scored 10 points off the six turnovers Iowa had in the game.

Stanzi threw for a career-high 337 yards to go with his career-high five picks.

Brandon Wegher ran for two more touchdowns. He ran for 118 yards in 25 carries with three touchdowns. These are all career highs for Wegher.

Tyler Sash added another interception to his total in the third quarter. He had an 86-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown. Sash has a total of six picks this season.

Shawn Prater and A.J. Edds added two more interceptions in the fourth quarter to increase the team total to 18. Iowa leads the NCAA in this category.



The Hawkeyes are also still battling injuries from the physical game against the Spartans two weeks ago.

Free safety Brent Greenwood tried playing in the Indiana game but pulled himself out of the game. He is still feeling the effects of the helmet-to-helmet hit. He is saying it feels like a stinger. He is not listed on the depth chart against Northwestern.

Wide receiver Colin Sandeman did not play in the Indiana game as well. He was hit helmet to helmet by Michigan State’s cornerback Jeremy Ware. He is not listed on the depth chart against Northwestern.

Adam Robinson’s injury is not as bad as everyone first thought. His injury is not same injury that sidelined Tony Moeaki for three games earlier this season.



Iowa will go for 10 straight wins this Saturday as they host the Northwestern Wildcats (2-3, 5-4). Northwestern is going to play spoiler this weekend as they try to get bowl eligible. The Hawkeyes are favored to win by 16.5 points by the odds makers.

Indiana hosts Wisconsin (3-2, 6-2) on Saturday. Indiana is still battling to become bowl eligible, as Wisconsin is already bowl eligible.