Iowa is currently leading the race for the Big 10 West title in college football. With a victory, they can secure a share of the West Title. In their recent game against Rutgers at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa had a slow start on offense and ended the first quarter scoreless.
However, in the second quarter, Drew Stevens scored a 32-yard field goal, putting the Hawks on the board with a 3-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Iowa’s offense started picking up steam. Stevens made another successful field goal, this time from 43 yards, increasing Iowa’s lead to 6-0. Moving to the fourth quarter, Iowa showcased an excellent performance both on offense and defense.
Jazz Patterson scored a touchdown, giving the Hawks a 12-0 lead. Although the two-point conversion failed, Iowa remained in control.
Stevens added another field goal, making it 15-0 in favor of the Hawks. With five minutes left in the game, Quinn Schy intercepted a pass, giving Iowa a scoring opportunity. Deacon Hill then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Brown, extending Iowa’s lead to 22-0.
This was the first time Iowa’s defense achieved a shutout since the Music City Bowl. Overall, the offense also performed exceptionally well, gaining over 400 yards, which had not been accomplished in 32 games. This offensive breakthrough couldn’t have come at a better time, as the Iowa Hawkeyes now only need one more win to secure a trip to Indianapolis. The team understands the importance of taking things one week at a time and is focused on preparation.
The team, known for their resilience, has adopted a mindset called “Break The Rock.” They are determined to keep working hard and pushing forward until they achieve their goals. The players and coaches are humbled by the sport of football.
They understand that there is always more to learn and improve upon, both in football and in life. They emphasize the importance of showing up, giving their best effort, maintaining a positive attitude, and never giving up.
Next week, Iowa will have a pivotal game at home against Illinois, with the opportunity to secure the Big 10 West title. The game will take place at Kinnick Stadium on Senior Day, with kickoff set for 2:30 PM..