Iowa bounces back, downs Ball State 45-0

Iowa City – It took longer than expected, but No. 18 Iowa used a balance offense from Ricky Stanzi and Adam Robinson to easily beat Ball State on a rainy Saturday afternoon, 45-0.

Iowa City – It took longer than expected, but No. 18 Iowa used a balance offense from Ricky Stanzi and Adam Robinson to easily beat Ball State on a rainy Saturday afternoon, 45-0.

The Hawkeyes were forced to be a one-dimensional team last week against Arizona, but today had all the facets of their game working.

Quarterback Ricky Stanzi threw for 288 yards, spreading it out to five different receivers in the process. When Stanzi wasn't picking apart the Ball State secondary, Adam Robinson was running to them. The sophomore bounced back from a 10 carry five yard performance last week, to rush for 115 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

Iowa, who sported throwback jerseys, only had a 7-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter, but scored two touchdowns within four minutes to take a 21-0 score into the break.

Coming out of halftime, Iowa scored on it's two first possessions of the 3rd quarter, making the score 35-0 when Ricky Stanzi was pulled.

Ball State's offense struggled to move the ball the entire contest against a defense that struggled last week against Arizona at times. The Cardinals only managed to gain 108 total yards, going 3-12 on 3rd down conversions.

Robinson not only hurt Ball State on the ground, but through the air as well. Robinson caught three passes for 75 yards.

With their MAC opponent out of the way, Iowa can now focus on opening Big Ten play next weekend in a prime-time game against Penn State.

HawkeyeInsider.com will have more on the game shortly.


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