It's hard to single out one performance, offensively or defensively, for the reason why the Hawkeyes were able to be so dominant on the day. There were many of them that contributed to Iowa's 62-16 victory.
C.J. Beathard completed his first 15 throws en route to a 18-21 day, accumulating 278 yards, and two touchdowns through the air, one to Tevaun Smith and the other to George Kittle. Running back Jordan Canzeri carried the ball 22 times for 115 yards and found the end zone four times on the ground, a feat that had not been accomplished since Shonn Greene did so versus Wisconsin in 2008. Tevaun Smith recorded four receptions for 115 yards and had a touchdown of his own, one that went for 81 yards. Explosive plays? Iowa found them in abundance today.
It was a game that appeared Iowa would be dominant on the ground headed in, and they were, but the efficiency through the air may have overshadowed it. C.J. Beathard's quarterback rating finished at a robust 228.3.
Defensively, they may have allowed more yards after contact from North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson than they would have liked. But all in all, it was another strong performance. The pass defense was more impressive on this day as the Hawkeye secondary continues to chug along, quietly becoming one of the most impressive defensive backfields in the country.
The safeties were not sharp in the first two games but they've bounced back nicely ever since, especially Jordan Lomax, who particularly shined this afternoon against the Mean Green offense. He finished the game with six tackles but he was far more active than that. Josey Jewell also had one of the memorable plays, returning an interception for a touchdown. Jewell was outdone by his fellow linebacker, though, as Bo Bower had an interception in the final minutes that he returned 88 yards for a score.
It should be mentioned that it was also a fine game played by Nate Meier at defensive end. He hurried the quarterback several times, batted a ball down at the line of scrimmage, tallied six tackles, and also added a sack.
The injury report will be an intriguing one. Safety Miles Taylor and offensive tackle Boone Myers both left the game early with noticeable issues. It seemed like a neck injury for Myers, and it was not clear what kept Taylor off the field for the most part. Clarity on their statuses should be given in the coming days.
Tight end Jake Duzey saw his first action of the year, after rehabbing a knee injury he suffered in the spring. He should be all-systems-go for next week's showdown against Wisconsin in Madison. Drew Ott and LeShun Daniels both were limited again today but looks as if both are on track to hitting 100 percent health for the contest against the Badgers in 7 days.