Iowa notched another win under their belt earlier on Saturday, blasting North Texas 62-16. It was an effort from all three phases of the game. The defense stiffened and scored two touchdowns themselves, the passing game and rushing game were both on an elite level, and Desmond King nearly broke loose on multiple kick returns.
The one statistic standing out immediately afterwards is running back Jordan Canzeri finding the end zone four times. It is the first time that has been done by a Hawkeye running back since Shonn Greene against Wisconsin in 2008.
Canzeri got the brunt of the workload today with usual starter LeShun Daniels still limited due to an ankle injury. He took the reins and ran with it to a tune of 22 carries for 115 yards. The senior left the field holding four fingers up, but don't let that fool you, it wasn't for his personal accomplishment.
"It was for 4-0," Canzeri cleared up about his gesture while walking off the field at Kinnick Stadium. "Coming out of the tunnel I thought about it and knew people might think it's a touchdown thing. I'm not cocky at all. It's for 4-0."
As is expected when it comes to Canzeri and most of his teammates, he was quick to deflect the credit for his outstanding performance.
"It takes all 11 guys," he pointed out. "Everyone on the sideline, the coaches. It's about trust and accountability. It's all there. You can feel it and you can see it."
Though he took the ball for four touchdowns on the ground, Canzeri wanted to highlight how lethal their attack through the air was as well.
"We knew they were going to load the box again," Canzeri shared about the opponent. "C.J. did what he does and made big plays. We have wide receivers that do an awesome job, they make great plays, and make great catches."
"We know he's capable of that," he added about Beathard's hot streak where he completed the first 15 passes of the game. "I know he can do great and I know he will. The offensive line gives him time to make those throws. The receivers are running great routes."
The Hawkeyes improve to 4-0 on the year and the next step is the showdown in Madison against the Wisconsin Badgers. The unblemished record through the first third of the schedule is not the end of what Iowa wants to accomplish this season.
"It's exactly what you want to do as a team," Canzeri noted. "To win every game. It's a great feeling for us. It's not enough. We're excited about the win. 4-0 isn't enough, 5-0 isn't, and 6-0 won't be."