They've performed better this year but Iowa controlled the entire game against Maryland inside Kinnick Stadium to move to 8-0 on the year. The 10th ranked Hawkeyes used all three facets of the game to move to 4-0 in Big Ten play and remain undefeated.
The offense got things started early and often, shooting out to a 21-0 halftime lead. They used a team performance in doing so. Their backfield suddenly has a ton of depth, with all three running backs finding the end zone. Akrum Wadley, LeShun Daniels, and Derrick Mitchell all notched scores. Wadley got the biggest load, rushing 19 times for 67 yards. In his return, LeShun Daniels received 13 carries and totaled 60 yards, while Derrick Mitchell had 1 carry for 2 yards and caught 2 passes for 24 yards as the third down back.
However, they did not have a 100 yard rusher on the day, something that was very unexpected.
C.J. Beathard is still fighting off an injury and wasn't at 100 percent but was 12-23 on the day for 183 yards and took care of the ball, tossing zero interceptions. There was times where a fully healthy Beathard could have scrambled for first downs but he was unable to do so in his current condition.
The defense was the story, tossing a first half shutout and forcing multiple turnovers. Miles Taylor, Jordan Lomax, and Desmond King all had interceptions while Greg Mabin forced a fumble that was recovered by Miles Taylor. Desmond King returned his interception for an 88 yard score. It was his seventh interception of the season. They held the Terrapins to just 74 yards passing.
The special teams unit got into the act as well. Aaron Mends broke through the line undeterred, blocking a punt just before the half. It set up the score to give the Hawkeyes a 21-0 lead at the break. They had miscues of their own as well, missing a field goal and allowing Will Likely of Maryland to return a kickoff for a touchdown.
All in all, it was another decisive victory for Kirk Ferentz's group, staying unscathed on the year. They now head to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in their pursuit of perfection.