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Iowa Rolls Miami (OH) in Season Opener

Iowa's last football game wasn't the prettiest thing in the world so the players and fans couldn't wait to see the Hawkeyes get back out onto the field. They did so today against Miami OH.

Iowa came in heavily favored in a non-conference matchup against the Miami (OH) Redhawks.  The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after forcing a Redhawk punt on their first drive of the game.  LeShun Daniels punched it in from 1 yard out to give Iowa the early lead.  

Roughly two minutes after that Akrum Wadley found the end zone from 11 yards out to make it a two score game.

The Hawkeyes found the end zone for the third time in the game with around 6 minutes left in the first quarter on a 43 yard touchdown run by Daniels.  It appeared the Hawkeyes were going to run away with the game early on. 

However, the Redhawks settled in a little bit and entered the locker room down 28-7.  After they allowed another Iowa touchdown to open the third quarter, the Redhawks rattled off two straight touchdowns to cut the Iowa lead to 14, 35-21.  

True Freshman Keith Duncan added a field goal with six minutes left in the game to push Iowa's lead to 17.  And with just over three minutes left in the game Derrick Mitchell added a touchdown run to widen Iowa's lead even more.

Iowa's C.J. Beathard finished 13-20 passing for 192 yards and a touchdown.  Akrum Wadley was extremely efficient, rushing the ball 12 times totaling 121 yards and 2 TD's.  Senior Matt Vandeberg led Iowa in receiving, catching four passes for 99 yards on the game.  

A couple of nice surprises were freshman defensive end, Anthony Nelson and sophomore linebacker Jack Hockaday.  Nelson provided a consistent pass rush for the Hawkeyes, totaling a couple sacks on the afternoon.  Hockaday entered the game in the first quarter when Junior captain, Josey Jewell was ejected for targeting.  Hockaday did a good job flying around and making plays in Jewell's absence. 

True freshman Nathan Stanley came in for Beathard in the middle of the fourth quarter and that should tell us who the number two is behind Beathard.  Toks Akinribade also received some carries for the Hawkeyes late in the game. 

Iowa's LeShun Daniels rushed for two touchdowns, and sophomore Jerminic Smith caught a twelve yard touchdown pass from Beathard.

Miami's Billy Bahl and James Gardner played extremely well in this one.  Bahl threw for a couple of touchdown passes and Gardner was on the receiving end of both.

Iowa will now turn their attention to the Iowa State Cyclones next weekend.  That will be a night game in Iowa City. 


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