Hawks Escape Road Challenge in Oxford

The Iowa Hawkeyes entered Oxford, Ohio knowing they had a challenge on their hands. After witnessing a turn of momentum change on more than one occasion, the Hawkeyes were able to walk out with a victory. Brad Banks helped lead the way with 256 yards passing on 18 of 27 completions, including one touchdown.

It was the running game that stole the show against Akron last weekend, and while the running game was not hidden in Oxford, Brad Banks and company helped make Hawk fans breathe a little easier knowing the passing game will prove to a be a threat.

Iowa (2-0) turned to Banks to overcome a 17-16 deficit late in the third quarter, after Miami(OH) quickly started stacking eight people on the line to stop the Hawkeye's run.

It was a 99 yard drive to open up the game for the Hawkeyes, after they had started on defense in the first time in 30 games, that put them on top 7-0. The Hawkeye's running game was halted a bit after that opening drive, and during that time is when Banks stepped in to steal the show.

In a beautiful 38 yard completion to Maurice Brown on the right sideline, Brad Banks showed the ability to make big plays as a QB that Hawk fans have not viewed in a while. Jermelle Lewis capped off the drive in his first rushing attempt with a 12 yard touchdown run after breaking two tackles.

Miami(OH) cut the score to 29-24 after Ben Roethlisberger hit Jason Branch on a 24 yard completion. Roethlisberger completed 33 of 51 passes for 343 yards, including two touchdowns and an interception. Miami(OH) donned new uniforms as a result of receiving a visit from the Hawkeyes.

Iowa once again returned to their success on the first drive of the game by going to Fred Russell as he pounded the ball down field to run out the clock. Nate Kaeding played a big asset matching his career high of a 47 yard field goal, to go along with a 27 yard attempt.

The Hawkeyes will resume the Cy-Hawk rivalry next weekend at Kinnick Stadium against Iowa State. It will be full house of 70,000 plus fans in what should be a game that will dictate the rest of the season for both programs.

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