Iowa opens with 37-7 win over E. Illinois

Iowa City – The Iowa offense struggled at times Saturday afternoon, but the defense didn't in a 37-7 win over Eastern Illinois. The Hawkeyes improved to 10-2 overall in season openers with Kirk Ferentz at the helm.

Iowa City – The Iowa offense struggled at times Saturday afternoon, but the defense didn't in a 37-7 win over Eastern Illinois. The Hawkeyes improved to 10-2 overall in season openers with Kirk Ferentz at the helm.

The No. 9 Hawkeyes allowed just 157 total yards from the Panthers, forcing them to go 3-13 on 3rd down conversions. Eastern Illinois' only score came in the second quarter, when the Panthers had a seven play, 86 yard drive. At that point on, the Iowa defense didn't allow the Panthers to move the ball.

Iowa jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, behind the play of sophomore running back Adam Robinson. Robinson scored from two yards out on multiple occasions to get Iowa off on a fast start. He ended the game with 24 carries for 109 yards and three scores.

"We came ready to play certainly, but kind of lost our momentum there. We have plenty of things to correct, but overall I'm pleased," said Ferentz after the game. "There are little things to correct on all three phases."

Iowa found the end zone only one time in the 2nd half, despite senior starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi playing midway through the 4th quarter. Stanzi threw for 229 yards and a touchdown on the day.

"Our offense looked good at times, but we need to be more consistent. We need to put drives together every single quarter," said Stanzi after the game.

Hawkeye fans were concerned midway through the 2nd quarter when Stanzi went down with an apparent strained calf muscle. He fell awkwardly after losing his feet on a roll-out. He sat out for one possession and came back into the game after trainers looked at his leg.

"I'm not sore. I'm fine," said Stanzi.

The Iowa passing attack spread the ball around very evenly, with eleven Hawkeyes recording a reception. Brad Herman led the team in yard with three catches for 57 yards.

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