2011 Iowa Hawkeyes Football
Iowa Hawkeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers Football Recap
Iowa 45, Indiana 24
The last time the Iowa Hawkeyes hosted the Indiana Hoosiers, they scored over 40 points and allowed just 24. On that day two years ago, Iowa trailed by 14 points and was sweating bullets into the early stages of the fourth quarter. There was so much drama or anxiety for Iowa this time around, as a middle-tier Big Ten team moved one step closer to bowl eligibility, calming any fears that this season would spiral out of control.
Iowa improved to 5-2 by dominating a struggling Indiana team on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Marvin McNutt caught six passes for a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns to become Iowa’s career leader in receiving touchdowns. The senior has now caught 24 touchdown passes in his career. James Vandenberg completed 12 of 16 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns. Marcus Coker carried 23 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
You might recall that Iowa trailed a mediocre Pittsburgh team 24-3 late in the third quarter of a non-conference clash in late September. At that time, Iowa was staring down the barrel of a brutal start to its season after having dropped a 44-41 stunner to lowly Iowa State the week before. However, once Iowa came back for a rousing 31-27 victory over Pitt, the vibe and the mindset in the Hawkeyes' locker room changed. This is not a complete and polished team by any stretch of the imagination - it did lose to Penn State in a 13-3 clunker earlier in October - but it is a darn sight better than it was a month ago, and the proof was evident in this 21-point whacking of a subpar opponent.
Indiana moved the ball early behind freshman quarterback Tre Roberson, who completed his first seven pass attempts, battling to a 14-14 tie early in the second quarter. Roberson, who was the first true freshman ever to start at quarterback for Indiana, would finish 16-of-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown. He also carried 16 times for 84 yards. Stephen Houston rushed 19 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns for the Hoosiers. Jamonne Chester led the Hoosiers with 54 yards on two receptions. Kofi Hughes caught three passes for 34 yards. Leading receiver Damarlo Belcher missed the game with a knee injury.
Iowa scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to build a 35-14 halftime lead. After Houston’s one-yard touchdown run tied the score, the Hawkeyes answered on the ensuing possession with a 24-yard pass from Vandenberg to McNutt. Coker scored from two yards out, then Vandenberg hit McNutt for a 29-yard touchdown with :16 left in the first half.
Indiana remains winless this season against FBS competition. The Hoosiers will consider themselves fortunate to win one Big Ten game this season, and it will require a massive effort for them to achieve such a feat.
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