The Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t fall victim to the upset bug that plagued so many other Big Ten teams on Saturday.
Quarterback Nate Stanley went 23-of-28 passing for 309 yards and two touchdowns to lead Iowa to its second straight win over an in-state rival, this time a 38-14 rout of visiting FCS foe Northern Iowa at Kinnick Stadium.
The Hawkeyes beat Iowa State last Saturday.
Iowa dominated key statistical categories, outgunning Northern Iowa 545-228 and having a 207-6 edge in rushing yards.
Toren Young rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and Mekhi Sargent ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead the offensive attack for Iowa (3-0).
Quarterback Eli Dunne went 18 of 28 for 200 yards and two touchdowns in defeat for Northern Iowa (0-2).
Iowa was in control from the start, jumping out to a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Stanley hit Noah Fant for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Hawkeyes a 7-0 lead with 6:07 left in the first quarter, then Sargent scored on a 2-yard run to make it 14-0 Iowa with 14:09 to go in the second quarter.
Iowa then took a 21-0 lead with 2:09 remaining in the second quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by Sargent.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Iowa took a 24-0 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Miguel Recinos and then went up 31-0 with 7:03 to go in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to Nick Easley.
Iowa continued to pour it on, taking a 38-0 lead with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Young to cap off a 72-yard drive that took just three plays.
Northern Iowa broke the shutout with 11:12 remaining in the game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dunne to Briley Moore.
Dunne then hit Elias Nissen for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 5:25 remaining.
—Field Level Media