Let me just repeat that again: FORTY. TO. TEN. Iowa football crushed Nebraska 40-10 today, dominating them in all facets of the game. This was an utterly glorious #BEATEMDOWN.
The dominating performance was led by the Hawkeye seniors. Iowa's first touchdown of the game was actually the only one not scored by a senior -- Akrum Wadley's 75-yard explosion that left a Nebraska player juked back to Lincoln and grasping nothing but air. The seniors took over the domination from that point. On Iowa's very next offensive play, C.J. Beathard connected with Riley McCarron for a 77-yard touchdown bomb. YOU JUST CAN'T STOP THE EXPLOSIVE IOWA OFFENSE, Y'ALL.
Iowa used a 69-yard drive (nice) before halftime to open up a 20-3 lead that also heavily featured seniors. The key plays of the drive were a 28-yard kickoff return by Desmond King and a 56-yard run by LeShun Daniels that moved Iowa to the Nebraska doorstep; two plays later, Daniels finished off the drive with a touchdown. The second half featured more senior heroics, as Beathard hooked up with George Kittle for touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters, before Daniels added the delicious final touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown run to complete the domination.
Iowa's seniors absolutely ran the show on Friday. Beathard still wasn't at his best, but he was still effective and had his best game in ages, going 10/15 for 144 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He even threw in a magnificent naked bootleg late in the game to extend an Iowa drive.
LeShun Daniels had 158 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, pacing the Iowa ground attack. (Akrum Wadley wasn't bad himself, adding 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.) Riley McCarron gave Iowa a 100-yard receiver for the first time in, uh, a really long time with 108 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Kittle only had two receptions, but he made them count, with both going for touchdowns.
The sensational senior performances weren't limited to the offense, either: Desmond King had 124 return yards on five combined punt and kickoffs, while when Iowa needed to punt (which wasn't too often), Ron Coluzzi continued his stellar senior season with five punts for 206 yards, a 41.2 yard average, and three being downed inside the 20-yard line. Bo Bower had a team-high nine tackles (tied with Josey Jewell), while Jaleel Johnson and Faith Ekakitie with eight tackles, two pass break-ups, and a quarterback hurry. Anthony Gair had five tackles, too. King only had one official tackle, but he was effective in shutting down the edge on Nebraska's run game and providing his usual standout coverage.
This was fun. So much fun.
Happy (Junior) Senior Day, y'all.
GO IOWA BEATEMDOWN AWESOME.