Iowa put together a strong second half en route to a 45-16 win over Illinois Saturday. After two losses in a row, this was a good time to have the Illini on the schedule with hopes of Iowa bouncing back.
Let’s go Behind The Numbers.
89 – Brandon Snyder’s 89-yard interception return for a touchdown was the turning point in the game, giving Iowa a 24-13 lead in the third quarter. Snyder also tallied three tackles and two pass breakups on the day — all of this in his first action since tearing his ACL six months ago. Safe to say the Hawkeyes are glad to have Snyder back at safety.
3 – After a meager first half, the Iowa offense ramped up in the final two quarters. The Hawkeyes scored touchdowns on three of their six second half possessions.
15 – Nate Stanley showed flashes of improvement Saturday, numerous times zipping the ball to receivers with not too much space to work with. Stanley finished 17-of-32 for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Stanley’s 15 touchdown passes are the eighth most in the nation. The single season record for touchdown passes at Iowa is 27 by Chuck Long in 1985. Could Stanley break the record this fall?
10 – This is notable, especially six games in: 10 true freshmen, including Tristan Wirfs making his first career start Saturday at right tackle, have appeared for the Hawkeyes this season. Wirfs is only the fourth true freshman offensive lineman to start under Kirk Ferentz. With so many underclassman getting time on the field, there could be a nice core developing.