The Good: Line Play
The big uglies on both sides of the ball were Iowa’s heroes on Saturday. On offense, they opened up gigantic holes for Ivory Kelly-Martin to rush for 98 yards on 24 carries. Mekhi Sargent was even better, rushing for 54 yards on 10 carries. Toren Young added 21 of his own. In all, the offense amassed 224 yards on the ground and Nate Stanley was not sacked or hurried.
The defensive line was even more impressive. Hesse, Golston, and Epensa combined for five tackles for loss, two sacks and a hurry. Anthony Nelson also found himself a touchdown:
Big Ten football is about getting push at the line of scrimmage. Iowa’s lines did that on both sides of the ball, holding the Terps to 68 yards rushing. Maybe you’d fare better in the ACC, Maryland…
The Bad: Nate Stanley
Hey, it didn’t matter, but we’ve got to call a spade a spade here. Stanley was not good on Saturday. He went 11/22 for 86 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His accuracy was…bad. His interception rivaled the historically bad one he threw against Minnesota. He overthrew a few easy passes and there were some passes that were so bad that I’m thinking there had to be a miscommunication with the wide receiver. Arguably the only good pass he threw all day was that dime to Brandon Smith.
Stanley wasn’t good but fortunately for Iowa, he didn’t need to be. Blame it on the wind, miscommunication, or him just having an off day, but he didn’t have it against Maryland.
It didn’t matter.
The Ugly: Maryland Still Employs DJ Durkin
I mean, what else was I supposed to say here? Iowa didn't do anything ugly on Saturday. Maryland, on the other hand...