Iowa spanks Western Michigan

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Western Michigan at No. 25/24 Iowa
Sept. 16, 2023 | Iowa City, Iowa | Kinnick Stadium

No. 25/24 Iowa (3-0) defeated Western Michigan (1-2), 41-10, on Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium.

It is the 11th time in head coach Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa tenure that the team has started the season with a 3-0 record (2023, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2003, 2001). The Hawkeyes went 3-1 in nonconference play in 2008 and 4-0 in both 2003 and 2006.

– RB Leshon Williams recorded his first career 100-yard game, finishing with 145 yards on 12 attempts. Williams also had a 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter – his first career receiving touchdown (and third TD overall). He finished the game with 172 all-purpose yards.
o Williams had a career-long 53-yard run in the second quarter to set up Iowa’s first touchdown. It is Iowa’s second rush of 50+ yards this season. (The Hawkeyes had two 50+ yard runs in 13 games in 2022.)
o Williams’ 25-yard reception was a career long.
– WR Diante Vines had a 3-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was Vines’ first career touchdown.
– True freshman RB Kamari Moulton had two touchdowns – one from 3-yards out and a second from 1-yard out — in his first collegiate game. Moulton rushed for 50 yards on eight attempts.
o The last Hawkeye freshman to have two rushing touchdowns was Kaleb Johnson vs. Nevada in 2022.
o Moulton is the first Hawkeye with two or more touchdowns in his collegiate debut since Jewell Hampton in the 2008 season opener against Maine.
– QB Cade McNamara completed 9-of-19 attempts for 103 yards and two touchdowns, tying a season high. McNamara has four touchdowns (to three interceptions) this season.
– DT Anterio Thompson blocked a WMU punt in the third quarter – his first career punt block – that resulted in a safety. It was Thompson’s first career game as a Hawkeye.
o It is the first safety of the season and the first for the program since recording two safeties against South Dakota State in the 2022 season opener.
o Iowa has blocked two kicks this season (one punt, one field goal) and the defense/special teams have scored eight points.
– LB Jay Higgins and LB Nick Jackson combined for 18 total tackles.
– Higgins forced a fumble – the first of his career — in the third quarter and DL Jeremiah Pittman recovered, giving Iowa possession at the WMU 17. It was Pittman’s first career fumble recovery.
– Jackson finished with a team and season high nine tackles and the forced fumble. It is Jackson’s 21st double digit tackle game of his career and his first as a Hawkeye.
– RB Jaziun Patterson made his first career start.
– WR Jarriett Buie, RB Kamari Moulton and RB Terrell Washington, Jr., became the first three Hawkeye freshmen to appear in a game this season.

– The Hawkeyes rushed for 254 yards – a season high – and the most by the offense since 2021 vs. Kent State (206).
– Iowa converted a 2-point conversion (from Cade McNamara to Erick All) in the third quarter to make the score 24-10. It is Iowa’s first 2-point conversion since 2020 against Wisconsin.
– Iowa’s defense has allowed one touchdown or less in 12 of its last 16 games, dating back to the start of the 2022 season.
– Since the start of the 2015 season, Iowa is now 66-2 when leading by eight points at any point in a game.
– Iowa won the toss and elected to receive. The Hawkeyes have played 304 games under head coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has opened the game on offense 222 times (142-80). The Hawkeyes have opened the game on defense 82 times (47-35).

1) WMU interception (ruled incomplete) – confirmed
2) Incomplete pass on McNamara attempt – confirmed

The Hawkeyes return to action Sept. 23, traveling to University Park, Pennsylvania, for their Big Ten Conference opener at nationally ranked Penn State. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and be televised live on CBS.

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