Watch: Iowa football’s Cooper DeJean scores 45-yard pick six, gives Hawkeyes early lead over Rutgers

The sophomore defensive back ran 45 yards to cross the goal line and put Iowa in front.

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Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean celebrates after Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell got a safety during a football game between Iowa and South Dakota State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Jackrabbits, 7-3.

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor


Iowa football’s first points of Saturday’s Big Ten-opener against Rutgers didn’t come from its offense.

Instead, sophomore defensive back Cooper DeJean found the end zone after picking off an Evan Simon pass with 5:26 left in the first quarter. Iowa leads, 7-3.

For his first college score, DeJean leaped into the air, snagged the INT, and zig-zagged his way through the Rutgers offense to cross the goal line.

Iowa’s defense has two safeties and a touchdown in just over three games this season.

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