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Highlight to Watch: Cooper DeJean’s game-winning punt return TD

The Hawkeyes’ star cornerback took the ball 70 yards to the house to take the lead.
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Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean runs during a punt return to the end zone for a touchdown during a football game between Iowa and Michigan State at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans, 26-16. (Grace Smith/The Daily Iowan)

When the ball is in Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean’s hands, anything can happen. After Michigan State punter Ryan Eckley booted several balls well over DeJean’s head, the Iowa native finally got a chance to make a return and did not disappoint.

Iowa went on a 16-0 run to end the game and move to 1-1 in Big Ten play.

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Matt McGowan, Pregame Editor
he/him/his Matt McGowan is The Daily Iowan's Pregame Editor. He is a sophomore double majoring in journalism and mass communications and American studies with a minor in sport studies.  This is his second year with the DI
Grace Smith, Senior photojournalist and filmmaker
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Grace Smith is a fourth-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic Arts. In her four years at The Daily Iowan, she has held the roles of photo editor, managing summer editor, and visual storyteller. Outside of The Daily Iowan, Grace has held an internship at The Denver Post and pursued freelance assignments for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Des Moines Register.