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Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras hands the ball off to running back Leshon Williams during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-10.

‘I knew he was there with me tonight’: Iowa football’s Leshon Williams honors late father with touchdown at Rutgers

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor September 25, 2022

Iowa football running back Leshon Williams scored the Hawkeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the game against Rutgers on Saturday night. And that touchdown, he said, was in honor of his late father.  Williams...

Iowa running back Kaleb Johnson carries the ball during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-10.

Opinion | Iowa football might have found its offensive identity Saturday night

Austin Hanson, Pregame Editor September 25, 2022

PISCATAWAY, N.J., — Saturday’s Iowa-Rutgers game didn’t go as many projected it to. Initially billed as an Australian “Puntapalooza,” the contest featured fewer than 10 punts between the...

Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean runs the ball back for a pick-six during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-10. DeJean’s pick-six was Iowa’s first touchdown of the game.

Defensive back Cooper DeJean continues run of dominance in Iowa’s 27-10 win over Rutgers

Austin Hanson, Pregame Editor September 25, 2022

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Kirk Ferentz has never been afraid to fill his roster with players that hail from small high schools. From Super Bowl-winning tight end Dallas Clark to All-Pro offensive lineman...

Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean intercepts a pass during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights 27-10. DeJean’s interception was taken back for 45 yards.

Grading Iowa football’s Big Ten-opening victory over Rutgers

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor September 25, 2022

Iowa football officially started the 2022 Big Ten season 1-0 with a 27-10 victory over Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway on Saturday night. The Hawkeyes are now 3-1 on the season. Defense led...

Iowa defensive lineman Logan Lee talks to wide receiver Brody Brecht during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes lead the Rutgers 17-3 at halftime.

Twitter reacts to Iowa football’s 27-10 victory over Rutgers at SHI Stadium

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor September 24, 2022

Iowa's defense outscored its own offense again on Saturday night against Rutgers. The Hawkeye defense opened Iowa's scoring as sophomore defensive back Cooper DeJean captured an interception for...

Rutgers tight end Johnny Langan dives forward as Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell and company attempt to push him back during a football game between Iowa and Rutgers at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The Hawkeyes lead the Rutgers 17-3 at halftime.

Iowa football forces five turnovers, wins Big Ten-opener against Rutgers

Austin Hanson, Pregame Editor September 24, 2022

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Iowa football team downed Rutgers, 27-10, in front of a sellout crowd at SHI Stadium Saturday night. The Scarlet Knights and Hawkeyes are now both 3-1. Iowa picked up the...

Iowa kicker Drew Stevens kicks a field goal during Iowa football’s Kids’ Day at Kinnick in Iowa City on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Iowa introduced its 2022 kid captains before the team practiced in front of fans. Iowa looks to fill the role of kicker for 2022 after former kicker Caleb Shudak signed with Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent.

Watch: Iowa football’s Drew Stevens banks in 51-yard field goal to extend Hawkeye lead over Rutgers

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor September 24, 2022

Although Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has maintained the competition at kicker between freshman Drew Stevens and sophomore Aaron Blom is "wide open" Stevens has built quite the resume in his two games...

Iowa safety Kaevon Merriweather celebrates a safety during a football game between Iowa and Kent State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (Jerod Ringwald/The Daily Iowan)

Watch: Iowa football safety Kaevon Merriweather records Hawkeyes’ second interception against Rutgers

Chloe Peterson, Sports Editor September 24, 2022

Scoring a defensive touchdown wasn't enough for Iowa football safety Kaevon Merriweather. After Merriweather completed a scoop and score off of a Rutgers fumble in the second quarter, he captured...

Iowa running back Leshon Williams carries the ball during a football game between Iowa and South Dakota at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The Hawkeyes defeated the Jackrabbits, 7-3. Williams ran for 72 yards.

Watch: Iowa football’s Leshon Williams scores Hawkeyes’ first offensive touchdown against Rutgers

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor September 24, 2022

Sophomore running back Leshon Williams punched in the Hawkeyes' first offensive touchdown of the night with 10:09 left in the third quarter. After two defensive touchdowns helped Iowa to a 17-3...

Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta attempts to catch a pass during the Cy-Hawk football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. The Cyclones ended a six-game Cy-Hawk series losing streak defeating Iowa, 10-7. Laporta had 55 receiving yards.

Watch: Iowa football’s Spencer Petras finds Sam LaPorta for 42-yard completion

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor September 24, 2022

After Iowa's defense scored two touchdowns in the first 1.5 quarters of Saturday night's Big Ten-opener against Rutgers, Iowa's offense got on the board late in the first half. Drew Stevens booted...

Iowa defensive back Kaevon Merriweather poses for a portrait during Iowa football media day at Iowa football’s practice facility on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Merriweather, one of Iowa’s selections to attend Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis at the end of July, had one interception in 2021 and 42 total tackles.

Watch: Iowa football’s Kaevon Merriweather returns Rutgers’ fumble for touchdown

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor September 24, 2022

Iowa's defense has been its offense in the first half of the Hawkeyes' Big Ten-opener against Rutgers. First, sophomore defensive back Cooper DeJean scored a pick six from 45 yards out. Then, senior...

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.

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

Chris Werner, Assistant Sports Editor September 24, 2022

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...

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