Wadley runs No. 17 Iowa to 45-21 win over Miami

Wadley runs No. 17 Iowa to 45-21 win over Miami

That was about the only real bad news on opening day for the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes, who showed they still have plenty of work to do in order to get back to last season's level.

As expected, Iowa's run game was one of the strong points. Iowa improved to 4-0 all-time against the RedHawks (0-1), who lost for the 23rd time in their last 24 road games. Leshun Daniels added another two touchdowns on 83 yards as well. We discussed that in garbage time we'd probably see Tyler Wiegers before Stanley, but that was not the case.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes' defense gave up a ton of yards without star linebacker Josey Jewell, who was ejected early in the first quarter for targeting.

Jewell was flagged on a helmet-to-helmet hit on a punt return that All-American cornerback Desmond King had returned inside the Miami 15.

Junior linebackers Ben Niemann and Bo Bower led the Iowa defense with nine and eight tackles, respectively. "You've got to be ready to go". Nelson finished the game with six tackles, 2.5 sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble. But Miami was able to cut its 28-point deficit in half when Bahl connected with sophomore receiver James Gardner on two touchdown passes.Gardner's first touchdown was a 29-yard completion on a third down late in the third quarter. Akrum Wadley scampered 11 yards to paydirt on a pitch left two snaps later. That was a tough, one obviously, but we've got to worry about the ones we didn't get.

His absence provided Miami with an opportunity to get its rushing attack going, illustrative of how important Jewell's role is in the whole scheme of things. He watched as his offense, led by quarterback Billy Bahl, put up 424 total yards and ran 70 plays against a Hawkeye defense Martin has tremendous respect for. Iowa scored five touchdowns in six ventures into the red zone, which put the offense in the position of keep-up against a team that doesn't turn the ball over a lot. Anthony Nelson got to Bahl off the edge for the sack and a forced fumble. He forced two fumbles.

-Coluzzi averaged 41.7 yards on three punts and recorded seven touchbacks on eight kickoffs. "We just expect guys to do their job and he does his job well".

-Iowa WR Jerminic Smith's 11‐yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his first career touchdown reception.

"Coach Brian (Ferentz) stopped me on my back to the sideline and told me not to try that again, " Wadley said. "He took that to the crib". The true sophomore quarterback had himself a day against Iowa, going 19 of 29 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, as well as some big pass plays with a 67-yarder to Rokeem Williams and a 29-yard scoring strike to James Gardner.

"Today we were trying to run the ball every series", Miami coach Chuck Martin said. One team enters the game trying to prove that it's worthy of its current national ranking, and the other team is trying to pull off what would be a huge upset. We ran the ball legitimately. "When people can move the ball on the ground, it can be a little bit demoralizing". "They know what they are doing and they did". He threw for 192 yards today to move into 10th place in career passing yards.

Miami QB Billy Bahl found James Gardner for a attractive 29-yard touchdown pass with 4:41 left in the third.

Iowa scored the game's final 10 points. "Without the dang turnovers, it's a really close game".

"We just thought they had a chance. We felt like we could do some things".

The speedy Wadley and the more powerful Daniels did their damage on just 22 carries, a promising sign for a program that prefers to set the tone offensively on the ground.



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