Scores

Final

Northern Iowa 23

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Iowa 31

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, August 30, 2014

Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA

1 2 3 4 T
UNI 3 10 7 323
IOWA 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: S. Kollmorgen (UNI) - 380 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Weisman (IOWA) - 10 CAR, 34 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Johnson (UNI) - 5 REC, 203 YDS, 1 TD

Iowa holds off Northern Iowa 31-23

Associated Press
Smith's Theatrics Lift Iowa
Tevaun Smith made two highlight-reel plays as Iowa beat Northern Iowa 31-23.
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jake Rudock threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa hung to beat Northern Iowa 31-23 on Saturday.

Kevonte Martin-Manley added eight catches for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who survived despite allowing 203 yards receiving to Panthers running back David Johnson.

Iowa moved ahead by eight with 6:50 left on a 12-yard touchdown reception from Rudock to Damond Powell. Greg Mabin's late interception sealed the win for the Hawkeyes.

Sawyer Kollmorgen had 380 yards passing for the Panthers (0-1), who fell to 1-16 against the rival Hawkeyes. The Panthers finished with a staggering 16 penalties for 128 yards.

Iowa opened the second half with a slim 17-13 lead and in need of a boost on offense.

Tevaun Smith provided it on a pair of spectacular plays -- then watched Johnson top him.

Smith took a reverse to the left sideline and cut back across the field, avoiding a slew of charging Panthers for a 35-yard gain. He then caught a Rudock pass in the back of the end zone with one hand to put Iowa ahead 24-13.

The explosive Johnson answered quickly.

He beat Iowa's linebackers for his third huge catch of the day, a 70-yarder that made it 24-20 midway through the third quarter. Northern Iowa nearly took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a pair of delay of game penalties forced a 38-yard field goal by Michael Schmadeke.

Promising freshman Derrick Willies bailed the Hawkeyes out with a 46-yard reception. Powell then took a screen pass and cut through the middle of the field for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

The Hawkeyes looked great the first time they touched the ball.

The rest of the first half was a bit of a struggle.

Mark Weisman a returned the opening kickoff 50 yards and LeShun Daniels Jr. made it 7-0 on a 13-yard TD run, the first of his career. But Johnson, who torched Iowa State for four TDs in last year's opener, went 53 yards on a short pass to set up a Schmadeke field goal.

The Panthers defense settled in, and Kollmorgen found Kevin Vereen for a 23-yard TD reception and a 10-7 lead.

Iowa responded with a rambling 17-play, 79-yard scoring drive, which was aided by a Northern Iowa holding penalty at the goal line and capped by Weisman's 1-yard touchdown run that made it 14-10.

The Panthers pushed the Hawkeyes until well into the fourth quarter. But Iowa hung on for a win that turned out to be much closer than most thought it would be.

Iowa's backfield rotation finished with 151 yards rushing, and the Hawkeyes held the Panthers to just 25 yards rushing on 25 tries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNI
IOWA
1st Downs1326
Total Yards405401
Passing380250
Rushing25151
Penalties16-1284-35
3rd Down Conversions6-167-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession26:4633:14

Passing Leaders

Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sawyer Kollmorgen17/3738010.322
IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jake Rudock31/412506.120

Rushing Leaders

Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
David Johnson13342.608
Darrian Miller5122.405
IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tevaun Smith13535.0035
Mark Weisman10343.417

Receiving Leaders

Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
David Johnson520340.6170
Brett LeMaster46616.5022
IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kevonte Martin-Manley8627.8016
Derrick Willies14646.0046

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNIIOWA
TD13:44LeShun Daniels Jr. 13 Yd Run (Marshall Koehn Kick)07
FG11:38Michael Schmadeke 36 Yd Field Goal 37
SECOND QUARTERUNIIOWA
TD12:16Kevin Vereen Jr. 23 Yd pass from Sawyer Kollmorgen (Michael Schmadeke Kick)107
TD5:03Mark Weisman 1 Yd Run (Marshall Koehn Kick)1014
FG2:17Michael Schmadeke 37 Yd Field Goal 1314
FG0:01Marshall Koehn 40 Yd Field Goal 1317
THIRD QUARTERUNIIOWA
TD10:13Tevaun Smith 6 Yd pass from Jake Rudock (Marshall Koehn Kick)1324
TD9:31David Johnson 70 Yd pass from Sawyer Kollmorgen (Michael Schmadeke Kick)2024
FOURTH QUARTERUNIIOWA
FG12:42Michael Schmadeke 38 Yd Field Goal 2324
TD6:50Damond Powell 12 Yd pass from Jake Rudock (Marshall Koehn Kick)2331