After dropping its past two games in convincing fashion, Iowa struck first on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes scored about eight minutes into the game following a very efficient offensive drive of six plays for 72 yards. Quarterback James Vandenberg hit receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley for a 24-yard touchdown pass along the sidelines to put Iowa on the board.
On Indiana’s first play from scrimmage following Iowa’s drive — and supplanting starter Cam Coffman with Nate Sudfeld at quarterback — linebacker Chris Kirksey intercepted Sudfeld and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Kirksey now has two interceptions returned for touchdowns this season.
The Hoosiers entered the scoreboard by way of a 45-yard Mitch Ewald field goal late in the quarter to put the count at 14-3.
Vandenberg is 7-for-8 for 84 yards thus far. Damon Bullock, getting his second straight start at running back, has five carries for 17 yards.
— by Matt Cozzi and Dan Ringgenberg