The Ottumwa Courier

Iowa Sports

October 12, 2008

Iowa pulls away from Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Iowa may finally have learned its lesson: One way to avoid close losses is to put opponents away when you get the chance.

Jewel Hampton ran for three touchdowns, Ricky Stanzi threw for two more and Shonn Greene scored once as the Hawkeyes routed Indiana 45-9.

It was a welcome respite for a team desperate for a victory after losing three straight by a total of nine points.

“It’s definitely big,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “But one point would have been fine, too. We just wanted to get on the plane with a victory, and I’m really glad to see that.”

In previous weeks, the Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) couldn’t finish drives or games.

Against the mistake-prone Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3), they did both.

Iowa took advantage of two turnovers, Indiana’s inexplicable penalties, a missed extra point and a sputtering offense that failed to produce a first down on six of its first eight possessions. Iowa finished with its highest point total since scoring 47 against Purdue in 2006.

Indiana has now lost four straight and its goal of reaching bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1990-91 is in serious jeopardy.

Even the posthumous presentation of the revered I-man award to Jane Hoeppner, widow of late coach Terry Hoeppner, between the first and second quarters couldn’t give the Hoosiers a spark. The game was so ugly fans were booing in the first half and by the start of the fourth quarter, most of the students had left.

“We have to play better,” coach Bill Lynch said.

The Hoosiers’ script was simple: Stay close enough to make plays late and win at the end — just like Iowa’s three previous foes — Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Michigan State — had done.

But Stanzi and his teammates refused to let it happen.

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