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Follow live as No. 25 Iowa (2-1) takes on Rutgers (2-1) in both teams' Big Ten opener.
4TH-DOWN STOP: Iowa forces its second turnover on downs, stopping Rutgers on a 4th-and-2 at the Hawkeye 17.
Bo Bower stuffed Jawuan Harris and Iowa's offense, unlike last week, was able to put the game away.
Huge play by Iowa safety Brandon Snyder, stripping Rutgers receiver Justin Goodwin and recovering at the Scarlet Knight 26.
And the Hawkeyes quickly turn the turnover into a lead.
After a false start, New Jersey native Akrum Wadley busted a 26-yard TD run to the outside to put the Hawkeyes up 14-7.
Iowa's offense has been unable to pull away (a LeShun Daniels 75-yard TD run in the third was called back for a penalty) and now we've got a tie ball game.
Chris Laviano's 14-yard TD pass to Andre Patton capped an 88-yard drive to get Rutgers on the board.
Iowa's last drive of the half is easily its most impressive, a 99-yarder in 90 seconds that results in a lead.
C.J. Beathard's 36-yard pass to wide-open tight end George Kittle capped it. The play was upheld after video review.
Iowa has already surpassed its yardage total from last week's game. 239 today, 231 vs. N.D. State.— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) September 24, 2016
Both the Hawkeyes and Scarlet Knights moved the ball inside the 10-yard line earlier in the second quarter, but failed to turn those drives into points.
Rutgers playmaker Janarion Grant took a swing pass 76 yards to the Iowa 3, making three Hawkeye defenders miss in the process.
But Iowa stuffed four straight run plays, including a fourth-down option play at the 1-yard line. Rutgers QB Chris Laviano was drilled by Desmond King, then stopped by Josey Jewell and Bo Bower has he reached for the goal line.
Grant wasn't available as he appeared to hurt his ankle and was carted off the field.
On the series prior, Iowa drove to the Rutgers 10 and went for it on 4th and 5, but Beathard overthrew Jerminic Smith for a turnover on downs.
No score after one quarter in Piscataway.
Rutgers probably had the best chance to score, getting to Iowa's 8 before a pass interference penalty and Parker Hesse sack pushed it back to the 36, where the Scarlet Knights punted.
Iowa has 61 yards of offense, Rutgers 80.