Highlights: No. 15 Iowa beats Miami (Ohio), 45-21

Updates from the Hawkeyes' season opener

Miami (Oh) Redhawks tight end Alexx Zielinski (84) loses his helmet as he is hit by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Matt Nelson (96), defensive back Brandon Snyder (37), and defensive back Miles Taylor (19) during the first quarter of their NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Miami (Oh) Redhawks tight end Alexx Zielinski (84) loses his helmet as he is hit by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end Matt Nelson (96), defensive back Brandon Snyder (37), and defensive back Miles Taylor (19) during the first quarter of their NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Updates as they happened from Iowa's season-opening victory.

Postgame Links

• First day at work - Hawkeyes, 45, RedHawks 21

• Hlas: Hawkeyes' opener messy but not a mess

• Game Report: Notes, grades from Iowa's victory

• Iowa notes: Anthony Nelson comes out swinging in first game

• Josey Jewell's worth is in the numbers

• Watch Kirk Ferentz's postgame press conference

• Miami offense finds success against Iowa


3:08 4th: Iowa 45, Miami (Ohio) 21

Iowa turns to its bench and Derrick Mitchell scores from 5 yards out.

Of note on that drive: true freshman QB Nathan Stanley entered the game (he threw one pass, which was incomplete).

Ten true freshman have seen the field for the Hawkeyes today.

Fumble No. 3

Miami fumbles for the third time today, the second one forced by redshirt freshman defensive end Anthony Nelson.

Sam Brincks on the recovery.

6:04 4th Iowa 38, Miami (Ohio) 21

Hawkeyes settle for a field goal, the first of Keith Duncan's career, after driving to the 3.

Iowa went power, gaining 69 yards on six rushes, including Akrum Wadley's 12-yard run with just one shoe.

9:43 4th Iowa 35, Miami (Ohio) 21

Miami completes another long scoring drive with Billy Bahl's 8-yard TD pass to James Gardner.

That's three scoring drives of 74-plus yards for the RedHawks.

Miami now has 392 yards of offense, including 260 through the air. Which begs the question:


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4:41 3rd: Iowa 35, Miami (Ohio) 14

The RedHawks convert a 4th-and-1 with Alonzo Smith's 3-yard run, then Billy Bahl hits James Gardner for a 29-yard score.

Bahl (14-23) now over 200 yards passing.

13-play, 75-yard drive.

11:37 3rd: Iowa 35, Miami (Ohio) 7

Iowa goes for it on fourth down and the gamble pays off, with C.J. Beathard's first touchdown pass of the season.

His 12-yard toss to Jerminic Smith makes it 35-7 Hawkeyes.

Half: Iowa 28, Miami (Ohio) 7

Notable numbers: 

• Total yards: Iowa 253, Miami 233; Yards per play: Iowa 11.0, Miami 6.5 (Iowa 102-61 rush, Miami 172-151 pass)

• Turnovers: Miami 2, Iowa 0

• C.J. Beathard 10-11 pass, 151 yards

• Akrum Wadley 6 carries, 60 yards, 2 TD; LeShun Daniels 5 carries, 52 yards, 2 TD

• DE Anthony Nelson 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced fumble

• Miami QB Billy Bahl 11-17 pass, 172 yards

• Not an official stat, but not a good one if you're a Hawkeye fan (LB Josey Jewell ejected for targeting; DE Parker Hesse, LB Ben Niemann injured)


7:15 2nd: Iowa 28, Miami (Ohio) 7

Akrum Wadley's 5-yard TD run puts the Hawkeyes back up three scores.

Miami appeared to have caught a break when officials ruled Riley McCarron fumbled what would have been a touchdown out the back of the end zone for a touchback.

But the pass was ruled incomplete (C.J. Beathard's first after eight straight completions to begin the game) after video review.

Hesse injured

Defensive end Parker Hesse recovered a first-quarter fumble, but has since been forced to the sidelines with an apparent hamstring injury

13:42 2nd: Iowa 21, Miami (Ohio) 7


Miami had been racking up yards (151 in the first quarter), it was just a matter of not turning the ball over, which it did twice in the first.

The RedHawks get it done with an Alonzo Smith 3-yard TD run to get on the board.

12-play, 75-yard drive.

5:41 1st: Iowa 21, Miami (Ohio) 0

Iowa pulling out the tricks already, with a 38-yard flea flicker to Jerminic Smith.

One play later, it's a touchdown.

LeShun Daniels finds the end zone for the second time today with a 43-yard run.


Iowa looked to be in danger after a 67-yard pass from Billy Bahl to Rokeem Williams, but the defense got its second takeaway of the first quarter.

It was a full-Nelson...

Anthony Nelson forced the fumble with a sack, then Matt Nelson recovered at the Iowa 15 with 6:25 to go.

7:14 1st: Iowa 14, Miami (Ohio) 0

Josey Jewell's replacement immediately makes an impact.

Jack Hockaday's hit on receiver Maurice Thomas forced a fumble and Parker Hesse recovered at the Miami 12 with 7:48 to go.

Akrum Wadley followed with an 11-yard TD to put the Hawkeyes up two scores early.


9:07 1st: Iowa 7, Miami (Ohio) 0

Ruthless opening drive from the Iowa offense capped by LeShun Daniels' 1-yard TD run.

Akrum Wadley had a 23-yard run earlier in the drive and C.J. Beathard completed his only pass to Matt VandeBerg for 33.

Six plays, 80 yards, and just like that it's 7-0.

Jewell ejected

Not even three minutes into the season opener, and junior linebacker Josey Jewell's day is done.

The second-team all-Big Ten performer was called for targeting on Iowa's first punt return of the day for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Iowa and Miami scoreless.

Some pregame reading, in case you missed it:

• 2-Minute Drill: Breaking down Iowa-Miami (Ohio)


• No crying in linebacking: Bo Bower's return

• Hlas: No invites from Hawkeyes to A-list nonconference teams



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