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Iowa’s defense intercepted Maryland six times and the offense scored six touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes crushed the Terrapins, 51-14, in a battle of unbeaten Big Ten teams Friday night.
Iowa improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Maryland is now 4-1, 1-1.
» Box score: No. 5 Iowa 51, Maryland 14
» Hlas column: Iowa Hawkeyes made Terrapins shell-shocked
4th Quarter updates
Iowa 51, Maryland 14 | 14:18 4th
The Hawkeyes went play-action to open the fourth quarter and find the end zone again.
Spencer Petras hit a wide-open Tyrone Tracy Jr. for a 7-yard touchdown. That was set up by Ivory Kelly-Martin’s 27-yard run.
It was Petras’ third touchdown pass and fifth TD overall of the game.
3rd Quarter updates
Iowa 44, Maryland 14 | 6:01 3rd
Taulia Tagovailoa rolled out on third-and-goal and found Rakim Jarrett for a 7-yard touchdown.
It was an eight-play, 75-yard drive for the Terrapins.
Iowa 44, Maryland 7 | 8:35 3rd
Caleb Shudak kicked his third field goal of the night, this one from 32 yards.
That was set up by Spencer Petras dropping in a 31-yard pass on third-and-7 to Charlie Jones, who made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch.
Iowa 41, Maryland 7 | 12:49 3rd
The Iowa running back caught a pass over the middle, juked a defensive back out of his shoes and raced to the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown.
That’s a career-long receiving TD, and Spencer Petras’ career-long passing TD.
2nd Quarter updates
Half: Iowa 34, Maryland 7
Iowa reeled in one more interception in the first half just for good measure.
Taulia Tagovailoa launched a deep ball on the final play of the half and Terry Roberts came down with it for the Hawkeyes, their fourth pick and fifth takeaway of the half.
Iowa 34, Maryland 7 | 0:29 2nd
Caleb Shudak kicked a 38-yard field goal to extend Iowa’s lead even further before the half.
That was set up by Ivory Kelly-Martin’s 16-yard run on third-and-17 after a holding penalty brought back a Sam LaPorta touchdown, then Spencer Petras was sacked by Sam Okuayinonu for a 10-yard loss.
Iowa 31, Maryland 7 | 5:46 2nd
Copy and paste. Iowa forced a takeaway, then Iowa scored.
Dane Belton picked off Taulia Tagovailoa, the Iowa secondary’s third interception of the half. Fullback Monte Pottebaum got into the end zone on a 2-yard run, completing a seven-play, 45-yard drive.
The drive was also helped by an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty on the Terrapins.
Iowa 24, Maryland 7 | 10:53 2nd
Another Iowa takeaway, more Iowa points.
This time, Jack Campbell tipped a Taulia Tagovailoa pass and Jack Koerner intercepted it. He fumbled on the return, but Iowa recovered at the Maryland 26.
The Hawkeyes drove 26 yards on six plays, with quarterback Spencer Petras scoring his second 1-yard TD run of the game. Tyler Goodson rushed five times for 24 yards on the drive.
Iowa 17, Maryland 7 | 14:04 2nd
Special teams. Turnovers. That continues to be the foundation of this Iowa football season.
Sebastian Castro forced a fumble on Iowa’s kickoff, recovered by Jay Higgins at the Maryland 11. Maryland star receiver Dontay Demus injured his leg and was carted off the field on the play.
Two plays later, Iowa freshman Arland Bruce IV hauled in his first career touchdown catch, an 8-yarder from Spencer Petras.
Iowa 10, Maryland 7 | 14:57 2nd
Quarterback Spencer Petras bowled into the end zone for a 1-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter to restore Iowa’s lead.
It was a balanced eight-play, 59-yard drive for Iowa after a 38-yard kick return from Charlie Jones. Tyler Goodson made a big impact, rushing 16 yards on the first three plays, then later catching an 18-yard pass from Petras.
Petras hit Arland Bruce for 8 yards to the goal line on the next play. Before that, Petras connected with tight end Sam LaPorta for a 16-yard gain.
1st Quarter updates
Maryland 7, Iowa 3 | 3:37 1st
Maryland found success through the air and turned it into a touchdown drive to take the lead.
Taulia Tagovailoa tossed a 9-yard pass to Chigoziem Okonkwo for the TD.
Tagovailoa was 5-for-6 passing for 69 yards on the eight-play, 69-yard drive and also picked up a first down with a 4-yard run.
Iowa 3, Maryland 0 | 7:16 1st
Iowa settled for a field goal after the Riley Moss interception, and Caleb Shudak connected from 41 yards to give the Hawkeyes the lead.
Tyler Goodson got Iowa in position with a 13-yard run. Spencer Petras was 1 for 4 on the drive, with the only completion a 10-yard pass to Nico Ragaini. His third-and-6 pass was broken up and nearly intercpeted by Tarheeb Still.
Iowa 0, Maryland 0 | 9:16 1st
Iowa had fourth-and-2 at midfield on its first drive and chose to punt. That proved to be a good decision, thanks of course to the Iowa defense.
Riley Moss picked off Taulia Tagovailoa at midfield on Maryland’s ensuing drive, giving the Hawkeyes an early field-position win. John Waggoner had the QB pressure.
Anybody, obviously, would have taken a 4-0 start for Iowa. Still, the offense hasn’t exactly impressed. Not even close, really. Will that change against Maryland?
The Gazette’s John Steppe points out in his analysis that Iowa’s offensive line versus Maryland’s defensive line might tell the story of the game.
“No Big Ten team has sacked opposing quarterbacks this season more than Maryland,” he writes.
“At the same time, only three Big Ten teams have suffered more quarterback sacks this season than Iowa.”
A lot of eyes will be on Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras, too. He’s no Taulia Tagovailoa, but he did begin to incorporate the deep ball last week against Colorado State.
Tagovailoa, the Maryland QB, will face his toughest test of the season against an elite Iowa defense led by linebacker Jack Campbell, who columnist Mike Hlas wrote about this week.
“(Kirk) Ferentz can joke about Campbell’s basketball career,” Mike wrote. “But the linebacker was a winner before he got to the Hawkeyes, and the two hours the coach had that opinion reinforced in Cedar Falls’ gym was indeed time well spent.”
How to watch Iowa vs. Maryland
Time: 7:05 p.m. CT Friday
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Listen online: The Varsity Network