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Iowa football vs. Illinois: Final score, stats, highlights and more

Hawkeyes beat Illini in final home game of 2019

Behind four field goals from Keith Duncan and a defense that bent but didn't break, the Iowa Hawkeyes won their home finale Saturday over the Illinois Fighting Illini at Kinnick Stadium.

Final score: No. 17 Iowa (8-3, 5-3) 19, Illinois (6-5, 4-4) 10

» Game story: Lots of tears, lots of field goals in Iowa's win over Illinois

» Hlas column: Hawkeye defense ball hawks soar yet again

» Game Report: Grades, numbers, notes, injuries from Iowa's win over Illinois

» Kristian Welch returns with a flourish in the middle of Iowa's defense

» Iowa kicker Keith Duncan doesn't seem to mind the weight of the world

» Box score



The Illini gained 192 yards rushing to Iowa's 79, but couldn't turn that ground production into points. Iowa limited Brandon Peters to 125 yards on 16-of-31 yards passing, picked off two passes (Michael Ojemudia, Matt Hankins) and Jack Koerner recovered a Peters fumble forced by Kristian Welch.

Iowa also totaled three sacks (Welch, Geno Stone, Joe Evans) and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Iowa QB Nate Stanley was 18 of 35 for 308 yards, but the Hawkeyes only scored one touchdown — a Tyler Goodson run on the opening drive of the game. Keith Duncan was 4 of 6 on field goal attempts and set a Big Ten record for field goals in a season (27). Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught four passes for 121 yards.

Scoring summary

IOWA — Tyler Goodson 2 run; Keith Duncan kick (7-0 IOWA, 10:16 1st) [Video]

ILL — Donny Navarro 31 pass from Brandon Peters; James McCourt kick (7-7, 6:27 1st) [Video]

IOWA — Duncan 23 field goal (10-7 IOWA, 9:54 2nd)

IOWA — Duncan 45 field goal (13-7 IOWA, 0:00 2nd)

IOWA — Duncan 24 field goal (16-7 IOWA, 14:08 4th)

ILL — McCourt 28 field goal (16-10 IOWA, 10:52 4th)

IOWA — Duncan 29 field goal (19-10 IOWA, 2:44 4th)

4th Quarter thread

0:00 4th: With no timeouts, Illinois ran out of time. Kristian Welch ended it with a sack in the final seconds.

1:37 4th: Iowa went for it on fourth-and-5 from the Illinois 21, but Nate Stanley's pass was batted down.

1:58 4th: Iowa didn't give Illinois a chance, forcing a four-and-out with three incompletions and getting the ball back at the Illini 26.

2:44 4th: Iowa 19, Illinois 10


That could be the game-clinching drive for Iowa. The Hawkeyes used 5:02 to drive 36 yards and get Keith Duncan's fourth field goal of the game, this one from 29 yards.

7:46 4th: Big break for Iowa. Brandon Peters fumbled on a third-and-short scramble near midfield. Kristian Welch punched the ball out and Jack Koerner recovered.

8:48 4th: Iowa went three-and-out, immediately bringing the defense back on the field. Nate Stanley's third-and-4 completion to Tyrone Tracy was just short of the marker.

10:52 4th: Iowa 16, Illinois 10

Illinois used the running game to drive deep into Iowa territory again, and this time converted, but with only a field goal. James McCourt kicked a 28-yarder to finish a nine-play, 65-yard drive. Dre Brown had runs of 14 and 19 yards and Reggie Corbin added a 19-yard dash of his own.

14:08 4th: Nate Stanley broke out of the arms of an Illinois defender in the backfield, rolled left and hit Ihmir Smith-Marsette for a 40-yard gain to the Illinois 15. The Hawkeyes had to settle for a field goal again, though, and Keith Duncan connected from 24 yards.

3rd Quarter thread

3:57 3rd: Iowa locked down once again as Illinois was putting together a potential scoring drive. Geno Stone forced a loss of 3 on a swing pass, A.J. Epenesa stopped Dre Brown for a loss of 4 and Chauncey Golston contained Brandon Peters' third-down scramble to 3 yards to the Iowa 33. James McCourt then missed badly on a 50-yard field goal attempt.

10:42 3rd: An inconsistent day for Nate Stanley continued on Iowa's first drive of the half. He found Ihmir Smith-Marsette for a gain of 23 to the Iowa 43 but followed with incomplete passes on second and third down to bring on the punt team.

13:01 3rd: Illinois opened the half with a promising drive to the 20 but it soon turned disastrous. Brandon Peters fired to the end zone on a flea flicker and found ... Iowa cornerback Matt Hankins for the pick.

2nd Quarter thread

Half: Iowa 13, Illinois 7


Tyrone Tracy made a diving catch on the sideline at the Illinois 27 to give Iowa another chance for points at the end of the half. Keith Duncan obliged with a 45-yard field goal.

0:12 2nd: Illinois reached the Iowa 37 on its last drive of the half but couldn't produce any points. Geno Stone blitzed on fourth-and-6 with 16 seconds left and sacked Brandon Peters for a 14-yard loss.

2:26 2nd: Stanley rifled a 29-yard pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsette on the first play of the drive, but he was off on a pair of passes after that. Keith Duncan's 47-yard field goal attempt wasn't close, making him 1 for 3 in the game.

3:58 2nd: Iowa's defense forced a three-and-out to prevent any damage from the turnover, giving the offense the ball back at its 44 after the punt.

4:38 2nd: Nate Stanley overthrew his intended receiver and Sydney Brown was there for the interception. He returned it 8 yards to the Illini 19. It's Illinois' 28th takeaway of the season.

7:15 2nd: Dre Brown started the drive with four straight runs for 12 yards, but the Illini couldn't move the ball through the air and punted from their 37.

9:54 2nd: Iowa 10, Illinois 7

Keith Duncan gave Iowa the lead back with a 23-yard field goal. The Hawkeyes had first-and-goal at the 10 after a 4-yard Nate Stanley sneak but couldn't punch it in. It was a 10-play, 70-yard drive that included a 40-yard Stanley pass to Shaun Beyer.

14:17 2nd: Illinois picked up 15 yards on four completions but continued the punt fest to start the second quarter.


1st Quarter thread

2:34 1st: Two straight three-and-outs now for the Hawkeyes. Mekhi Sargent rushed for 6 on first down, but Iowa ended up punting from midfield.

4:01 1st: Big stand from the Iowa defense, forcing a three-and-out of its own in which Illinois only picked up 2 yards. Kristian Welch and A.J. Epenesa teamed up for a first-down tackle for loss.

5:27 1st: Iowa went three-and-out without gaining a yard. Tyler Goodson's first-down run went nowhere and two incomplete passes followed.

6:27 1st: Iowa 7, Illinois 7

A quick response from Illinois, which produced a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive in 1:44. Brandon Peters found Donny Navarro with no one near him for a 31-yard TD pass to tie the score. Peters picked up 22 yards on the ground on the two plays before that.

8:10 1st: The Hawkeyes couldn't turn the turnover into points after a rare miss from kicker Keith Duncan. His 43-yard field goal attempt doinked off the left upright.

9:10 1st: Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia, back from injury, picked off Brandon Peters on third down to give Iowa the ball back at the Illinois 43.

10:16 1st: Iowa 7, Illinois 0

Iowa freshman Tyler Goodson is in the end zone for the second straight week, opening the scoring here with a 2-yard run on the first drive of the game.

The TD was set up when Iowa converted a fourth-and-6, as Nate Stanley rolled right and found Ihmir Smith-Marsette for a 29-yard gain inside the 5. Stanley was 3 of 3 for 69 yards as the Hawkeyes scored on their first possession for the second straight week.

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