It was the Big Ten football opener for Iowa, but Saturday's game at Kinnick Stadium unfolded more like a September non-conference matchup against a non-Power 5 team.
Final score: No. 20 Iowa (2-0, 1-0) 30, Rutgers (1-1, 0-1) 0
The Hawkeyes out-gained the Scarlet Knights 438-125 in a dominant display.
Nate Stanley completed 16 of 28 passes for 236 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of his TDs went to New Jersey native Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who totaled 113 yards on four catches.
Tyrone Tracy had the other touchdown, a 7-yard snag that was the first of TD his career.
Keith Duncan was 3-for-3 on field goals, converting from 46, 19 and 43 yards.
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The Iowa defense picked off Rutgers quarterbacks twice, with Djimon Colbert and Michael Ojemudia doing the honors. Starter McLane Carter was just 5 for 15 for 22 yards and a pick in the first half. Arthur Sitkowski wasn't the answer, either; he completed 4 of 11 for 19 yards and an INT.
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa had four QB hurries and a sack in the first half as the Hawkeyes took a 20-0 lead.
IOWA — Ihmir Smith-Marsette 58 pass from Nate Stanley; Keith Duncan kick (7-0 IOWA, 12:18 1st)
IOWA — Tyrone Tracy 7 pass from Stanley; Duncan kick (14-0 IOWA, 8:13 2nd)
IOWA — Duncan 46 field goal (17-0 IOWA, 3:50 2nd)
IOWA — Duncan 19 field goal (20-0 IOWA, 0:00 2nd)
IOWA — Smith-Marsette 23 pass from Stanley; Duncan kick (27-0 IOWA, 2:50 3rd)
IOWA — Duncan 43 field goal (30-0 IOWA, 11:05 4th