In the final minute of the second quarter, true freshman punter Tim Zaleski essentially whiffed on a punt, dropping the ball so far from his foot that he had to lunge to even get a toe on it. Stanley and Fant connected on a 27-yard touchdown throw late in the first half to put Iowa up 14-3.
The Hawkeyes staved the prospective No. 1 draft pick Josh Allen off in a 24-3 win over Wyoming in Kinnick on Saturday.
"That's a good defense", Allen said. Sophomore Milo Hall recorded his first-career carry in the first quarter and finished the game with 30 yards on nine carries.
Wyoming also failed to capitalize on a solid performance from its defense.
The Pokes were held to 233 yards of total offense against one of the nation's top defenses.
Saturday's game gives Allen (and his teammates) the opportunity to make a positive impression against a power conference opponent. "They played the quick game really well". Certainly there was a period of time at the end of the first half that changed the game.
Later in the first quarter, Cowboys forced a fumble and they recovered it.
The team captain had 14 tackles on the game, including 7 unassisted, 2 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. "One of the better ones I have seen in a long time". The "blue chip" Epenesa showed why he was one of the most decorated high school players to come to the Hawkeyes in the Kirk Ferentz era.
"We worked hard on stripping the football over the summer and it helped us make plays today", Bohl said. But he bobbled the ball and didn't land in bounds once he controlled it. UW missed a field goal two plays later. Wyoming took over with 50 seconds left in the half, but its drive was killed by a blatant intentional grounding on Allen's part.