Riley Moss returns two INTs for scores as No. 18 Iowa defeats No. 17 Indiana
2021-09-05 01:14:03 GMT + 00: 00 – Cornerback Riley Moss gave back two interceptions for touchdowns and Tyler Goodson stormed for 99 yards and a score, taking No. 18 Iowa to a 34-6 win over No. 17 Indiana plays at Big Ten in Iowa City on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) took the lead 31-3 at halftime and rode the rest of the way in their defense-and-run game. Iowa expanded its streak of keeping a team under 25 to 23 games in a row.
It was a tough season debut for Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who was nervous and under pressure during the game.
Penix, who underwent off-season surgery to repair a torn VKB suffered against Maryland on November 28, 2020, completed 14 of 29 passes for 156 yards and threw three interceptions for Indiana (0-1, 0-1 ) before being replaced early in the game fourth quarter.
Iowa starting quarterback Spencer Petras finished 13 of 27 for 145 yards and added a lavish touchdown.
Goodson gave Iowa a quick 7-0 lead and stormed 56 yards down the left sideline in Iowa’s inaugural offensive streak. Then, on Indiana’s first offensive series, Penix threw DJ Matthews behind wide receiver.
The ball went from Matthews’ hands and into the hands of Moss, who raced 30 yards for a touchdown and gave the Hawkeyes a 14-0 lead.
Indiana cut Iowa’s lead to 14-3 with a 36-yard field goal from Charles Campbell late in the first quarter. But Iowa put together an eight-game, 48-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, converted to fourth and 2-game, and got 21-3 on a 9-yard touchdown run from Petras.
Two more Penix interceptions resulted in 10 more Iowa points before the end of half.
Moss jumped a route on an out pattern from Penix, which he returned 55 yards for a touchdown, and brought Iowa up 28-3, 1:41 in the second quarter.
Then the Iowa Safety Dane Belton intercepted a Penix pass at the Iowa 34-yard with 1:12 rest. That set Caleb Shudak’s 41-yard field goal, which the Hawkeyes set up at half-time with 31-3.
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