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Des Moines Sunday Register ST Sunday, September 22, 2002 Page 5C Iowa 48 Utah State 7 Jermelle Lewis' 75-yard touchdown T rn run in the third quarter was the u) u longest by a Hawkeye since Ladell Df v Betts went 74 yards in 1999. TLA I Hawkeye Playback i'J Scoring Iowa Insider HELPING HANDS: Dallas Clark re-emerged as a valuable option and Clinton Solomon made the most spectacular catch of his young career. More importantly, Iowa showed its depth at receiver. Clark, a tight end, had caught a UTAHST. 0 7 0 0 -7 IOWA 14 10 24 0 -48 First Quarter I Jones 12 pass from Banks (Kaeding kick), 8:45 I Cervantes 1 run (Kaeding kick), 3:18 Second Quarter I Banks 1 run (Kaeding kick), 11:04 US Robinson 25 run (Kidman kick), 6:12 I FG Kaeding 35, 3:11 Third Quarter I Lewis 75 run (Kaeding kick) 10:42 I Follett fell on blocked punt in end zone (Kaeding kick) 9:33 I FG Kaeding 51,4:37 I Clauss recovered fumble In end zone (Kaeding kick) 3:34 A 54,211 Team Stats E3 UTAH STATE IOWA Total yards 3244 3518 Rushing yards 121 1300 Passing yards ETXZ3 223 1218 Time Of tl,-u rr possession 35:52 -VV Qj.no UTAH STATE IOWA 15 3 Total first downs 25 Rushing first downs J3 J2 0 10 2 Passing first downs Penalty first downs 20 Rushes 49 1.0 Avg. par rush 6.1 Rushing yards 300 Passing yards 24-41 Complete-attempts 17-33 Return yards 2-1 Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-25 Penalties-yards 6-55 7-31 Punts-average 2-39 4-16 Third-down efficiency 12-19 Individual Stats I 0 Interceptions 0 lil ,J Sf-'-: " .j -X : j : i : - ...,..- . , ......,. iiiiiiiii 1 1 hi if a, -- - whr i a, in i.Mnii i.nf' iK-j in i HARRY BAUMER77THE REGISTER Overhead view: Iowa's CJ. Jones (8) can't come up with this pass due to good coverage from Utah State's Mark Estelle. Jones got things started early for the Hawkeyes by scoring on their first possession on a 12-yard pass from Brad Banks, leading the way to a 48-7 win. pass in 14 straight games before being shut out against Iowa State last week. He bounced back Saturday with five first-half receptions for 67 yards. Clark Solomon, a true freshman, made a one-handed grab along the sideline that resulted in a 43-yard completion. Quarterback Brad Banks connected with six different receivers during the first 30 minutes, completing 14 of 25 passes for 176 yards. The Hawkeyes' first touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from Banks to CJ. Jones. Jones and Clark were Iowa's top returning receivers from last year, but both had limited opportunities during the first three games. Clark caught 38 passes for 539 yards in 2001. He had four receptions for 19 yards after the first three games this year. Last week, coach Kirk Ferentz said he wanted to get the junior more involved in tt.e passing game. "He's drawing a little bit more attention, as you might expect," Ferentz said. "But we have to do a better job of finding a way of getting the ball into his hands." Jones had 34 catches last season. He began Saturday's game with seven receptions. QUICK HITS: Iowa has outscored its opponents, 65-7, in the first quarter this season. Against Utah State, the Hawkeyes held the ball for more than 11 minutes in the opening period. Iowa has scored a touchdown cn its opening drive in all four games this season. Jermelle Lewis' 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the longest by a Hawkeye since Ladell Betts went 74 yards during a 1999 game against Northwestern. Mike Follett's touchdown in the third quarter marked the first time since '99 Iowa scored off a blocked punt. That came against Nebraska. Report Card This week's grade? How did the Hawkeyes grade out in Saturday's game? At www.DesMolnes Reglster.comsports, you can grade the Hawkeyes at each position yourself and see what other fans thought about the game. Iowa Lookahead IOWA AT PENN STATE KICK0FF: 11:05 a.m.; Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa. TV: ESPN SERIES: Penn State leads, 10-6 PLAYER TO WATCH: Penn State receiver Bryant Johnson has 67 catches for 1,160 yards over his last 14 games. The 6-foot 2-inch, 201-pound senior from Baltimore had just four receptions JohnSOD in 2000, but emerged as Penn State's primary target last season. Coach Joe Paterno is quoted in the press guide: "He has a lot of ability, exceptional speed and should be somebody that could break open a football game." IOWA'S SEASON DATE OPPONENT SCORETIME m 3-0 b14 UTAH STATE Att. Yds. Avg. Long Robinson 3 30 10.0 25 Samuel 7 15 2.1 12 Watson 1 4 4.0 4 Cox 2 0 0 1 IOWA Att. Yds. Avg. Long Lewis 9 109 12.1' 75 Banks 7 65 9.3 16 Greving 12 48 4.0 12 Schnoor 12 44 3.7 13 Cervantes 4 28 7.0 16 Mickens 3 4 1.3 3 Chandler 1 3 3.0 3 UTAH STATE C-A Int. Yds. Long Fuentes 21-36 0 214 28 Cox 3-3 0 9 6 IOWA C-A Int. Yds. Long Banks 15-29 0 185 43 Chandler 2-4 0 33 18 Fmmmm-iiii I'J ! ' ! tP-lll!,"LUJ ""5 1 UTAH STATE No. Yds. Long Curtis 7 51 19 Samuel 5 46 20 Coleman 4 58 28 Flefia 3 9 6 Watson 2 22 13 Jeffery 1 13 13 Robinson 1 13 13 Poppinga 1 11 11 IOWA No. Yds Long Clark 5 67 20 Brown 4 28 10 Solomon 2 50 43 Ochoa 2 33 18 Hinkel 2 29 18 Jones 1 12 12 mmmigtr i , - ui i w 1 -wmm 1 bum 1 1 ." ",," " r- 1 wwwjp'jiwhj tmimmmmmuumn "mmmmmmmKm v ; A :- " '. .. ' r MV V ' k 7 Am ' VLV, V j ? .yr iu.K : ; I v.. --fc .., HAWKEYES, from Page 1C Clinton Solomon's diving, one-handed catch masked Banks' inconsistency and helped the Hawkeyes build a 24-7 lead at halftime. That was the same margin Iowa held over Iowa State seven days earlier. One key difference: Utah State quarterback Jose Fuentes is no Seneca Wallace. Fuentes, who owns nearly every passing record for Utah State, also struggled with his control. He ended up 21-1036 with 214 yards and no touchdowns. Iowa's defensive backs, who entered Saturday's game ranked 117th out of 117 NCAA Division I-A teams, did a decent job of slowing down Utah State's pass-happy offense. But the Aggies also stopped themselves with costly mistakes. "No one wants to be last," said Scott Boleyn, who started at strong safety in place of all-Big Ten Conference performer Bob Sanders. "That was the goal of everyone, to improve so we don't have to hear about it anymore." Iowa defensive tackle Colin Cole said: "There's always room to improve. There's nobody on this team that's perfect." When Fuentes was on target, his receivers often dropped the ball. Utah State found its rhythm, briefly, in the second quarter and marched 82 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. Iowa's running backs, defensive line and kicker Nate Kaeding continue to be the most consistent performers. Tailback Jermelle Lewis, a sophomore, had 109 yards by the third quarter. His 75-yard scoring run in the third quarter made sure the Aggies didn't mount any kind of second-half comeback. Iowa is averaging more than 170 yards rushing per game this season. Aaron Greving made his first career start and contributed 48 yards. Fred Russell, who ranked third in the nation with 157 yards a game, did not suit up for Saturday's game because of a nagging shoulder injury. "Every game is so crucial for me," Lewis said. "It's increasing my maturity. It's increasing my awareness of the game." Kaeding equaled his school record of 11 straight field goals with a career-long 51 yarder in the third period. UTAH STATE Punts Klckotls Robinson 0-0 5-92 Busta 0-0 1-2 IOWA Punts Klckotls Hinkel 3-22 0-0 Jones 0-0 1-10 HARRY BAUMERTTHE REGISTER On the move: Iowa quarterback Brad Banks scrambles against Utah State on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium. Banks threw for 176 yards before halftime. He completed 15 of 29 passes for 185 total yards. UTAH STATE U A Tot. For loss Busta Jimoh Jackson Watts Glasper Luna IOWA 12 6 6 6 6 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 Tot. For loss Boleyn D. Johnson Pagel J. Johnson 7 3 2 3 4 0 4 0 0-0 0-0 0- 0 1- 1 Aug. 31 Akron W, 57-21 Sept. 7 Miami (Ohio) W, 29-24 Sept. 14 Iowa State L, 31-36 Sept. 21 Utah State W.48-7 Sept. 28 at Penn State 11:05 a.m. Oct. 5 Purdue TBA Oct. 12 Michigan State TBA Oct. 19 at Indiana 11a.m. Oct. 26 at Michigan 11 a.m. Nov. 2 Wisconsin TBA Nov. 9 Northwestern TBA Nov. 16 at Minnesota TBA face. "If we can completely shut down the run and make them one-dimensional, what are they going to dor Cole asked. "They've got to put the ball up. And we can stop worrying about them running and pin our ears back and go after them." A lopsided win may have left the Hawkeyes feeling better about themselves, but it didn't erase the memories. When coach Kirk Fer-entz sat down for his postgame press conference the first thing he saw was a leftover stat sheet from the Iowa State game "Somebody," Ferentz said, "has got a sick sense of humor." Reporter Andrew Logue can be reached at (515) 284-8368 or aloguedmreg.com "We had a lot invested in that Iowa State game and it was a tough loss," Kaeding said. "We got a lot of momentum rolling heading into the real season, the Big Ten." Iowa's defensive front four held the Aggies to 21 yards rushing. The Hawkeyes have allowed just 188 yards on the ground this seasoa Saturday's effort was good enough to bring a smile to Cole's SACKS Iowa: Cole 1-8 Utah State: 0-0;

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