The Iowa Hawkeyes head into the start of Big Ten play with a 3-0 mark after a 27-17 victory over Arizona. The Iowa defense gave up only eight first downs the entire game and the offense put the game away with a fourth quarter scoring drive that ate up eight and a half minutes.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says they had some nice third down conversions, especially in the fourth quarter. Ricky Stanzi passed for just over 200 yards and freshman Adam Robinson finished with 101 yards on the ground, including a 43 yard run on a third and 23 that helped Iowa seize the momentum. The Hawks finished with 133 yards on the ground against a tough Arizona defense.

Ferentz says they knew the yards were going to come hard running the ball as that’s the way Arizona plays defensively. He says it was just a good hard nosed football game. Next up is a visit to fifth rated Penn State to open the Big Ten race. Ferentz says Penn State will likely be looking to this game after last year’s upset in Iowa City.