The countdown is underway until Saturday’s 58th meeting between Iowa and Iowa State after the Hawkeyes opened with a convincing 37-7 win over Eastern Illinois in Iowa city. Sophomore Adam Robinson led the way with 109 yards to rushing and three touchdowns as Iowa amassed 179 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was 18-23 for 229 yards and a score, and Paki O’Mera blocked a punt and rumbled 42 yards for a touchdown as the Hawkeyes put it away with three first quarter touchdowns. Eastern Illinois managed only 157 yards of total offense in the game.

O’Meara was named the “Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week” for his effort.

The cyclones are also 1-0 after last Thursday’s win over northern Illinois. a young cyclone defense played well against northern Illinois strong ground game but safety Zac Sandvig says they need to do a better job of tackling this week. He says they missed way too many tackles and it’s something they work on all the time in practice.

The Hawkeyes have won three out of the last four and lead the all time series 38-19.