Iowa State and Iowa prepare for road tests this week after posting home wins. The Cyclones scored 28 second-half points to rally by Toledo and avoid a disastrous loss with a 37-30 win. Quarterback Sam Richardson had a big day, throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns and also added 31 yards of rushing, as the Cyclones improved to 2-4 and posted their first home victory of the season.
The offense picked it up in the second half after setlling for three Cole Netten field goals in the opening half as they trailed at the break 13-9. Next up for ISU, it’s back to the Big 12 conference with a visit to Texas under the lights. The Longhorns are 2-4 after a 31-26 loss to Oklahoma.
For the Hawkeyes it was an offensive explosion as they beat Indiana 45-29. Iowa scored 28 first-quarter points, including 3 touchdowns from the offense and a pick six from sophomore corner Desmond King as they led 28-7 at the end of one quarter of play.
Jake Rudock seemed to settle the quarterback situation by connecting on 19 of 27 passes for 210 yards and a couple of touchdowns, while the running game made progress by totaling 207 yards. Big plays against the defense raised red flags as Hoosier running back Tevin Coleman scored on runs of 83,45 and 69 yards.
The Hawks are 5-1 and next up visit Maryland. The terrapins were off this past week. They are 4-2 overall 1-1 in the Big Ten.
UNI evened its Missouri Valley record at 1-1 with a 27-16 win at south Dakota. The Panthers tied a season high with 7 sacks as they improved to 3-3 overall. They will host South Dakota State on Saturday.