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No. 18 Iowa's Defense Silences No. 17 Indiana, 34-6

Iowa intercepted quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. three times and had a fourth wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Riley Moss returned two first-half interceptions for touchdowns and No. 18 Iowa defeated No. 17 Indiana 34-6 on Saturday.

Iowa intercepted quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. three times and had a fourth wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call.

Tyler Goodson rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Hawkeyes. Quarterback Spencer Petras had a 9-yard touchdown run, but hit 13 of 27 passes for 145 yards.

Penix, coming off a knee injury late last season, had four interceptions in six games last season. He threw for 156 yards.

It was the seventh consecutive win for the Hawkeyes dating to last season. It was only the third loss for Indiana in its last 18 season openers.

Iowa opened the game with two touchdowns just over two minutes. Goodson had a 56-yard touchdown run on the fourth offensive play. Three plays into the Hoosiers' first possession, Moss intercepted a pass that went through the hands of Indiana receiver D.J. Matthews and returned it 30 yards for a score.

Moss had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to push the lead to 28-3.

Caleb Shudak had field goals of 41 and 35 yards for Iowa.

Credit: AP
Iowa place kicker Caleb Shudak (10) kicks a 41-yard field goal during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Indiana sophomore wide receiver Javon Swinton served a one-game suspension for violation of team rules.

Swinton played in eight games last season and had four receptions for 52 yards. He was No. 2 on the depth chart at one of the three receiver positions.


Iowa's defense, which hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 24 points in a game in the last 23 games, was opportunistic. The Hawkeyes' offense struggled at times, their quick start had the Hoosiers scrambling the the rest of the way.


The Hawkeyes should jump heading into next Saturday's game at No. 7 Iowa State. The Hoosiers, in the preseason Associated Press poll for the first time since 1969, have been nationally ranked for 11 consecutive weeks.


Indiana: vs. Idaho Saturday.

Iowa: at Iowa State Saturday.

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