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Weisman, Hawkeyes batter Illini in 30-14 win; Lunt's return quiet for Illinois

  • Iowa running back Mark Weisman (45) tries to outrun Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) and Illinois defensive back Earnest Thomas III (9) during the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Iowa running back Mark Weisman (45) tries to outrun Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) and Illinois defensive back Earnest Thomas III (9) during the first quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA football game against Illinois Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock (15) throws the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA football game against Illinois Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against Iowa in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt (12) throws the ball during the second quarter against Iowa in an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)  (The Associated Press)

Running back Mark Weisman ran for 134 yards and Iowa battered Illinois with 587 yards of offense Saturday in a 30-14 win.

The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) ran for a season-high 304 yards. Quarterback Jake Rudock was 14-21 for 210 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with the game in hand.

Early on, Iowa had to scrounge for points. The Hawkeyes took a 2-0 lead on a first-quarter safety and Illinois' defense stopped them three times on fourth down to keep the game close. Iowa led 9-7 at the half.

But Iowa's run game wore Illinois (4-6, 1-5) down and set up 21 second-half points that sealed the game.

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt played for the first time since breaking his left leg Oct. 4 against Purdue. But he finished a quiet 14-25 for 102 yards and one touchdown.