(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: Iowa 45, ULM 17
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) - James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 21-of-32 passing, leading the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 45-17 win over the ULM Warhawks in a non-conference matchup at Kinnick Stadium.
Marvin McNutt caught seven passes for 100 yards and two TDs, as the Hawkeyes (3-1) were in control from the opening whistle after needing a huge fourth- quarter comeback to beat Pittsburgh in their previous outing. Marcus Coker powered the ground game with 113 yards and two scores on 18 carries (6.3 ypc).
The Warhawks (1-3) did not find much room in the running game, as they were held to 59 yards on 30 carries as a team (2.0 ypc). Quarterbacks Kolton Browning and Cody Wells combined to complete 29-of-44 passes for 293 yards in the loss.
The Hawkeyes drove 74 yards on nine plays during the game's opening possession, and Vandenberg polished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to stake Iowa an early 7-0 lead.
ULM answered with a 43-yard field goal by Justin Manton, but Iowa took over from there.
Vandenberg made it a 14-3 game with a 13-yard scoring strike to McNutt at the 1:39 mark of the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Coker stretched the lead to 21-3 on a four-yard touchdown run with 9:32 remaining.
Later in the same quarter, Vandenberg and McNutt hooked up for another touchdown, this time from 17 yards to push the Hawkeyes' lead to 28-3 entering the half.
ULM cut the deficit to 28-10 at the 9:35 mark of the third quarter, when Browning scored on a four-yard run. However, Iowa answered right back with a two-yard touchdown run from Coker, his second of the day.
ULM kept hanging around, as Tavarese Maye notched a one-yard touchdown plunge to trim the margin to 35-17 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter.
The Hawkeyes quickly shut the door, as Vandenberg tossed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Davis with 39 seconds to play in the third quarter. Iowa kicker Mike Meyer tacked on a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Iowa racked up 28 first downs and 453 yards of total offense for the game, and the Hawkeyes scored on all six of their trips to the red zone, including five touchdowns.
09/24 16:12:02 ET