Iowa-South Dakota State features over twice as many punts as points

That is Iowa soccer. Painfully so.

The Hawkeyes opened their season with a 7-3 victory at Kinnick Stadium over South Dakota State on Saturday. How did they get the seven, you ask? The arduous manner.

Iowa’s factors got here by way of a subject purpose and two safeties. The Hawkeyes completed the sport with 168 yards of offense, 10 first downs, two turnovers and 10 punts, two of which arrange safeties.

Kirk Ferentz watches on from the sideline.

The Jackrabbits had 11 punts of their very own. So sure, the beneath hit.

It was a brutal recreation for offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, who was the topic of “Hearth Brian” chants from the scholar part in his first recreation following a $40,000 elevate. 

Iowa gained simply 59 speeding yards, averaging 1.7 per rush, although that quantity does embody sack yardage. Quarterback Spencer Petras was 11-for-25, throwing for 109 yards and an interception towards the FCS outfit.

Iowa punter Tory Taylor walks off the field after. a punt.
Iowa punter Tory Taylor walks off the sector after. a punt.

The Hawkeyes received the Large Ten West final yr with a 10-2 common season report, dropping the convention title recreation to Michigan and the Citrus Bowl to Kentucky. Their lack of offense was their downfall, although, as they scored simply seven factors in every of their two common season losses and solely three towards the Wolverines.

Nobody actually anticipated that to alter. That is, in any case, Iowa.

After one recreation, that expectation has been met.

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