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9/19/2009 (2009-2010)

Kinnick Stadium [Iowa City, Iowa]

Iowa  vs  Arizona  Arizona Iowa Hawkeyes Football vs Arizona on 9/19/2009 -

W     27 - 17 

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Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Attendance: 70,585
Kickoff Temp: 76° F
Start Time: 2:36 pm CST


Freshman running back Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns, and Iowa held Arizona to just eight first downs, spoiling coach Mike Stoops's return to Kinnick Stadium, who played for the Hawkeyes in the early '80s. Arizona Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops was also a former Iowa player.

Iowa went 75 yards on the opening drive, and Robinson's 2-yard TD leap put the Hawkeyes ahead 7-0. Arizona cornerback Terevin Wade intercepted Ricky Stanzi and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter. Stanzi ended with 20 for 32 passing and 205 yards.

The Wildcats took their only lead, 10-7, behind a breathtaking 58-yard run by Nic Grigsby midway through the second quarter down to the 1-yard line. The Hawkeye defense stuffed the Wildcats on the goal line to force a 20-yard field goal by Alex Zendejas midway through the second quarter.

Robinson went 43 yards on third-and-23, and followed with a 1-yard plunge that put the Hawkeyes back ahead with 6:28 left in the first half. The Wildcats then went for a fake field goal on the Iowa 23, but the Hawkeyes snuffed it out to preserve a 14-10 halftime lead. That's as close as Arizona would get the rest of the game.

Iowa's Daniel Murray hit a 20-yard field goal to put Iowa ahead 17-10 late in the third, and his 40-yarder following Tyler Sash's interception (his fourth interception in the past two games) made it 20-10 early in the fourth.

The Hawkeyes went on an 14 play, 74 yard, 8 1/2-minute drive that took up much of the quarter, and Brandon Wegher's 2-yard TD plunge put Iowa ahead 27-10 with 4:40 left.

Arizona brought in QB Nick Foles early in the fourth quarter. Foles finished 6 of 11 and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Juron Criner with 1:53 left, the first touchdown allowed by Iowa on defense since the season opener. The onside kick was nearly successful, but ultimately was recovered by Iowa.

Arizona was hurt offensively with the loss of third-team All-American tight end Rob Gronkowski, who did not travel and will be out for the season.




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Rushing 1st Downs73
Passing 1st Downs104
Penalty 1st Downs21
Total First Downs198
Rushing Attempts4225
Rushing Yards133148
Rushing TDs30
Yards per Rush3.25.9
Passes Completed2010
Passes Attempts3226
Pass Completion %62.5%38.5%
Passing TDs01
Passing Yards205105
Passing Yards per Completion10.310.5
Passing Yards per Attempt6.44.0
Total Plays7451
% of Rushing Plays56.8%49%
% of Passing Plays43.2%51%
Total Offense338253
Yards per Play4.65.0
Lost Fumbles00
Penalty Yards3541
Yards per Penalty7.010.3
Possession Time

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