Crank up that Victory Polka, Iowa fans, because the Hawkeyes are 9-0.
For the first time since 2009, Iowa is without a loss through nine games, getting to that mark Saturday with a 35-27 win at Indiana.
The Hawkeyes had a big offensive day, gaining 467 total yards, evenly distributing things with 234 rush yards and 233 pass yards. C.J. Beathard threw for a touchdown pass and ran in for another score, one of three different Iowa ballcarriers to score a total of four rushing touchdowns against the always-exploitable Indiana defense.
Akrum Wadley busted off a 65-yard touchdown run on the game's second play, but it didn't foretell an exactly dominant effort by Iowa on Saturday. The Hoosiers gave the undefeated Hawkeyes all they could handle in the first half.
After Wadley's scoring dash, Indiana kicked a field goal before another Iowa touchdown rush — this one by LeShun Daniels — opened the second quarter. But the Hoosiers answered in impressive fashion, with Jordan Howard rattling off touchdown runs of 37 and 29 yards to put the home team on top. They were just the second and third rushing touchdowns allowed by the Hawkeyes this season.
Beathard, though, provided quite the highlight with a leaping go-ahead touchdown in the first half's final seconds to give Iowa a 21-17 lead.
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After a scoreless third quarter, another Griffin Oakes field goal made it a one-point game early in the fourth. But Daniels rushed in for a touchdown for the second time on the day not long after, and Beathard followed with a touchdown pass to George Kittle to make it a 35-20 game with about six minutes to play.
Nate Sudfeld hit Michael Cooper for a late touchdown to get within a score with two and a half minutes left, but Indiana's onside-kick attempt failed, ending all ideas of a comeback.
Wadley finished with 120 rush yards and a touchdown, with Daniels adding 78 yards and his two touchdowns and Beathard rushing for another 38 yards and his own touchdown. The quarterback also completed 19 of his 31 pass attempts for 233 yards and a touchdown.
Desmond King also had another interception. His eighth pick of the season matches Iowa's single-season record, tying Nile Kinnick.
Howard had a huge day for the Hoosiers, tearing up a Hawkeye defense that has been one of the country's best against the run. He carried the ball 22 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
Iowa is 9-0 for the second time ever, and it seems as if a perfect 12-0 regular season is well within the Hawkeyes' reach. Three games remain against Minnesota, Purdue and Nebraska, and Iowa should be heavily favored in all three games.
Indiana, meanwhile, fell to 4-5 with the loss and remains without a win in Big Ten play after beginning the season 4-0.