Walk-on fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three short touchdowns as Iowa held off Northern Iowa 27-16 on Saturday. James Vandenberg added 228 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (2-1), who beat the Panthers, a Football Championship Subdivision program, for the 15th straight time despite losing backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon to injuries.
FOURTH QUARTER: Mark Weisman broke out against Northern Iowa, piling up 113 rushing yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead Iowa to a 27-16 victory on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
The Hawkeyes’ explosive offense used big plays to take down the Panthers. Iowa had four plays of 20 yards or more on its way to victory. The Hawkeyes added to the highlight reel when James Vandenberg found Kevonte Martin-Manley open for a 51-yard pass with 13:50 left in the third quarter. The big gainer was part of a seven-play drive capped off when Weisman turned a handoff into a two-yard touchdown. That gave Iowa a 24-13 lead.
David Johnson did his best to carry Northern Iowa’s offense, turning 16 carries into 77 rushing yards and one touchdown.
The Hawkeyes’ offense finished the game having gained 432 yards. In addition to Vandenberg’s efforts through the air, Iowa also rushed 43 times for 204 yards.
The Panthers racked up 339 total yards. Northern Iowa’s rushing attack only managed to contribute 94 yards on 24 carries in addition to Sawyer Kollmorgen’s passing effort.
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