Iowa eliminated any notion of playing down to its competition on Saturday against Western Michigan with a field goal, four offensive touchdowns, two special teams touchdowns, and two defensive touchdowns in a 59-3 win. Nice, well-rounded win to close out the non-conference season as Big Ten play approaches. Here is this week's "BDTN."
59 - Points scored by Iowa in its decisive victory on Saturday. Iowa totaled 446 yards in its matchup with WMU, recording the highest point total since scoring 62 against Northwestern in 2002.
81 - Average number of plays run by Iowa through four games, most in the Big Ten and 5th-most in the nation. Hard to believe after a historically bad year on offense in 2012, but the pacing has been consistent so far with a combination of formations and some no-huddle. Also contributes to a formidable plus-73 in point differential.
68 - Points allowed by the Hawkeyes through 4 games. In comparison to other teams in the Legends Division, coordinator Phil Parker and Co. should be pleased. Besides Michigan State (53 points allowed), Minnesota (80), Michigan (84), Northwestern (95), and Nebraska (107) have yielded their fair share of production.
8 - This is where Iowa currently sits nationally for opponents 3rd down conversions. Northern Illinois, Missouri State, Iowa State, and WMU have combined to go 14-for-58 on 3rd downs, so only 24 percent of the time. Of course, it helps when WMU finishes 1-for-14 on 3rd downs, but to be this solid on defense at this stage of the season is encouraging for the Hawkeyes.