It appeared that the biggest story of the day was going to be C.J. Beathard, who went a perfect 15/15 in the first half and tossed a couple of beautiful touchdown passes to Tevaun Smith and George Kittle. However, it was the hard running of Jordan Canzeri that stole the show. With LeShun Daniels not himself, Canzeri got the bulk of the carries throughout the game, finishing for 115 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 5.2 YPC. His first score came from 16-yards out on a stretch play to the left that Canzeri cut back and all but walked into the end zone.
Another quick score in the first quarter had Iowa up 14-0 and looking like the game was going to quickly get out of hand. After forcing another North Texas punt Iowa again set up to drive down the field but Canzeri fumbled on Iowa's own 37, setting up a North Texas field goal. Thanks to a beautiful return by Desmond King, Iowa was once again in business and drove to the Mean Green's 43. It was there that C.J. Beathard hit George Kittle on a nice wheel route, giving Iowa the 21-3 lead.
Forcing another punt, Iowa set up at their 24 and following a penalty, C.J. hit Tevaun Smith with an absolute bomb for an 81-yard touchdown, giving Iowa the 28-3 lead. At the time, it seemed like the game was all but over. Then North Texas drove down and kicked a field goal. Then Derrick Mitchell fumbled on a ridiculous play and gave North Texas the ball at Iowa's six-yard line. Then North Texas scored and like that it was 28-13.
Beathard and Canzeri wouldn't be stopped, though. Behind the perfect aim of Beathard and the legs of Canzeri (and Daniels, to be fair), Iowa finished with a touchdown and took a 35-13 lead to the half. Game over, right?
Apparently not. Iowa's defense was sluggish the entire third quarter and immediately gave up a long drive, setting up another North Texas field goal. Following a quick punt, North Texas set up at their own 7 and once again started to drive down the field when, of all people, Drew Ott forced an Andrew McNulty fumble. Iowa then rode Jordan Canzeri to his fourth and final touchdown of the day, giving Iowa a 42-16 lead.
If it wasn't over at that point, Andrew McNulty came out and promptly threw a pick-six to Josey Jewell, giving Iowa the 48-16 lead. Iowa's starters wouldn't see the field again and the tandem of Akrum Wadley and Derrick Mitchell would give Iowa yet another TD early in the fourth quarter. Finally, when everyone had all but changed the channel, Bo freaking Bower picked off North Texas in the red zone and ran it all the way back to seal the 62-16 victory.
Iowa didn't play a perfect game, but they still got what they wanted: a convincing victory over a lesser opponent and an opportunity to get their second team some reps, if only for a quarter. They'll need to shore some things up, especially on defense, before traveling to Madison to take on Wisconsin next week. Iowa is now 4-0 for the first time since 2009...and we all know what happened in 2009.
Go Iowa Awesome.