IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Ed Hinkel scored with an acrobatic move
at the end of a reverse and caught one of Drew Tate's two touchdown
passes, leading Iowa to a 35-7 victory over Illinois on Saturday.
Damian Sims added a 66-yard touchdown run for Iowa (3-2, 1-1 Big
Ten), which bounced back from a sorry performance in a 31-6 loss at
Ohio State to amass 476 yards and set a school record with its 21st
straight victory at home.
Illinois (2-3, 0-2) also had hoped to rebound after a 61-14
shellacking by Michigan State, but endured a frustrating day. The
Illini had two field goal attempts blocked, missed a third try and
threw an interception deep in Iowa territory -- all in the first
Iowa led 21-0 before Illinois finally scored on Tim Brasic's
1-yard pass to E.B. Halsey late in the third quarter.
The Hawkeyes then put it away with Tate's 7-yard TD pass to
6-foot-7 Scott Chandler, who made a leaping catch in the back of
the end zone, and Sims' crowd-pleasing run. Sims took a handoff on
a draw play, cut to his left, burst through Kyle Kleckner's
attempted tackle and outran the pursuit.
Hinkel was just as spectacular on his 20-yard touchdown run.
The play started with Tate pitching the ball to Albert Young,
who handed to Hinkel coming back from the right side. Hinkel turned
the corner and, with Tate leading the way, sprinted down the
sideline. He vaulted over Illinois' Sharriff Abdullah at the 3 and
somersaulted into the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Iowa made it 21-0 on Tate's 10-yard strike to Hinkel in the far
right corner of the end zone.
Tate finished 17-of-22 for 175 yards and one interception. Young
carried 13 times for 102 yards before leaving the game early in the
third quarter to get treated for dehydration. He did not return.
Illinois came up empty on four good scoring opportunities in the
first half, mostly because of kicking failures.
Kenny Iwebema blocked two Jason Reda field goal attempts and
Reda was wide left on a chip shot 20-yarder. Another threat ended
when Iowa's Jovon Johnson jumped in front of Jody Ellis to
intercept Brasic's pass at the Hawkeyes' 2.
Reda's miss was the Illini's most disheartening moment of the
half because they had driven from their own 17 to the Iowa 3,
mixing runs and short passes perfectly to keep the ball for 8
But Reda, who had been 8-for-9 on field goals coming in,
couldn't convert on what amounted to an extra-point kick. Illinois
got the ball right back on Justin Harrison's interception and drove
to the Iowa 14, but Iwebema broke through again to block Reda's
31-yard attempt on the half's final play.
At halftime, Iowa fans derisively cheered Reda when he sent
practice kicks through the uprights.