Quite a few hearts stopped in the state of Iowa when starting quarterback Ricky Stanzi hobbled off the field in the first half of today's opener.
Fortunately for Hawkeye Nation, Stanzi is OK and performing very well, as Iowa leads Eastern Illinois 28-7 at halftime. Stanzi has completed 11 of 13 passes for 134 yards and, most importantly, no interceptions. He missed only a few plays with the injury.
As Jewel Hampton sits out the opener because of a suspension, Adam Robinson is trying to stake his claim to the starting running back job. A-Rob has looked great so far, rushing for 79 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Iowa also seems to be handling the loss of standout tight end Tony Moeaki well so far, as Brad Herman and Allen Reisner have already combined for five receptions.
Iowa's defense has been solid aside from one EIU drive.
Looks like we won't see another Week 1 scare for the Hawkeyes.