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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Iowa continues impressive start to 2010

By Adam Rittenberg

Forget the roller-coaster ride. Iowa is just coastin' right now.

After a series of scares in 2009, the Hawkeyes have opened the 2010 season with two impressive victories, the latest a 35-7 beat down of Iowa State. Iowa completely outclassed a supposedly improved Iowa State team today, dominating the Cyclones on both sides of the ball.

Whether or not Iowa star defensive end Adrian Clayborn meant to dis Iowa State with his "only team in the state" comment this summer, he and his fellow defenders went out there and backed it up. At least Iowa State finally ended its streak of no touchdowns against Iowa, reaching the end zone in garbage time.

Iowa will be sorry to see Cyclones quarterback Austen Arnaud graduate. Arnaud has thrown seven interceptions against Iowa in the past two years. Two of his picks today came deep inside Iowa territory.

Quarterback Ricky Stanzi had another impressive performance (11-for-18 passing, 204 yards, 2 TDs) and tight end Allen Reisner continues to be a factor in the passing game. But the real story is Adam Robinson, who refuses to relinquish the starting running back job.

Robinson piled up 156 rush yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries. Jewel Hampton also did some good things in his first game since 2008, but right now, Robinson is the man to beat.

Iowa heads into a very tough game at Arizona with a ton of confidence.