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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Iowa makes a statement on opening drive

By Adam Rittenberg

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One of my keys for Michigan State today was being able to take Iowa's first punch.

Well, the Hawkeyes just delivered one.

Iowa marched 80 yards in 12 plays on the game's first possession, mixing things up extremely well on offense to take a 7-0 lead. The Hawkeyes received contributions from several players, none more impressive than sophomore running back Adam Robinson, who has been the team's MVP this season. Robinson had several tough runs, including a 7-yarder to set up first-and-goal. Iowa fans, please stop talking about Brandon Wegher and appreciate the guy you have running the ball. He's been fabulous.

It's good to see Iowa get tight end Allen Reisner involved, and Marvin McNutt made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch for a 17-yard gain.

Good stuff early from Iowa, which leads 7-0 with 7:07 left in the first quarter.