Big Ten: Jerrard Tarrant

MIAMI, Fla. -- This game is far from over, but so far Iowa has controlled most of the game, and the Hawkeyes' defense has been the highlight. Here's a quick breakdown of the first half:

Turning point: Jerrard Tarrant's 40-yard interception return for a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter single-handedly changed the momentum of the game and kept the Jackets in it.

Stat of the half: Iowa's defense has held the Yellow Jackets to just 32 yards of total offense in the first half. That's the fewest the program has produced in the first half in at least 20 years.

Best player in the half: Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. He's made an impressive comeback after missing the final two and a half regular season games with an ankle injury. Although he's thrown one interception -- and a costly one at that -- he's done the Hawkeyes more good than harm. Stanzi has completed 12 of 17 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and he's beat the Yellow Jackets deep on several occasions.

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