Halftime: Arizona 27, Iowa 7

September, 19, 2010
9/19/10
12:26
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- That was a bit surprising.

Arizona came out on fire, and Iowa sloppy, and that's why the Wildcats lead 27-7 at the half.

The Wildcats get the third-quarter kickoff.

Turning point: From the opening bell, Arizona attacked. It held Iowa to a three-and-out on its first possession and then blocked the ensuing punt and quickly scored a TD. Iowa started driving, but Trevin Wade got a pick-6 and it was 14-0 before Hawkeyes fans had settled into their seats.

Stat of the half: Who's the better running team? Iowa rushed for 71 yards in the first half on 16 carries. The Wildcats rushed for 69 on just 10.

Best player in the half: Arizona left tackle Adam Grant made Iowa's All-American DE Adrian Clayborn disappear in the first half. Guess here is some NFL scouts will raise an eyebrow at that if he keeps it up through the second half.

What Arizona needs to do: Play smart. Possess the ball. Don't give up big plays. Force Iowa to drive the length of the field. A 20-point lead is significant. But it is hardly insurmountable. The Wildcats can't let their outstanding first-half focus and intensity slip. Getting points on the first possession also might send a message that could get the Hawkeyes a bit off their game.

Ted Miller | email

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