IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Nathan Chandler threw two touchdown
passes and Iowa's defense and special teams added scores in a 56-7
victory over Buffalo on Saturday.
The No. 23 Hawkeyes (2-0) put the game away early, scoring touchdowns
on their first four possessions and getting another when safety
Sean Considine returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown. The
flurry gave Iowa a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter and
sent most of its key starters to the bench.
Iowa's Maurice Brown split the Buffalo defense for 82 yards and a TD on 4 catches.
Few things went right for Buffalo (0-2), which has lost 12
straight -- the longest losing streak in college football. The
Bulls, hurt by three turnovers, had 265 yards in total offense, but
most came during mop up time in the second half.
Chandler, playing just four possessions, was 8-of-11 for 113
yards in his second career start. He also scored on a 1-yard run
before being pulled midway through the second quarter. Running back
Fred Russell ran for 98 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown as Iowa
rushed for 270 yards.
Iowa allowed Buffalo to cross midfield once in the first half.
But the Bulls scored late in the game when Aaron Leeper ran 2 yards
for a touchdown, the first allowed by Iowa this season.
On the opening drive, Iowa marched 73 yards in 10 plays, capped
Chandler's 5-yard TD pass to receiver Ed Hinkel.
Iowa's next touchdown was set up by Chandler's 44-yard pass to
Maurice Brown, who leaped between two defenders to make the catch.
Three plays later, Russell scored on a 1-yard run.
On Buffalo's next possession, Leeper bobbled an option pitch and
Considine scooped up the ball and ran untouched into the end zone.
Considine intercepted Randall Secky midway through the second
quarter, and the Hawkeyes made it 35-0 eight plays later when
Chandler zipped a 23-yard strike toBrown.
Chandler was replaced by Drew Tate, a freshman from Texas. Tate
marched Iowa on a 69-yard touchdown drive, giving Iowa a 42-0 lead
at the half.
Iowa special contributed when Ramon Ochoa returned a punt 70
yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.