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Iowa Hawkeyes power through Maryland in 31-15 win

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A storybook season for the Iowa Hawkeyes continues to get better. Iowa (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) added another chapter this afternoon, topping the visiting Maryland Terrapins (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) in front of a rowdy Halloween crowd at Kinnick Stadium.

The Hawkeyes built up a big lead and then weathered a scoring flurry in the fourth quarter to seal their eighth consecutive win. Among the fireworks in the fourth was an 88-yard interception return by Iowa defensive back Desmond King, culminating in a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Maryland's William Likely took the return from five yards deep in his own end zone all the way back for a responding score. A successful two-point conversion followed to make it 31-15, but that was as close as the Terps would get. The Hawkeyes won by that final.

Guiding Iowa to the decisive win in part was a lob-sided turnover battle -- as the Hawkeyes notched four takeaways to Maryland's one.

The first half belonged to the home squad, as the Hawkeyes used touchdown rushes from three different running backs (LeShun Daniels, Jr., Akrum Wadley and Derrick Mitchell, Jr.) to jump out to a 21-0 lead while controlling the pace of the game in the process. 

At the halfway mark, Iowa had out-gained Maryland 240-68 in yardage, and also dominated the possession battle -- holding the ball for seven and a half minutes longer than the Terps.

Next up for the tenth-ranked Hawkeyes is a trip to Bloomington, Indiana next Saturday for a game against the Indiana Hoosiers (4-4, 0-4 Big Ten). A  kickoff time for that game has not yet been determined.

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