Iowa taxation Sun, 26 Sep 2021 13:48:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Iowa football’s timely offense, Jack Campbell fueled the win over CSU Sun, 26 Sep 2021 01:52:30 +0000

IOWA CITY – A popular and accurate thought among Iowa fans after the first games of the season was that one day the offense would have to reclaim the defense and special teams to win a game.

While it would be an exaggeration to say that the offense gained the upper hand against Colorado State on Saturday, it did enough to help the Hawkeyes come out of a surprising halftime deficit.

Spencer Petras threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Sam LaPorta to break a tie in the third quarter and pitched for a season-high 224 yards as sixth-place Iowa withstood a formidable effort from the Rams of the Mountain West Conference to win, 24-14, in front of 65,456 fans at Kinnick Stadium.

“There were ups and downs… but especially in the third quarter,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, “we’ve seen some growth and good things.”

The recovery of Jack Campbell's fumble in the third quarter was a game-changer for sixth-place Iowa.

It wasn’t the cruise control victory that punters had projected for the 23-point favorite Hawkeyes, who improved to 4-0. They were punched in the mouth by a physical team who a week ago were holding Toledo by 6 points. If you were wondering which Colorado State team would show up, this was the one – not the one that lost to FCS South Dakota State in the opener.