No. 14 Hawkeyes Cruise Past Illini, 24-7

Sept. 23, 2006

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -Drew Tate passed for 190 yards and No. 14 Iowa scored three touchdowns late in the second quarter en route to a 24-7 victory at Illinois on Saturday.

Tate completed 17-of-27 passes to lead an offense that collected 344 yards. He was intercepted near the goal line early in the second quarter by Kevin Mitchell, but the Hawkeyes grabbed control after that.

Damian Sims scored on a 1-yard run with just under six minutes left in the half after a short punt gave Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) possession at the Illinois 31. Albert Young added a 6-yard run three minutes later.

Tate then connected with Tony Moeaki for a 35-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the half after Miguel Merrick intercepted Tim Brasic. And just like that, it was 21-0.

Next up for Iowa is No. 1 Ohio State at home.

Young had six catches for 40 yards to go with his team-high 57 yards rushing, and Dominique Douglas add five catches for 64 yards.

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Illinois (1-3, 0-1) was unable to move the ball for three quarters and lost its 10th straight Big Ten game. The Illini finished with 315 yards, 149 coming during the fourth quarter.

Freshman Isiah Williams started at quarterback for Illinois and struggled, going 9-of-32 for 161 yards, three interceptions and one touchdown. It was a steep drop from the previous week, when he relieved Brasic and threw for 227 yards against Syracuse.

Brasic was 3-of-7 for 33 yards – all in the closing minutes of the second quarter. His first pass went right to Merrick at the Illinois 40, and he spent the second half on the sideline. Pierre Thomas led the Illini with 50 yards rushing.

Iowa threatened early in the second, driving to the Illinois 16. But after an 8-yard sack, Tate was intercepted near the goal line by Mitchell on third-and-15.

Illinois could not take advantage. A 12-yard punt by Kyle Yelton gave Iowa possession on the Illinois 31 and set up the game’s first touchdown.

The Hawkeyes pulled away from there and gave coach Kirk Ferentz his 53rd win at Iowa. That gave him sole possession of second place on the school’s all-time list, ahead of Forest Evashevski and behind Hayden Fry, who won 143 games.