FCS power South Dakota State almost pulled off a huge upset Saturday, but lost at Big Ten stalwart Iowa 7-3 as the Hawkeye defense came up with a pair of second half safeties.
The only offensive scores came in the first half as Iowa kicked a field goal in the first quarter and SDSU matched it in the second period.
The Hawkeyes took the lead back in the third quarter on Jack Campbell’s tackle of Isaiah Davis in the end zone, then Joe Evans sacked quarterback Mark Gronowski in the fourth quarter for the second
The game was marked by offensive ineptitude by both teams as Iowa finished with 166 total yards while South Dakota State had 120. The two teams combined for more punts (21) than first downs (16).
Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras completed 11 of 25 passes for 109 yards. Gronowski was 10 of 26 passing for 87 yards.