Iowa beats Wyoming in season opener, 24-3

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It happened right away during Iowa's 24-3 win over the Wyoming Cowboys.

Pass protection was a concern, which made UW want Allen to get the ball out of his hands quickly.

In addition to completing 56 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, Allen rushed for 523 yards and another seven touchdowns.

Wyoming also failed to capitalize on a solid performance from its defense.

However, UW managed just 233 yards of total offense - 3.3 yards per play. "We couldn't get a running game established. Our players are disappointed and I am personally, but we got a game coming up next Saturday".

On the punt, true freshman Tim Zaleski lost control of the ball during his release.

The Hawkeyes turned the ball over four times, but the linebacking trio of Josey Jewell, Ben Niemann and Bo Bower all had double-digit tackles.

"Defenses are going to play better; they're going to execute and game plan better, too", Allen said.

After the Cowboys' field goal early in the second quarter, the Hawkeyes held them scoreless the rest of the game.

"We worked hard on stripping the football over the summer and it helped us make plays today", Bohl said.

To the dismay of the 12 scouts from seven National Football League teams in attendance, Allen's 36-yard gem to Johnson was a rarity. Iowa had been driving near midfield when Carl Granderson forced a fumble that Sidney Malauulu recovered.

Iowa added to the lead at the 5:34 mark of the third quarter on Stanley's third touchdown pass of the game, as he connected with Nick Easley from 45 yards. On the first play, Allen was sacked and called for intentional grounding. Rather than going into halftime behind 7-3 on the road in a Big Ten stadium, Wyoming went into the locker room with a 14-3 deficit.

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