Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's been an uncharacteristically sloppy first half for the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes, who came into today's road trip at No. 24 Arizona with a reputation for sound play and senior leadership. The Hawkeyes have seen little of either thus far, and Arizona leads, 27-7.
Arizona didn't have to work especially hard on offense for any of their three touchdowns. A blocked punt gave Arizona 1st and goal right out of the blocks, and the Wildcats scored their other two touchdowns on an interception return by Trevin Wade and a kickoff return by Travis Cobb.
That's not to say that Arizona hasn't done anything on offense; Nick Foles guided two long, clock-eating drives that both resulted in field goals, and Adrian Clayborn and the rest of the vaunted Iowa defensive line have looked largely impotent thus far.
But the story of the day so far must be Iowa's mistakes; Arizona's pick-six came on a pass that went through Marvin McNutt's hands, and twice, Ricky Stanzi had sure touchdown passes barely miss open receivers and fall harmlessly incomplete.