Iowa City, IA (WKZO) – The Broncos gave up two pick sixes and allowed two punt returns for touchdowns, as the beginning of the PJ Fleck era continues to disappoint with Saturday afternoon’s beat down by the Iowa Hawkeyes 59-3.
The Broncos once again found themselves down early and unable to overcome early mistakes. Already trailing 10-0 after one quarter, Iowa returned two punts for TD’s early in the second quarter over a 59 second span to increasing their lead to 24-0 with 10:46 remaining in the second quarter. Iowa added a rushing TD before intercepting a pass from Tyler VanTubbergen with 56 left in the half and returned it to the house for their fourth touchdown of the quarter.
VanTubbergen was unimpressive for WMU, completing only 14 passed out of 32 for 114 yards and two picks and was replaced by Zach Terrell in the second half. Terrell wasn’t any better as his first pass was intercepted by B.J. Lowery and returned 13 yards for a TD, giving Iowa a 45-3 lead. Terrell finished 2 of 6 for 21 yards.
The rest of the Broncos’ offense was unable to get anything going as well, as Brian Fields led the team in rushing with only 58 yards. Fields was also the team’s leader in receiving after hauling in five catches for 57 yards.
WMU’s only three points came on a 23 yard field goal from Andrew Haldeman in the second quarter with 4:57 left in the half.
Jake Rudock had two passing touchdowns for Iowa, while Jordan Canzeri and Mark Weisman added rushing TD’s for the Hawkeyes.
WMU starts MAC play next weekend at Waldo Stadium with the Kent State Golden Flashes. Kick-off is set for 7pm.