Lassoed IOWA 24 -- WYOMING 3

The 2017 version of Iowa Hawkeyes Football kicked off on September 2, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium against the University of Wyoming Cowboys. The morning began cool and cloudy but by the time the Hawkeyes defense was finished bottling up future NFL quarterback Josh Allen, it became a beautiful late summer Saturday in Iowa City.

Pregame Festivities

The Hawkeyes arrive at Kinnick surrounded by adoring fans as they do the Hawk Walk through the Krause Family Plaza and pass by the statue of Nile Kinnick

Wyoming won the coin toss and deferred their possession to the 2nd half. Captain Sean Welsh points to the end zone the Hawkeyes would defend.

Game Action

Kickoff 2017
Akrum Wadley returns the first kickoff of the season 30 yards to the 31 yard line. Unfortunately the Hawkeyes went 3 and out on their opening drive. The defense would set the tone early and made it difficult for Wyoming's offense to sustain any drive. TE Noah Fant scored two touchdowns and WR Nick Easley scored his first as a Hawkeye. Freshman DE A.J. Epenesa recorded his first sack of his Hawkeyes career. Joshua Jackson and Brady Reiff each intercepted QB Josh Allen in the 4th Qtr.

Notable Plays

TE Noah Fant catches his first TD pass of the game...
...off QB Nate Stanley's play action bootleg
The second TD for Fant was a 27 yard strike over the middle from Stanley

A.J. Epenesa records his first sack as a Hawkeye

Brady Reiff interception
The Hawkeyes capitalized on a punting mishap by Wyoming - the net result for -5 yards and a turnover to Iowa. The Hawkeyes would score on the very next play after a defensive penalty for offsides on Wyoming.


Robert Gallery, Andre Woolridge, Kenny Arnold and others were in attendance. John Streif served as honorary captain.
Hawkeye fans began a new tradition on this day by waving in unison to the children patients across the stadium turf at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
LB Josey Jewell was awarded the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the week for his performance against Wyoming. Jewell had 14 tackles and 2 sacks in the game.

Hawkeyes win the opener 24-3.


All photographs by @webcentrick for HawkeyeReport.com

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