Hawkeyes breeze by Montana, 41-7
Sept. 2, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -Drew Tate threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns and Albert Young added 148 yards of total offense and two scores to lead No. 16 Iowa past Montana 41-7 on Saturday.
Scott Chandler and freshman Dominique Douglas had TD catches for the Hawkeyes (1-0), who christened newly renovated Kinnick Stadium with a dominant defensive performance. Iowa held Division I-AA Montana (0-1) to 10 yards rushing, and 144 yards overall, en route to its 19th win in 20 home games.
Montana gave the Hawkeyes a scare midway through the third quarter by cutting Iowa's lead to 17-7.
The Grizzlies capitalized on a fumble by Young with a 44-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard TD pass from Josh Swogger to Eric Allen. But that was the only time Montana crossed Iowa's 35-yard line.
The Hawkeyes responded by scoring touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to put the game out of reach. Andy Brodell hauled in Tate's first long throw of the day for a 44-yard reception, and Tate found Chandler for a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Hawkeyes a 24-7 lead.
Iowa pushed its lead to 31-7 early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Young.
The Hawkeyes held Montana to five first downs in the opening half and led 17-0 at halftime.
Iowa went ahead 14-0 in the second quarter on Tate's second touchdown pass of the day. Young took a short pass from Tate and turned it into a 35-yard gain, and Tate capped an 89-yard drive with a 9-yard TD pass to Douglas.
The Hawkeyes opened the scoring by moving 71 yards for a touchdown on their second possession. Young, who kept the drive going with an 11-yard run on a 4th-and-1, capped it with 5-yard TD catch.
Tate's three TD passes gave him 46 for his career, moving him into second place on Iowa's all-time list. Chuck Long holds the mark with 74.
Swogger finished 16-of-28 for 134 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Montana recorded its lowest point total against a Division I opponent since 1982, a stretch of 22 games.
The game was the first at Kinnick since the completion of $86.8 million in renovations. The makeover included a new press box and luxury suites, new scoreboards and a statue of Nile Kinnick, Iowa's only Heisman Trophy winner.