IOWA CITY – On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.
Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory. The Hawkeyes became bowl-eligible for the 17th time in the past 18 years.
Anthony Nelson added a touchdown on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards on a day when wind gusts topped 40 miles per hour. That's the lowest total in school history for a Big Ten game.
"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for 40 minutes, 55 seconds — the second-highest mark of the Ferentz era.
The Terrapins (4-3, 2-2) ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.
Iowa was not penalized in a game for the first time since Sept. 30, 2006.