IOWA CITY – With its unbeaten season in peril, Iowa put the ball in Jordan Canzeri's hands.
Canzeri delivered the third-best rushing day in Hawkeyes history, helping his team hold off a furious challenge from Illinois.
Canzeri ran for 256 yards on a school-record 43 carries — including 11 straight on a fourth-quarter drive — and No. 22 Iowa (6-0, 2-0) beat the Illini (4-2, 1-1) 29-20 on Saturday for its sixth straight win.
"I thought what he did was really special," said coach Kirk Ferentz, who is 6-0 for just the second time in 17 seasons at Iowa. "Certainly in the fourth quarter. That was just a special effort."
Canzeri's 75-yard touchdown run put Iowa ahead 23-13 late in the third quarter. Earlier, he had a 17-yard TD reception.
"It was just the adrenaline going," Canzeri said. "I knew I needed to do something for my team, just needed to fight and continue to push and make those plays."
Iowa star defensive end Drew Ott spent the fourth quarter on crutches and with his right knee wrapped.