McNutt quite a catch for Iowa


Iowa’s Marvin McNutt Jr. (7) pulls in a touchdown pass in front of Indiana’s Michael Hunter (17) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Brian Ray)

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Marvin McNutt caught three touchdown passes Saturday to become Iowa’s career leader in helping the Hawkeyes beat Indiana 45-24. After teaming with James Vandenberg on scoring plays of 80, 24 and 29 yards, the rangy 6-foot-4 senior also is within reach of the school record for receiving yards.

McNutt finished with six receptions for a career-high 184 yards and now has 24 touchdown catches in his career. He had been tied for the lead with Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes at 21.

Vandenberg went 12 of 16 for 253 yards and a career-best four touchdowns, including a 1-yarder to Brad Herman for a late score.

“You’ve got good matchups and you’ve got protection and Vandenberg threw great balls, so it looks good when you’ve got 11 guys doing all what they need to do,” McNutt said. “We executed and that’s what it came down to.”

McNutt also has passed Dwight and Hughes in career receiving yards, running his total to 2,303. He trails the school’s leader, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, by 313 yards and with five regular-season games remaining plus a likely bowl game, that mark also is within reach.

Marcus Coker rushed for 139 yards and touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards for Iowa (5-2, 2-1). The Hawkeyes amassed 456 yards and had no turnovers.

Indiana (1-7, 0-4) lost for the fifth straight time and now has been outscored 161-61 in Big Ten play.


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