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Iowa running back James Butler (20) breaks free from Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning and defensive end J.D. Waggoner (58) during the second quarter of their game in Ames last Saturday.

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

NORTH TEXAS AT IOWA | WEEK 3, 2:30 P.M., KINNICK STADIUM

TV: ESPN2

RADIO: WOC (1420 AM)

LINE: Iowa by 21.5

SERIES: Iowa 1-0

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Akrum Wadley’s workload: Among Big Ten backs, only Minnesota’s Rodney Smith has carried the ball more than the 52 times the Iowa senior has rushed this season. Wadley carried a career-high 28 times at Iowa State a week ago and with an eye on keeping Wadley healthy for the long haul, coaches want to put the ball in the hands of reserves James Butler and Toren Young more frequently.

A Fine arm: Sophomore Mason Fine runs North Texas’ “air raid offense. An all-freshman pick in Conference USA last season, the 5-foot-11 Oklahoma native threw for a career-high 424 yards last week against SMU. At the controls of an offense built around short, effective passes, Fine has completed 47-of-68 passes this season including nine plays of 28 yards or more.

Iowa’s line play: Dating back to last season, the Hawkeyes will start their sixth different combination of players in six games on the offensive line. Iowa now looks to find cohesion following the season-ending Achilles injury to Ike Boettger which shifts Sean Welsh to right tackle, Keegan Render to right guard and Ross Reynolds to left guard. True freshman Tristan Wirfs is expected to debut today.

Jeffrey Wilson’s feet: North Texas isn’t all about the pass. Senior running back Jeffrey Wilson averages 12.5 carries per game and he knows what to do with the ball, averaging 8.5 yards per carry through two games. Wilson has had carries of 62 and 49 yards this season during the Mean Green’s 1-1 start, but was limited to 36 yards last week by SMU.

Hawkeye returns: After opening the season with seniors Akrum Wadley and Matt VandeBerg handling kickoff and punt return duties for Iowa, those roles are shifting. True freshman Ivory Kelly-Martin is expected to become the primary kick returner today while junior Josh Jackson and true freshman Max Cooper are returning punts.

— Steve Batterson

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Iowa (2-0)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

Nathan Stanley;35;56;458;8;1

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Akrum Wadley;52;234;4.5;1

James Butler;20;84;4.2;0

Ihmir Smith-Marsette;2;11;5.5;0

Noah Fant;1;(-4);(-4.0);0

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Nick Easley;11;125;11.4;2

Matt VandeBerg;5;61;12.2;1

Noah Fant;5;59;11.8;2

Akrum Wadley;4;72;18.0;1

INTERCEPTIONS: Parker Hesse 1, Joshua Jackson 1, Brady Reiff 1

SACKS: Josey Jewell 2, A.J. Epenesa 1.5

TACKLES: Josey Jewell 21, Bo Bower 17, Ben Niemann 17, Miles Taylor 11, Josh Jackson 11

PUNT RETURNS: Matt VandeBerg 3-37-12.3-0; Josh Jackson 1-4-4.0-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Akrum Wadley 4-100-25.0-0; Ivory Kelly-Martin 2-39-19.5-0

North Texas (1-1)

PASSING;COMP;ATT;YDS;TD;INT

Mason Fine;47;68;648;6;2

RUSHING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Jeffrey Wilson;25;212;8.5;4

Nic Smith;23;132;5.7;1

Evan Johnson;13;98;7.5;0

Quinn Shanbour;3;31;10.3;0

RECEIVING;NO;YDS;AVG;TD

Michael Lawrence;11;160;14.5;1

Jalen Guyton;7;172;24.6;2

Jaelon Darden;5;67;13.4;1

Kelvin Smith;5;31;6.2;0

INTERCEPTIONS: Kemon Hall 1, William Lemasters 1

SACKS: Kemon Hall 2, Tony Krasniqui 1, Sid Moore 1, Khairi Muhammad 1, T.J. Tauaalo 1

TACKLES: Khairi Muhammad 13, E.J. Ejiya 11, Kemon Hall 9, Kishawn McClain 8, Colton McDonald 7, Sid Moore 7

PUNT RETURNS: Eric Jenkins 4-4-1.0-0, Jaelon Darden 1-12-12.0-0

KICKOFF RETURNS: Jaelon Darden 5-104-20.8-0

MARQUEE MATCHUP

Iowa LB Josey Jewell vs. North Texas QB Mason Fine: As the Hawkeyes work to improve their pass rush, the senior linebacker has half of Iowa’s four sacks through two games. Jewell, currently third in the Big Ten with 21 tackles in the Hawkeyes’ 2-0 start, will be dealing with a mobile challenge in Allen, a sophomore who has completed 68.9 percent of his passes but has been sacked seven times through two games.

BY THE NUMBERS

580.5: Yards per game the North Texas offense has averaged through two games, ninth among FBS teams

2: Number of times in the last 10 years that Iowa has finished the nonconference portion of its schedule without a loss

QUOTABLE

“North Texas has an explosive offense, something that catches your eye right away. They like to spread you out and attack. We can’t look past anybody this week. They have our attention with the way they move the ball.’’

— Iowa linebacker Bo Bower

THE SEASONS

Iowa (2-0)

Sept. 2;Iowa 24, Wyoming 3

Sept. 9;Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT)

Sept. 16;North Texas, 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 23;Penn State, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30;at Michigan State, TBA

Oct. 7;Illinois, 11 a.m.

Oct. 21;at Northwestern, TBA

Oct. 28;Minnesota, TBA

Nov. 4;Ohio State, TBA

Nov. 11;at Wisconsin, TBA

Nov. 18;Purdue, TBA

Nov. 24;at Nebraska, 3 p.m.

North Texas (1-1)

Sept. 2;North Texas 59, Lamar 14

Sept. 9;SMU 54, North Texas 32

Sept. 16;at Iowa, 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 23;UAB, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 30;at Southern Miss, 6 p.m.

Oct. 14;UTSA, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 21;at Florida Atlantic, TBA

Oct. 28;Old Dominion, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 4;at Louisiana Tech, 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 11;UTEP, 4 p.m.

Nov. 18;Army, 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 25;at Rice, noon

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