Two Hawkeyes honored by B1G
After Kevonte Martin-Manley and B.J. Lowery put themselves into the Iowa football record books Saturday against Western Michigan, the Big Ten Conference honored them both Monday.
Martin-Manley returned two punts for touchdowns to earn Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, while Lowery’s two interception returns for scores netted him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Martin-Manley became just the third Big Ten player to return two punts back for touchdowns in the same game and is the first since 1983. The returns came on consecutive attempts in the second quarter, giving Iowa a 24-0 lead.
The junior wide receiver had 184 yards on four returns in the game and that ranks second in Big Ten Conference history behind former Iowa Hawkeye and Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick’s 201 yards on eight returns that came in 1939.
Just one player in NCAA Division I history has three punt return touchdowns in a single game.
Lowery became the first Hawkeye and second Big Ten player ever to have two interception returns for touchdowns when he snatched Zach Terrell’s first pass of the game out of the air and sprinted 13 yards into the end zone in the third quarter of Saturday’s win.
Lowery has three interceptions on the season and the 35-yard interception return for a score in the second quarter was the first of his collegiate career. That put Iowa up 38-3.
The Big Ten honors are the first for both Martin-Manley and Lowery. The last Hawkeye to win special teams player of the week was kicker Mike Meyer last season. The last Iowa player to earn defensive player of the week was defensive tackle Tom Nardo in 2011. It was the first time Iowa had two recipients awarded in the same week since Adrian Clayborn and Pat Angerer in 2009 following Iowa’s win at Penn State.
Iowa begins Big Ten Conference play Saturday when it travels to Minneapolis to take on the undefeated Minnesota Gophers (4-0). Kick off in the battle for Floyd of Rosedale will be 2:30 p.m.
Iowa-Michigan State to air on ESPN family of networks
Iowa’s Oct. 5 game with Michigan State will be aired on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, according to the Big Ten Conference.
The Hawkeyes (3-1) and Spartans (4-0) will kick off at 11 a.m. from Kinnick Stadium that day. The Big Ten Conference will release the exact broadcast location following all Big Ten Conference games on Sept. 28.