In Week 1, Iowa defeated South Dakota State, 7-3. The defense and special teams won the game for the Hawkeyes, as all 7 points came from 2 safeties and a FG.

Iowa also called on punter Tory Taylor 10 times, a player who turned out to be a huge defensive weapon. Taylor’s game was extraordinary, and he pinned back the Jackrabbits back with 479 yards off his punts.

Seven of the punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, and 5 were downed inside the 10-yard line.

The Hawkeyes are 6-1 since the beginning of the 2020 season when punting 8 or more times in a game, and no other FBS team has more than 2 wins when punting that much. It’s something that works for the Hawkeyes and Taylor.

For Taylor, it’s a fairly simple game plan. During Tuesday’s media session, Taylor revealed the special teams unit is simply focused on being dominant in 10-second stretches when called upon.

Keeping it simple sure works for Taylor and the Hawkeyes:

Can the Hawkeyes punt their way to another victory? We’ll see as Iowa faces off against Iowa State this Saturday.