Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley was named the co-offensive player of the week in the Big Ten Conference on Monday, the league announced. He shared the honor with Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.
The Hawkeyes sophomore completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns to guide Iowa to a come-from-behind, 44-41 overtime victory at Iowa State Saturday in Ames. It was his first-ever road start.
Stanley (6-4, 235) became the second Big Ten quarterback with at least 300 passing yards and five passing touchdowns without an interception in a road game since 1997 and the first Hawkeye with 300 yards and five touchdowns passing in any game since 1987. He completed passes to nine different receivers.
Iowa put together four touchdown drives of 89 yards or more with Stanley behind center on Saturday. He connected with freshman wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette for the game winning scoring toss in overtime after the duo hooked up for a big play in the end zone during the team’s fourth-quarter comeback.
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Stanley is the first Hawkeye to win or share the league’s weekly honor since running back LeShun Daniels accomplished the feat on Nov. 21, 2016. The Wisconsin native now has thrown eight touchdowns, which has his tied for third in the country and tops in the Big Ten through two games.
Stanley is the fourth quarterback in the coach Kirk Ferentz era to make his first true road start at Jack Trice Stadium. The others include Nathan Chandler (W, 40-21, in 2003), Jake Christiansen (L, 15-13, in 2007), and Jake Ruddock (W, 27-21, in 2013).
Stanley established career highs in completions (27), attempts (41), yards (333), and touchdowns (5). His eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts are more than any other quarterback in the Ferentz era (19 years). He is the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb vs. Northwestern in ’87.