For the first time this season, Iowa’s defensive front made an opposing quarterback jittery Saturday.

That’s not an official statistic, of course. The Hawkeyes were credited with only two sacks of Michigan State’s Rocky Lombardi in a 49-7 win at Kinnick Stadium.

But there were five quarterback hurries. Three interceptions. Another 21 passes that fell harmlessly to the turf, many of those well off-target.

“We’ve been trying to establish our identity,” Iowa senior defensive end Chauncey Golston said after breaking through with 1.5 sacks Saturday. “We knew that if we got pressure, if we stopped the run, then we could do what we enjoy doing. And that’s rush the passer.”

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