BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- Fred Russell ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns as 16th-ranked Iowa matched its best start in 12 years with a 24-8 Big Ten Conference win over Indiana.
Russell carried 20 times in his seventh 100-yard game of the season as Iowa (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) equaled its best start since 1991.
The Hawkeyes avoided looking ahead to next week's showdown at ninth-ranked Michigan and are 4-0 in the conference for the first time since 1990, when they last won a Big Ten title. They already have matched their win total from last season.
"It is a big game, obviously," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said of the Wolverines. "It is a little bigger with our unblemished conference record. To come in here and get a win, we are happy about that. We feel great about the win."
Still, Ferentz feels the Hawkeyes need to get even better if they are going to challenge for the Big Ten crown.
"The story in my mind was that we got off to a great start in all phases," he said. "At some point in the second quarter, we started making mental mistakes. From that point on, I felt we really got outhustled and outworked by Indiana."
Iowa grabbed a 7-0 lead when Russell capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a three-yard run with 9:15 to play in the first quarter. Nate Kaeding kicked a 42-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 5:51 left in the first and Russell scored from two yards out 1:42 later to give the Hawkeyes a 17-point advantage.
Russell was a little short of his average of 132.8 yards per game, which ranked second in the Big Ten and seventh in Division I-A.
Gibran Hamdan completed 21-of-48 passes for 334 yards, but threw three interceptions as Indiana (3-4, 1-2) had a six-game home winning streak snapped. Courtney Robey had 11 receptions for a career-high 198 yards.
"As an offense, we moved the ball," Hamdan said. "There were some critical mistakes that I made in the red zone that definitely hurt us. Our receivers continue to play well enough for us to win."
Linebacker Grant Steen had all three interceptions, breaking the school record. Tarig Holman was the last Hawkeye with two interceptions in a 12-9 loss to Michigan on October 3, 1998.
"We got what we deserved," Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo said. "We probably could have played better. We'll move on."
After a scoreless second quarter, Bryan Robertson kicked a 45-yard field goal to pull Indiana within 17-3, 6:21 into the the third. But Brad Banks tossed a 65-yard scoring pass to Maurice Brown 1:53 later.
Indiana scored a safety with 2:53 left to account for the final margin.