Iowa knocks off Illinois, 45-16

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Illinois 45-16 on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Safety Brandon Snyder added an 89-yard interception return for a score in his first game back from a knee injury for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten), who outscored Illinois (2-3, 0-2) 28-3 in the second half.

Snyder's pick-six came with 6:40 left in the third quarter and made it 24-16 Iowa, and Stanley found Matt VandeBerg for a 39-yard TD reception to push the lead to 15 early in the fourth quarter.

Akrum Wadley put the game away on an 18-yard touchdown run with 8:49 left.

Wadley finished with 115 yards, surpassing the 100-yard mark for the third time this season, and he added a 2-yard TD reception.

Jeff George Jr. threw for 246 yards in his first start of the season - but he also threw three interceptions without finding the end zone.