November 26, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/26/14 Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 14: Nebraska @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-4, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-2 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 1 vote
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, WIN 30-14
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, Loss 26-24
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), 12:00 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Bowl game and opponent TBD

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November 28th, 2014.  Iowa v. #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 8-3, 4-3 Big Ten, 3-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 44, Huskers lead 28-13-3
Last Meeting: 2013, Hawkeyes 38, Huskers 17

Current Line: Iowa -1

Turnover Margin: -3,  B1G #11, FBS #107

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   400.7  Pass 243.1 Rush 157.6  Scoring 27.7
B1G    #6             #4               #8                    #7
FBS    #63           #51             #69                  #75
Defense  
Total   331.9  Pass 173.4  Rush 158.5    Scoring 22.8
B1G    #6              #2                #7                   #7
FBS    #21            #8                #57                 #33 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                            Indiana
Northwestern                Maryland
Purdue                          Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Wisconsin   9-2, 6-1 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Minnesota   8-3, 5-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Nebraska           8-3, 4-3 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Iowa                  7-4, 4-3 B1G, 3-2 B1G West
Northwestern   5-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Illinois           5-6, 2-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Purdue           3-8, 1-6 B1G, 1-5 B1G West

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Week 13 Recap: Badgers

Here is a thought, Greg and Kirk - let’s start with the aggressive offense that started the Mildcat game, when we led 38-7 at half, and combine that with the aggressive offense from the 2nd half of the Badger game, when we outscored them 21-10, and see what happens!

We needed just one more possession last week, but alas, after the he-man job the defense had done against the Badger rushing attack for most of the game, they could not get the stops we needed on the final Badger drive.  And so, a game that the Kinnick crowd had willed to the team with all their might, had ended with another heartbreak to the Badgers.  

Just one stat of note to discuss in this one, something I saw on Twitter a day or two ago, shared by Matt Benson @mbenson6.  Since the 2000 season, quarterbacks who had faced the #1 ranked team in total defense, in the month of October or November, and had thrown for over 300 yards, with more than 1 touchdown, and no interceptions.  They are:

Phillip Rivers, on 10/7/2000, against Clemson, 370 yards passing, 3 tds, no picks.
Josh Huepel, on 10/14/2000. against Kansas State, 374, 2 tds, and no picks.    And - 
Jake Rudock, on 11/22/2014, against Wisconsin, 311 yards, 2 tds, no interceptions.

November 20, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/20/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 13: Badgers @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-3, 4-2 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 7 votes
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, WIN 30-14
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, 3:36 pm, ABC/ESPN2 (regional, check your local listings)
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), 12:00 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Rodents @ Huskers, 12:00 pm, ESPN

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November 22nd, 2014.  Iowa v. #16 Wisconsin Badgers, 8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, 3-1 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 87, Badgers lead, 43-42-2
Last Meeting: 2013, Badgers 28, Hawkeys 9 

Current Line: Iowa +10

Turnover Margin: -2,  B1G #8, FBS #74

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   399.6  Pass 236.3 Rush 163.3  Scoring 28.1
B1G    #6             #5               #7                    #7
FBS    #64           #57             #63                  #72
Defense  
Total   324.6  Pass 176.8  Rush 147.8    Scoring 22.5
B1G    #6              #2                #6                   #6
FBS    #18            #8                #46                 #30 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                            Indiana
Northwestern                Maryland
Purdue                          Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Nebraska           8-2, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Iowa                  7-3, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Minnesota   7-3, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   4-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Illinois           4-6, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Purdue           3-7, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
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Week 12 Recap: Fighting Illini

Well as comfortable as the game would end up, the Hawkeyes sure made us sweat a bit getting there.  With our customary start with the ball, the Hawkeye offense went 6 yards, then 18, 20, 23, and Iowa has a 1st and goal from the Illini 8. Mark would get 5 yards on 1st down, but then with three more attempts from the 3, he could not get in.  Illinois held, and started from their 1 yard line.

From there, the Illini would get one 1st down, but then a penalty set them back to a 1st and 16, and the Iowa defense nailed Illinois trying a jet sweep, and that killed the drive.  Their punt was pretty good, but the gunner slammed into Vandeberg who had signaled fair catch, and that gave Iowa the ball at the Illinois 36.

But Iowa went 3 and out, and in the exchange, the Illini got the ball back at their 7 after the Hawkeye punt.

This is the drive that started with a holding call, and two plays later, the Illini failed to get the snap off, and that was a delay of game, so they faced a 3rd and 14 from their 3 yard line.  Iowa brought the pressure immediately, so Lunt just flipped the ball toward the far side flat, but as the camera panned that way, there were no Illini in the area.  And as the ball came down, an Iowa defender put his hands above his head in the safety formation.

The officials huddled up, then the referee pulled his flag from his belt and dropped it on the ground, and that was intentional grounding on Lunt, and it occurred in the end zone, and that is a safety, and the Hawkeyes had a 2-0 lead at 4:55 of the 1st quarter.

Iowa got the ball back of course, but after Mark ran for 9 and then 7 yards, Jake and Mark get mixed up on the next play, and the ball hit the turf, and Jake could not dive back on top of it.  Illinois ball at the Iowa 34.

November 13, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/13/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12: Iowa @ Illinois

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-3, 3-2 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today:
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, Loss 51-14
November 15th @ •Illinois, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Huskers @ Badgers, 3:30 pm, ABC

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November 15th, 2014.  Iowa @ Illinois Fighting Illini, 4-5, 1-4 Big Ten, 1-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 75, Illinois leads 38-29-2
Last Meeting: 2008, Hawkeyes 24, Illini 27

Current Line: Iowa -3.5

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #7, FBS #70

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   378.8  Pass 231.1 Rush 147.7  Scoring 27.9
B1G    #6             #5               #9                    #7
FBS    #84           #64             #86                  #74
Defense  
Total   334.6  Pass 180.1  Rush 154.4    Scoring 23.4
B1G    #6              #2                #8                   #8
FBS    #19            #8                #60                 #41 
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Big Ten West Standings:
Nebraska           8-1, 4-1 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Minnesota   7-2, 4-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Wisconsin   7-2, 4-1 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Iowa                  6-3, 3-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Illinois           4-5, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Northwestern   3-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue          3 -7, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
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Week 11 Recap: Golden Rodents

We are sorry Floyd.

There really is no other way to describe it, with what we had on the line, this has to be the worse loss of the Ferentz era.  And so, we leave it in the past, if you really want to rehash it there are plenty of places where you can read the bloody details.  Floyd, when you finally travel to Iowa City next fall (that was 4 out of 5 years we have played @ the Rodents), we will have payback, and in Iowa City you will stay.

Week 12 Preview: Fighting Illini

But as bad as that game was - in all areas, offense, defense, and special teams, the season is not over.  There is still much to play for.  

Take a look at the Big Ten West standings above - the 3rd column, the division standings.  

The Rodents, Badgers, and Hawkeyes all have 1 division loss.  

November 7, 2014

The Eternal Season - 11/7/14 - Sedge'e 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 11: Iowa @ Minnesota

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 6-2, 3-1 Big Ten, 2-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 12 votes
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, WIN 48-7
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
November 15th @ •Illinois, TBD
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Illinois is on a bye, Badgers @ Boilermakers, 12:00 pm, ESPNU
November 8th, 2014.  Iowa v Minnesota Golden Rodents, 6-2, 3-1 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 107, Rodents lead 61-44-2
Last Meeting: 2013, Hawkeyes 23, Rodents 7

Current Line: Iowa -2

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #5, FBS #44

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   400.5  Pass  244 9 Rush 155.6  Scoring 29.6
B1G    #6             #5               #8                    #6
FBS    #67           #56             #70                  #63
Defense  
Total   322.8  Pass  185.4  Rush 137.4    Scoring 20.0
B1G    #6              #4                  #7                   #5
FBS    #18            #16                #38                #18 
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Big Ten West Standings:
Nebraska         8-1, 4-1 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Iowa                6-2, 3-1 B1G, 2-0 B1G West
Minnesota       6-2, 3-1 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Wisconsin       6-2, 3-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Northwestern 3-5, 2-3 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Illinois         4-5, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue         3-6, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
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Week 10 Recap: Mildcats

It was a cool crisp day in Iowa City, but the sun was shining, and it was perfect for a Big Ten November game.  

We do never hear who wins the toss, but it’s little matter, the Mildcats are kicking off to Iowa.  The kick lands right at the goal line, and right inside the near sideline, Parker reaches up, drops the ball, but then picks it up on one hop and starts forward.  At the 10, he cuts the ball across the numbers, and he keeps going that way, he is in the clear as he crosses the 20, the 30, he is now outside the far numbers as he crosses the 40, the 50, and he is finally forced out at about the Cat 46!  But as he falls out of bounds, the kicker shoves him in the back, and Parker slams into a helmet case on the Mildcat sideline, flags fly, that is a late hit out of bounds.  15 yard penalty, an Iowa 1st down at the Cat 31!

October 30, 2014

The Eternal Season - 10/30/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 10 - Northwestern @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 5-2, 2-1 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, Loss 20-17
September 20th @ Pittsburg, WIN 24-20
September 27th @ •Purdue, WIN 24-10
October 11th v. Indiana, WIN 45-29
October 18th @ Maryland, Loss 38-31
November 1st v. •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, BTN (main BTN channel)
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, 12:00 pm, ESP2/ESPNU
November 15th @ •Illinois, TBD
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Golden Rodents are on a bye, Illinois @ Ohio State, 8:00 pm, ABC

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November 1st, 2014.  Iowa v Northwestern Wildcats, 3-4, 2-2 Big Ten, 1-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 75, Iowa leads 48-24-3
Last Meeting: 2013, Iowa 17, Mildcats 10, OT

Current Line: Iowa -4

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #5, FBS #46

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   388.7  Pass  242 4 Rush 145.3  Scoring 27.0
B1G    #8             #6               #10                  #11
FBS    #78            #57             #80                  #82
Defense  
Total   343.1  Pass  201.1  Rush 142.0    Scoring 21.9
B1G    #7              #4                  #7                   #7
FBS    #30            #27                #51                 #33 
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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                           Indiana
Northwestern               Maryland
Purdue                         Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Nebraska         7-1, 3-1 B1G, 2-0 B1G West
Iowa                5-2, 2-1 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Minnesota 6-1, 3-1 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Wisconsin 5-2, 2-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Northwestern 3-4, 2-2 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue         3-5, 1-3 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Illinois         4-4, 1-3 B1G, 1-3 B1G West

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Week 8 Recap: Maryland

Let’s leave this game in the past: it has been hashed and rehashed already.  Offense, defense, and coaching were all to blame.  We trust they have used the second bye week to correct the things that can be corrected.  And found their focus - because we now face 5 games in 27 days, and because we are still 1-0 in the division, our path is clear.  One week at a time.


Week 10 Preview: Northwestern

Stupid bye weeks.  This one cost us Spearman, another one of those OWIs via moped, and in the last day or two, word broke that Willies would be leaving Iowa, to be closer to his ailing father.  So that’s a hit to a starting linebacker, and a wideout who hadn’t played as much as Iowa fans may have wanted, 

Granted, the way the defense has defended the rush (poorly) the last two games, maybe shaking up the linebackers will provide a spark.  As big and fast as Willies was, he was still a redshirt freshman, and we were not featuring him as the season went on.  We still have some tools and weapons, let’s see if the coaches can figure out how to use them properly.

You probably heard a lot about the Mildcats all summer, as they lead the charge to unionize college football teams.  It didn’t work, and some questioned if the Cats should have focused more on their football skills.  

Still. Northwestern entered the season as a candidate to win the Big Ten West, but their dreams are nearly dead, and the Hawks can snuff them out on Saturday.  

The Cats hosted the Cal Bears to open the year, who had lost the last 16 games they had played against FBS level opponents.  Easy win for Northwestern.  

But against the Cats they built at 31-7 lead, and hung on to win the game 31-34.  You may recall the terrible start the B1G had this year.   

The Mildcats then stayed home to face Northern Illinois in week 2.  We remember them.

But that quarterback is gone, and the Huskies defense stuffed Northwestern’s running attack for 72 net, and held on to win the game 23-15.  So the Mildcats started the season 0-2.

They then continued their tour of their home state, as Western Illinois visited Chicago, and the Cats had little trouble with them, getting their first win, 24-7.  

Northwestern than went to Happy Valley to start their Big Ten schedule, and they really suffocated the Lions offense, winning 29-6.  The Cats were now 2-2 on the year.

Up next, the Badges came calling.
There, Gordon carried the ball for 27 times for 259 yards - but the Wisconsin problem has been quarterback, and the Cats picked off four Badger passes to hang on and shock the Badgers 20-14.  Northwestern was now 3-2, 2-0 Big Ten.

But then they went to Kinnick North.  This was a 17-17 game midway through the 4th quarter, but as soon as the Cats tied the game up, they let the Rodents bring the next kickoff back 100 yards, and that was the final score, Rodents 24, Mildcats 17.  

Nebraska then came to Chicago, and this game had the Cats up 17-14 late in the 3rd, but Nebraska scored to open the 4th up 21-17, and they added 3 more 4th quarter touchdowns to win the game 38-17.

Abdullah had 23 carries for 146 yards, but the Huskers racked up 234 on the ground total.  They really wore the Cats down in the 4th quarter.  Note, Iowa coaches,  

So that 2 game losing streak has Northwestern at 3-4, and at 1-2, Big Ten West, they are on very thin ice in the division.

The Cats are lead by senior QB Siemian, who we have seen before.  So far he is 151 out of 265. a 57% completion rate, for 1496 yards, with 4 passing tds, but 6 interceptions.  He has also been sacked 18 times.

He has 4 rushing tds on the season, but those have all been close in dives, he is not a running QB like we are used to seeing these days. His longest scramble so far is 8 yards.

His top target is senior wideout Prater, #21.  He has 26 catches for 264 yards, with a long of 22.  

The rushing attack is lead by a freshman, Jackson, #28.  He has 134 carries for 630 yards, 4.7 per touch, with 4 rushing touchdowns.  He also has 11 catches for 102 yards, with a td, so Iowa linebackers, be ready for him out of the backfield.

Senior Green, #22, has 45 carries for 153 yards, so the main feature is the freshman.  Hawks must take him away.

The Northwestern defense allows an average of 158 rushing yards per game, let’s hope that if Mark is averaging over 5 yards a carry this week, he will see the ball in all 4 quarters.

They allow just short of 217 passing yards per game, so the check downs will be there Jake - let’s use some play action to force the defense back.

The most interesting stat regarding special teams is this - the Mildcats only net 32.1 yards per punt, dead last in the Big Ten, and #122 overall.  Maybe the long litany of fair catches will end this week, and Iowa will expose the Cats on a punt return or two.

I know, it’s Northwestern, who, like Iowa State, seems to think their season is a success if they beat Iowa.  But Iowa has had to fight off the distractions of the bye week, and will be ready to come out and atone for mistakes of the past two games.

That is, we are going to get the power running game going this week.  And stick with it.  Yes, there will be passes, but they will complement the rushing attack, not replace it.  

Mark goes over 100 with two scores, Parker and Canzeri chip in 85 more, as Jake (and maybe CJ) top the 275 mark with 2 passing tds.  

The Iowa defense will only give up 60 net rushing to the Cats, and sack the QB 4 times.  

The Hawks wipe out the negativity of the last 14 days with a comfortable 34-20 win.  

And that is all that we, and the Hawkeyes, must think about.  One game.  Northwestern.  Beat them, knock them out of the conference race - and make ourselves 2-0 in the division.  

GO HAWKS!!!
SEDGE