October 7, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 6

Iowa’s Record:  4-1, 1-1 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: #19 (444 votes)
USA Today: #19 (418 votes)
ESPN Power 16:
ESPNU Allstate: #18

2006 Iowa Football Schedule
September 2nd – Iowa v. Montana WIN 41-7
September 9th – Iowa @ Syracuse WIN 20-13 2OT
September 16th – Iowa v. Iowa State WIN 27-17
September 23rd - Iowa @ Illinois WIN 24-7
September 30th – Iowa v. Ohio State Loss 38-17
October 7th – Iowa v. Purdue (Homecoming) 12:05 PM, ESPNU
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana 12:03 PM, ESPN2
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan TBD
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois TBD
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern (Family Weekend) TBD
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) TBD
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD

October 7th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Purdue Boilermakers 4-1, 1-0, Big Ten
Prior Games: 78, Purdue leads 44-31-3
Last Game: 2005. Iowa 34, Purdue 17

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).
1 train to 79th street, half a block east.  Several parking garages are nearby.
NOTE: If sitting on bar stools/standing for 3 hours is not ideal for you, we will be reserving a couple tables on the restaurant side of Blondies.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side.

PLEASE NOTE – Blondies opens at 11:30 – do not expect to be let into the bar before then!

Last Week: Ohio State
I guess you could say that it was easier to watch the Hawks lose a game in which they didn’t play very well as opposed to falling at the end of a close, bitter struggle.  Yes, it was disappointing to see the Hawks play that way in front of a national audience and with all the Game Day hype that was town.  Still it could be said the game really turned on just a few play and if the Hawks had made them, who knows what would have happened.

After the Hawks scored the td to make it 14-10 in the second quarter, the defense came out and stuffed the Buckeyes into a 3 and out.  The Ohio State punter shanked it and here were the Hawks, about 2 minutes after stuffing a rushing td down the Buckeyes’ throat (1st time this year), with the ball at midfield and momentum clearly swinging our way.   We were about 20 yards from a field goal and a one point deficit and 50 yards from the 17-14 lead and the doubt that could start to enter the Buckeye heads.  Well, we had our own 3 and out, gaining nary a yard in the process, and punted the ball back. Smith then led the Buckeyes on a cool 85 yard drive and the 21-10 lead.  Right there, that might have been the game.
 Then again, the Hawks didn’t win the turnover battle (0-4) and the Bucks cashed in two of those for touchdowns, and one of our turnovers (Chandler’s fumble at the 50) killed a drive to get us back to down 7 early in the 4th quarter.  So if the Buckeyes score 14 less and the Hawks 7 more – eh, well, we will never know, but as we knew going in, we could not give the #1 team extra chances with the ball.  We did, and it cost us.

When the defense gives up 38 points you would not generally think they played a good game, but in fact, they probably did give the Hawks a chance to win.  The Buckeyes could not really run up the middle on the d-line, but sadly for us Pittman easily got outside of the linebacker containment to pick up easy yards. The Buckeye passing attack did not really unleash any back breaking bombs on us (that amazing left-hashmark-to-right-pylon td in the 3rd was made on exceptional skill and speed and great downfield blocking).  Ginn Jr. got his catches but could not get downfield into the open, and the Hawkeye special teams did a very good job limiting him on kick returns.  You figure if the offense had not turned the ball over 4 times and had sustained some longer drives (6 three and outs) the defense would have been fresher and things would have been tougher on the Buckeyes.  We needed to be sharp for 60 minutes on both sides of the ball.  Had we been, it would have been close, and maybe we would be 5-0. Alas – and we don’t get another shot to down the Buckeyes until 2009.

So the Buckeyes move on with the solidified #1 ranking (guess beating us in Kinnick showed the voters that they really are that good) and they probably are already thinking ahead to the game against Michigan at the end of the season.  The Hawks have two weeks to put a complete game together before we go to the Big House and look to deny the 11-0 Wolverine v. 11-0 Buckeye matchup that people are already starting to dream about.

One last thing.  What are our school colors?  Black and Gold, right?  Then why did they dilute the Gold Bowl effect by handing out those white towels? And need I remind you what you wave when you are surrendering to your enemy???  WHITE FLAGS.  15 yard penalty and loss of down to the dolts who come up with that promotion. Had that 50 something woman in front of me bashed my head with her towel one more time I would be writing this from the Johnson County Jail.  And don’t even get me started on those annoying Thunder Sticks…

This Week: Purdue
Ah, homecoming.  As much fun as that is, Iowa City will probably seem pretty sleepy this weekend, when compared to last.  The 1956 Hawkeye team, that won the Big Ten and then knocked off Oregon State in the Rose Bowl to claim our only national title in football (split polls), will be there.  Also there will be Hayden’s 1981 Big Ten title team and if all goes well (health wise), both Fry and coach Evashevski will be in attendance.  *breaking news at noon Wednesday – the coaches will be there and you can meet them – see link below*


Purdue has been pretty pass happy under coach Tiller the past several years and this squad is no different.  The Boilermakers have the 5th best passing attack in the country at 317 yards per game and are giving up less than one sack per contest.   They are churning out 36 points a game and the Hawks have only topped 30 once, in the opener against Montana.  Starting free safety Paschal will not play due to a hamstring injury and one of the backup safeties, Moylan is out as well. So it will be kind of key for the d-line to get that up front pressure on QB Painter, and stop the Purdue run so we at least know they will have to pass and can defend that way.  Purdue finally played a road game at Notre Dame last week and lost, but they still put up good offensive numbers so they will be expecting to continue that on Saturday.

The Iowa offense will be looking for – consistency.  Hey, let’s score on the first possession and put Purdue in the hole to start.  Let’s see Young run for 100 yards – and if he starts slow, let Sims and Greene get the bulk of the carries the rest of the way.  It would be nice to see that every pass that Tate puts on someone is CAUGHT!  It seems that the muscle strain has been bothering Tate all along but that he is past the worst of it and should look better this week.  The o-line will need to contain Purdue lineman Spencer, as he has done well enough the past two games to be Big Ten Defensive Player of the week twice.  Balance and consistency, that’s all we need.  It’s Homecoming – a game you should never lose, but please, let’s see 500 yards and something like 41 points.

Why You Should Watch The Iowa Games At Blondies Sports

  1. A room full of Iowans, and Quasi-Iowans.
  2. Iowa games in glorious audio – we control the bar side stereo.  That means you hear the game.  And the fight song.  ON IOWA.  The Beer Song.  Maybe a little Hawkeye radio audio from the Capital One Bowl.
  3. A bar decked out in Hawkeye banners, flags, signs, etc.  Like the Sports Column…minus the attitude.
  4. It is a bar – meaning that once the game kicks off, you don’t have to drink Coke.  That is, unless you want to.  
  5. Speaking of audio…actual Hawkeye Marching Band alumni have been known to break out the brass and start jamming.
  6. Prizes.  From time to time, there will be raffles of cool Hawkeye gear.
  7. James the Bartender is back.  He was with us from 2001-2003, so he is as much a part of NYC Hawkeye football as Matt, I, and all the regulars.  Take care of him and he takes care of you!
  8. Should the Hawks lose, you don’t have to drown your sorrows by yourself.  Pain is a drink best shared with friends.
  9. Maybe the best chicken wings in the City.
10. New for 2006!  New FLAT SCREEN TVS at Blondies!



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