November 4, 2006

TES - 2006 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 10

Iowa’s Record:  6-3, 2-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
AP: Out – 3 votes
USA Today: Out – 42 votes (26th)
ESPN Power 16: Out
ESPNU Allstate: Out
HARRIS: Out
BCS: Out

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) WIN 47-17
October 14th – Iowa @ Indiana Loss 31-28
October 21st – Iowa @ Michigan Loss 20-6
October 28th – Iowa v. Northern Illinois WIN 24-14
November 4th – Iowa v. Northwestern 12:10 PM, ESPN+
November 11th – Iowa v. Wisconsin (Senior Day) 12:03 PM, ESPN
November 18th – Iowa @ Minnesota TBD
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November 4th, 2006: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Northwestern Wildcats, 2-7, 0-5 Big Ten
Prior Games: 67, Iowa leads 45-19-3
Last Game: 2005, Wildcats 28, Hawks 27

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!  If you a couple of us in there earlier it’s so we can hang up the flags before the bar fills up.

Last Week: Northern Illinois
We have seen the future, and it looks to be in good hands. Oh sure, that interception on the 3rd play of the game had things looking a bit uncertain, but it was once again tipped by a Hawkeye receiver, not really Jake’s fault (I’ve lost track of how many of those we have had this year).  Fortunately the Iowa defense stepped up and stuffed the Huskies on at 4th and 2 at our 27 yard line to prevent the Hawks from falling behind two minutes into the game.  Jake was unfazed and when the Hawks got the ball back a healthy does of his passing and Young running got the Hawks onto the board.  2nd possession, all right, but yet another game goes by where we fail to score on the first possession.  It’s got to happen one of these days.
The most important part of the game, of course, was seeing how Christensen managed the game and performed in his first start.  Check plus.  19-30 passing, (63%), 256 yards, 2 tds.  Just that opening possession pick; he did a good job spreading the ball around to the tight ends, receivers (what a great catch by Trey Stross on that 47 yard pass from the goal line), and tailbacks, and looked like he was in control throughout.  Albert Young – yes! a 100-yard game, 25 for 124.  Too bad he had that fumble that ball inside Huskie territory - things might not have been so tight at the end had we scored there.  Or, not missed two field goals, again (and not far, by Schlicher standards).  It was windy, but it did not really seem on tv that the kicks were being pushed by the wind, so I think Kyle just missed them.  He’s a senior, look for him to bounce back this week.

Things got a bit uncomfortable there when the Huskies closed the lead to 17-14 in the 4th.  Yet it was a great opportunity to see what the young QB could do with the game on the line.  Shine, he did. He passed for 83 yards on the drive that culminated on the 10 yard td pass to Chandler – on a 4th and 4 from the NIU 10 yard line.  We may have witnessed the evolution of our next All Big Ten quarterback Saturday.

The defense played lights out for 45 minutes.  Yup, if they could have finished the game that way it would have been nice.  Wolfe’s Heisman run seems to be over after he could only rack up 66 yards on 22 carries, but most of that came in the last 20 minutes of the game, as he got nothin’ in the first half (and had to like it).  For the game, the defense only surrendered 195 yards to a team that averaged over 410 so far this season.  A great effort – but mistakes, boys, mistakes made the game closer than it should have been.

I am talking, of course, about the 2 penalties committed by us on the drive that made the game 17-14.  First, there was Matt Kroul’s 15 yard face mask that kept the drive alive on a 4th and 2.  Four plays later, the Hawks have again stopped the Huskies on a 3rd down attempt, but Mitch King taps the Huskie QB with his helmet and voila, another personal foul, 15 yard penalty.  A minute later, a 25 yard td pass, and the game is now within 3 points with 8 minutes left.  Against the likes of Northern Illinois those kinds of mistakes don’t hurt the outcome. But discipline needs to be part of the package if this defense is going to be the kind of unit (remember, no seniors on the d-line) we expect to dominate games next season.  Let’s hope those kind of penalties don’t find their way onto the field Saturday.

Still, it’s a win, lots of young guys got critical game minutes, we are bowl eligible, and the coaches still have plenty of things to chew on in practice this week.  It should not be hard to get their attention because we have some serious payback, and, God willing, a rout, that we need to lay on Northwestern come Saturday.

This Week: Northwestern
Ah, Geek Week.  Not to confused with Fleet, Greek, or any other kind of week.  Things are just best when this game is not close. For those of you that are on this list but have never been to Blondies (shame), there are 20 or so Northwestern faithful that sit in the corner of the bar and generally annoy us.  Now, truth be told, they have seemed pretty quiet this year (trash talking wise), but that may be the result of there 0-fer Big Ten start, and the fact I am always at the other end of the bar and can’t hear them.

Chad reminded me of the ‘side bet’ from 2002 and asked if there are any in the works this year.  Not that I have heard of, but there are still a few days to get something cooked up.  For those of you that were not around then suffice it to say it required the loser to disrobe and run around the block with the other school’s flag.   I think it was about 50 degrees when that 62-10 Hawkeye win ended and sure enough, the bet was fulfilled.  So they are nothing if not gracious losers.

You are lucky if you were not at the bar for the 2005 game. Let’s see, we had a 27-14 lead with about 5 minutes left and Schlicher lining up for a 30-something yard field goal.  Game over. Whoops, the kick is missed, the Wildcats go down the field, score with about 2:10 left, and it’s a 6 point game. Then – ugh – an onside kick (I think the replays showed one guy was offside, but as you know, onside kick offside calls do not go our way, ever), and Northwestern now has the ball just outside the 50 needing only a touchdown.  They get it, crowd goes wild, and all but the small corner of Blondies goes silent and that five minute sequence kind of serves as a capsule of the entire 2005 season.  Oh, and what happened as Schlicher was getting ready to put the game out of reach? Matt played ‘The Beer Song’, everyone sang along (except the few of us who realized what was now going to happen), the Hudson River turned red with blood, and the damage to our 2005 football karma was done. If anyone sees Matt going for the stereo at any point in the 4th quarter this week, you are instructed to tackle him.

Ok, now as to the game.  The Wildcats are not having much of a season.  They rank 100th or worse (of 117 Div. 1 teams) in such categories as total offense, passing yards, points scored, and they have scored in double figures in Big Ten play only once.  (And they run a spread offense, which is supposed to generate yards – and points). The once: remember, as we strolled into the bar around 3:00 for the Michigan game, that the Wildcats were in the process of blowing a 38-3, 3rd quarter lead against the Spartans.  They lost the game when Michigan State kicked a field goal in the waning seconds to take it, 41-38.  This is somewhat hard to believe but that made it the biggest collapse in Div. 1 football history.  That’s right, these Wildcats have a 2006 record now on the books.

It is true they gave Michigan quite a game last week, losing 17-3 in the Big House.  But they did not help themselves at all by committing 5 turnovers.  The Wolverines also allowed Northwestern negative (didn’t allow?) rushing yardage and we’ll see if the Hawks can do something similar this week, fresh off their near shutdown of Wolfe.  Michigan is great but they didn’t have the revenge factor that the Hawks will have this week. This will be our last chance for an easy victory (I think we will beat the Badgers, but it won’t be a blowout) in Kinnick this year, so look for the players to come out fired up and ready to go.  The Wildcats will fall to 0-6 and with games remaining against the Buckeyes and Illini, an 0-8 season is looming.  This could also be said for the Golden Gophers - much more about that in two weeks.

Tate is good to go, but looks like he will be wearing a splint on his left hand.  Should not really affect him, and as he now has two home games left in his career, you can bet he will be looking to have a huge game.  Likewise Young and Sims – if the passing game is working the running game will open up.  I think a 500 yard effort is doable this week.  And I will only be happy if we top the 41 point level. It looks like most of the starters will be ready to go Saturday, but Shada seems to be out again.  Here is the link to the 2 deep for Saturday; it’s subject to change often as practice goes on:
http://www.hawkcentral.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061030/HAWKS0104/61030001/1053/HAWKS

All right gang, we need everyone on this list (over 400 now) to show up Saturday.  Why?  Well, Blondie’s is OUR bar, and we don’t want the Geeks to think anything different.  I do believe they are going to try to play their fight song when (if) they score.  Now, if the bar is jam packed with Hawkeyes, they will not be able to get down to the stereo in time to play the song before the game comes back on.  It’s not like I am going to do it, and I will do my best to make sure bartender James does not help them out, either.

You can bet that Becky will be wearing her ‘NU York’ t-shirt, so please be sure to wear your (anti) Becky buttons this week.  If you don’t have one, see me, I have some more in the bag.

You have one more task to complete this Saturday (1. show up, 2. wear your Becky buttons).  Our very good friends and NYC Hawk Co-Treasurers Jerred and Michele Cook will not be with us after this game.  Jerred has accepted a job in Eau Claire, WI and Michele is searching for a job in the Twin Cities.  They will split the difference and live near the WI/MN border.  Which means any kids they might have will be equally exposed to Badger and Golden Rodent propaganda as they grow up.  It will take a concerted effort by the Cooks and friends like us to make sure those kids don’t go down the wrong path in life.  Anyway, that is a bit down the road, so this Saturday make sure you thank the Cooks for their service to the group, and if you twist his arm, I think Jerred might do a shot or two with you.  All of you.

Happy Halloween to all of you and I hope you are not hurting too much tomorrow morning from your partying tonight.  Too bad candy is one of those things (on the ever growing list) that is good - but bad for you.  Gee, these M&Ms sure are tasty…

See you Saturday!  Have a great rest of your week!!!

Sedge

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!


GO HAWKS!!!

Sedge

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