October 20, 2007

TES - 2007 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 8

Iowa’s Record:  3-4, 1-3 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
USA Today:
ESPN Power 16: 
ESPNU Allstate: 

2007 Iowa Football Schedule
September 1st Iowa @ Northern Illinois WIN 16-3
September 8th Iowa v. Syracuse WIN 35-0
September 15th Iowa @ Iowa State Loss 15-13
September 22nd Iowa @ Wisconsin Loss 17-13
September 29th Iowa v. Indiana Loss 38-20
October 6th Iowa @ Penn State Loss 27-7
October 13th Iowa v. Illinois WIN 10-6
October 20th Iowa @ Purdue 12:05 PM, ESPN2
October 27th Iowa v. Michigan State (Family Weekend) 12:05 PM, ESPN2
November 3rd Iowa @ Northwestern TBD
November 10th Iowa v. Minnesota TBD
November 17th Iowa v. Western Michigan TBD

October 20th 2007: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Purdue Boilermakers 5-2, 1-2 Big Ten
Prior Games: 79, Purdue leads 44-32-3
Last Game: 2006, Iowa 47, Purdue 17

Current Turnover Margin: +9

Depth Chart for this week:

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Iowa City PD Arrest Blotter:

Game Watch: ‘The Best Game Watch Outside Of Kinnick.’
BLONDIES SPORTS 212 West 79th, (Broadway/Amsterdam).

1 train to 79th street, then 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.  Call the bar at 212 362-4360 to reserve table space.  We will not always have Hawkeye audio on the restaurant side, however.

Last Week: Illinois
With a little execution, some luck, and a healthy does of Zook coaching, the Beer Song did indeed appear, and I even caught a fair number of Wildcat fans singing right along!

First, the defense.  Illinois came in averaging 30 points per and could just manage 2 field goals.  Humpal is your Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his 18 tackle, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and recovered fumble effort (and now FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week as well).  The Illini rushed for 137 yards but that was about half what they had been getting so far this year.  Juice could only pass for 98 yards and rush for 41, and in one of the Zook mind benders, benched him after his early 4th quarter fumble.  Yup, the Hawks (Shada) got lucky on that long td bomb – I believe it was the same tight end call that took the td to Chandler off the board in the Texas game. Yet it was a penalty and the Hawk defense has now completed four games without giving up a td.
 Still, the game was in doubt until the Hawks finally got pressure as Illinois breached the red zone and that backup QB plain missed Iowa safety Greenwood sitting there right on the goal line (Pontiac Game Changing Play of the Week nominee).  Young provided the needed first down and the Hawks have ended the 8 game Big Ten losing streak.  If the defense can continue to play that way (and with any luck we will have Klink and Moylan back this week or next), you have to like our chances with the games remaining on the schedule.

The defense could not have provided that effort if they had not gotten the help they did from the Iowa offense.  21 first downs, 58% 3rd down efficiency and 34 and half minutes of ball control that kept the defense resting comfortably on the sideline.  Young came a yard short of 100 rushing and Sims chipped in 45 more as the Iowa O-line grew this week and we can now again be excited at their potential in the games ahead. 

Jake a reliable 17-25 and 182 yards, with the one td to Myers, on the 20 yard 3rd down pass we should not have been throwing if Zooker had declined our illegal formation penalty and left us with a 4th down.  He did that again on the drive where we ended up fumbling at the Illini 11 on the bad snap.  No points there but a key change in field possession as that exchange had happened back near the 50. 

So Zook is now O for Iowa (0-4), the Hawks have found new life, and if they can maintain the same type of ball control balance and touchdown denying defense, they could be in line for a two game winning streak this Saturday.

This Week: Purdue
One week after Illinois and their hybrid spread/option offense and the Hawks face Tiller and his true spread system.  Purdue can run some but also is the kind of team to pass first and ask questions later if they can get away with it.  The way the season started, they could.  Wins over powers Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Central Michigan, the Golden Rodents, and No Fight Left In ‘Em Irish had the Boilermaker offense humming along at 45 points per game and almost 500 yards.  And a 5-0 record.  Alas, they than ran into Ohio State and Michigan back to back and came crashing back to reality.  23-7 loss to the Buckeyes and a 48-21 loss to the Wolverines (Purdue scored two tds in the final 60 seconds to make the score ‘respectable’). 

Both Big Ten powers shut down the Boilermaker running game (in the two games combined they did not break 50 yards) and when you know a spread offense MUST pass, it’s a lot easier to defend when you can leave your nickel and dime packages in.  Purdue has a veteran team on both sides of the ball, and obviously they could not put up those points against even those cupcakes if they did not have some serious firepower.  Junior QB Curtis Painter has tossed 19 tds already (Jake has 11) and after his 113 yard effort against Michigan will surely be fired up to try and eclipse that in the first quarter if he can.

Iowa will bring in the 9th best scoring defense, 11th best turnover margin, and 15th best total D in Division 1.  So like the two games before, the Boilermakers could be in trouble if the Iowa offense can (somehow) get some early touchdowns and force Purdue to be one-dimensional.  As was the case last week, and we did see progress, the Iowa offense will need to execute 3rd downs and keep drives alive – to increase our chances to score, keep the Purdue offense benched, and allow our defense to be well rested so they can tear through that offensive line and make Painter pay for hanging onto the ball.

According to Ferentz the Hawks could indeed get both Klink back, and if he was the one making the choice, Moeaki would be playing Saturday as well.  It’s up to the docs but he could very well be ready to go.  Clearly, having him back would be a huge lift for the Iowa offense and I think he would snag not one but two tds catches if he can play at something near 100%.  If our staring linebacker returns it just means more depth for the defense and with more depth, more pressure and run stuffing will follow. 

Purdue is going to be all jacked up to avenge the 30 point ass whoppin’ they took last year, and the three game losing streak to Iowa as well.  Course, they were probably all psyched and ready to go when taking the field against the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and we see where that got them.  Saturday provides the Hawks a chance to place another Big Ten class O for the career against Iowa.  We gave up two of those streaks last year, to the Badgers and Gophers.  And we lost another, multiple class of futility streak, at Penn State this year.  I think it’s time we got one back.

Just when you thought it was safe to not click on the ICPD Police link, sophomore running back Dana Brown proves his manhood by roughing up his girlfriend - and Ferentz did not wait for the courts to act and axed him.  So now we have another spot open for some of those highly rated backs we are going after.  Let’s hope they were raised better than Brown.

We got Big Ten win #1 of the Jake Christensen era done and now we shoot for Big Ten road win #1 and a two game win streak.  The Hawks will be ready and feeding off of the momentum of the win over Illinois.  Another effort like that from all sides of the ball and the Hawks should be right there at the end!

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 past dramatic games.
  3. A bar decked out in Hawkeye banners, flags, signs, etc.  Like the Sports Column…minus the attitude. New NYC Hawk banners for 2007!
  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 – again in 2007. Our own personal bartender. 
  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. It’s economical – the more fun you have at the bar, the less you can have on Saturday night.  Thus you save money on Saturday nights.



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