September 13, 2008

TES - 2008 Hawkeye Football Game Notes Week 3

Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Iowa’s Rankings
USA Today: 4 votes
ESPN Power 16:
ESPNU Allstate:

2008 Iowa Football Schedule
August 30th Iowa v. Maine WIN 46-3
September 6th Iowa v. Florida International WIN 42-0
September 13th Iowa v. Iowa State 12:05 PM, BTN
September 20th Iowa @ Pittsburg 12:05 PM, ESPN/ESPN2
September 27th Iowa v. Northwestern 12:05 PM, TBD
October 4th Iowa @ Michigan State 12:05 PM, TBD
October 11th Iowa @ Indiana TBD
October 18th Iowa v. Wisconsin TBD
October 25th Bye Week
November 1st Iowa @ Illinois TBD
November 8th Iowa v. Penn State TBD
November 15th Iowa v. Purdue TBD
November 22nd Iowa @ Minnesota 7:05 PM, BTN
September 13th, 2008: Iowa Hawkeyes v. Iowa State Cyclones 2-0, 0-0 Big 12
Prior Games: 55, Iowa leads 36-19
Last Game: 2007 ISU 15, Iowa 13

Current Line: Iowa -13.5

Current Turnover Margin: +2

Depth Chart for this week:

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.
To kick things off, we have exciting news for the Hawkeye family!  You remember our good friends Jerred and Michele Cook?  They gave up Gotham for the more family friendly Twin Cities.  And for good reason.  Last night (Wednesday), Benjamin Edward Cook joined theirs, and the wider Hawkeye, family.  Ben arrived at 10:36 pm, and checked in at 8 lbs, 14 oz, and a healthy 20 inches long.  Just in time to catch his first Iowa/Iowa State football game.  And Ben, September birthdays are the best! Pics of the little Hawkeye are here:

(A note for you Twin Cities Hawkeyes – Jerred is a tad bit busy at the moment, so you are getting the game notes right from the source this week.  Your game watch is at your usual locations: )

Great news to help us on this somber day in the City. That’s it for announcements, now onto the Notes!
Last Week: FIU

2 weeks, two opening drive touchdowns.  Already, 200% more than last year.

I have the impression that the 70,000 people in Kinnick, the 80 or so in Blondies, and every other Hawkeye fan, everywhere, was as surprised as I was to see Stanzi take the field to start the game. I guess the difference was made during practice last week and Jake was told on Thursday.  As with week 1, neither one shined so much brighter than the other to make the case closed.  Ricky, 8-10, 165, 3tds.  Jake 8-12, 99, 1 td.  No turnovers by either (our INT was thrown by McNutt).  Both helped by another strong performance from the O line, and for the 2nd week in a row, a rushing total topping 240.

Stanzi will start Saturday, but am I ready to say Jake’s time is done?  Nope. A Division 2 team, and potentially the worst team in Division 1 have lined up against the Hawks so far.  If Stanzi can look this sharp when we start playing good teams, the job should be his.

Greene topped the 100-yard mark in the 1st, on his way to 130 on 13 carries.  A very nice, 10 yard average.  He did lose that fumble, but I think he was still smarting from the shot he took on the previous play.  Bounced back nicely.  Hampton seems to have made his case for 2nd string, 10 hauls for 54 yards.  Better than 5 per, which we would be happy with all year.  When Stanzi headed downfield he did so for a 6-yard average. That decisiveness and quickness may be what pushed him over the top.

8 receivers caught passes, highlighted by DJK’s 59 yard, pylon sneaking td, Stanzi’s 1st career passing touchdown.  He led the team with Myers, at 3 snags each. Gee, if we can spread the ball around like that and rush for over 200 yards, we might be pretty good. And weeeeee…it looks like two of our top weapons will be good to go this week!

As good teams should do, our offense produced a comfy 35-0 lead at halftime.  Ending the game after 30 minutes.

The defense ended up beating my sack wish list but coming one short on the picks, with two.  Both were by linebackers (Edds and Angerer), and both passes looked to me like the FIU QBs had no idea there was underneath coverage, and so just passed it right to us.  Maybe that new Stealth defense Norm cooked up.  Edds’ pick came after the Greene fumble – once again, swiping Big MO back immediately after the Hawks turned the ball over.

The D allowed just 56 on the ground and 160 in the air. Two weeks, no touchdowns. Still not up to last year, however, when we went into game 4 (Wisconsin) without allowing one.  Would be nice if they keep could keep that streak into week 4 this year, too.

All right, so the special teams are not quite special, yet. Just one field goal attempt – which was blocked.  Hope that’s out of our system, a blocked attempt was a major factor in our loss to the Clones last year.  The good news was each and every of the 6 extra point attempts were right down the middle.  Donahue only punted twice, and put both inside the 20.  Brodell, again, showed signs he could be ready to take one to the house. 3 returns, his best one, for 32 yards, which set up the Stanzi td pass to Myers.  This unit could be the difference in the game Saturday – they will have to be sharp in all facets.

Two weeks, two major underdogs, two spankings.  Still can’t tell really how good we are, and how good some of the new players might really be.  Yet, we have come out, dominated, and put the games away. Just what a good team should do.

This Week: ISU
Finally, in week 3, we get a team we have played before, and therefore, know a little bit about.

For most of the Ferentz era, the Clones were coached by a staff that pretty much put all their eggs in the beating Iowa basket. As a result, as we won two Big Ten titles and played in New Year’s Day bowl games year after year, the Clones could never get as far as the Big 12 title game, and usually, were not even close.  The new coach, Chizik, does not have those hangups, but you know that this game still means just as much to the ISU players.  If they can put that kind of focus into the rest of their schedule, and compete with the now much tougher Big 12, remains to be seen.

Iowa State has also been using two QBs through the weeks 1 and 2, but sophomore Austen Arnaud is the top guy.  Both of them have been able to run the ball – as has been the trend of ISU quarterbacks of late.  But, like us, the Clones have not played anybody, so we’ll see if those guys can run on our D line.

In week 1 they beat South Dakota State 44-17.  In week 2, Kent State (who knocked off ISU in the opener last year); a 48-28 game, but only a 7-point game at halftime, 28-21. So through two games the Iowa D has given up 3 points, the ISU defense, 45.

ISU has also been living off of turnovers, forcing 6 in game 1, and 4 in game 2 (they are +6 total).  They also scored off a blocked punt Saturday.  Yes, stating the obvious, we must make them earn their points by driving down the field, no freebies.

Iowa State gave up 180 rushing yards to SDS, and 243 to Kent State.  We have given up about 190 total in our two games.  If those teams can rack up those yards on the ISU defense, I think our O line can do much the same.  Expect the Clones to try to stack the box on us.  I’m not sure they will want us to pass, though.

Moeaki is a go for Saturday, we just don’t know how much he will play.  It is also looking like Stross will return.  Pass catching tight ends kill run stuffing defenses.  Fast wideouts can kill them if you can get them the ball beyond the safeties.  We have two tight ends that fit that bill, and at least 4 wideouts.  And I think our improved line and dual threat running backs are going to find yardage.  Of this, I am sure.  Iowa can outscore the likes of South Dakota State and Kent State.

This will be the biggest test to date for the defense. Our ends are fast. Precisely the kind of ends needed to keep QBs home, so the tackles can drill them.  We are going to need both solid run stuffing and sharp pass defense from our linebackers – no reason to think they won’t be up to the challenge.  They guys behind them, just need to keep everything in front of them.  And I think they are a bit miffed at the linebackers stealing all the picks.  This week, they will get one.

So, provided the Hawkeye special teams play well (kicking and kick coverage), and the offense does not give ISU short fields via turnover, I just can’t see Iowa lose this one.  The home team has won this game 4 years in a row, Kinnick will be as loud as it can possibly be, and the Hawks will be 3-0 by 3:30 Saturday afternoon.

As you may of heard, this week is BLACKOUT SATURDAY in Iowa City, and so, it is in New York City as well.  Wear your black Iowa gear.  If you don’t have any, we’ll have some of the t-shirts at the bar for purchase.  Which we will sell only after chastising you for not owning any black Hawkeye gear.

Our special guests this week are from the US Military Academy at West Point.  Many of you know my brother; some of the other equipment guys are Clowns like he is.  Over on the Army training staff side is where you find the Hawkeyes; they will be with us too.  Expect a moderate number of Cyclone fans in the bar, but not nearly enough to make anyone doubt the bar belongs to us.

Aim to arrive at the bar between 11:45 and 12:00 this week. It will fill up, but you will be among friends, to be sure!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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.  
  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. Should the Hawks lose, you don’t have to drown your sorrows by yourself.  Pain is a drink best shared with friends.
  8. The best chicken wings in the City.  Extra napkins – required. FYI.
  9. 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.
  10. Have cable?  No Big Ten Network for you, yet. The bar has DirecTV.



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