September 6, 2013


Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
USA Today:

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, 12:05 pm, BTN
September 14th @ Iowa State, 6:00 pm, Fox Sports 1
September 21st v. Western Michigan, TBD
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, 3:35 pm, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
October 5th v. •Michigan State, 12:05 pm, TBD
October 12th - Bye Week #1
October 19th @ Ohio State, 3:35 pm, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
October 26th v. •Northwestern, TBD
November 2nd v. Wisconsin, TBD
November 9th @ Purdue, TBD
November 16th - Bye Week #2
November 23rd v. •Michigan, TBD
November 29th @ •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, ABC

•Big Ten Legends Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting Next Opponent: Iowa State is on a bye week
September 7th, 2013.  Iowa v. Missouri State Bears, 0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley
Previous Meetings: None
Last Meeting: Never

Current Line: Iowa -24

Turnover Margin: -2,  B1G #12, FBS #100

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
Total   458.0  Pass  256.0  Rush 202.0  Scoring 27.0
B1G    #8               #5             #8                  #9
FBS    #45             #42           #41                #61
Total   438.0  Pass  275.0  Rush 163.0  Scoring 30.0
B1G    #10             #9                  #8                  #7
FBS    #73             #83                #41                #67  
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Week 1: Northern Illinois

Well I guess the 3 point spread was correct.  Alas.

That’s 7 straight losses, 5 of which were one play away from ending differently for the Hawkeyes.  No sense in going through it to the usual level of detail, we wan’t to flush this game from our system and focus on the next one.  

Let’s start with the quarterback - I think he did quite well when you consider the circumstances.  No sacks taken, his first td pass (to CJF, a bullet that was thrown where only the 6’7 tight end could catch it), a rushing td, and general command and comfort with the offense. Yes, that final pass was one Rudock would like to have back, but football is a team game and parts of this loss are shared by all.

A successful flea flicker, and a near td bomb to the speedster (a couple of his longer passes were either a bit short or long, that’s timing, and will improve the more weeks he gets all the #1 snaps in practice), so we saw immediately that Iowa will once again feature the vertical passing game we seemed to abandon for much of last season.  

Over all, 21-37 for 256 yards with the 1 td and the 2 pics.  With time, the completion percentage will rise, and the td to interception ratio will reverse.  I think we have our new QB.

(Oh, and young QB, when the defensive end crashes on the read/option play, keep it!  We saw on your TD run that you have some wheels!  At least two times, the replay showed that had you kept the ball, you could have gotten around the end and into space.)  

And when you give him a rushing attack, his job will be easier.  Weisman, 20 carries for 100 yards, but of course that fumble on our second possession that put us down 3-0.  Bullock 17 carries for 76 yards - so 5.0 yards per touch for Mark, and 4.6 for Damon.  Both seemed to be on the verge of breaking one at a couple different times - I wonder if the heat and humidity may have played a role in that final cut not being successful.  I trust they will find more space this week.  Jordan got in for 2 carries, and none yet for the true freshman everyone wants to see.  Again, this might be the week for it.

CJF’s touchdown was the only catch by a tight end in the game, which seems strange when you consider Jake completed passes to 9 different Hawkeyes in the game.  Our running game showed enough that teams are going to bring guys up to stop it - we should have tight ends running free over the middle, so the QB should look for them in his progressions.

KMM, 9 of those passes caught, for 79 yards.  Cotton, 2 for 58, including the flea flicker, and Powell, 1 for 49 - upping his 2012 average by 19 yards.  A deep threat, indeed.  Even the much maligned Shumpert, 2 for 40. 

The defense, had their moments, both good and bad.  They contained the running game of Lynch - 22 caries for only 56 yards, 2.6 per, with a long of 11.  But it was his 275 yards passing - and three tds - that were the bad parts.  Generally open guys on those plays, but part of that was the line was containing Lynch but not really pressuring him.  We did force his hand when we blitzed - but as you know that’s not something we do often.  Hopefully the line will progress and we won’t need to.

Special teams - not so much.

Meyer, fine, 2 for 2 on field goals, and his kickoffs sailed deep into the end zone.  But the punting - but ours and our returns - need work.

Kornbrath, 7 punts for only a 36.7 yard average, but 4 of them were inside the 20.  Still, he needs to get that average up to over 40.  And once again, the Hawkeye punt coverage team was victimized by a fake, this time leading to 3 points - which was of course the margin by which we lost.  Somebody has got to block a punt and then clobber the punter to put the fear into these guys!

Even the coaches can do better.  Some of those 2nd half play calls...

So the Hawks have work to do on all three units this week.  When you consider we are a 24 point favorite riding a 7 game winning streak - it tells you we should be able to work on some of these things to prepare for Iowa State.

Who, by the way, lost to UNI.  In Ames.  That, worse than losing to NIU, for sure.  Normally good, the Panthers are coming off a 5-6 season.  And the Clowns have two weeks to think about it.

Week 2: Missouri State

Missouri State.  Yup, I had to look them up.  The Bears.

They are actually in the Missouri Valley conference, with UNI.  They are also 0-1, having lost 23-17 to Northwestern State.  Yeah, that school, who Iowa Hoops fans remember.

The Bears are not coming off a BCS bowl.  Wrong division, but little importance, as they finished 3-8, 3-5 in the MVC.  Only half of their games were on tv.  A different world.

The Bears have a junior QB in Harris, #10, and he is another of these hybrid QBs that we see more and more of these days.  For game one, he was 17-33 passing for 189 yards, and rushed 7 times for 51 yards  - and two touchdowns.   That was the rushing high for the team, so the Hawks will key on him, as well as the tailbacks.  

In 2012 the Bears opened at Kansas State and fell 51-9, then in week 2 they travelled to Louisville and lost 35-7.  The Hawks must put this game away by halftime.

We are playing this team due to their Iowa City connections. The head coach Terry Allen, an IC native, and UNI grad.  His dad was a Hawkeye football player and then an assistant coach at Iowa; and also the Hawkeye swimming coach for 16 years.  A man of many talents.  

Not long now, these types of games - B1G teams against FCS teams, will no longer be showing up on the Hawkeyes schedule.  So we must use them for their intended purpose - to fine tune things, win easily, and return to the right frame of mind after a miserable losing streak.  

And if we can put it all together this week - the Clowns will be left to wonder if we have turned the usual 2nd game corner - and dread the thought we have an extra game to get ready for them.

Jake, 3 passing tds, the tailbacks, 3 rushing, as they go over 210 by wearing down the smaller FCS defense.  Hawks finally return to the winners column, with a 45-10 victory that leaves no doubt, we may not be great, but we are going to give it everything in the pursuit of it.  


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