September 19, 2013

TES - 2013 IOWA FOOTBALL - WEEK 4: WESTERN MICHIGAN @ IOWA


Sedge’s Hawkeye Game Notes - 2013 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 2-1, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G Legends
Iowa’s Rankings:
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USA Today:
BCS:
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2013 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 31st v. Northern Illinois, loss 30-27
September 7th v. Missouri State, WIN 28-14
September 14th @ Iowa State, WIN 27-21
September 21st v. Western Michigan, 12:01 pm, BTN
September 28th, @ •Minnesota, 3:35 pm, ABC/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: San Jose State @ Golden Rodents, 12:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2
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September 21st, 2013.  Iowa v. Western Michigan Broncos, 0-3, 0-0 Mac
Previous Meetings: 2, Western Michigan leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 2007, WMU 28, Iowa 19

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: 0,  B1G #7, FBS #64

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack 
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Offense
Total   442.3  Pass  203.0  Rush 249.0  Scoring 27.3
B1G    #8               #6             #6                  #11
FBS    #54             #63           #85                #72
Defense  
Total   318.0  Pass  220.7  Rush 97.3   Scoring 21.7
B1G    #4             #6                 #5                  #7
FBS    #28           #62               #16                #52  
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Week 3: Iowa State

And...no.  One stupid Fox football robot is enough, and this telecast leads off with a whole field of them.  Fortunately the only game we play anywhere near a Fox channel!

The Clones take the field in their throwback unis, honoring the Jack Trice era teams, and the Hawks come out in the usual white tops and gold pants.  Until the Cyclones put a tornado on their uniforms, they are never going to strike fear into anyone.

After the break we see clips of Hawks and Clones talking about what the rivalry means to them.  Then we head to the field, where finally, the temps feel like fall, and per usual, Jack Trice is a certified wind tunnel.  It would play a factor before the day was done.

The Clones win the toss and take the ball, and Meyer’s kick sails through the back of the end zone - wind behind him for this quarter. 

The Clones come right to the line and have Richardson in the pistol, with a tight end in the far side H back position, and two wideouts near side.  It’s a handoff to the tailback, he tries the middle, stops, and tries cutting it to the near side, but the Hawkeye defense swarms the play and it goes for only 1.

Same basic set but the tight end is now on the line, and it’s another handoff and he tries the middle, it goes for about 2 yards before the Hawks close it down.  3rd and 7.

State is back to the line in the no huddle, still in the pistol, with two wideouts top and one bottom.  The back goes into motion to park on the near side of the QB, and at the snap, he drops back to pass, but pressure comes right up the middle, he pulls it down and tries going straight ahead, but the Hawks nab him 2 yards short of the yellow line.  4th and 2, and on comes the ISU punt team.

The punt sails out of bounds on the near sideline, Hawkeye ball at their 29.

Jake brings the Hawks to the line with Mark behind him, and twin wideouts up top.  He changes the play at the line.  He drops just two steps back and immediately turns to flip it to the far side, but the pressure runs into him and the pass drops to the turf.

Hawks now have one wideout on each side, Jake snaps it, turns to his left, and fakes the handoff to Mark, as he turns and rolls to the far side, he finally unleashes it to that sideline, where we see KMM falling to the ground to cradle the catch, 11 yards, and a 1st down Hawkeyes!

Hawks head to the line in the I formation with a single receiver on the near side.  It goes to Mark, and he heads off tackle, near side, and the corner is wide open, and he gets into space and 13 yards before the defense catches up, another Iowa 1st down, at the ISU 47!

Right back to the line in the I with two wideouts high.  Jake hands it off, it’s now Bullock, and he heads  up the middle, gets hit, but then kind of sails forward, 5 yards.  2nd and 5.

Same formation, Jake fakes the handoff and starts to roll to the far side, but he meets pressure and cuts it back to the middle to try and escape, he almost breaks free but a defender gets his legs and drops him for a 5 yard loss.

3rd and 10, Jake is now in the gun, with Bullock to his right, one wideout high, two low.  The pressure comes from the far side, but Jake gets around it, aiming for the near sideline, where we see Hillyer is across the yellow line and it’s in his hands - and then it isn’t.  Sure, the defender arrived, but he tried to bring the ball into his body to make the catch, and it didn’t work.  4th down, and the Iowa punt team took the field.

The ball comes down at the 13 and the fair catch is made.  Clone ball at 10:48 of the 1st.  Timeout.

The Clones are at the line after the break, they are in the gun with a tailback on each side, two wideouts on the high side and one low.  The QB fakes the handoff as the far side back runs to the near side flat, the pass is aimed for him but it’s too high and no good.  2nd and 10.

The Clones are now 4 wide with a solo tailback to the QB’s right.  It’s a quick pass to the far side, this one is caught, but the Hawks are there and it goes for just 3.  3rd and 7.

We get an update from the Bama/A&M game, which is now all Alabama, and the Clones are in the pistol with two wideouts on each side.  The snap is made, and the pass quickly thrown near side, the slant, and it’s caught and he is dropped just across the yellow line, a 1st down ISU.

The Clones are back in the pistol with twin receivers near side, as the Hawks scramble to make some changes and get into position.  It’s a handoff and he tries the middle, and it goes for nothing. 2nd and 10.

This formation is the pistol with a tailback to the QB’s left, a receiver wide to the near side, one in the slot on the far side, and a tight end in motion from the near to the far.  It’s a pitch to the tailback and he tries the left side, but the Hawks swallow it up after just a yard, as a yellow flag flies in.  It’s a personal foul on State, a chop block, and that’s a 15 yard penalty.  

It’s now 2nd and 21 from the ISU 13.  Pistol again, one wideout high, two low.  He drops back and then flips it over the middle, a crossing route, but the Hawks make the tackle immediately, just 4 gained, and that’s a 3rd and 17.

Pistol with two wideouts high, one low.  It’s a play action pass and he tries it deep down the near sideline, but the pass is too long and falls to the turf out of bounds.  4th down, and the punt team returns.  It falls at the Iowa 40, where KMM makes the fair catch.  Iowa ball at 7:56 of the 1st.  Timeout.  

We learn the story of Jack Trice, the first black football player at Iowa State - in 1923, 28 years after Iowa had a varsity African American.  In his first game, against the Rodents, he broke his collar bone, but stayed in the game, and then suffered further injury in the 3rd quarter.  He would die from those injuries two days later, and that is why the stadium bears his name.  

The Hawks emerge from the break with Jake under center and Mark behind him, two receivers high, and KMM low.  It goes to Mark and he takes it off-tackle left, gets the corner and finally goes down, but that’s 6 yards and a good start to the drive.  

Same formation, same handoff, Mark again comes left, he gets hit at the line but falls forward, 3 yards, and the Hawks face 3rd and 1.

The Hawks come to the line in the power I as the Cyclone faithful bring up the noise.  Jake turns, hands it to Mark, and he just plows straight ahead into the line and surges across the 1st down marker.  Hawkeye ball at the ISU 47.

Jake is back under center with Damon at tailback, and single receivers on each side.  Bullock gets the ball and tries the left side, but they have it bottled up and he only gets about 1.

Same look but there are now two wideouts on the far side.  Jake snaps it, and quickly fires it far side to KMM, he makes the catch and tries to get away, but the defender grabs him, and KMM’s head seems to dip down before the rest of his body does.  And then a flag flies in from down the field, and the replay shows why - it’s a facemask, and a 15 yard penalty.  Iowa ball, now at the ISU 26!

Mark is now back behind Jake, its a play action pass and Jake turns to find pressure approaching from the middle, he fires the ball down the far hash, and we see the Iowa receiver leaping to make the catch - he gets his hands on the ball, but it pops out and into the ground.  That’s Smith, and no good.  2nd and 10.

Jake is in the gun now with one wideout high and two low.  He snaps it and is looking far side, kind of pump fakes it, but then he pulls it down and takes off, where he gets about 5 yards to bring up a 3rd and 5.

Bullock is behind Jake under center.  Jake drops back, but immediately has pressure on the near side, he tries to step up, but the pocket collapses and he gets hit, and loses the ball while he is going down, and ISU falls on it.  A turnover, ISU ball at their 22.  Timeout.
State returns in the gun with a tailback to his left, two wideouts top, one low, and the tight end shifting from near side to H back on the far side.  The QB quickly fires it over the middle, it’s caught as he goes down right on the yellow line, that’s a 1st down.

The Clones are quickly to the line, in the pistol, and two wideouts on each side.  It’s a fake to the tailback and then a quick flip to the far sideline, it’s caught and he gets a bit along the sideline, but then the Hawks close it down.  8 yards, 2nd and 2.

Right back to the line, the QB hands it off, and the tailback goes right up the middle for 3 yards, and that is another Iowa State 1st down.

Play is stopped as a Clone is down on the turf.  Timeout.

The guy is ok and the Clones come out in the gun, tailbacks on each side, and two wideouts high, one low.  It goes to the near side tailback, and he tries for the far corner, gets around it a bit before the Hawkeyes close it off, but it gains 5 yards.

Back to the gun, one back on the near side, one wideout high, two low.  The QB snaps the ball and fakes the handoff, drops back, and then we see the Iowa pressure coming right up the middle, and the QB tries to slip to the far side but that’s right into another Hawkeye, and finally, at 3:16 of the 1st quarter in game 3, the Iowa defense has a sack!  It loses 9 yards, and the Clones face a 3rd and 14.  

The QB is in the pistol with twin wideouts on each side.  He gets the snap off with 1 second on the play clock, and the Iowa pressure is immediate on the far side, the QB must float the ball to the far sideline, but the pass is too deep and no good.  4th down, the ISU punt team returns once again.

This punt is hardly pretty, as it bounces at the Iowa 40, but then it rolls as far as the Hawkeye 29, as KMM waves his arms to keep the blockers away from the ball.  Hawkeye ball, clock at 2:27.

Jake is in the gun with Mark to his left, a wideout on each side.  It’s the read option, and it goes to Mark (ok, so a handoff to Mark), and he tries the far side, gets hit, but keeps his feet moving, and finally goes down after about 7 yards.  

Jake is back under center with Mark at the back, and two wideouts low.  Jake changes the play.  Jake drops back and quickly fires it near side, that’s KMM and it’s caught, he escapes one tackle but not the second, still 7 yards, and a Hawkeye 1st down.

Jake is back in the gun, Mark beside him, with a wideout low and two of them high.  Jake hands it to Mark and then as he starts for the near side he flips it to Cotton, a reverse, and he has to break a tackle just as he gets the ball, and that forces him to swing back against the grain, he steadies himself and guns it for the far corner, but the Clones have it cut off and it just goes for 3.

Iowa to the power I.  It goes to Mark and he tries the near side, gets hit, but falls forward, to pick up about 3. 3rd and 4, and the Hawks let the clock run down to bring the 1st quarter to an end.  As we go to break, we see - corn.  

After the break the Hawks are right at the line, Jake back in the gun with Mark to his left, two wideouts on the low side, and one high.  Jake snaps the ball, and looks right, where tight end Ray Hamilton has broken from the line, found the stripe, and turned around - and the pass arrives, he snags it, shakes one tackle as he turns upfield, and then puts his head down and plows into the Clone cornerback making the tackle, and that goes for 13 and a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 38!

Jake, under center, solo wideouts on each side, Damon at tailback.  It goes to Bullock and he tries the near side, cuts it back, but gets hit, and it only goes for about 2.
Same formation, Jake drops back and quickly flips it far side to KMM, he makes the catch, and almost breaks free of the defender, but goes down after a gain of 9, and that’s another Iowa 1st down!

From the 27, the Hawks line up in the I formation with solo wideouts on each side.  Jake snaps it, fakes the handoff to Mark, and then steps back and turns to the near side, he rolls as far as the near hash, but then fires the ball down the hashmark, and as the camera pans down the field we see Smith has a step on the defender and he makes the catch at the 2!  But he goes down to snag it, and it’s an Iowa 1st and goal from the Iowa State 2 yard line!!!

The Hawks quickly to the line, and in the power I.  Jake snaps the ball and hands it to Mark, as we see a flag fly in from the near side, Mark surges ahead and appears to have the td, but the Hawks are flagged for having 5 men in the backfield.  KMM was lined up off the line when he should have been right on it.  It’s now 1st and goal from the ISU 7.

The Hawks huddle up and Jake is in the gun with Mark to his left.  It’s another quasi read option, a handoff to Mark, and he tries the middle but gets just 1.  2nd and goal from the 6.

Jake is back to the gun with Mark to his left - twin wideouts high, one low.  He snaps the ball, fakes giving to Mark, and then sprints toward the far side like he might try and run it in!  But then he slings back his arm and fires it for the goal line, where KMM has fooled the ISU corner by faking in, then cutting it back outside, and Jake’s pass hits him right in the hands and he makes the catch for a Hawkeye TOUCHDOWN!  He calmly flips the ball to the side judge as the Hawks swarm him in celebration.  Meyer’s kick is good, and the Hawkeyes lead it 7-0 at 12:07 of the 2nd.

Meyer is now kicking into the wind, and this kick comes down inside the 5, and the Hawks let it get out to the 33. 

The Clones quickly to 3 and out.  The Hawks have held serve.  But this is a good ISU punt, and Iowa gets the ball back at their 7 yard line.

From here, Jake tries a play action pass to the near side, targeting Shumpert, but they had different ideas of where to be and it flies out of bounds.  

Jake, under center, then changes the play, and he hands it to Mark, who tries the near side, but gets only 3.  3rd and 7.

From the gun, Jake surveys his options and then fires the ball down the near sideline - as it comes down it sure looks like the ISU corner is holding onto Smith - and the pass lands about 3 yards in front of him.  The zebras swallow the whistle, and Iowa must punt from their end zone.

And it’s not that good and lands at the 40, where the Hawks down it.  And ISU sits just 20 yards from the Iowa red zone to begin their drive.  Defense, bring it.  Timeout.  

The Clones open in the pistol with twin wideouts on each side.  The snap is made and the pass quickly fired to the far side, it’s caught, about 7 yards.  2nd and 3.

Same formation, the snap is handed to the tailback, and as soon as he gets it he finds Iowa defenders shoving him back, and they drop him for a 2 yard loss.  3rd and 4.

Clones right to the line in the gun, twin wideouts each side, a tailback to the right of the QB.  The snap is made and a quick pass down the far sideline falls down behind the receiver and no good, and the Hawks have forced the 4th down.  State takes a timeout to talk things over.  

We return and the Clones are in the gun with 5 wide.  The snap is made and it’s a quick throw to the far side, the catch is made, but Lowdermilk flies in and drills him, and the play goes for a loss of a yard, and the Iowa defense has held!  Iowa ball at the 35, clock at 8:55 of the 2nd.

After the break, the Hawks took the field, and proceeded to just cram the ball down ISUs throat.

Formation, not important.  

Mark, 5 yards.  
Mark, 3 yards.
Mark, 7 yards.  1st down.
Damon, 8 yards.
Jake, 1 yard.
Mark, 4 yards, 1st down.
Jordan, 9 yards.
Jordan, no gain.
Mark, 4 yards, 1st down.
Mark, 7 yards.  At the ISU 17, timeout Iowa.

Mark, 5 yards, 1st down Hawks at the 12.
Mark 1 yard.
Damon 1 yard.

And on the 3rd and 8, Jake is back in the gun with Damon beside him, and two receivers high and one low.  Jake snaps the ball, steps up, and then throws the ball out of the back of the end zone.  The drive dies and Meyer comes in, and the 27 yard field goal is good.  10 Zip Hawks, clock at 1:43 of the 2nd. 

Meyer’s kick again comes down inside the 5, and once again, the Iowa coverage team has gaps and the return is brought out to the 35.

The Clones start in the gun with 5 wide.  The ball is quickly tossed to the far side but it’s too high and no good.  2nd and 10.  

Now 4 wide with a tailback along side the QB.  He drops back, finds nothing, and then takes off for the near side, where the Hawks force him to slide after a 4 yard gain.  3rd and 6.

Same formation, and a quick pass to the near side, it’s caught, and they get him down short of the yellow line, but the forward progress was close, and State gets the 1st down.

Same formation, the QB drops back, and it’s another near side pass to the same guy, caught, and he falls out of bounds after a gain of 4.  2nd and 6. Clock at 45 seconds.

State has 4 wide with a tailback to the right side of the QB.  He snaps the ball and looks downfield, but the noose tightens quickly, and he tries a pass to the far hash in desperation.

The receiver has turned around to wait for the ball, about a yard short of the yellow line, and he does not see the Morris is about 5 feet behind him - the ball arrives and both players leap for the catch - it pops up a bit into the air, and into Morris’s arms and now he is sprinting down the far hashmark!!!  He slips out of one tackle and gets it down to the ISU 25 before the Clones can catch him, and it’s a 1st down Iowa with 33 seconds left in the half!!!

James is in the gun with Damon to his right, and it’s a fake and Jake pumps it near side to KMM, it’s caught and he slips out of bounds a the ISU 20.

Jake again in the gun, he rolls to the far side and then fires the the ball to the end zone, KMM has it, but he is out of bounds.  Clock at 21 seconds.  

Jake is now alone in the gun, he steps up and flips it to the far hash for CJF - he has it in his hands right at the yellow stripe - and then it falls to the turf.  Another pass we should have had.  

Meyer comes in and the 38 yard kick is good.  Hawks lead it 13-0, with 10 seconds left in the half.  

Meyer squibs this kick down the far hashmark, and the Clones finally pick it up at the 13 yard line - he tries to take it back up the hash, but at about the 19, he gets hit and LOSES THE BALL!  There is a scrum but ISU has it, and they come in to take a knee and kill the half.  It ends 13-0 Hawkeyes, and Hawk fans are wishing it was a bit higher, but it’s a road game and we’ll take it.

Halftime discussion centered around finishing drives with tds, and generally suffering through the Fox halftime show.  At least in our bar, the DJ drowned out the noise.  

Stats - as one sided as you might expect.  Rushing, Iowa at 106, ISU at 10 - for 11 carries.  Total yards 186 to 61.  12 1st downs to 4.  But as lopsided as those are, still a bit too close for comfort. 

Because the Clones had taken the ball to start the game, the Hawks were in the rare position of receiving the 2nd half kickoff.  A drive and score here could about knock ISU out, thought Hawk fans around the nation.

The kick, into the wind, lands at the 14, where tight end Krieger-Coble, #80, grabs it, and he rumbles out to the 21. The Hawkeye offense takes the field, looking for the dagger.

The Hawks start with Jake under center, Mark behind, and split wideouts on each side.  Jake changes the play at the line.  The ball goes to Mark and he tries the right side, it goes for about 3, and the Hawks head back to the line to get the play, but are not really in a hurry up mode.  

Same formation, and as Jake snaps the ball, he quickly looks to his right with his arm cocked, and then he hits Shumpert on the far sideline, that’s 4 yards, and it’s now 3rd and 3.

Jake is now in the gun with Bullock to his left, and solo receivers on each side. He finds CJF who has broken off the line, found the stripe, and turned around, and the pass hits him in the hands just as the linebacker arrives.  Another one of those that probably should have been caught, and the Hawks go 3 and out to start the 2nd as the punt team takes the field.  

The snap is low, but he gets it off, and the ball lands at the 25, and he takes it right up the middle for 8 yards before the Hawks get him down.  ISU ball at their 32.

State starts in the pistol with two wideouts low and one high.  The QB turns left, fakes the handoff, and then turns and rolls to the near hash, and then fires it to the near sideline, but the Iowa coverage is right there and it’s no good.  2nd and 10.

Same formation for State, but this time it goes to the tailback, he gets the ball and tries the near side, but the Hawks have him totally strung out, and they drop him for a 2 yard loss.  3rd and 12.

Pistol again but now with two wideouts on each side. The QB steps back and then fires it down the middle of the field, were the receiver has a step on the Iowa defense and he makes the catch for 24 yards, and the Clones had a 1st down at the Iowa 45.  

Same formation as the Clones come to the line, at the snap he quickly dumps it to his receiver on the far side, but King has read the play all the way, and he surges forward and drops him for a 1 yard loss.  2nd and 11.

The Clones are just kind of standing around while the Iowa defense is in position, then they line up with twin wideouts on each side, the QB in the gun, with a tailback to his right.  but then the slot receiver on the far side goes into motion, and it’s handed to him, and he brings it to the near side, he gets a little space before the Hawks close it down, 8 yards, 3rd and 3.

Still 4 wide and in the gun, the tailback to his left.  The shift into the pistol.  The Hawks blitz from the near side but it’s a handoff, and he tries the middle, and once again gets nothing and he has to like it.  4th down, and the ISU punt team trots onto the field.

The camera lands on Rhodes, and your scribe sees his little brother walk by, Jonathan being the Head Equipment Manager for ISU sports.  Hence fueling this rivalry a wee bit.

Back to the action, KMM runs away from the ball, and the Clone gunner gets down there in time to catch the punt at the 4, and the Hawks were backed up as we went to break with 10:26 left in the 3rd.

The Hawks emerge in the power I, and the Clones have 8 men right in the box.  It goes to Mark and he tries the middle, but gets only 1.  2nd and 9 as the ISU fans turn up the volume.

Same formation, but Jake lets Mark go by and he drops back into the end zone, then he steps up and to his right, and he fires a rope out to the 25, where Hamilton makes the catch for an Iowa 1st down!

Iowa is still in the power I, and it goes to Mark, he heads off tackle left, and the Hawks have sealed it and he gets all the way to the 46, and Iowa 1st down!  No wait, a flag.  It’s holding on the fullback, and after the penalty, it’s a 1st and 16 for the Hawkeyes.

Jake is on the gun with Damon to his left, three receivers on his right and one to his left.  Jake snaps the ball, and then pulls it down and heads straight ahead, a QB draw, he darts around one tackle and then heads for the near side, but as he gets to the sideline he gets popped, and loses the ball - but it bounces out before ISU can snag it.  Disaster averted, Iowa comes to the line facing a 2nd and 9.

Jake is back in the gun, Damon to his right, and two wideouts high with one low.  It goes to Bullock and he heads to the near side, but he gets bottled up and it only goes for 1.  3rd and 8.

We go to a game break and as we return, we see that Scherff is slow to get off the field, but as he gets to the bench he downs some Gatorade and seems to be ok.

The Hawks are in the same formation, Jake takes a quick look downfield, but then dumps it near side to Bullock, he makes the catch but can only get 4 yards before he is forced out, and the Iowa punt team must return.

The punt is finally a good one, it pushes the return man back to the 10 to make the catch, and he gets it out to the 21 before the Hawks slam into him, but a flag is on the field, and the Clones are nailed for a block in the back.  ISU ball now at the 11.  Timeout, clock at 8:08 of the 3rd.

We see the CyHawk trophy, version 2.0, and then to the field with ISU in the pistol and two wideouts to the near side.  

The QB snaps the ball and rolls out toward the near side, then he pulls it down and tries to cut up the near side hash, but the Hawks catch him after just a yard plus.

2nd down, the Clones are in the gun, two up high, one low, with a tailback to the right of the QB.  He drops back, and then dumps it to the near sideline, that pass is caught and he’s then dropped, trying to extend his arm over the 1st down marker.  But he’s a yard short, and it’s 3rd and 1 as the Hawkeye defense looked to get the ball back in good field position.

It’s a QB draw, and he finds space in the line to squeeze through, and that nets 7 yards and an ISU 1st down.  

Pistol again, twin wideouts up high.  It goes to the tailback, he heads straight ahead, into the Iowa defense and they drop him after 6 feet.  2nd and 8.

Pistol again, one receiver on each side, with an H back on the near side.  It’s a play action pass, but the pressure forces him to pull it down, he heads to the near side but the Hawks cut him off so he steps out of bounds, 4 yards, 3rd and 4.

ISU starts in the pistol, but then the tailback shifts down to the left of the QB.  Two receivers are high, and one low.  The Hawks blitz at the snap, and it’s a quick pass to the near side numbers, the pass is caught right at the 40, and Lowery dives and gets ahold of the wideout’s jersey - but then he breaks out of the tackle and takes off, and we see there is no safety help over the top, and it’s a footrace, and the Hawkeye defense loses it, an ISU touchdown, 67 yards.

Suddenly the Hawkeyes are only up 6 in a game they have totally dominated.  Iowa must respond.

The Cyclone kick into the wind is short, and Cotton runs up to make the catch at the 16 yard line, he cuts across the far hash, jukes a tackler who flails for air, uses his speed to run around another tackler as they cross the near hash, then he turns on the afterburner as he crossed the 30, but a defender dives and knocks him out at the 40.  Still, just what the Iowa offense needed.  A return.

The Hawks have Jake under center, Mark at tailback, two wideouts high.  A tight end on the near side shifts into the fullback position in front of Mark.  It goes to Mark and he tries the far side, slips through the line and picks up 6.  2nd and 4.

Now the Hawks are in what is essentially their base position, Jake under center, Mark behind him, solo wideouts on each side.  Jake changes the play as he sees the Clones moving around in the box.  It goes to Mark who heads to the same spot, it takes 3 Clones to bring him down, but they do, 3 yards, and it’s 3rd and 1.

The Hawks present the power I, it goes to Mark and he tries the middle, gets hit at the line but keeps his feet moving, and the side judge comes in about 2 yards past the yellow line, that’s an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 48.

Mark departs as we see he has amassed 97 yards rushing to Iowa State’s 33.  

Still in the power I, Jordan is now at tailback, it’s a play action pass and Jake is looking deep down field, but then he pulls it down and takes off, trying to get the corner turned at the near side, but ISU gets there before he can, and he is hit rather hard while gaining just a yard.  2nd and 9.

Jake is now in the gun, Jordan to his right, twin wideouts high, one low.  It’s the quasi read option, Jordan gets it and tries the middle, but gets just 1.  3rd and 8.

The noise builds as Jordan departs and the Hawkeyes have the same formation with Mark to Jake’s left. He snaps the ball and looks to his right, then he comes back left and drops it to KMM who is all alone at the 40, he makes the catch, and turns upfield, and gets to the ISU 28 before he is forced out, that’s 18 yards and an Iowa 1st down!

Hawks back to the power I with Mark at tailback, he gets the ball and tries the far side, the Clone defender dives at Mark’s legs to bring him down after just 2.  One of these days, Mark needs to jump over one of these tackle attempts. 

Jake, the gun, Bullock now to his left, one wideout up high, two low.  It’s a handoff to Damon he gets only to the LOS.  3rd and 8, and the noise cranks up yet again.

Jake again to the gun, he turns his head to survey the field.  He sees he has single coverage on his two outside receivers.  He snaps the ball and ISU blitzes - he takes 3 steps back, then steps forward and fires toward the near hash - the camera pans and we see Hillyer reach up to make the catch, and then as he turns toward home, the defender dives and misses, and now he’s in a footrace at the 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  26 yards, and Meyer comes in to make it 20-7 Iowa, with the clock at 41 seconds left in the 3rd.  

With the wind at his back, Meyer boots the kickoff out of the end zone, and ISU starts the drive at the 25.

ISU is again in the pistol, two receivers on the near side, and an H back on the far.  The QB snaps the ball and rolls a bit to the near side, and a Iowa lineman is right in his face as he throws semi deep down the near sideline, but it lands out of bounds.  2nd and 10.

Same formation, but the slot receiver goes into motion behind the tailback, he goes into the line as the Clones run the option with the QB and this receiver, but Alvis is not fooled and he drops it for a gain of nothing. 3rd and 10, and the 3rd quarter ends, with only 15 minutes left for a Hawkeye victory.  

After the break the Clones try a deep pass down the middle - the receiver had a step - but the pass was too long and no good.  On came the ISU punt team.  

KMM backs away as the punt lands at the 30, and bounces down to the Iowa 27 where it’s downed.  Iowa ball at 14:43 of the 4th.

The Hawks line up in the power I and once again, go into clock kill, we are going to run it, try and stop us, mode.

Mark, 4 yards.  Over 100 on the day.
Mark, off tackle left, 12 yards.  1st down.
Damon, 7 yards, Hawks at the 50.
Damon, 4 yards, 1st down.
Mark, 2 yards.
Mark, 3 yards.  3rd and 5.

Iowa shifts from the power I, which they had been in all those plays, Jake is now in the gun, and 5 wide - 3 high, 2 low.  It’s a quick pass to CJF on the near side, he makes the catch and gets hit about a yard behind the yellow stripe - but at 6’7 he falls forward and that’s an Iowa 1st down, now at the ISU 36!

Back to the power I.  

Damon, 5 yards.
Mark, no gain.  3rd and 5.
Pass? Nope

But Iowa is looking pass, Jake in the gun, Mark to his left, and twin wideouts low with one high.  
It goes to Mark who heads off tackle left - he gets hit one yard past the LOS, but stays on his feet and gets just inside the ISU 20, and Iowa 1st down, and he stays in bounds to keep the clock moving. Now at ‘9:34, and counting.

Back to the power I.

Damon, right up the middle, 9 yards.
Damon, again up the middle, the pile gets pushed forward and he’s down at the 2!  1st and goal Hawkeyes!

Same formation, it goes to Bullock who tries the middle but gets nothing.  

Mark back in.  He gets the ball and heads to the right side, gets space and gets to the 1, where he gets hit, but then he falls backward and into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!  

Meyer is lining up his extra point, but then the whistles blow and the play goes to a review.  

Mark falls down just out side the end zone, but his arm is holding the ball clearly over the goal line.  

No, they rule Mark’s butt was down just before the ball broke the plain.  Iowa is now 12 inches away.

The Hawks line up in the power I again, but Jake just snaps the ball and plows forward, it’s hard to see at first, but the far side line judge runs in with his arms up, and that’s an IOWA TOUCHDOWN!!!  Meyer makes it 27-7, with the clock at 7:05.

The drive, 15 plays, 78 yards, and 7:38 off the clock.  A classic, clock killing drive.  Hawk fans are feeling really good at this point.  

(post game, lots of people on the Iowa boards objected that we didn’t go for 2 there.  based on what we had seen to that point - there was no reason to think we needed to.).

Meyer must now kick into the wind, but it goes 1 yard deep into the end zone, and it’s brought out, he runs up the far hash mark, runs into traffic at the 11, and the Hawkeyes close it down and drop him at the 18. Timeout.

The Clones open in the gun, with tailbacks on each side of the QB, one guy high and two low.  It goes to the far side back who heads to the near side, but Alvis catches him after 5 and the clock continues to roll.

Same formation, the QB keeps it and looks downfield, but he has nothing and tries to step up, where the Hawks nail him and keep it for no gain.  3rd and 5.

ISU now in the pistol with 4 wide.  It’s a quick pass to the near side and caught, but he went down to a knee to make the catch, and he is just short, so it’s 4th and 1, and the Iowa defense can end the game right here!

The whistle blows and the play is under review.  It stands, and it’s 4th and 1 with 5:33 left in the game.

Clones now to the pistol with a single wideout on each side.  It goes to the tailback and he heads right up the middle, gets 6 yards and an ISU 1st down.  The Iowa defense must keep playing.

State quickly to the line, and the tailback gets the ball again, heads right and gets the corner turned, 9 yards.  2nd and 1 from the 42.

State is in the gun, a tailback and H back to his right, one wideout high, and two low.  The QB drops back and has time, his near side receiver has gone in then up, and the pass hits him at the 41, and he gets down to the Iowa 26.

Same formation but with the wideouts flipped, the QB fakes the handoff, rolls a few steps to the near side, turns downfield, has no pressure, and he fires it deep over the middle and in the end zone the receiver has a step on the Iowa defense and it’s caught for a touchdown.  Hawks lead 27-14, clock at 4:37.

When we come back from break, ISU is lining up an onside kick.  Surely the Hawkeye kick team has been practicing this after what we have seen in recent times.  

The kick comes to the near side, bounces low but then high as it gets to the line of Iowa blockers, we have only Ray Hamilton behind them, he gets his hands on the ball, but he is too far upfield, an can’t snag it, and ISU has the ball at the Iowa 46.

Clock at 4:27.

State is in the pistol with 3 wideouts up top, and one low.  The pass is quickly tossed down field to the near sideline, as it comes down the receiver, corner, and safety arrive, and it falls to the turf.  2nd and 10.

Now the pistol with two wideouts on each side.  He snaps the ball, and then he feels the pressure coming up the middle, so he floats it off his back foot deep down the far side of the field, where as it comes down, we see Lowery leap into the air, snag the ball with one hand, and then cradle it to his body as he falls to the ground, INTERCEPTION!!! IOWA BALL at the 15 with 4:15 left to play!!!

Timeout, as the booth debates if that is the play of the day.  Probably.  Now, kill the clock.

Hawks, the power I, State with 9 men in the box.  Mark gets it and heads far side, but loses 2.  

Timeout, ISU, clock at 4:08.

Jake now fakes the handoff and rolls to the near side - he pumps the ball but then keeps it, only to get 1 yard.  3rd and 11, and ISU calls timeout again.  Clock at 4:00.

After the break, as the Hawks are lining up, the official blows his whistle, turns on his mike, and announces that ISU must stop playing music as the Hawkeyes line up.

Now we are back, the power I, it goes to Mark and gets to the 20, that’s 6 but he needed 11, and timeout Iowa State.  Clock 3:54.

The punt comes down at the 40, where there is a fair catch.

The Hawks see ISU fail on their 1st down throw, but we were offsides on the snap.  Another penalty at a critical time.

1st and 5, ISU has 4 wide.  It’s a pass to the far hash but no good, 2nd and 5.

Same formation, it’s a quick slant to the far side, caught, 1st down ISU.

It’s a near side pass for 7 yards, which the Hawks should have stopped, but he gets away and gets 13 yards, and ISU was at the Iowa 34.

Now the QB tries the ball deep down the far side, but as it comes down Lowery has a better shot at it, and it falls to the ground.  

Another pass to the far side, caught, and down just across the yellow line, 1st down ISU at the Iowa 23.

It’s now a hand off, and he heads to the far side, gets about 6, but goes down in bounds, so the clock keeps running.  2nd and 4.

Another quick pass to the far side, but broken up by Hitchens.  3rd and 4.

The QB tries for the end zone his wideout has run the hitch and go, it comes down just a bit too far and it’s no good.  4th and 4, clock at 2:31.

The Hawks blitz from the near side, but it’s a quick pass to the far side - the slot receiver has gone deep, and the outside receiver has run an in route - it’s caught at the 13 and he strolls into the end zone, touchdown ISU, and the margin is once again 6.  Clock at 2:27.

Once again, the onside kick is lined up.  We see if the Hawkeyes learned from the first one.

It again bounces high as it approaches the line, but this time Hamilton is a bit further back, and he leaps up and snags the ball, and it belonged to the Hawkeyes with 2:25 left, and ISU with no timeouts.  

Iowa to the power I.  Mark gets it, tries the middle, and gets 5 yards.  One 1st down ends it.

Mark, one more time, about 4 yards.  3rd and 1.

With no threat of the throw, Mark is hit in the backfield, and loses about 2 yards.  The Iowa punt team comes in, but the Hawks let the time clock run down and they call timeout with 12 seconds left.  

The booth points out that the ISU return man was second in the 100 yard dash in Florida as a high school senior.  

The punt is away, it’s kind of a low line drive, but the Iowa burners have flown down field, and they force the return man to fair catch it at the ISU 13.  Clock - 7 seconds.  

ISU runs the hook and ladder and prolong the inevitable for a few more seconds, but then the ball bounces out of bounds, and the Hawkeye players race across the field to pick up the CyHawk trophy, which will give Floyd company for the next year.

So the Hawks end the Cyclone 2 game streak, get Jake his first road win in his first road start, and can feel good about winning a game that many fans probably thought we would throw away in the end.  

The rushing would end up 218 to 59, ISU would lead in passing 260 to 160, but of course, most of that was with them well behind.  But it also points out, we need to do better in our pass defense.  That of course starts up front.  We got the win, but have things to work on in practice this week, so the coaches should have the players’ attention.  

Of particular note - Mark, 35 carries for 145 yards.  There is a lot of chatter among Iowa fans that he can’t keep this up for the season.  Then again, maybe he is more like Secretariat and less like a fullback…

That said, this week would be an ideal one to keep his carries around 20, and let the others go to Bullock, Canzeri, or Daniels.  Keep Mark fresh, keep the others engaged as we head toward the B1G season.

But just keep it going, rushing for 200 a game.  If we can keep it up, it will open even more space for our young QB to go downfield, and will in turn help the running attack flourish.  It’s coming together, week by week.  One more tune up week, but against a team we need to pay attention to.  And then - Rodent Hunting.

Week 4: Western Michigan

The Broncos - who the Hawks have met twice, in 2000, and 2007.  And lost both of them.  2000, year two of the Ferentz era, when we won 3 games.  2007 - a game we needed to win to secure bowl eligibility - and came out so flat it appeared like the Iowa team didn’t care - or that they just had to show up to win.  So, it’s time to bring some reality to the likes of Western Michigan.

The Broncos, another MAC school, are not your usual 0-3 team.

In week 1, they ventured to East Lansing, where they fell 26-13.  Of note, however, was that MSU scored two defensive touchdowns.  So it was basically a push, offense to offense. 

Then again, if you saw the train wreck that was the Spartan offense to open the season…

In that game, the Broncos allowed 181 yards rushing - and only rushed for 11 yards themselves.  Yes, MSU has a good defense.

In week 2, WMU hosted Nicholls State (waits while you look them up).  

There, the Colonials jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and then hung on to beat the Broncos, 27-23, by picking off a Bronco pass at the goal line as time expired.  

Note, Nicholls State opened at Oregon and lost 66-3 - and last week, they played LA-Lafayette, who is not LSU, and they lost 70-7.  

So glean what you may from that one.  Of this, take note:  Nicholls rushed for 222 yards and passed for 225 yards in their win over WMU.

In week 3, the Broncos visited the Mildcats.  WMU actually lead the game 3-0 after one quarter.  But after one half, it was 24-10 Northwestern.  It finished 38-17, to hand the Broncos their 0-3 start.

Of note - Northwestern rushed for 332 yards.

So it would seem that if anyone is going to stop the Iowa rushing assault, it won’t be MSU.

The Broncos do have a senior QB in #2, Van Tubbergen.  In 3 games he has passed for 529 yards - with two tds - but 5 interceptions.  And he is just over 44% in completion percentage.  

Here is a change - a non-running QB!  At least, not until he’s under pressure.  Which means - the Iowa D line, which has done a very good job containing running QBs, can tee off on this guy, knowing the linebackers will clean things up should he escape the pocket.  

The Broncos have two senior tailbacks, in Fields and Chance.  Fields, averaging 68 yards per game.  Chance 54.  Odds the Iowa defensive line closes this off completely…good.  

Now the fact the Bronco QB is not the running type, the Iowa defensive secondary must play a better game than they have to date.  But the fact he is not a running QB - also means they may not have to cover guys as long, on the premise the D line will be in his face with more frequency.  

So, a game that may not appear close based on the stats, but it’s a MAC team, so the Iowa players, coaches, and staff are going into this saying the right things.  

Still, it’s a MAC team that can’t stop the run, and we are who we are.  

It’s a MAC team that doesn’t pass the ball as well as you would think with a senior QB.

And they run into an Iowa team that just won a road game and who Iowa fans can begin to see might be the type of Hawkeye team that really starts to come together as the calendar shifts from summer to fall.

Iowa rushes for 250, Jake has his first 300 yard passing day, and the Iowa defense scores one td and sets up another one.  The Hawkeyes start quickly and let the Broncos know they are in for a long day in the trenches.  But hey, they can still do something in the MAC conference.  Hawks 45, Broncos 13.

GO HAWKS!!!
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