September 11, 2014

The Eternal Season - 9/11/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 3: Iowa State @ Iowa

Sedge’s Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition

Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP:  10 votes
USA Today: 9 votes
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2014 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

August 30th v. Northern Iowa, 12:01 pm, WIN 31-23
September 6th v. Ball State, WIN 17-13
September 13th v. Iowa State, 3:30 pm, ESPN
September 20th @ Pittsburg, 12:00 pm, ESPN/ESPNU
September 27th @ •Purdue, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 11th v. Indiana, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 18th @ Maryland, 12:00 pm, TBD
November 1st v. •Northwestern, TBD
November 8th, @ •Minnesota, TBD
November 15th @ •Illinois, TBD
November 22nd v. •Wisconsin, TBD
November 28th v. •Nebraska (Black Friday), TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:
Pitt 2-0 @ FIU 1-1, 12:00 pm, FS1

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September 13th, 2014.  Iowa v. Iowa State Cyclones, 0-2, 0-1 Big 12
Previous Meetings 61, Iowa leads 40-21
Last Meeting: 2013 Hawkeyes 27, Cyclones 21

Current Line: Iowa -11

Turnover Margin: 0,  B1G #4, FBS #55

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   428.0  Pass  296.0  Rush 132.0  Scoring 24.0
B1G    #10            #4                #11                  #12
FBS    #70            #34              #94                  #94
Defense  
Total   312.0  Pass  254.5  Rush 57.5    Scoring 18.0
B1G    #7              #11                 #3                   #6
FBS    #40            #92                 #9                   #42 

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The New Big Ten:
West                             East
Iowa                              Michigan
Nebraska                      Michigan State
Minnesota                     Ohio State
Wisconsin                     Penn State
Illinois                           Indiana
Northwestern               Maryland
Purdue                         Rutgers

Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa 2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska 2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois  2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota  2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue  1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin  1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   0-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
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Week 2 Recap: Ball State

As we leave the studio and head into Kinnick, we hear the team of Beth Mowins and Joey Galloway, universally known as about the worst team that ESPN has for college football.  They would not disappoint.

The Hawks win the coin toss, and per usual, opt for the ball.  For the first of what seems like 38 times, we hear of the Hawks trouble with MAC teams of late.  We then see the final from Ames - Kansas State 32, Iowa State 28.  More on that game later. 

BSU’s kick lands at the Iowa 5. were Parker makes the catch, and he starts up the far hash but then cuts it to the outside, and he gets it out to the 28.  The Iowa offense takes the field.
Iowa opens with Jake under center, Mark at tailback, a wideout each side, and Plewa the fullback in the H back position on the near side of the line.  Ball State has their safeties just 7 and 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.  Jake snaps it, turns to the near side, and fires if for KMM, the screen, caught, he gets the corner turned but gets caught, 8 yards, 2nd and 2.

Iowa to the line quickly, it’s the same formation, but from the near hash.  It goes to Mark and he tries to head right, but the line has allowed someone to knife in there and he gets Mark for a 2 yard loss. 3rd and 4.

Jake to the gun, with two wideouts on each side, plus a tight end on the far side of the line, ready to head out into a pattern.  Jake snaps it, and quickly fires near side, the slant, but it’s deflected and Hillyer can’t make the catch.  4th and 4, and Iowa has gone 3 and out to open.  The punt team takes the field.

The punt lands at the Ball State 28, where there is a fair catch.  The punt, 38 yards.  Could be a little better.  

Ball State opens with the QB Mann in the gun, the tailback Edwards to is left, and two wideouts on the high side, and one low.  He shifts the tailback over to his other side, It goes to Edwards, he heads right up the middle to get 7.  2nd and 3 at the 35.  Davis with the stop.

BSU now has three wideouts high, with Edwards almost behind Mann, a quasi pistol.  Edwards gets the ball again, and heads forward to pick up 6 yards for a Ball State 1st down at the 41.

Ball State has the same look behind the line, but now a wideout low and two high.  Mann snaps it, and quickly looks right, he fires it for the far hash, caught, 9 yards, 2nd and 1 from the 50.

And now Galloway refers to Davis as a nose guard.  Iowa does not run a 3/4.  

Ball State to the same formation, it’s snapped, handed to Edwards, nope, play action, Edwards slides into the flat on the near side, Mann hits him, 5 yards, a BSU 1st down at the Iowa 45.  Ott with the tackle, his first of what would be a monster day.

Mann is now alone in the gun, with two wideouts low, three high.  He snaps it, looks, then fires far side, caught just across the far hash, 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Ball State now with a more compact formation, Mann in the gun with Edwards beside him, one wideout on the near side.  It goes to Edwards, he tries off tackle left, and picks up 7 yards, a Ball State 1st down at the Iowa 34.

BSU now with Mann in the gun, the other tailback Banks is in, and three wideouts on the far side.  As the snap is made, whistles blow and flags fly, a false start, 1st and 15 from the Iowa 39.

Mann to the gun again, three wideouts high, and Banks to his left.  At the snap Banks slides into the flat on the near side, and the pass hits him in the hands, but King flies in to drill him and the ball falls to the turf.  2nd and 15.

Ball State again to the gun, Banks to his left, two wideouts low, one high.  Banks gets the ball, starts right but then cuts it upfield, and picks up about 3.  3rd and 12.

BSU with twin wideouts on each side, and Banks to Mann’s right from the gun.  The Iowa line is in the raider formation, the ball is snapped, he drops back, and then he tries firing for the near side, but the pass is tipped by Spearman and no good, 4th and 12.

Ball State lines up for a 53 yard field goal, we learn the kicker’s long is 47, he boots it, it looks like it’s going to be wide left, but then it takes an immediate hook to the right, and ends up missing wide right.  Still scoreless, Iowa ball from the 36 with the clock at 9:35 of the 1st.

After the break, we see video of Scherff and his 443 pound weight room heroics.  Now Iowa is at the line, Jake in the gun, no wait, it’s number 16, Beathard.  Parker in at tailback to his left, and two wideouts high, one low.  Iowa runs the read/option, Parker gets it and heads straight ahead, about 3 yards.  2nd and 7.

Hawks to the line quickly in the same formation, it’s the same play, Parker gets it and tries the middle again, but gets just 2, 3rd and 5.  Iowa fans are wondering why he is getting carries ahead of the other tailbacks.  And what Beathard is doing in there, as Jake appeared to be fine after the last series.  

Note, it’s only on this play that the booth notices that Beathard is in the game.  He is in the gun, with Bullock to his right, two wideouts high, and one low.  C.J. snaps it, looks middle, then comes back near side, caught, Willies, 7 yards and an Iowa 1st down at the 48!

Same formation, C.J. snaps it, he fakes the handoff and then pulls it back, and fires it quickly down the far hash, Hamilton, caught, 13 yards and an Iowa 1st down at the BSU 39!

C.J. now under center as we see Jake with the headset, signaling in the play.  Damon is behind him, with a wideout on each side.  C.J. steps back from the line to change the play.  It goes to Bullock, he heads straight ahead and almost hops out of a tackle, but help arrives and they limit him to 3 yards.  2nd and 7.

Bullock heads to the sideline, and Jordan heads in to stand to the left of C.J in the gun.  Jordan gets it, heads near side, bounces off a pile and tries for the near side line, but he gets tripped up and loses a yard.  3rd and 8.

Damon is back in there, to C.J.’s right, twin wideouts high, one low.  C.J. snaps it, takes one step back, and then he floats it down the far sideline where Powell reaches up and snags it as he steps into the end zone, we can’t tell if he is in bounds, but the far side official put his hands up, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  39 yards!  But then we see the official say the play is going to a review.  It was called a touchdown on the field.

But no, it’s ruled that he let the ball shuffle a bit as he went out of bounds.  No good.

And here is a football rule that I cannot ever understand, perhaps someone out there can enlighten me.

That is, if you are a runner, and you get to say the 1, then get hit, and then stretch the ball across the goal line, where you then drop it before you go down, it’s still a touchdown.  As soon as the plane of the end zone was broken.

But on a pass, just catching the ball and getting a foot in the end zone is not good enough - if you go down, or in this case out of bounds after landing in bounds, you have to possess the ball all the way to the ground.  It’s a different standard.  If it was the same standard, it would have been a touchdown as soon as it landed in Powell’s hands.  

So it’s 4th and 8, and the Iowa punt team takes the field.  Kidd drops the punt at the Ball State 6, where Fleming flies in to catch it and pin the Cardinals deep in their own end.  Timeout, clock at 6:13 of the 1st.  

Ball State starts with Mann under center, Banks behind him, and two wideouts on the far side.  

It goes to Banks, he tries the far side, but Iowa stuffs if for no gain.  LTP with the stop.

Same formation, but from the far hash, the wideouts are on the near side.  Banks gets it again, tries to cut back into open space but runs right into Ott - no gain.  3rd and 10.

Mann to the gun with Edwards now to his left, one wideout high side, and two low.  It goes to Edwards, he heads up the middle but can only get to the 11, 4th and 5, and the Ball State punt team takes the field.

The kick is from about 2 yards deep in the end zone, and it bounces at about the BSU 44, and out of bounds at the 46.  Iowa ball, 1st down on the Cardinals side of the 50!

Timeout, as we go to the break, C.J. has the headset on, and Jake looks to be going back in.

Jake is back in there in the base Iowa set, a tailback, Jr, behind him, and a solo wideout on each side.   
The wideout on the far side goes into motion, looks like the jet sweep, but Jake pulls it down, and then floats it down the near side toward the end zone, where we see the Ball State defender drive into Kittle, #46, and flags fly, that’s pass interference, an Iowa 1st down at the Ball State 31!

Same formation, Jake snaps it and hands it to Daniels, he heads off tackle left, gets 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

Same formation, same play, Jr gets it, finds a huge hole in the middle, and he plows ahead for 7, an Iowa 1st down at the Ball State 28!
Jake now has two wideouts on the high side, he changes the play at the line.  It goes to Daniels, he tries the far side, but can’t escape, 2 yards, 2nd and 8.

Jordan is now in behind Jake, with a solo wideout on the near side.  Jake snaps it, fakes the handoff, then rolls to the near side - he has a defender in his face as he dumps it off to Duzey, but it’s a bit behind him and no good, 3rd and 8.

Jake to the gun with Damon to his left, two wideouts low, one high.  He has to hurry back to the gun as the play clock dips under 5 seconds, but he gets it off with a second to spare, Jake goes into the deep drop, then floats it near side, the screen, caught, Bullock, and he has blockers in front, but at the last second he gets caught from behind, and it goes for no gain.  4th and 8, and the Iowa field goal team came onto the field.

Koehn is kicking the ball from the near hash, it’s from 35 yards out - and he misses it wide left.  There is 1:47 left in the 1st, still scoreless, and BSU ball at the 20.  Timeout.

As we emerge from the break, we once again see the crane that is behind Kinnick for the never ending construction going on at the U Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  And that guy up there again, making sure the crane can not sway in the wind and freak out people in Kinnick.

Ball State comes to the line with Mann in the gun, Edwards to his right, two wideouts high, and one low.  It goes to Edwards, he tries off tackle left, but Ott is there, and hits him for no gain.  2nd and 10.

Same formation, Mann snaps it, steps back, and then tries to dump it near side, but the Hawks are there and it’s no good.  3rd and 10.

Same formation, Mann is walking back and forth calling out the play.  Iowa again to the raider package, and the noise in Kinnick gets cranked up.  Under heavy pressure Mann gets the pass off for the far hash, caught, 13 yards, and a Ball State 1st down at their 33.

Same formation, but this time Mann keeps it on the read/option, and he heads off tackle right, and picks up about 3 yards. 2nd and 7.

Ball State now has Mann with Edwards just to his right, and two wideouts on the low side, one high.  It goes to Edwards, the Hawks have a chance at him in the hole, but miss, and he goes straight ahead for about 9, and that is a Ball State 1st down at their 45.  And that brings the 1st quarter to a close.

Hawk fans are a bit concerned.  We see the 1st quarter stats and that doesn’t help, the Hawks have just 19 yards rushing.  And 46 total yards.

But Ball State commits a false start coming out of the break, and that’s 1st and 15 from their 40.

Mann back to the gun, Edwards to his right.  Three wideouts on the low side and one high.  It goes to Edwards, he tries the far side, and loses 1.  2nd and 16.

Almost the same, but now just solo wideout on each side, and Edwards is right behind Mann.  He snaps it and Edwards tries floating out to the far side flat, but he gets caught up and the pass falls harmlessly to the ground.  3rd and 16.

Ball State now has two wideouts low and one high, Mann snaps the ball, drops back, and then he fires for the far side, it hits the receivers’s hands but then falls to the ground, no good, 4th and 16.
The Ball State punt lands at the 23, where it’s caught by King, but he can’t get away, and he is downed right there.  Timeout, Iowa ball from the 23, clock at 14:11 of the 2nd quarter.

After the break Iowa is in the huddle.  Jake is under center with the I formation behind him, Mark at tailback, a wideout on each side.  It goes to Mark and he tries the middle - on tv it looked like he could have cut it outside and had lots of daylight, but he doesn’t take it.  1 yard, 2nd and 9.

Hawks to almost the same look but the fullback Plewa is offset to the far side.  Jake snaps it, steps back, and then he fires it to the near sideline, caught, Smith, 13 yards, and an Iowa 1st down at the 37!

Jake is under center, Mark behind him, and two wideouts high - the slot receiver on that side goes into motion, Jake snaps it, it’s the jet sweep to Parker - and he puts the ball on the ground.  A Ball State defensive lineman picks it up and heads toward the goal line, it looks like one of his smaller, faster players is trying to take the ball from him, but he keeps it, and at the goal line Scherff and a couple other Hawkeyes arrive, and they all fall into the end zone in a 1300 or so pound mass of humanity, a Ball State touchdown.  Scherff gets up as the Cardinal players celebrate, and then he goes to the ground.

And we now see two Iowa trainers with Brandon as he has a pained look on his face.  

Immediately, your scribe checks Twitter, and general consensus is that the season is lost and Iowa will be lucky to be 5-7.  

Finally Scherff gets up and walks off with the assistance of the two trainers.  He seems to be favoring his right leg, but he is putting some weight on it.  

Ball State finally kicks the extra point, and Iowa trails 7-0 at 13:08 of the 2nd quarter.  

Offense, we need to find something.  Now.

After the break we see about 7 members of the Iowa training staff huddled around Brandon.  

OK , we return to the field with the Ball State kickoff, it lands in the far corner of the end zone, a touchback, Iowa ball at the 25.

Iowa comes to the line with Jake in the gun, Jordan to his right, two wideouts high, one low.  Jake snaps it, and rolls to the far side, then lets it go for the far sideline, caught, Hillyer, and he steps around one tackle before he gets knocked out of bounds, 12 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the 37!

We now see Scherff walking toward the locker room, slowly, but he is walking on his own with no assistance from the trainer walking with him.  

We return to the field with Jake snapping the ball from the gun, he looks downfield, but then he flips it to Jordan who is in the far side flat, and he is all alone!  He makes the catch at the 47, he turns and races down the far sideline, across the 50, the 40, at the 30 a player dives for his legs, but Jordan steps out of it and cuts it into the field, where he gets tripped up at the 15 and finally goes down at the Ball State 13, a 50 yard pass, and 1st and 10 for the Hawkeyes!!!

Jake to the gun, one wideout on the high side, and two on the low, but one shifts from the slot out wide.  Jake snaps it, looks, then fires it for the end zone, where HIllyer dives for it but can’t bring it down.  2nd and 10.

Damon is now at tailback behind Jake, under center.  One wideout on the high side, and two on the low.  Jake steps back to change the play.  Jake snaps it, and then fires it near side for Smith, caught, he turns for the near corner but can’t escape, 5 yards, 3rd and 5 from the Ball State 8.

Jake to the gun, Bullock to his left, Smith alone on the low side, two Hawkeyes stacked on the far side hashmark.  Jake snaps it, takes about 3 steps back, then raises and fires it for the near side, Krieger-Coble has the catch at the 3, but the ball gets stripped out from him as he goes down, no good.   A missed opportunity, that would have been a 1st and goal from the 2.  The Iowa kick team takes the field.

From the far side hash and 26 yards out, Koehn is right down the middle, Hawks trail 7-3 at 11:23 of the 2nd.

Koehn boots the kickoff through the end zone.  Ball State ball at the 25.

Mann sets up in the gun, Banks to his left, and twin wideouts high, one low.  It gets handed off and he goes nowhere.  2nd and 10.

Back to the gun with Banks in the semi-pistol, and three wideouts high side.  He snaps it and fires it far side, caught, but Bower comes in to drill him and keep it to a 2 yard gain.  3rd and 8.

The Iowa crowd comes alive.  Mann to the gun again with Banks right there, and three wideouts near side with one far.  He snaps it, drops back, feels the pressure so he rolls to the near side, he tries a quick pass but it’s too low, no good, 4th and 8.  The Iowa defense has held, and Ball State must punt.

This punt, as was the last, is coming from the place kicker, not the punter, and he is using the rugby style of kick.  This one lands at the Iowa 41, and rolls dead at the Iowa 28.  1st down Hawkeyes, clock at 9:58 of the 2nd, timeout.  

Iowa opens in the I formation with a wideout on each side.  Jake snaps it, looks quickly downfield, then dumps it off far side, Jordan, caught, he gets about 3 yards.  2nd and 7 from the 32.

Jake is back under center, Plewa and Jordan behind him, a wideout on each side.  He snaps it, drops back, quickly looks to the far side, then middle,  then he fires it near side for Plewa, caught, but then dropped, about 3 yards, 3rd and 4.

Jake now to the gun, Damon to his left, twin wideouts on the high side, one low.  Jake snaps it, steps back, and then fires it for the far hash - KMM, caught, 5 yards, and an Iowa 1st down at the 41!

Iowa to a heavy set, Mark at tailback, Plewa offset in front of him, a wideout on each side but they are both in the slot position.  Mark gets it, tries the middle, but gets tripped up to get only 1.  2nd and 9.

Jake to the gun with Bullock on his left, we just come out of the view of the Iowa sideline when Jake snaps the ball, he tries to hit Bullock over the middle, but it’s knocked down at the line. Too bad, had Damon caught it, he had room to run and blockers to the far side.

3rd and 9, Jake to the gun with his 3rd down back Bullock to his left, a wideout on each side.  Jake really isn’t under any pressure, but he pulls it down and takes off for the near side, but help quickly arrives and he gets dropped about 6 yards short of the yellow line.  4th down, and on comes the Iowa punt team.

Kidd drops the punt inside the 20, and it rolls all the way down to the Ball State 6. 1st and 10 Cardinals, clock at 7:14 of the 2nd.  

Ball State now uses the I formation behind Mann, Edwards gets it and tries the middle, he gets 2 yards, 2nd and 8 from the BSU 8.

And then we hear an uptick in the noise from Kinnick and we soon see why - Scherff is walking back onto the sideline!

Now back to the field, Edwards gets the ball again and tries off tackle left, that gets about 5, 3rd and 3.

Edwards is once again lined up right behind Mann in the gun, he snaps it, and then quickly dumps it to Edwards in the near side flat, caught, and he gets it out to the 30 before Iowa can get him down.  1st down Ball State.

From the gun again, Mann tries a pass across the middle, it finds no one, 2nd and 10.

From the hybrid pistol now with three wideouts up top - Mann snaps it, hands it to Edwards, he tries the near side but Davis wraps him up for a 1 yard loss!  3rd and 11.

Ball State has the field spread out, but the far side pass finds the receiver not looking for it, so it falls to the turf, 4th down, and the BSU punt team must come on the field.

The actual punter is back in there and he lands it at the Iowa 41 and it rolls dead at the Iowa 24.  1st and 10 Hawkeyes, clock at 4:34 of the 2nd.  

Iowa opens with Jake under center, it looks like Jr behind him, two wideouts high, one low.  Jake snaps it and quickly fires for the near side, caught, Smith, 7 yards, a 2nd and 3 from the Iowa 31.

And then Kinnick erupts as Scherff jogs onto the field to resume his place on the left side of the Iowa line!

Jake has the same formation, it goes to Jr and he tries the left side and gets the corner turned, 5 yards, and an Iowa 1st down at the 35!

Jake is back under center, he snaps it and fakes handing it to Jr, but he wishes he had, as BSU blitzed from that side, and Jake never sees it, and he gets drilled for a 10 yard sack.  2nd and 20.

But the corner who took down Jake is lying on the field hurt.  The clock stops.  3:19 of the 2nd.

But then he gets up and jogs off.  Jake goes to the gun with 5 wide.  Jake snaps it, quickly has pressure from the far side, but he steps up and dumps to KMM near side, caught, 6 yards, now 3rd and 14.

Jake to the gun again with Damon to his left, he snaps it, takes two steps back, and then steps forward has he launches a bullet down the far hash, KMM, caught at the 50, and that’s an Iowa 1st down!  19 yards!

Jake is now under center with Damon behind him, and a wideout on each side.  Jake snaps it, looks deep, but then dumps it for side to Bullock, caught, but hit immediately, to gain only 1.  But flags are out, and Iowa is nabbed for holding, and it’s 1st and 20.  

Jake to the gun with three wideouts on the top side, and two low.  Jake snaps it and quickly fires near side for Powell, caught, 11 yards, now 2nd and 9.

Jake still in attack mode in the gun.  Jake snaps it and looks but then quickly dumps if far side to Bullock, he makes the catch but gets absolutely drilled so hard his mouth piece flies out.  It only goes for 3 yards, so it’s now 3rd and 6.  Clock at 1:23 and Iowa calls timeout.

And now for the first time we see the graphic of the MAC teams we have lost to since 2000.  

Now back from the break, Jake to the gun, Damon to his right, two wideouts on the low side, one high.  3rd and 6.  Jake snaps it, drops back, and then steps forward to fire it for the near hash, caught, Powell, and he can’t quite get away but he gets 19 yards and that is an Iowa 1st down at the Ball State 26!!!

Jake to the gun again, he tries a quick dump off to Hamilton, but it’s no good, 2nd and 10.

Jake now tries hitting KMM on the far side, but it’s a tad behind him, and he can’t pull it in with one hand.  3rd and 10.  Clock at 59 seconds.

Jake snaps the ball and doesn't look for long before he takes off right up the middle, he gets about 8 yards, but he needed 10.  He is tackled with 50 seconds left on the clock, and Iowa lets it run down to 12 seconds and then calls timeout.

On comes Koehn to try the kick from 37 yards.  Iowa is lining up as Ball State calls timeout.

After the break, Iowa quickly snaps it, it’s from the left hash, and it’s left all the way.  Koehn is now 1 for 3 on the day, and a chorus of boos can be heard throughout Kinnick.

Ball State kneels on the ball, and that brings the 1st half to a close.  Aside from a  few boos, Kinnick is very silent as the players leave the field.

Soon after, your scribe and his Hawkeye friends around the country are exchanging group text messages wondering if the Hawks can find the running game, and also wondering if the coaches can make those halftime adjustments to turn things our way.

We also see that Nebraska had to score with a minute left to beat McNeese State.  Quick, name where that school is and what conference they are in.

We return to Iowa City to a shot of the Old Capital, then to the booth, which we don’t need to hear, and then finally down to the field, where Koehn once again boots the kickoff out of the end zone, BSU ball at their 25.

Then we see the QB halftime stats, Jake at 15 for 22 for 164 yards, and Mann only 6 of 14 for 48.  The Iowa defense is playing well, limiting Ball State to just 91 1st half yards, and the touchdown was of course not on them.

Mann opens in the gun with Edwards beside him, two wideouts on the high side and one on the low.  He snaps it and quickly fires to the far side, caught, then tackled, 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

We are seeing the sideline guy talk about his chat with Kirk, and then as soon as the camera comes back to the field, Mann is snapping the ball, and then flipping it forward to his far side wideout that has come into motion back toward the QB, he gets about 4 yards to bring up 3rd and 1.

Mann is now under center as Iowa brings almost everyone right up to the line, he snaps it and hands it to Edwards, who tries to head straight into the line, but right into Davis and LTP, and they stuff him for a 1 yard loss.  4th and 2, and on comes the Ball State punt team.  

They line up to punt, it’s the regular punter, and he starts to kick the ball from the 22, but LTP flies in there, and seems to hit the ball as it careens wildly to the left, going out of bounds just across the 50 yard line.  We see LTP diving out of the way of the punter, who seems to lean into him as LTP goes by.  

The replay shows that LTP did not in fact touch the ball, his presence alone must have gotten into the punter’s head, but there is a flag on the field, and he is called for running into the kicker - that’s a 5 yard penalty, and it gives Ball State a 1st down a the 39.

Kirk, and Kinnick, are not happy, but there is nothing that can be done as Ball State has Mann in the gun, with Edwards to his left.  He snaps it, fakes the handoff, rolls toward the near side, and then flips it to his tight end, he gets about 6 to bring up 2nd and 4. 

Mann is now alone in the gun, he has three wideouts up high and two low.  he snaps and it tries a quick pass to the far hash, but his diving receiver can’t make the catch.  3rd and 4.

BSU has Edwards along Mann, with two wideouts high and one low.  He snaps it, and then quickly under pressure, floats it deep down the far side, where as it comes down we see Lowdermilk is in good position, but as the pass falls to the ground, a flag comes out, and he is nailed for pass interference.  Very iffy, especially considering what would happen later in the game.

Of course, Galloway up in the booth calls out Lowdermilk, and basically says he is no good in pass coverage.

Now at the 39, it’s the same two in the backfield, and the near side wideout sprints into motion back toward the center of the field.  It goes to Edwards and he gets around the corner to get all the way to the 25, but then a flag flies, it’s holding, and that’s a 10 yard penalty, 1st and 20 from the 49.

Mann is now back there with Banks, he gets the ball and tries the middle, shakes and bakes a bit to get about 4.  2nd and 16.

Back to the gun with Banks to his left, and twin wideouts up top, one low. He snaps it, and then again floats it down the far sideline, the receiver reaches up to grab it, bobbles it, but then snags it as he comes down under the tackle, that’s 26 yards and Ball State has a 1st down at the Iowa 18.

From the far hash, the wideouts flip, two low, one high.  Mann snaps it and drops back, as Bower darts in from the near side - Edwards tries to cut his legs, but all that does is send Bower flipping into the QB, and as he is distracted by that, more help arrives from the far side, so Mann throws the ball straight to the far sideline.  Where there were no Cardinals.  

The side judge rushed in, the officials confer, as Kinnick voices it’s displeasure, and then the referee drops the flag, that’s intentional grounding, a spot foul, and a loss of down.  Now 2nd and 21 from the Iowa 29.

Mann is now under center with Banks behind him, he snaps it, hands it to the tailback, he tries the middle to get 4 before he gets swallowed up.  3rd and 17.

Edwards returns beside Mann, with two wideouts high, one low.  The Iowa D is showing the raider formation, then they drop down into the traditional position.  Bower then blitzes from the far side, so Mann tries a quick pass to the near side, but it’s no good, and that brings up 4th down.

The Ball State kicker comes in to try the 42 yard kick, and he tucks it inside the right upright, good, BSU leads 10-3, clock at 10:37 of the 3rd.

Can the Hawkeyes respond?

The BSU kickoff lands a the 6, Parker makes the catch and heads straight up the far hash, as he crosses the 20, he gets hit, and in a swarm of players,, he loses the ball.  There is a scrum for it, but Ball State wins it.  They have the ball at the Iowa 23.

That is Parker’s second fumble of the day.  Hard to say when we will see him on the field again.

Well, the Iowa defense has got to make a stand here.  

Mann to the gun with Banks behind him, it goes to him and he heads straight ahead to pick up 11 yards.  1st down Ball State at the Iowa 12.

Banks then gets the ball again, but he tries the left side and runs into a wall - and loses 2 yards.  2nd and 12 from the 14.

Mann back to the gun, Edwards to his left, and the slot receiver on the far side goes into motion toward the line.  Edwards gets it and tries off tackle right, it gets about 4, but that’s a 3rd and 8.  The Kinnick Bell tolls as the crowd tries the find the energy. 

From the gun, Mann snaps the ball, he is looking center, but then he starts to feel the pressure, so he fires it for the near side pylon, but he was throwing it out as his wideout cut in, no good, 4th down.  On came the BSU field goal team.

This is just a 27 yard kick, and it’s up and good, and the Hawks now trail 13-3.  But that was a great stand by the Iowa defense.

Jordan is now back deep in place of Parker, and the kick lands two yards in the end zone, Canzeri makes the catch, and he starts up the near hash but at the 15 cuts it outside the numbers, and that allows him to get out to the 30, a good return.  Now offense, let’s see something!

Iowa opens in the I formation with Jordan back in there at tailback, he gets it and there is a big hole to the left side, he surges through to pick up about 7, 2nd and 3.

From the I again, and Jordan again, this time he tries the near side, it looks like he can get the corner but then it closes up, but he still fights for 2 yards, 3rd and 1.

Still in the I, but now with Mark back there, Jake changes the play at the line.  It goes to Mark, he plunges straight ahead, dragging a tackler with him who can only grab his jersey, 8 yards, and an Iowa 1st down at the 47!

To the I again, but Jake does not hand it off, he stands up and fires it near side, caught, Smith, he breaks one tackle but not the second one, still 6 yards, 2nd and 4 from the BSU 47.

The I again, with Jordan back at tailback, he gets the ball and heads off tackle - left - and breaks into the clear!  He gets it all the way down to the 29 before he is caught, that’s 17 yards and another Iowa 1st down!

It goes to Jordan one more time, he tries the right side, but that only goes for 1. 2nd and 9.

Jordan departs and Damon comes in to sit behind Jake, with Plewa offset to the far side.  Jake snaps it, steps back, then fires it for the near sideline, Smith has run the out pattern and he makes the catch and then steps out of bounds, 12 yards, and 1st down Hawkeyes at the Ball State 17!

Back to the I formation, Jake steps away from center to change things up.  It goes to Mark who heads right to pick up 2, 2nd and 8.

Mark gets it one more time, and head’s left, this gets him 4 yards, so it brings up a 3rd and 4 from the BSU 11.  

Jake to the gun with Damon to his left, two wideouts on the low side, one high. But the whistles blow, and Ball State has called timeout.  Clock at 3:48 of the 3rd quarter.

Iowa changes it up after the timeout, Jake is still in the gun with Damon to his left, on the far side there is one wideout, on the near side, a tight end who goes into the pattern, and two wideouts stacked up on each other just inside the near hash.  Jake snaps it, drops back, and then tries to fire it for the near side, but it gets knocked down at the line, 4th and 4, and Iowa must try and kick it again.

But it’s not Koehn, it’s the true freshman Ellis, who we had heard as camp went on to be taking the lead for the kicker position, and it’s just 29 yards from the far hash - and he misses it wide left.

Kinnick is in stunned silence, Hawkeye fans with their hands on their heads, and across the country, I think Iowa fans are beginning the think that fate is not with us on this day.

From the 20 at 3:37 of the 3rd, Mann is in the gun, he hands it to Banks who gets nothing when Davis drops him at the line.

Mann is now alone in the gun with twin wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, looks near side, then fires it that way, but it’s too low and no good.  3rd and 10.

The Iowa fans dig deep to find the energy, and Kinnick awakens.  Edwards is back in, to Mann’s left, he gets the ball and heads to the far corner, which he gets turned, and picks up 18 yards before Iowa can force him out.  1st down Ball State at their 38.

Banks is now back there with Mann, as the far side wideout goes into motion simulating the jet sweep, but it goes to Banks, and he is only able to get 2 going to the far side.  2nd and 8.

And now Davis is down on the field.  But soon he is up and walking off under his own power, and he is firing up his boys as he does.  

From the gun, Mann fires it near side, it’s caught, he gets about 6, but then we see a flag back in the backfield.  Holding, that’s a 2nd and 18 from the Ball State 30.

Ball State runs a screen pass to Banks, and the Hawks should have him for a 5 yard loss, but he escaped them, only to be caught and downed after only gaining about 2 feet.  3rd and 17.

Under heavy pressure Mann flips to the near side, caught, 10 yards, but he needed about 8 more.  4th down, and on came the BSU punt team.

The kicker is in again to rugby punt it, it rolls down to about the 13 yard line, but as it came down it was touched by a Ball State player, so it was dead there.  1st down Iowa at the 27.  

Jake is under center, Mark behind him, Plewa offset near side, with a wideout on each side.  Jake drops back and then fires it deep down the near sideline, and just out of the reach of VandeBerg, no good, 2nd and 10.

Jake, alone in the gun.  Three wideouts low, two high.  Jake snaps it, and quickly fires far side to Hillyer, caught, 6 yards, 3rd and 4.  And with that, the 3rd quarter has come to an end, with Iowa trailing 13-3.

After the break, it’s 3rd and 4 from the Iowa 33.  Jake is in the gun with Damon to his left, two wideouts high, one low.  Jake snaps it, looks far side, then comes back and fires it that way, caught, VandeBerg, right on the numbers, 10 yards, and an Iowa 1st down at the Iowa 43!

From the gun again, Jake tries to hit Bullock, floating it out into the far side flat, but Damon runs into a defender, and the pass sails out of bounds.  2nd and 10.

Jake now fires the tunnel screen to KMM, caught, he gets 5 to bring up a 3rd and 5 from the Iowa 48.

Jake to the gun with Damon again to his left, two men high, one low.  Jake snaps it and tries a quick pass to Smith on the near side, but the corner is there - maybe a tad early, maybe not, and it’s no good.  Iowa has to punt with 13:55 remaining.   

The Iowa punt lands at the 23, and there is a fair catch.  Timeout, clock at 13:47.

From the gun, Mann snaps it, and then flips it for his tight end, but it’s behind him, no good.  2nd and 10.

Mann now hands it to Edwards, he tries the middle to just get 1.  3rd and 9.

From the gun, Mann has twin wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, looks middle, then fires it near side, where his receiver tips the ball forward, and right into the arms of another BSU player, who makes the catch to get 15 yards, and Iowa fans are wondering if anything else can go wrong today.

Now out at the 39, and Edwards picks up 8 yards on 1st down.  2nd and 2.

Edwards again, about 2 plus, that’s enough, 1st down Ball State right at midfield.

Banks now takes the tailback spot, but he moves out into the far side flat as Mann passes to the near side and the receiver drops it.  2nd and 10.

Now Banks gets it, and picks up only 1 yard. 3rd and 9.

Mann snaps the ball and looks downfield, but then just flips it to Banks, the dump off, and he gets about 5 but needed 9, 4th down, and on comes the Ball State punt team.

The punt bounces at the 10, and then rolls down to the 2 yard line.  1st down Iowa, clock at 9:50, just 6 feet from their end zone.

After the break, Jake is alone in the gun.  He snaps it, then fires it deep down the near hash, aiming again for VandeBerg, and again, just out of his reach, but with the coverage right there.  2nd and 10.

Jake to the gun again, Damon beside him.  BSU blitzes but Jake quickly fires over the middle to Duzey, caught, 8 yards, and Iowa has some breathing room.  3rd and 2.  

Again in the gun, Jake snaps it and quickly fires to the near sideline, caught, KMM, 6 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the 16!

Jake is alone in the gun now, he snaps it, doesn’t like it so he takes off, but then slides down at the 20.  2nd and 7.

Jake now tries to hit Bullock in the far side flat, but that ball is no good, 3rd and 7.

Jake again in the gun, he snaps it, looks, then comes back near side to Bullock, caught, he turns and surges ahead, dragging the pile with him, for 12 yards and an Iowa 1st down at the 31!

Jake, gun, Damon to his left.  Jake fires it near sideline for Smith, but it’s a bit too high and no good.  2nd and 10.

Jake still in the gun, he snaps it, looks around, and then fires a rope for KMM on the far hash, caught amongst 3 defenders, 12 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the 43!

Iowa is getting to the line as soon as the umpire sets the ball.  Jake snaps it, looks downfield and then launches it down the near sideline for Powell, but as the ball comes down the corner is already into Powell and we wait on the flags - but they never come.  If Lowdermilk’s play was pass interference, then this has to be, but the officials blow it.  2nd and 10.

Kinnick is raining down boos as the Iowa officials seem to have changed their policy and will now show controversial replays on the big screen.  

Jake now fires it for Smith on the far side, and this one is again very close, but it’s no good and there are no flags.  3rd and 10.

Quickly Jake snaps the ball again, he fires it for Hamilton on the near side numbers, but it’s a bit behind him and no good.  Iowa is forced to punt with 7:25 on the clock.  

Kidd’s punt lands at the 20, fair catch.  1st down Ball State, clock at 7:18 of the 4th. Timeout.

As we return from the break, we see many Iowa fans making their way out of the Kinnick gates.  Others are beginning to wonder - that based on the expectations of this season, should this game end this way, would this be the lowest point, single game wise, in the Ferentz era?

Ball State enters with Mann in the gun, and Edwards to his right, no, his left.  It goes to Edwards and he heads off tackle right - and gets 7 yards for his effort.  2nd and 3.

Edwards gets the ball again from the gun, he tries the far side this time, but the Hawks wrap him up after just 1. 3rd and 2.

Edwards gets it one more time, but the Hawks know what is coming, and LTP flies in to drop him as soon as he has the ball, a 2 yard loss, and it’s 4th and 4!

Iowa calls timeout.  Clock at 5:58 of the 4th.

The rugby style punt lands at about the Iowa 35, and then out of bounds at the 31.  Iowa ball, 1st down.

Jake to the gun with Damon to his right.  Jake snaps it, feels the pressure, so he steps up and lets it fly down the middle of the field - Powell has a step or two on his man, but the pass overshoots him.  2nd and 10.

Jake, quickly to the line, he fires it near side for KMM, he bounces out of one tackle to pick up 9 yards, 3rd and 1.

Jake now hands it to Damon, he tries the near side, picks up 5, that’s an Iowa 1st down at the 45.  The clock stops on the 1st down, at 5:08 of the 4th.

Jake has the team at the line, and snaps it as soon as the game clock starts again, he looks, then takes the dump off to Bullock, caught, 5 yards, 2nd and 5. Right at midfield.

Jake, gun, Damon to his right.  He snaps it, drops back, pumps the ball to the near side, then he pumps it to the far side, pulls it down, and takes off!  He heads to the far sideline, where he needs one block to get around the corner - and he gets it (Damon), he turns the corner and finally scoots out of bounds at the 34, a 16 yard run! 1st down Iowa!  Clock at 4:25.

Jake to the line again, he snaps it, does not like his downfield read so he dumps it to Bullock, he catches it but gets drilled, it goes for 4, 2nd and 6.

Jake still in the gun, he snaps it, drops back, then steps up in the pocket to fire it deep for KMM - he is doubled covered as the ball comes down and just off his finger tips.  He looks at the official and demands the flag, but of course, none comes.  3rd and 6.

Jake again to the line, he snaps the ball, then quickly fires it near side, caught, VandeBerg, 8 yards, and he steps around the down marker and out of bounds, 1st down Iowa, clock at 3:27.

Jake, right at the line, snaps it, looks, pulls it down and starts to run forward, he has Bullock in front of him and Jake points to him to setup his block, he takes it, and gets 10 yards for an Iowa 1st down at the 12!

The clock stops at 3:12 of the 4th.  It’s reset, Jake has his team at the line, but he does not get the snap off until 3:01 on the clock.  He steps back, and then steps forward and fires a cannon right down the middle, as the camera pans to the end zone we see the Iowa receiver leap, snag it, and then come down in control TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!- WILLIES!!!

The freshman comes in and his extra point is right down the middle, and Iowa now trails 13-10 with 2:52 on the clock!

Iowa Defense - your time has come.

But first, the kickoff.  Koehn drops it 8 yards deep in the end zone, touchback.  BSU ball at the 25.

Iowa fans bring the noise.  Ball State has Mann in the gun, Edwards to his right, and two wideouts on the low side.  It goes to Edwards, he starts for the near side but then cuts it upfield, he gets 3, 2nd and 7.  Iowa calls timeout, clock at 2:46 of the 4th.

Mann hands the ball to Edwards again - he tries the far side - and Ott stuffs him, with help from about 7 other Hawkeyes, for a 3 yard loss!  3rd and 10!

Timeout, Iowa, clock at 2:40.  

After the break, Kinnick is rocking, as Mann heads back to the gun, with Edwards to his left, one wideout high, two low.  He snaps it and Iowa blitzes from the near side - so Mann lets it go for the far side, but once again, he threw it outside while his receiver ran the in route, and the ball falls harmlessly to the turf!!!  4th down, and the clock has stopped with 2:36 left the game.  

The Ball State punt lands at the Iowa 37, and then bounces down to the 29, where VandeBerg grabs it right on the numbers, he steps around the first wave, cuts it to the near sideline, but then he gets popped as he hits the 40, still, a great return, an Iowa 1st down at the 40!  Clock at 2:23.

Things are paused as there is a hurt Ball State player on the field.

He finally jogs off as we leave the studio update.  

Jake back in the gun, Damon to his left.  Jake snaps it, takes two steps back, then steps forward and fires a dart right down the middle, caught, Smith, 16 yards, and Iowa has a 1st down at the Ball State 43!

Jake then snaps the ball at 2:08 of the 4th - he looks downfield, but then takes the under dump to Bullock, caught, a big pile forms and they surge forward for 9 yards!  2nd and 1!

The clock stops at 1:57 with another injured Cardinal.  It’s like a flock of Blue Jays showed up.

This is like a free timeout, Jake gets some instructions from the sideline, then he snaps the ball when the clock hits 1:54.  He hands it to Damon, he starts forward, reading his blocks, cuts in then out, to pick up 10 yards, and another Iowa 1st down at the Ball State 24!  The clock stops at 1:48.

Iowa to the line, Jake snaps the ball at 1:44, he stands in there and then takes the under to Duzey, caught, 6 yards, 2nd and 4 on the 18. 

Jake to the line again, he snaps the ball and Ball State blitzes, but Jake sees an opening straight ahead and takes it; 6 yards, another Iowa 1st down at the Ball State 12!

And yet, another Ball State player is down after the play.  The clock is again stopped at 1:10 of the 4th.

Jake to the gun, Damon to his left.  Two wideouts on the high side, one on the low.  Jake snaps it, takes three steps back, and then forward, he fires it near side for Duzey, he reaches up to get it, snagged at the 6, he braces for the hit, but it never comes, so he turns and takes about 5 steps and dives into the end zone TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!!   There is 1:00 minute left on the clock and after the freshman again knocks the extra point through Iowa LEADS 17-13!!!!!

The Iowa kickoff lands deep in the end zone, but Ball State brings it out and gets to the 25.  1st down, clock at :54 seconds.

Mann to the gun, he steps forward to point something out to his offense, he snaps it and quickly fires it far side, caught, about 8 yards, but Iowa gets him down in bounds.  The clock continues to run.

Ball State, quickly to the line.  Mann snaps it with 33 seconds left - he drops back, looking downfield, he cocks his arm to fire but then he gets hit and loses the ball!!  FUMBLE!!! AND IOWA FALLS ON IT!!!  It was Ott with the sack and strip, the final defensive play of the game in which Drew Ott was your Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Ball State challenges the ruling of the fumble, but it’s clear, and they lose it.  Iowa ball, and one kneel down kills the clock.  FINAL, IOWA 17, BALL STATE 13.

Jake, 33 for 52, for a career high 322 yards (soon to be broken), and the two 4th quarter touchdowns, with no interceptions.  Oh, and Jake’s 36 yards rushing, on 7 carries, was the Iowa high for the day.

The Iowa defense allowed only 219 total yards to Ball State, and of course, Ball State got 10 points on two Iowa turnovers, so really, the defense shined all day long, keeping the Hawks in the game until the offense finally figured it out in the last 6 minutes.  

‘Until the game is won’, as the Iowa Fight Song goes!

So the Hawks are 2-0, which is the best you can be after two weeks - with a lot that can be worked on for the offense and the special teams.  Kirk hinted after the game that the tailback rotating may be trimmed some to allow the guys to get into a groove.  Once the running game starts clicking like we think it can, the Iowa passing game will be able to find more downfield passes via play action.  

Then there was word on Tuesday that Drew Ott had been the latest Hawkeye to have a moped accident (seriously, as a kid from the 80s when those came into prominence, you would not be caught dead on one by the time you got to high school).  He seems ok though, a scrape or bruise here or there, but should be good to go.

There was also news that Scherff had in fact had a minor surgical procedure on that knee.  Some media are reporting he could miss two or three games - though today Kirk said he is day to day.  Aren’t we all.  Hard to tell if Kirk is serious, or just trying to keep ISU guessing.  We shall find out Saturday.  Regardless, the offensive line was one spot that we wanted to see depth built, and if Brandon does miss some time, that will help.

But otherwise everyone else should be good to go for the throw down coming to Kinnick on Saturday afternoon.

Week 3 Preview: Iowa State

It’s Hate Week once again.  You may have seen reports during August camp that Iowa State had tackling dummies dressed in Hawkeye jerseys.  If that is what it takes to turn things around after a 3-9 2013 season, go for it.  

Not that it seems to have helped.

The Clowns could be 2-0 coming into this game.  They are not.

In week 1, they hosted the three time defending FCS National Champions, North Dakota State.  The Bison had more than half their 2013 starters graduate, and they also lost their coach to a promotion.  After 1 minute of the 2nd quarter, Iowa State had a 14-0 lead on NDSU.

But one play after ISU scored to go up 14-0 - NDSU pulled off an 80 yard touchdown run from a tailback, and the game was on.  The Bison would end up leading at halftime, 17-14, and then in the 2nd half, they ran the Clones into the ground, winning 34-14.  Of note, the Iowa State defense gave up 302 rushing yards - at 6.9 per touch - to the obviously smaller FCS team.  Yikes.

Then in week 2, #20 Kansas State came calling, and the Cats scored on their first three possessions  to lead Iowa State 13-0.  But Iowa State got a TD late in the 1st to make it 13-7, and then in the 2nd quarter, they scored three touchdowns to lead KSU 28-13.  But the Cats got a touchdown with 26 seconds left in the half to make it 28-20 at the break.

There was no scoring in the 3rd quarter, and KSU made it 28-26 at 8:01 of the 4th (missing the 2 point conversion).  But the Iowa State offense was basically suffocated in the 2nd half, and KSU scored again with 90 seconds left to hand the Clones a 32-28 defeat.  

K State ran for 232 yards, at a healthy 5.7 average, on the ISU defense.  If you are scoring from home, that’s 267 per game, which has ISU at #118 - out of 124 - in rush defense.  Just what the hungry Iowa rushing game needs.

Conversely, Iowa State is only rushing for 103.5 yards per game, good for #109 nationally.  You thought our running game needed work.

ISU gets there a few different ways. One, the quarterback, junior Richardson, #12, has picked up 90 yards rushing through the first two weeks.  He has completed 67% of his passes, which is good, but at an average of 5.5 yards per catch - and you thought Jake checked it down a lot.  Richardson only has 1 passing td - and 3 interceptions so far.  

Not that he is the only one who has thrown it - ISU had a touchdown on an reverse pass against Kansas State.  

Their top tailback, Wimberly, #2, only has 75 rushing yards on 23 carries, so the Iowa front 7 should be able to neutralize him.  Also of note, he has caught 6 passes for 49 yards - so the Iowa linebackers must be aware when he slips out of the backfield without the ball.  

Besides that reverse throw, Iowa State is likely to try about anything mis-direction or gimmicky wise. The Iowa defense just needs to stay in their assigned lanes, and keep things in front of them.  

Iowa State has given up 34 and 32 points so far, and those were both home games, so it’s likely the Hawks will be able to get to that point too.  Look for the Iowa rushing attack to finally top 200, and Jake to continue his excellent game management with another 300 yard effort.  Sorry Clones, maybe you should focus your efforts on one game at a time, and not just one game on the schedule.

IOWA 34, Iowa State, 16.


GO HAWKS!!!




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