September 4, 2014

The Eternal Season - 9/4/14 - Sedge's 2014 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 2: Ball State @ Iowa, 9/6/14

Sedge’s Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2014 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 18 votes
USA Today: 49 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, 3:35 pm, ESPN2
September 13th v. Iowa State, 3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
September 20th @ Pittsburg, TBD
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:
Iowa State 0-1 @ Kansas State 1-0, 12:00 pm, FS1

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September 6th, 2014.  Iowa v. Ball State Cardinals, 1-0, 0-0 MAC 
Previous Meetings: 2, Iowa leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 2010. Ball State 0, Iowa 45

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #4, FBS #21

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2014
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Offense
Total   401.0  Pass  250.0  Rush 151.0  Scoring 31.0
B1G    #10            #6                #11                  #9
FBS    #70            #57              #73                  #60
Defense  
Total   405.0  Pass  380.0  Rush 25.0    Scoring 23.0
B1G    #10            #13                 #4                   #9
FBS    #76            #108               #7                   #64 
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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 1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska 1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota  1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois  1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue  1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
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Week 1 Recap: Northern Iowa 

As we wound down some Back In Black, followed up by the Iowa Fight Song, we saw Chuck Long in the booth pointing out the Iowa keys to the game.  Execute short yardage better, more red zone touchdown conversions, and taking more shots down the field in the passing game.  

We also hear that stopping Panther tailback Johnson will be high priority.  We were half successful in that quest.  

Then we see the weather graphic, and yup, it’s football in Iowa in August.  Only 72 degrees, but with 87% humidity.  We would see if that would be a factor as the game went on.

We also learn that this, the 16th season of Ferentz era, makes him the 3rd longest serving coach (at one school) in Division 1.  Time marches on.

All right, the players are lined up, and already, we see some change in the game, as the camera is focused on #10, Parker, one of those redshirt freshmen tailbacks.  VandeBerg is back as well.  

The kick is off, and the 2014 football season has begun.  If floats down to the near side, and it is caught, but by one of the up backs, at the 9 - he grabs the ball and heads toward the near numbers, across the 15, the 20, he then cuts it back toward the sideline, across the 25, the 30, the 35.  Wait, the running style looks like - it’s Weisman!  And then he cuts it back inside at the 40, reading his blockers, across the 45, the 50, and he is finally caught and dropped at the UNI 41 yard line!!!

In the replay, we can see that Mark was looking for someone to hit.  Not used to being in so much empty space.

Out of the review, Iowa is already at the line, Jake is pointing to the defense, and as soon as the camera goes to the top down view, he snaps the ball, he fakes handing the ball to Mark and then starts to roll to the far side - a Panther defender flashes in his face, but he steps back and then lets it go, aiming for the far side, it’s caught, KMM, at the 37, he turns, and surges forward before he is pushed out of bounds, that’s about 11 yards, and an Iowa 1st down!  

The Hawks are back at the line, Jake under center, Mark behind, with two wideouts low.  It’a one of those heavy sets, it goes to Mark, he tries the far side, but runs into a wall to just get 3.

2nd and 7, at the 27, Jake has one wideout on each side, with Mark at tailback, Jake seems to change the play at the line - he snaps it, drops straight back, and then floats it to the near sideline, as it comes down we see KMM get shoved to the ground by the UNI defender, a flag flies, and that’s pass interference!  

Now 1st and 10 at the UNI 13, Jake has the I formation with a wideout on each side.  But it’s not Mark at tailback, it’s Daniels Jr, he gets the ball and heads to the near side, he steps around an Iowa tight end engaged with a defender, and then turns upfield, he crosses the 10, and the 5; he looks like he will cut it back inside, but no, he turns and lunges for the pylon, and tip toes his way inside, and that’s a Hawkeye TOUCHDOWN!!!  The first Hawkeye td for Daniels Jr!  

It’s not the freshmen, but Koehn who comes in for the kick, it’s right through, and that makes it 7-0 Hawks.  A great start to the season.  Keep it up!

Iowa’s kickoff lands at the 8, it’s caught, and he heads right up the middle to get out to the 28 before the Hawkeyes get him down.

UNI opens with the QB in the gun, Johnson to his left, and 3 wideouts on the top side.  It’a a handoff to Johnson and and Iowa defender gets a hand on him behind the line, but he side steps that and heads forward, to get 6 yards. 2nd and 4.

From the near hash, the QB has Johnson to his right, three up high, and one low.  He snaps the ball as Johnson floats out behind the line, the dumps the pass that way, it’s caught at the the 42, but the Iowa linebacker there misses the tackle, and Johnson takes off down the near sideline - across the 50, the 40, at the 30 he cuts it back inside, and breaks about two more tackles as he gets it all the way down to the Iowa 14.  53 yards, and it’s 1st down UNI.  We see the replay, it seems to have been blown coverage that allowed him to get free.

UNI now to the line, the QB is in the pistol, and he snaps it, and then hands off to the tailback Miller, he heads to the far side to get about 4 to the Iowa 9.  

UNI has the QB in the gun with a tailback on each side, he snaps it, and scans, and tries flipping it over the middle, but it’s too high, and the Iowa defense was there, no good.  3rd and 6 from the Iowa 9.

From the gun, the QB hands off the ball, he starts straight ahead, makes one move around a defender and then waltzes into the end zone, touchdown Panthers, and the game is tied at the 11:48 mark of the 1st period.  

Wait, no, there is a flag!  Holding, it’s now 3rd and 16 from the Iowa 19!

The QB snaps the ball and then fires it to the far side, it’s caught, but too much to the far side, and out of bounds, and the Panthers are forced to bring out the kicking team, and he knocks the 36 yard field goal right down the middle, it’s 7-3 Iowa.  Clock at 11:38 of the 1st.

UNI’s kickoff lands deep in the end zone, and it’s a touchback.

Iowa comes out in the heavy line, a wideout on each side, Jake under center, and Jordan at tailback.  It goes to Jordan, he tries the left side, but gets only 2, 2nd and 8 at the 27.

Jake, quickly to the line, he snaps the ball, drops straight back, looks downfield, but then takes the dump off to Jordan, caught, he turns, stiff arms a tackler out of his way, and picks up 13 yards for an Iowa 1st down at the 40!

Iowa, to the line, Jake moves back and forth barking out the play call.  He has Bullock deep, and  a wideout on each side.  The near side wideout, Parker, goes into motion, but when Jake snaps the ball he hands it to him, the jet sweep! (new wrinkle, 2014). He heads to the far side, and gets the corner turned and he gets the ball down to the Panther 40, 21 yards, and a Hawkeye 1st down!

Jake to the gun, he makes his call, then snaps the ball, Jake quickly fires if for the far side, caught, Smith, but only 3 yards.  2nd and 7.

Jake now back under center, Damon behind him, he goes to the right, gets through one tackle to pick up 4, 3rd and 3  

Iowa comes out in the base I formation, a wideout on each side, Jake calls out the play.  It goes to Mark, he gets hit across the line, but won’t go down, and he drags them along as he falls down across the yellow line, a 1st down Iowa at the UNI 28!

Jake back under center, Jr behind him, one wideout high, two low.  It goes to Jr, he tries the left side, gets about 4.  2nd and 6.

From the near hash, Jake has flipped the wideouts, he fires a quick out to KMM, caught, but he can’t turn the corner, and gets forced out after getting just 4, 3rd and 2.

Iowa goes super heavy, it goes to Mark, he heads right, and he hits a wall, and comes down about 18 inches short of the 1st down.  4th and a foot and a half.

Jake gets the Hawks to the line, an then snaps the ball, it’s the QB sneak, it looks like he is across the line, but they don’t mark it like he is, and there is confusion on the field for a bit, they measure, and nope, it’s not a 1st down, UNI ball at the 19.  Short yardage.

The Panther drive starts with a false start.  1st and 15.

UNI to the power I formation, a solo wideout low.  It goes to Johnson, he tries the near side but gets swallowed up and dropped for no gain!  2nd and 15.

UNI to the gun, the QB looks downfield, but then tries dumping it to the far side, but it’s a bullet when he needed a float, and it bounces off the receivers hands and falls, no good.  3rd and 15.

Iowa fans bring the noise, as the Iowa linemen and linebackers dance around, trying to confuse the QB.  He snaps it and then in the face of pressure gets off the quick slant, it’s caught, and he heads right up the middle to get 22 yards and and UNI 1st down.  

Now from the UNI 36, the Iowa defense allows about 3 yards on the 1st down run but then UNI tries to run while they have things all spread out, but Davis has none of of it, and he drops the Panther tailback for a loss, to force 3rd and 9.

The QB tries a far side pass to Johnson, but it’s no good, and 4th down, so the UNI punt team takes the field.

The Panther punt lands at the 16, but is caught by VandeBerg on the far sideline, so he has nowhere to go, and gets nothing on the return.  

Iowa actually huddles up to begin this drive, Jake under center.  He snaps it, steps back looks to the far side and flips it there, caught, Duzey, but it just goes for 1 yard before he is knocked out of bounds.  2nd and 9.

Jake drops back again, looks, but then dumps it over the middle, Duzey, but he gets hit and picks up about 5.  3rd and a long 3.

Jake to the gun, he snaps it, looks, but then pulls it down in the face of pressure, and tries to take off, but he can only get to the LOS, so it goes for no gain, 4th down, and Iowa brings on the punt team.

The Iowa punt is caught at the 36 and is returned out to the 47.  UNI ball, clock at  2:44.

UNI starts in the gun, and the QB drops back, but then Davis is right on him, so he flips the ball to the far side, no good.  2nd and 10.  Davis is waking up.

UNI then completes a 1 yard pass, and that brings up 3rd and 9.  

The QB snaps the ball, rolls to the near side, and then hits a receiver who is cutting back toward the line, caught, 12 yards, and 1st down UNI at the Iowa 40.

UNI hands the ball to Johnson, he tries the far side to get only 1. 2nd and 9.

From the gun, the QB tries a quick fire to the near side, caught, no, the Iowa defense is there to knock it down, no good, 3rd and 9!  Mabin with the stop.

From the gun, the QB tries a pass down the near hash, it’s too high for his wideout, and is almost picked off by the diving Iowa safety.   4th and 9.

UNI is lining up the punt, and flags fly, that’s a delay of game.  Ball now at the Iowa 44.

This time the punt gets away, and VandeBerg makes the fair catch at the Iowa 9.  Time out, clock at :52 seconds of the 1st.  

Iowa is right at the line as we come out of the commercial break, Jake makes his call with the I formation behind him, Jordan gets the ball, tries the right side to get 6, 2nd and 4.

Jordan one more time, he tries the near side, it’s bottled up, no gain, 3rd and 4.

That brings the 1st quarter to a close, and Hawk fans are hoping the 2nd has a little more action from the offense.

Jake is in the gun, he looks downfield, but then dumps if off to Bullock, he seems to have it, no, it’s knocked out, and UNI picks it up to run it into the end zone, but the replay shows it hit the ground, no good, 4th and 4 from the Iowa 14.

Right as Iowa snaps the ball, the Panthers call timeout.  

This kick is only 33 yards, and UNI makes the fair catch at the Iowa 48.

UNI starts with a handoff to Johnson, he tries the far side to get 3.

UNI snaps the ball, he looks, and then fires to the near side, it’s caught, 15 yards, and 1st down UNI at the Iowa 30.

From the gun with 5 wideouts, the QB feels the pressure, escapes, and gets down to the Iowa 22 before sliding.  2nd and 1.

It goes to Johnson, but the Hawks are right there, and they drop it for a 2 yard loss!  3rd and 3.

From the gun, the QB snaps the ball as Iowa brings pressure, he floats it down the near hash, and the ball arrives just before the Iowa defense, caught, touchdown Panthers, and Iowa trails 10-7 at the 12:16 mark of the 2nd quarter.

Can the Iowa offense respond?

The Panther kickoff lands at the 10, VandeBerg gets it out to the 21.  The Iowa offense takes the field, needing a drive.

Iowa huddles up to begin, Jake to the line with the single tailback, and a wideout on each side.  Jake snaps it, is looking downfield, but then he takes the dump off again, far side, caught, Jr, 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

Same formation, Jake gets to the line and then makes his call.  It goes to Jr and he goes up the left side, 7 yards, an Iowa 1st down!

Same formation, and Jake is again making the play call at the line.  Jake hands it to Jr and as soon as he gets it, he gets hit and loses 3 yards. 2nd and 13.  

Jake to the gun, Damon to his left, two wideouts low, and one high.  Jake drops back and finds a tight end, crossing route, Krieger-Coble  (HKC), caught, he turns up field, and gets right to the yellow line!  13 yards, an Iowa 1st down, now at the Hawkeye 43.

Jake is back center with the tailback behind him.  Jake snaps it, looks downfield, but doesn't like it, so he dumps it to Mark, caught, 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

Jake now hands it to Mark, he goes around the left side, breaks a tackle, and picks up 7, an Iowa 1st down at the UNI 46!

Jake is under center, and as soon as he snaps the ball, he turns toward the near side for the quick hitter, the wideout screen, but UNI knocks it down, no good.  2nd and 10.

Jake snaps the ball, does not like his downfield options so he dumps it to Duzey, but he can’t catch it, and almost flips it to a UNI defender before it hits the turf.  3rd and 10.

From the gun, Jake snaps it, looks, but then feels the pressure, he pulls it down, and runs out of a tackle before heading to the far side, he finds the sticks and steps out of bounds, and Iowa 1st down at the UNI 33!

Jake under center, with a solo tailback.  This time, Jake changes the play at the line.  It goes to Damon, he heads left, 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Jake to the line quickly, he snaps the ball, rolls to the near side, has a defender in front of him but fires a rope to Duzey on the near hash, caught, he takes a big hit but holds on, an Iowa 1st down at the UNI 20!

UNI calls timeout.  Clock at 7:19 of the 2nd.

Jake has the I formation with a wideout on each side.  The formation is set, but Jake barks out the orders.  It goes to Jordan, he tries the left side, but gets only 1.  2nd and 9.

Jake back to the line, he snaps it, and then fires it for the goal line, but Duzey and VandeBerg collide at the goal line, so the pass falls to the turf.  3rd and 9.

This time Jake just gets the ball snapped with a second on the play clock, he steps back, and then fires a low strike to KMM, he goes to the ground to snag it and he does!  And Iowa 1st and goal from the Panthers 7!

Jake under center, Mark behind him, two wideouts stacked on the near side.  Then UNI takes their final timeout. Clock at 6:21 of the 2nd.

After the break Iowa comes out in the same formation.  Mark gets the ball and tries the center, he is hit at the line and gain nothing.  2nd and goal from the 7.

Jake to the gun with 3 wideouts in the triangle on the near side.  One goes into motion toward the far side.  Jake snaps it, then quickly floats it to Bullock, far side, caught, he guns it for the corner but gets cut off, and he steps out at the 4 yard line, 3rd and goal from the 4.

Jake to the gun again, two wideouts low, one high, he snaps it, and quickly feels the pressure from the near side, he tries the far side, but the pass sails out of the end zone, but then flags fly.  It’s holding on the defense, just a 5 yard penalty, but an automatic 1st down.

From the 1 and a half yard line, Jake is under center with the POWER I formation.  It goes to Mark, he heads straight and and in, a Hawkeye TOUCHDOWN!  And the kick makes it 14-10 Hawkeys with 5:03 left in the 2nd.  The drive, 17 plays, 79 yards, and 7:13 off the game clock.

The booth points out that this was the longest Iowa drive going back to at least the 2013 season, where the longest there was a 15 play drive against Iowa State.  

The Iowa kickoff lands in the end zone for a touchback.  UNI ball at the 25.

UNI to the gun, Johnson to the left of the QB, and twin wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, looks, and then dumps of over the middle to Johnson, wide open, he gets it all the way to the Hawkeye 15 before Iowa gets him down.  Lowdermilk finally makes the tackle after 60 yards.

1st and 10 from the Iowa 15, but as UNI snaps the ball, the whistles blow, that is a delay of game.  1st and 15 from the 20.

UNI hands the ball to Johnson and he gets 7 yards, 2nd and 8 from the 13.

On 2nd down, the QB drops back, does not like it so he heads for the far side, but LTP is right on his heels, and he forces him out of bounds for a one yard loss!  3rd and 9.

UNI has a tailback on each side of the QB in the gun.  He snaps the ball and is looking to the far side, but he does not see Ott come clean and he drills him for a 6 yard sack!  4th and 15, and the 37 yard field goal is good, and Iowa leads 14-13 with 2:17 left in the 2nd.  

On that play, Iowa had showed blitz, but then at the snap, only rushed 4, and that confused the QB for just one second, and that was all it took for the Iowa D line to arrive.  A well executed stand by the Iowa defense after the long pass play.  

We will now see how the Iowa 2 minute drill is going to look in 2014.  But there is a flag, and a delay of game is called on UNI.  On a kickoff.  The booth, and your scribe, cannot ever recall seeing that.  

Now 5 yards further back, the kick lands at the 5, where Parker makes the catch, and he gets it out to the 26.  The 2 minute drill will have 2:08 to work with.

Jake opens alone in the gun with 4 wide.  He snaps the ball and looks near side, he fires a deep pass down the near side for Bullock, but it’s too long and no good.  2nd and 10.

Jake back to the gun with Damon to his left, he snaps it, he dumps it to Bullock, caught, 7 yards, 3rd and 3.

Jake, gun, snaps it and fires to the side, tight end, caught, Hamilton, 10 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the 44.  The clock stops to reset the chains, 1:18 left.

Jake in the gun with Damon to his right, three wideouts up high, and one low.  He dumps it to Bullock, he gets cut down to only gain 2, 2nd and 8.

Jake now tries Damon down the far hash, but this pass is too high, so it brings up a 3rd and 8.  Clock at :39.

There is motion all over at the snap, and flags fly, and it’s offsides on UNI.  3rd and 3.

There are now :35 seconds left and Iowa takes their first timeout.

After the break, Jake is in the gun with Damon to his left, and two wideouts low, one high.  Movement, flags, and yes, offsides AGAIN on UNI.  That’s 5 more yards, and a free 1st down for the Hawks!  Now at the UNI 44.

From the gun, Jake snaps it, fires near side, KMM, caught, and he steps out of bounds.  7 yards, 2nd and 3, clock at :31.

Jake snaps the ball, looks near side, but then comes back far side and dumps it to Duzey, caught, 9 yards, and Iowa 1st down at the UNI 28!

Jake again dumps it to Duzey, he makes the catch while heading for the far sideline, and it sure looks like he gets out of bounds, but they rule he was stopped in bounds, so the clock continues to run.  Iowa calls timeout with 9 seconds left, and the ball at the UNI 26.

After the break Jake his KMM on a quick out on the far side, caught, out of bounds, ball at the UNI 22, clock at 5 seconds, and the Iowa kicking team took the field.

It’s a 40 yard kick, it’s up, and dead center, but as it lands, flags fly, and another penalty on UNI,  personal foul, but Iowa declines it and the Hawkeyes lead 17-13.  Clock at 1 second.

The Iowa kickoff is a touchback, and UNI downs the ball to end the half at 17-13 Iowa.  The booth, and the Iowa fans in Kinnick and bars around the country, are wondering where we are going to find those down the field plays in the 2nd half.  

The halftime report tells us the Panthers have just 4 net yards less than Iowa - and the Hawkeyes passed the ball 25 times in the 1st half.  The guys in the studio point out that Iowa had more rushes in 2013 than in any other season under Kirk.  But it’s a new year.  We shall see what happens.  Just as long as we score some more touchdowns.

OK we are back in Kinnick, and there is the obligatory shot of some Iowa corn (but really, who doesn’t love them some Iowa sweet corn), and the kickoff lands about two yards deep in the end zone, where the Panther bobbles it, and then brings it out.  but that was a bad idea.  The Hawks pound him at the 16, where the UNI offense takes the field (hidden yards).

The Panthers open in the pistol with two wideouts low, one high, and an h back set to the right of the QB.  He goes in motion to the near side, and the ball is handed to Johnson, but the Iowa defense swarms into the backfield to drop him for a 3 yard loss.  2nd and 13.

UNI now with  Johnson to the QB’s left, it’s a read/option, he keeps and, and fires a pass over the middle, caught, just short of the yellow line.  3rd and 1.

UNI huddles up and comes out in the I formation.  Just one wideout up top. It goes to Johnson, it looks like we have him in the hole, but he hops around the tackle, but not the next one, they drop him after just a yard, but that was the yard he needed.  1st down Panthers, ball at the 26.

UNI now has three wideouts up top, with Johnson to the QB’s right.  It goes to Johnson, he tries the middle, gets 6 yards. 2nd and 4.

Under the same formation, UNI tries a screen to Johnson, but he was surrounded and the pass falls to the turf.  3rd and 4.

UNI now has four wideouts in the game, the QB snaps it, rolls to the far side, under heavy pressure he fires for the far sideline but he overshoots his target, no good, 4th down.  

UNI punts from the 33.  It comes down at the 20, VandeBerg gets past the first man, and he heads straight ahead to break one more tackle and get the ball out to the 43!  A 23 yard return!

Commercial.  I think a few Iowa fans wonder if the Hawkeyes might take a shot here.

And there is that stupid, boring, white water tower.  

OK, Iowa comes to the line, Jake under center, one wideout on the high side, one on the low, Mark alone behind Jake.  Jake does not seem to make any changes this play, the tight end on the near side (Duzey) goes into motion, Jake snaps it, pretends to hand it to Mark, no, pulls it down, and he hands it to Smith, who has cut back towards Jake at the snap - it’s an end around, he gets the ball and cuts for the far hash - he runs into traffic there, so he reverses it back to the near side of the field, and flags fly, but he keeps going, as he gets back to the near side, he has a convoy of blockers in front of him, but his toe hits the chalk at the 22, a 35 yard gain!!!

But the flag is a personal foul on UNI (facemask), so Iowa now has a 1st and 10 from the UNI 11.

We see the replay, and now Jake is snapping the ball, it goes to Jr, and he gets hit at the line, and loses 1, 2nd and 11.

Jake, under center, two wideouts on the high side, Jr behind him, Jake snaps it, and fires to the near side, caught, Duzey, 6 yards, 3rd and 5.

Jake to the gun with Bullock to his left, two wideouts on the high side, Smith alone on the low.  Jake snaps it, takes one step back, and then fires a bullet to the back corner of the end zone, Smith sticks out his right arm, snags it, and pulls it into his body as he falls down, TOUCHDOWN IOWA, and the kick is good, Iowa now leads it 24-13.  The play would go on to become the SportsCenter Top 10 #4 play of the day.   


The Iowa kickoff sails out the back of the end zone, and UNI starts with the ball at their 25.

The Panthers start in the gun, with Johnson to the QB’s right. and two wideouts on each side.  It goes to the tailback, he tries the middle, and gets about 5.

The QB snaps it, we see the play unfold, Johnson runs out of the backfield and right past Alston, the catch is made, and he outraces the Iowa secondary for a 70 yard touchdown.   Just like that, Iowa’s lead is down to 24-20.

UNI’s kickoff is downed in the end zone, and Iowa starts at the 25.

Jordan is now behind Jake, he gets the ball, heads right up the middle, and gets 8, 2nd and 2.

Jordan again, 3 yards, 1st down Iowa.

Daniels Jr is in now, he gets the ball, tries the near side, but gets knocked out of bounds, and that loses 4.  2nd and 14.

Jake to the gun with Bullock beside him, Jake snaps it, looks to the far side, but comes back middle to fire it to Damon, caught, 5 yards, 3rd and 9.

Jake, in the gun, he looks middle then fires it far side, caught, Hillyer, right on the yellow line, but as he goes down, the ball comes out, and UNI falls on it, a fumble, and then a flag comes in.

But it’s a post possession foul, and a personal foul on UNI, so it does not change the play.  Panther ball at the UNI 44.  Iowa fans have a bad feeling.

UNI starts in the gun, it’s a play action fake, but the pass is too high and it sails out of bounds.  2nd and 10.

UNI now tries the tailback Miller, but the Hawks drop him right on the line, 3rd and 10.

UNI has the QB in the gun, Johnson to his right, and twin wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, drops back, then fires if for the near sideline, but Iowa linebacker Bower leaps, tips it, and then pulls it down, picked off!!!  And Iowa has the ball right at midfield!  Bo Bower, #41, a redshirt freshman who was only granted a scholarship in the week before the UNI game.  

Iowa opens in the I formation, two wideouts up high.  Jake snaps it, and then immediately fires it far side, KMM, caught, he gets about 6 yards to the UNI 45, 2nd and 4.

Back to the I, but now one wideout is on each side.  Mark gets the ball, tries the near side, but he loses 2 yards, and we see why - flags, facemask UNI, 15 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the UNI 30.

Still in the I formation, with Jordan at the tailback.  He gets the ball and tries near side, but gains only 2.  2nd and 8.

Jake is under center with Bullock behind him, two wideouts high, one low.  Damon gets it, and tries middle, that gets just 2, 3rd and 6.

Iowa tries to get the line quickly, but there is a Panther who is down, so we take a timeout.

After the break, Jake is under center, with Damon behind him, two wideouts high side.  Jake snaps it, then fires it far side, Smith, bobbles, caught, and he dives forward and over the yellow line, 8 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the UNI 18!

Back to the I formation with two wideouts low.  Jake snaps it, and tries the quick pass to KMM on this side, but it flies past him, and then the UNI corner comes in and pops him, close, but no flag.  2nd and 10.

Jake is under center with a tailback and a tight end in the H back position.  He snaps it, looks middle, then fires it near side, Hamilton is open, but the pass hits his hands and falls to the turf at the 4 yard line.  Maybe a bit too high, but one he probably should have had.  3rd and 10.

Jake is now in the gun, Bullock to his right, one wideout high, two low.  Jake snaps it, there is pressure but Iowa picks it up, Jake fires it far side, Smith, caught, but out of bounds.  No good, 4th and 10, and the Iowa kicking team took the field.

It’s a 37 yard kick, the snap is good, the hold - and he misses it wide left.  Koehn is now 1 for 2 on the day.  A wasted opportunity, and one of those red zone possessions that did not result in points.  24-20 Iowa, clock at 3:23 of the 3rd.

The mood in Kinnick is pretty glum as UNI starts in the gun with 4 wide, but it’s a handoff to Johnson, and he starts up the middle, but then cuts it outside past the far hash to gain 7.  2nd and 3.

UNI is back in the pistol, one wideout high, two low, and a tight end offset on the far side of the line.  He goes into motion, and the ball is snapped, and flags fly, that’s a false start on UNI, 5 yards, now 2nd and 8.

That causes them to dump the pistol, Johnson is to the QB’s left with the same wideout formation, he snaps it and looks downfield, but the Hawks force him out of the pocket.  He escapes and runs to the near side, then dumps the pass off, but it’s a throw away, no good, 3rd and 8.

UNI huddles, emerges in the gun, two wideouts high, two low, he snaps the ball, and quickly throws it down the far sideline, the back shoulder throw, and the receiver turns to snag it and stay in bounds, that’s 20 yards, and a UNI 1st down at their 42.  Mabin was right there, not much could have been done to stop that one.  

UNI to the gun again, now with three wideouts on the low side.  It’s a quick pass to the near side wideout, he makes the catch and gets about 6.  2nd and 4.

UNI is still in the gun, Johnston to the left, with three wideouts on the top side, and one low.  He snaps it, drops back, looks near side, then fires a rope down the near hash - it’s open and caught, and he gets about 10 more yards before the Hawks finally drop him at the Iowa 21.  A 31 yard pass.  It seems the Iowa defense can’t make a play.

UNI to the gun again, the QB hands it to Johnson, he tries the middle, but LTP meets him in the hole, and then help arrives, it only goes for 2.  2nd and 8.

UNI is back in the four wideout look with Johnson still in there to the QB’s left.  He snaps it, drops back, then quickly flips it far side, caught just short of the line, but he puts his head down and drives forward, and gets the UNI 1st down at the Iowa 10 yard line.  The 3rd quarter ends, and Iowa fans are left to wonder about all those games we lost in 2013 - when we had the lead in the 4th quarter.

After the break UNI has the QB under center with the I formation behind him, and two wideouts on the high side.  It goes to the backup tail back, he heads off tackle left and gets 5 yards.  2nd and goal from the 5.

Back to the gun for UNI, Johnson to his right.  Three wideouts low side, one high.  He snaps it, looks near side, starts to bounce around a bit in the pocket, he pulls it down but it’s too late, Bower flies in and drills him for a 6 yard sack!  3rd and goal from the 11!

That play awakens the sleeping Kinnick.  UNI is set at the line with 7 seconds on the play clock, but the shifting Iowa defense causes the QB to approach his line to change the play, and he never looks at the clock.  Flag, delay of game, it’s now 3rd and goal from the Iowa 16.

The booth points out that they changed the rule a couple years ago - and the coach can call timeout from the sideline.   A huge mistake by everyone on that side of the field.

Of course, while the booth is telling us this, the ball is being set again, and the new play clock has started.  The head coach is glaring at his players as UNI huddles up.  But as they break their huddle there are only 8 seconds on the play clock, and Kinnick is absolutely shaking from the noise - and they do it again…the play clock hits 0, and that’s a flag, delay of game, on back to back plays, and now it’s 3rd and goal from the Iowa 21!

This time UNI gets right to the line, the QB in the gun, Johnson to his left, with two wideouts high and one low.  He snaps it, drops back, and then floats it to the far side of the end zone, and as it comes down we see King is engaged with the receiver, he gets his head turned to look for the ball so the contact is not flagged, it falls to the turf, 4th down.  Really the first time all day UNI has tried to throw at King, and we see why.  The UNI field goal team takes the field.

It’s a 38 yard kick, and it’s long enough and good, and Iowa leads 24-23.  Iowa needs a response.

The UNI kick bounces at about the 15, and VandeBerg has trouble picking it up at the 5, but he gets it and heads straight up the far hash, breaks one tackle, and gets it out to the Iowa 47!  But there is a flag, it’s holding on Iowa, the first penalty of the day on the Hawks, so the drive starts at the Iowa 21.  Offense, we need something here.

Jake is under center with the I formation behind him, one wideout low, one high.  Jake fakes the handoff and immediately rolls to the near side - he is looking downfield, but he takes the under, to Plewa, the fullback, he makes the catch to pick up 5 yards.  2nd and 5.

Jake now has the single back behind him, with the solo wideout on each side, a couple of tight ends in there, he changes the play at the the line, it goes to Jr and he tries the left side, but he gets hit in the backfield and loses 2 yards.  3rd and 7.

Jake to the gun now, he has four wideouts spread across the field, but after the snap, he doesn't like what he sees, so he pulls it down an sprints for the near sideline, but UNI cuts him off 2 yards short of the 1st down, so it’s 4th down, and on comes the Iowa punt team.

The Iowa punt lands at the 32, and is taken out to the UNI 42, with the clock at 10:33 of the 4th quarter.

The booth points out the last three Iowa possessions, fumble, missed field goal, 3 and out.  Will someone step up?

The UNI QB is under center with Johnson behind him, he gets the ball and goes off tackle left, and that picks up 8 yards.  2nd and 2.

UNI is back in the gun with Johnson to his left, and a wideout on each side, then Johnson shifts to become the slot receiver on the far side - Iowa shifts players around to account for him as the ball is  snapped, and it’s a quick attempt to the far side, but LTP jumps and knocks the pass to the ground.  3rd and 2.

UNI to the gun again with Johnson to his left, and twin wideouts on each side. He snaps it and tries a quick pass to Johnson on the far side, he gets his hands on it, but Lowdermilk flies in and drills him, and the ball falls to the turf!  4th down at midfield!  

UNI punts the ball from midfield, and VandeBerg makes the catch in heavy traffic at the Iowa 13.  Clock at 9:40 of the 4th.  Can Iowa find a drive?

Iowa starts with Jake under center, the single tailback, and one wideout on each side.  Jake snaps it, fakes the handoff - play action - and then he fires it deep down the far hash, we see Smith is tangled up with the corner, and as the ball falls to the turf, flags do too, and that’s pass interferences on UNI, an Iowa 1st down at their 27!  In the replay we see the corner was holding onto Smith, a good idea, because he would have been wide open otherwise.

That’s 16 accepted penalties on UNI if you are scoring at home.

Jake back under center, Jordan behind him, he snaps it, looks middle, then comes back near side, and fires a rope for KMM, it looks like he has the ball, but he gets hit as he lands and he loses it.  2nd and 10.

Jake now to the gun, Jordan to his right, two wideouts low, one high.  Jake snaps it and quickly hits KMM near side, but he can’t get the corner turned, it only goes for about 3 yards.  3rd and 7.

Same formation for the Hawks, but Jake shifts one of the far side wideouts to stack up behind the other one.  Jake snaps it, looks that way, then fires a bullet to KMM, caught, and he gets a few more, 16 yards, and that’s an Iowa 1st down at the 46!

Jake to the gun, Damon to his left, two wideouts high, one low.  Jake snaps it, takes about 3 steps back, and then he fires it deep down the hashmark, we see an Iowa receiver is open but it looks too far - but he reaches up his hands and snags it!  Willies!!!  He makes the catch at the 18 and is in the clear, but his reach caused him to lose his balance, and he falls down at the 8 yard line.  A 46 yard pass, an Iowa 1st and goal from the UNI 8!

Jake brings them to the line under center, Mark behind him, two wideouts stacked up on the far side.  It goes to Mark and he tries off tackle right, but that gains only 2.  2nd and goal from the 6.

Mark goes out and Damon comes in and takes up position to the left of Jake, with two wideouts high side and one low.  UNI shows blitz, and then flags fly, and Iowa is nabbed for a false start.  It’s Scherff, he is human after all, 2nd and goal from the 12.

As the Hawks come to the line, the play clock dips under 10 seconds, and we see Jake twirling his hands around to signal ‘pick it up boys’, they got the snap off, and Jake quickly turns and fires it near side, the tunnel screen, caught, Powell, at the 12, he cuts it upfield with blockers in front, he bounces off one Hawkeye and then flies into the end zone TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  I think the shortest pass that Powell has ever caught but who cares. Iowa now leads it 31-23 with 6:50 left on the clock!!!

Koehn boots this kickoff into the end zone, touchback, no return, UNI ball at their 25, 6:50 left in the 4th.  

UNI opens in the I formation as the Kinnick faithful bring the noise.  The QB snaps the ball, fakes the handoff, but then fires it far side, but too low for his wideout, and no good.  Bower on the coverage, was right there.

2nd and 10.  Panthers now to the gun with Johnson to his left, he gets the ball but it’s a draw play, and Alston has blitzed right into that hole, so he drops him for a 3 yard loss!  3rd and 13!

UNI is in the pistol with a very tight formation, he snaps it, and Iowa blitzes Alston again, and UNI can’t pick him up and he flies and and sacks the QB for an 8 yard loss!!!  4th down, and the UNI punt team has to take the field.

The UNI punt lands at the Iowa 36, where Vandeberg makes the fair catch, Iowa ball at 5:18 of the 4th.

After the break, Jake is under center with Mark behind him, and single wideouts on each side.  It goes to Mark, he heads straight ahead, gets hit, but keeps his feet moving, and picks up 5.  2nd and 5.

UNI calls timeout.  Clock at 5:10.

Iowa now the power I formation, a lone wideout up top.  It goes to Mark, he goes straight ahead for 7 more, that’s an Iowa 1st down at the Hawkeye 49!

Iowa back to the single tailback formation.  It goes to Mark again, he gets 6 yards going off tackle left.  2nd and 4.

Jake is at the line with Jr behind him, but then Iowa calls timeout, as Kirk does not like something he sees.  Clock at  4:08.

Iowa now to the super power I, a couple thousand pounds of beef lining up around the ball, Jr gets the ball and heads straight ahead, but that only gets about 2.  3rd and 2.  

UNI calls their 2nd timeout.  Clock at 4:01.  We see highlights from the 2009 game, and then a graphic pointing on the success the FCS has had against the FBS of late.  And there is Northern Iowa over Iowa State 28-20 on 8/31/13.

Iowa again to the super power I, but it’s a play action pass, Jake rolls to the far side and then flips it to Duzey, he makes a great catch but gets hit, and goes down, it’s not a 1st down, but the clock keeps moving as the Hawks face 4th down.  

Iowa takes the intentional delay of game, and the punt team then boots the kick to the UNI 17, where the fair catch is made.  Clock at 3:05 of the 4th.

UNI opens in the gun with 5 wideouts.  One of them is Johnson, and he hits him over the middle, caught, 16 yards, and UNI is out to the 34.

UNI has to throw away the ball under heavy pressure.  2nd and 10.  The clock stops at 2:37.

UNI now has 3 wide in the gun, with Johnson to the QB’s left.  Johnson gets the pass, but it’s a dump off, the Hawks drill him, 4 yards.  3rd and 6.

UNI back to the gun with Johnson to his left, two wideouts high, one low.  Iowa blitzes and the pass is quickly floated down the near sideline, it’s caught and then forced out of bounds at the Iowa 40.  Clock at 2:07.  
  
The gun again, Johnson is on the right side, with twin wideouts on each side. The QB snaps it, drops back, has time but then the pocket begins to close, so he fires it near side, but his diving receiver can’t snag it, 2nd and 10.

Same formation, he snaps the ball, is looking downfield, and does not feel Johnson (Iowa, #67) in front or LTP coming in from behind, and they drill him for a 7 yard sack!  3rd and 17.  Clock at 1:37

The clock is still running as UNI tries a quick pass to Johnson over the middle, but the Hawkeyes break it up, and it brings up 4th and 17, with the clock stopped at 1:16.

The booth suggests that the Panthers should take a timeout to discuss, but they do not.  

UNI comes to the line in the gun, with Johnson to his right, and two wideouts on each side, but they are all very close to the box.  He snaps it, drops back, and then fires it down the near sideline, where Mabin leaps up to pick it off!!!  He returns the ball down to the UNI 25, but there is a flag on the play, Iowa is tagged for a major, but we have the ball with just 1:00 minute left, and it just takes 2 kneel downs from Jake to kill the clock, and Iowa has survived it 31-23, final.  At Kinnick, and in Iowa bars around the Nation, The Beer Song rings out.  

This was probably a good game for the Hawks, if they were starting to read all the good things people were saying and writing about them, this game served as a wake up call. I trust they are having a good, intense week of practices before week 2.

Sure, giving up over 200 yards receiving to a running back is kind of glaring, but from reading what actual football experts have been saying, it seems those mistakes are correctable in the weeks ahead.  The new linebackers were excellent in run support, the defense holding UNI to just 25 net yards rushing.  

One other note of particular interest, Jake completed passes to 13 different Hawkeyes, and his 31 for 41 is 75%, and if he can keep that up, we should be fine.  Also of note, Iowa converted 50% of their 3rd downs.  That’s about 12 points better than we averaged in 2013.  Progress.  

So the Hawkeyes got the win, everyone seemed to be healthy, and they got a lesson that things won’t come easy. Good, our friends in Ames got smacked around by an FCS team.  It’s better to be 1-0.

Week 2 Preview: Ball State

Up next, another team from the MAC, and one who just happened to be 10-3 last year, and who some are saying will be the 2014 version of the 2013 Northern Illinois squad.  We remember them.

But they have a new QB this year, Mann, #15, a junior.  He had 9 passes before this season.  In the week 1 win over Colgate, he completed 20 for 32 for 203 yards, with 2 TDs and 1 interception.  They also lost almost all their receiving yards from 2013.  

However, Ball State rushed for 311 yards against Colgate.  The tailbacks of note, Banks had 13 carries for 134 yards, and Edwards had 22 for 109.  So, taking those guys away will be the top priority.  Make the new starting QB put it up.  

I trust the linebacker coaches are showing the new guys some film of the 3 guys who departed.  The pass coverage will get better.  

When we have the ball, look for Iowa to continue to rotate the running backs, look for Jake to use all his weapons, and continue to be smart with the ball, just taking what the defense gives him.  But it seems the Cardinals will sell out to stop our running game, so the downfield passes should be there for the taking.  Earlier in the game.  

Let’s hope that this week of practice will provide some special teams clarity.  

I know the coaches are ramming home that we have a ways to go if we are going to get where we want to be.  It’s week 2.  The team should be better, and they will be.

Iowa 38, Ball State 13.


GO HAWKS!!!
SEDGE

DAVE SEDGWICK
NY Metro Iowa Alumni Club


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