September 10, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 2: Iowa @ Iowa State 9/10/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, 4:45 pm, Fox
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm, BTN
September 26th, v. North Texas, TBD
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, TBD
October 10th, v. •Illinois, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 31st, v. Maryland, TBD
November 7th, @ Indiana,TBD
November 14th, v. •Minnesota, 8:00 pm, BTN
November 21st, v. •Purdue, TBD
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent:  Pitt @ Akron, 6:00 pm ESPN3

Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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September 12th, 2015  Iowa @ Iowa State Cyclones, 1-0, 0-0 Big 12
Previous Meetings: 62, Iowa leads 40-22
Last Meeting: 2014, Iowa 17 Iowa State 20

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road

Current Line: Iowa -3.5

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #8, FBS #80

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 
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Offense
Total   431.0  Pass 221.0 Rush 210.0  Scoring 31.0
B1G    #8              #8                #6                    #7 
FBS    #63            #68              #47                  #67
Defense  
Total   231.0  Pass 196.0  Rush 35.0    Scoring 14.0
B1G    #2              #5                 #3                   #4
FBS    #25            #54               #13                 #40 
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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
Illinois         1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern  1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota       0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska         0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue         0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin 0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
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Week 1: Illinois State

As I sat down to begin the Notes on Tuesday evening, word had broken that back in Iowa, we had lost #9, Tyler Sash, at the age of 27.  No word yet tonight on what happened, and the autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.  All of Hawkeye Nation is in mourning tonight, so instead of recapping a game against an FCS opponent that was never in doubt, below are some highlight videos of Tyler playing for the Hawkeyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGyjHOwI7JE  The pinball interception return against Indiana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1c38qRcg1U The Sash to Hyde pick 6 against Michigan State.


We will try to show some of these videos at our NYC game watch before the announcements and pregame music begin.  

The Hawks should not have had, or needed,  any extra motivation for the game this week.  But now they have it.  

In 2009 when the Hawks blasted the Clowns 35-3 - Sash had 3 interceptions.  

Week 2: Iowa State

Oh look, Iowa State is 1-0!  

Yes, they beat UNI 31-7, a game the Panthers lead 7-0 mid way through the 1st quarter.  

ISU does not always beat UNI, so it’s kind of noteworthy.  

And this was in front of a record 61,500 fans at the recently renovated Jack Trice.  I assume that record will fall this week.  

The Clones are lead by senior QB Richardson, #12, who was 21 for 29 against UNI, for 233 yards, and 2 TDs.  He was sacked 4 times by the Panther defense, which put his rushing totals at -18 for the game.  I think Mr Ott, who had 2 sacks against Illinois State (and could have had about 4), is licking his chops at the thought of going after the Clones QB.

His top pass catchers in week 1 were Daley (4 for 70, 1 td), Bundrage (5 for 53) and Lazard, 4 for 53, and the other td.  He, at 6’5, the most dangerous option, Mabin at 6’2 likely lining up against him most of the day.  

ISU’s top rushers were Brown, 11 for 68, with a long of 34, then Warren, 6 for 19.  With the sack totals taken out, State only rushed for 77 yards against the UNI defense.  Suffice to say - the Hawkeye defense could take this away from the Clown offense.  

On the flip side, UNI played 3 QBs in the first game, and combined they passed for 176 yards, while UNI rushed for 126 (85 of those from the dual threat QB who started the game).  

C.J. was 15 for 24 in week 1, for 211 yards, and 1 td.  But he also rushed for 2 tds.  While we would like to see that completion percentage about 8 points higher, at least C.J. never seemed to take a risky chance on the day.  He managed the game well, and the Iowa offense did not have to show the Clone scouts really anything, other than the fake field goal, which got a huge roar from the Kinnick faithful (it came 2 yards short of the 1st down).

Jordan had 4 catches for 90 yards - the huge screen play that netted 52 yards as the Hawks got the field goal to close out the 2nd after getting the ball back with just 37 seconds left.  

VandeBerg had 6 for 59, and the one TD where he dived for the pylon.  Of note - we did not complete a single pass to a tight end last week.  No, we are not going away from that.  Look for them to be a weapon this week.

Then on the ground - Daniels, his first start, 26 for 123.  Jordan, 5 for 28, and 1 TD, and then C.J. 8 for 26.  I think the Iowa ground game will do more against the ISU defense than UNI’s ground game did.  And that will open up C.J. to take his shots down the field.

Oh, and we also got Weigers his first action, and he was 1-1, for 10 yards.

Last week, Iowa took the opening kickoff to a 13 play, 81 yard drive, that killed 7:31 of the clock.  The second drive, the one that started at the 1 yard line after the ISU pooch punt, 12 plays, 99 yards, in 5:30.

Then the drive to finish off the 1st half, 5 plays, 45 yards, in 37 seconds.  This was the drive that started after the Redbirds had their 50 yard field goal blocked by Bazata.  Koehn from 40, good.  Iowa 17-0 at the break.  

Iowa State’s kicker in week 1?  4 for 4 on extra points.  1 for 3 on field goals.  Advantage: Iowa.

Iowa had near perfect pass to rush balance in week 1, and that was again without showing much on offense.  The  playbook will certainly open up more this week.  And C.J. should be even better, provided the Iowa line gives him the time he needs to make the reads.  

The Iowa defense has got to be dissecting the tape of the ISU/UNI game - and figuring out ways to be in the backfield as much as they were in week 1.  They held the leading rusher in the country last year to 32 yards on 13 carries.  And when they departed with about 8:00 left in the 4th, they have given one of the best FCS offenses just 106 total yards.

Iowa continues with the offensive balance, to the tune of 480 yards total, and the Iowa defense forces 3 Iowa State turnovers, including a sack/strip that we recover and score two plays later.

C.J. with td passes to a tight end and Smith, Daniels picks up 135 on the ground with 2 scores, and the last td is a King punt return from 65 yards.  

The visitor has won the last 3 games, and the trend continues.  Iowa starts quickly and pulls away in the 2nd half.  Iowa 38, Iowa State 17.

GO HAWKS!!!

SEDGE

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