September 17, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 3: Pitt @ Iowa 9/17/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 5 votes!
USA Today: 
College Football Playoff:

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, 8:12 pm, BTN2*
September 26th, v. North Texas, 3:30 pm, ESPNU
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:  Rice @ North Texas, 2:30 pm, Fox College Sports

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 19th, 2015  Iowa v. Pitt Panthers, 2-0. 0-0 ACC
Previous Meetings: 6, tied 3-3
Last Meeting: 2014, Iowa 24 Pitt 20

Kinnick Color of the Week: Black and Gold Stripes

Current Line: Iowa -4

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #11, FBS #81

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 
Total   453.0  Pass 218.0 Rush 235.0  Scoring 31.0
B1G    #6              #9                #5                    #10
FBS    #49            #78              #30                  #65
Total   270.5  Pass 221.5  Rush 49.1    Scoring 15.5
B1G    #5              #9                 #2                   #4
FBS    #25            #79               #8                   #32 
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
Illinois         2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern 2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota 1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska         1-1, 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

Week 2: Iowa State

It was a beautiful day in the mid 60s as the Hawks and Clones took the field.  About 10 minutes late, as the Yankee game on Fox went into extra innings.  Fortunately, Fox switched the game to Fox Sports 2 - but of course, my DVR did not catch the change, so the first part of the game is quick recapped from the ESPN play by play.

The Hawks start with the ball first, but they go 3 and out, and Kidd boots his punt 55 yards, where Lazard makes the fair catch at the ISU 13.  

The Clones would run 7 plays and get the ball to the Iowa 43, but from there, Richardson was sacked by Fisher for a 9 yard loss, and on the play, a flag, and ISU is nailed with a personal foul.  15 more yards backwards, and they now had 3rd and 32 at their own 33.

ISU then completes a short pass, but another flag, and it’s holding. 3rd and 43 from their 23.

The Clones complete another pass, but Iowa stuffs it for no gain, and ISU punts from their 23. It’s a 59 yard punt, and out of bounds at the Iowa 18.  Hawkeye ball.

Iowa goes on a 10 play drive, highlighted by a Daniels run for 24 yards, but it stalls out at the ISU 31 when C.J. misfires on 3 straight passes.  Koehn in from 49 yards, and good, and the Hawks lead it 3-0.

ISU then goes on an 8 play drive, this the one where it looked like we had picked off their deep pass down the near hash, only to have a flag fly, and Iowa was nailed for pass interference.  That was two plays after Iowa had stopped ISU on a 3rd and 1, but we were offsides on the play.  But the Hawkeye defense finally killed the drive at the Iowa 19, and ISU made the 37 yard field goal, 3 all.

The Hawks could do nothing here, after 3 plays from the 25, they were at the Iowa 15, and punting.  Kidd, 50 yards, downed at the ISU 35, a flag, Clones holding, ball at the 25.

This drive starts with the Hawkeye defense pressuring Richardson, but he escapes, and picks up 19 before the Hawks can push him out.  1st and 10 at the ISU 44.  The 1st quarter comes to a close, still on FS2.

After the break, ISU’s first pass is no good, but the 2nd one picks up 37 yards to the Iowa 19.  On the next play King would pick up a personal foul, and ISU was at the 9.

We got Richardson for a 2 yard loss on 2nd and goal from the 9, but on the 3rd and goal from the 11, ISU found the end zone on a pass to Bundrage, and the Hawks trailed 10-3.

King brings the next kickoff out to the 29, but on a 3rd and 1, C.J.’s pass is no good, and the Hawks must punt again.  Kidd, 49 yards, fair catch Lazard at the ISU 13.

And now we are finally back on Fox, and my DVR is ready to go.

ISU starts at the 11:32 mark of the 2nd, from their 13 yard line.  

It’s a handoff from the gun, he tries the left side, and gets 2.  2nd and 8.

From the gun again, it’s a pass complete down the near hash, out to the 31, a 1st down Iowa State.

Another handoff, 11 more yards.  ISU 1st down at the 42.  

From the pistol, ISU hands it off again, he tries the middle, but the Hawks stuff it after 2.  2nd and 8.

Another handoff, basically a draw, but the Hawks give nothing.  3rd and 8.

Richardson snaps the ball and waits, and finds Lazard crossing the field, he makes the catch and is quickly dropped by Taylor, but it looks like the ball is just across the yellow line, and the officials signal a 1st down.  

But it goes to a review, and it turns out, the knee was down before the ball crossed the line, and it’s 4th and 1 from the Iowa 49.

There is a timeout, as the booth speculates that ISU will go for it.  They don’t.  

The ISU punt lands at the Iowa 7, King makes the fair catch.  

Iowa ball, at 8:34 of the 2nd.  

Iowa starts in the power I, a single wideout on each side, C.J. drops back, but the pressure comes, and as he steps up he gets hit, starts to go down, but then puts his hand on the ground and throws himself back into the field of play, disaster averted, 2nd and 16 from the Iowa 1 yard line.  

Iowa again to the same formation, C.J. snaps it, rolls back into the end zone, starts rolling toward the near side, then he pulls it down and takes off!  He steps out of a tackle at the 4, gets a block, and takes off up the near hash - across the10, he breaks another tackle at the 15, then another at the 20, once more at the 30,! and he is finally caught from behind at dropped at the 45, 44 yards, Iowa 1st and 10 from the 45!!!

C.J. now under center, Jordan behind him, two wideouts on the left side.  He snaps it, drops back, the rush comes, he steps up, has to come to the near side to avoid a hit, finds Jordan in front of him, its a 9 foot pass, caught, Jordan turns and runs down the near sideline, 19 yards to the Iowa State 36, 1st down Iowa!

Iowa now to the base formation, single back high, wideout on each side. Jordan gets it, tries the left side, and picks up 9, 2nd and 1 from the ISU 27!

We take a break for an injured Cyclone player, clock at 6:33 of the 2nd.

After the break, Jordan gets the ball again, but he runs into his blockers, an loses a yard.  3rd and 2.  

Jordan departs and LaShun returns.  He gets the ball, tries the right side, has a seem and explodes through the line, and finally is tripped up after 13 yards, 1st down Iowa at the ISU 15!

Daniels now gets the ball in the I formation, he tries the stretch play to the far side, it only goes for 1.  2nd and 9.  

On this play, C.J. is looking to the far side, but he does not like it, and he sails it out of bounds.  3rd and 9 from the ISU 14.

C.J. is in the gun, with Daniels almost in the pistol behind him  -  one wideout to the left, two to the right.  He snaps it, drops back, looks right, then comes back left and fires a rope down the far side - Smith reaches up, snags it, and comes down inbounds TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!! He gets both feet in for the NFL scouts in the building, and its 10 all at the 4:24 mark of the 2nd!!!

The Iowa kickoff lands in the end zone, but it’s brought out, and he is downed at the ISU 25.

And just like that, Iowa fails to account for the wheel route out of the backfield, it’s caught, and finally downed at the Iowa 22.  53 yards.

ISU is in the pistol again, the tailback tries the far side, the Hawks drop him for a 1 yard loss. 2nd and 11 from the 23.

ISU snaps the ball, Richardson is looking far side, but he does not feel the near side pressure, and Niemann drops him for a 6 yard sack!  3rd and 17!

ISU calls timeout.  Clock at 2:24 of the 2nd.  

After the break, 3rd and 17 from the Iowa 29.  Richardson is in the gun, he comes up to change the play, he snaps the ball, the pocket quickly collapses, he fires the ball right down the middle, as the camera pans, his receiver reaches up with one hand and snags it, and waltzes into the end zone, touchdown Iowa State, and the Hawks trailed 17-10.

Iowa State’s kickoff is coming down right by the near sideline, and King catches it, and then loses his balance and steps out of bounds at the 3.  Clock at 2:19 of the 2nd, and the Iowa offense huddles up in the end zone.

From the I formation, with Jordan at tailback.  He gets the ball and tries the near side, gets about 4.  2nd and 6.

Iowa is in formation, but the whistles blow, a Hawkeye timeout, 1:47 of the 2nd.

Jordan gets the ball again, tries the near side, and gets 7!  1st down Iowa at the 13!

C.J. drops back, looks, has pressure from the far side, rolls to the left, then he floats it for Jordan, he reaches up at the 40 - and drops it.  2nd and 10, clock at 1:07.

C.J., to the gun, he snaps it, drops back, then he pulls it down and takes off!  He runs through an arm tackle at the LOS, then he crosses the yellow line, and he is in the clear!   He races down the near sideline, and finally steps out at the ISU 30, 57 yards!  1st down Iowa, clock at 56 seconds!!!

Now C.J. fires to the far side, caught, Vandeberg,  8 yards and out of bounds, 2nd and 2 from the ISU 22.  Clock at 51 seconds.

The booth says the clock is not a factor for Iowa, with two timeouts left.

Jordan now gets the ball, he tries the right side, but only gets 1.  Timeout Iowa, clock at 40 seconds.

After the break, Jordan again, but he gets hit in the backfield, a 1 yard loss, 4th and 2.  

Iowa takes the clock all the way down to 1 second and calls timeout.  The booth is wondering why Iowa tried 2 running plays and it not take a shot to the end zone.  Iowa fans are wondering the exact same thing.  

Koehn is lining up the 40 yard kick.  But the snap comes back to him, and it’s another fake - he races to the far side, looks like he has the blocking, but the Clones catch him and drop him just inside the 5.  Yeah, it would have been a 1st down.  But the half is over. Iowa fans are left wondering what the Iowa coaches were thinking.  Halftime, ISU 17, Iowa 10.

In the 1st half, Iowa State had 186 passing yards, and 58 rushing yards.  244 total.  

At some point in the 2nd quarter, Ott had left the game.  We did not know then what it might be, or if he would return.  

Iowa has 243 yards at half, but only 2 of 7 on 3rd down conversions.  

After the highlights (ouch Arkansas), Iowa kicks off, and Koehn boots it out of the end zone, ISU ball at the 25.  

Can the Iowa defense find their swagger in the 2nd half?

ISU starts in the pistol.  It’s a handoff, he tries the far side, and the Hawks swarm. 1 yard.  2nd and 9.

ISU now tries a draw, but it only gets 2 plus. 3rd and 7.

The Iowa D line goes into the berserker look.  All standing, moving around.  Richardson snaps it, looks, has pressure, pulls it down and heads to the near side, but 2 Hawks drill him about 2 yards short of the yellow line, and ISU has gone 3 and out!  The punt goes out of bounds at the Iowa 37 - just a 30 yard punt!!! 1st and 10 Iowa.

Clock at 12:56.  Iowa starts in the I formation, with Jordan at tailback.  He gets it and follows his blockers to the far side, corner turned, 7 yards.  2nd and 3.

Jordan gets it again, tries the near side, but gets stuffed for no gain.  3rd and 3.

C.J. is in the gun - he snaps it, drops back, then fires it over the middle, caught, VandeBerg, 11 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 44!

Jordan again, near side, he gets 5 yards, 2nd and 5 from the 39.

Jordan again, far side, his fullback Cox drills an ISU linebacker and plows him backwards as Jordan picks up 7, 1st down Iowa at the ISU 32!

Iowa to the I formation - a wideout on each side.  C.J. snaps it, turns, no, does not hand it off, play action, he turns, fires, caught at the 19, HKC, he has blocking as he rumbles down the near sideline, across the 15, the 10, but he gets hit at the 5, the ball pops out, hits the ground, but right behind him VandeBerg was trailing the play, he picks it up and dives into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!! Koehn comes in and it’s 17 all!  

Clock at 10:05, and Koehn gives no return.  ISU ball at the 25.

Now we finally see Ott.  He is out of the uniform with a sling on his left arm.  Hawk fans are left wondering what happened, and how bad it is.

ISU would get one 1st down, and out to their 45, but Iowa kills the drive from there.  The punt lands at the 11, and is downed there.  Iowa ball at 8:34 of the 3rd.

But the Hawks go 3 and out, and punt it back, ISU ball at the 41 after the 46 yard punt.

ISU gets flagged for holding on the 1st down, and that kills their drive after 3 plays, and the Hawks get the ball back at their 17 when King fair catches the punt.

Iowa would get out to their 32, but on the 3rd and 6 from there, C.J. gets nailed by an unblocked rusher, and he sacks C.J. for a 12 yard loss.  Kidd’s punt, 37 yards, fair catch at the ISU 43.

ISU completes a pass to the near side, but Niemann comes in and drops it for a 1 yard loss. 2nd and 11.

Now Richardson tries a pass to the near sideline, and King flies in to knock it to the turf.  3rd and 11.

This pass is closer to being picked off than complete, but a flag comes in, and King is hit with a holding call.  That’s a 10 yard penalty and automatic first down for ISU at the Iowa 48.

ISU tries running the ball to the far side, and the Hawks stuff it for just 1.  2nd and 9.

Richardson has a tailback to his left, and two wideouts on each side of the field.  He snaps the ball, drops back, but as soon as he gets there, an Iowa defender flies and and drops him to the ground, a 9 yard sack!  Johnson!  And it’s 3rd and 18!!!

The Clone QB has to run for his life again, and the Hawks drop him after just 6 feet.  On comes the punt team, and the 3rd quarter comes to a close

This punt lands at the 5 - King makes the catch, tries to go toward the far side, but slips.  Iowa ball at the 5, 1st and 10.

From the I formation, C.J. fakes it to Jordan, rolls to the far side, then throws to the far sideline, diving, caught, VandeBerg, an Iowa 1st down at the 17!

And now Iowa tries the first jet sweep of the season, to Parker, and it blows up, and he loses ground all the way back to the 5.  2nd and 22.

Now C.J. tries a QB draw - it only gets 1 yard, 3rd and 21.

C.J. to the gun, Jordan to his right-  one wideout to the right, two to the left.

He snaps it, drops back about 2 yards into the end zone, looking right, now center, hops up a step, then lets it fly down the near side - and as it comes down, VandeBerg has a step, he reaches out, snags it! and then holds on as he goes down, 48 yards!!! An Iowa 1st down at the ISU 46!!!

Jordan tries the far side, gets only 1.  2nd and 9.

Jordan again, far side, again, he gets the corner turned, and picks up 16 to the ISU 29!  1st down Iowa!!!

Jordan to the near side this time, it gets about 3.  2nd and 7.

Now C.J. tries the play action, he rolls to far side, then lets it fly, VandeBerg dives for it but can’t snag it, 3rd and 7.

C.J. snaps it, drops back, looks, then fires a strike right down the middle, caught, VandeBerg, 9 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 17!!!

C.J. does not like something, so he calls timeout.  Clock at 9:43 of the 4th.

After the break, C.J. under center, Jordan at tailback.  Jordan gets it, tries the near side, and picks up 7 yards to the ISU 10! 2nd and 3.

Jordan gets the ball one more time, he tries the left side, then cuts it upfield, he dives for the yellow line, but gets hit, and the ball comes out, and ISU falls on it.  Iowa State, 1st down, at their 7 yard line.

Clock at 9:08, ISU starts with a catch by Lazard, 5 yards, the Hawks hold him up and Mabin tries ripping the ball free, but it flies out of bounds.  2nd and 5.

Now ISU tries a delayed handoff, and Lomax has nothing of it, flies in, and drops it for a 2 yard loss.  3rd and 7.

But ISU completes a pass to the 20, 1st down.  Clock at 8:01.  

Now Richardson is running for his life, he comes to the near side and floats it for Lazard, he makes the catch, or does he?  It looks like he is out of bounds before he gets the ball.  It goes to a review, and it’s a catch.  Still not sure.

Now 1st and 10 and the ISU 37.  ISU hands the ball off and he tries the far side - the Hawks blow it up.  A loss, 2nd and 11.

Now Richardson tries a deep pass to Lazard down the near sideline - it comes down, he gets his hands on it, but Mabin shoves him out of bounds and the ball falls to the turf.  3rd and 11.

As the play clock winds down, Richardson is barking out his order, and he must burn a timeout.  Clock at 6:29 of the 4th.

Now Iowa calls a timeout.  

After this break, Richardson tries a pass down the far sideline, and it’s about 10 yards too far, no good.  4th and 11, in comes the punt team.  

King makes the catch at the Iowa 16 - he avoids the initial surge, comes back across the field, across the 20, the 25, the 30, he cuts it back up the middle, across the 35, the 40, in traffic, but keeps his legs moving as he finally falls at the ISU 49!!!  1st down Iowa!   

C.J. starts under center, he hands it to Jordan, he goes right up the middle for 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

Jordan again, but he gets only 1 to the near side. 3rd and a long 4.
C.J. has 5 wide, he snaps it, and quickly fires over the middle, caught, VandeBerg again, 7 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 38!

And the Hawks commit a false start.  1st and 15.

C.J. drops back, fires it over the middle, caught, HKC, 5 yards, 2nd and 10.

C.J. again, drops back, then a quick strike to the far side, caught, Smith, about 9 yards, and it’s 3rd and 1!

C.J. gets to the line and changes the play.  He snaps it, turns, hands it to Jordan, who plows his way to the far side, 4 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 25!!

Back into the power I formation, C.J. snaps it, fakes the handoff, rolls to the near side, then he fires it deep down the near side, as it comes down, McCarron has a step, he reaches, snags it, and falls into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!  25 yards, and Koehn makes it 24-17 Iowa with just 2:14 left to play!!!

Koehn gives no return.  ISU ball at their 25.  Clock at 2:14.

1st down, a pass to the near sideline, a diving catch, but just 3 yards.  2nd and 7.

A pass to the near side, Lazard has it, but drops it.  3rd and 7.  Clock at 1:51.

From the gun, Richardson snaps it, drops about 2 steps back, then throws it for the far side, but King sees it coming all the way and he steps in front of the receiver and PICKS IT OFF!!!  And he takes it to the ISU 25 before he is knocked out of bounds!  Iowa ball with 1:44 left!!!

C.J. hands the ball to Jordan, and he slices his way for 17 to the ISU 8.  1st and goal Hawks.

One more handoff, and Jordan takes it the final 8 yards, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!, and Koehn makes it 31-17!!!

ISU would run 4 plays and get 1 yard, and then Iowa assumed the victory formation, and that was it.  

But the Hawks did not do the usual sprinting across the field to grab the trophy, they walked across the field, arm in arm, Swarming their way to the other side.  And when the CyHawk was in their hands, the Beer Song was blasted throughout Hawkeye Nation.

So, those halftime defensive adjustments?  ISU 244 1st half - 65 net 2nd.

And that was without Ott being his usual nemesis to the other quarterback.  Kirk says today (Tuesday) that maybe he can go on Saturday.  

C.J., 15 of 25 on the day, but much better in the 2nd half.  215 yards, 3 tds, and once again no throws that were really risky.  Oh, and the 77 yards on the ground - including the two rushes from the shadow of our goal post, both critical to the outcome of the game.  A dual threat, indeed.  And for his work - the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.  Boom.

Jordan, the 2nd half all his with the departure of Daniels (seems ankle, but minor, he also may be able to go this week), 24 carries for 124, long of 17 (the carry right before the last td), and the 1 td - from 8 yards out that made it 31.  Yes, the fumble, but he rebounded from that well.  

Daniels Jr, when he was in there, 8 for 56 with a long of 24.  That’s a very healthy 7.0 per tug.  We do hope he is back this week.

Oh, and then there is Koehn, 1 rush, for 17 yards.  I believe that is about a 12 yard average per rush, so if AIRBHG rears its ugly head again, we may have found our emergency tailback.  Then again, Tara probably does not want to see our kicker putting himself in harm’s way.

VandeBerg - a career day - 9 catches, 114 yards, and the 1 td.  Not a td catch, a fumble recovery - leap.  Still at td.  Very quickly becoming C.J.’s security blanket on 3rd down - both short routes, and clearly also long ones.  The more a threat he is, the more the safeties have to ignore Smith on the other side.  And that will be at their peril.

Smith, 2 for 23, and of course the tap dancing td along the sideline.  

McCarron, 1 for 25, the touchdown, and the 1st td of his Hawkeye career.  

HKC, 2 for 34.  He will hang on better next time.  And we grow ever closer to Duzey returning - another deadly weapon for C.J. down the field.

Special teams - Kidd punted for an average of 47.4 - a great day - and he gave 0 return yards to the dangerous Lazard.  

Whereas King had 34 punt return yards - including the critical return to midfield that proceeded the game winning touchdown.  Koehn meanwhile only allowed one kickoff return, and the Hawks dropped that at the 25 - where the ball would have been had it been a touchback.  And of course his opening field goal from 49, right down the middle.  

So with those halftime adjustments, the Iowa offense, defense, and special teams all excelled, and that was the difference in the game.  

One of four trophies, back in the Kinnick Stadium case.

One more thing - as a lead in to the football game, the Iowa women’s soccer team beat ISU 1-0, and the Iowa women’s volleyball team beat ISU 3-1.  That, the 1st time Iowa had beaten ISU in a volleyball dual - since 1997.  So that puts the current CyHawk standings - 7 Hawkeyes - 0 Cyclones.

Week 3: Pitt

And so it ends, the 7 year, 4 game series between Iowa and Pitt, that began in Pittsburg in 2008.  The all time series, that dates to 1931, sits at 3 and 3.  So this is the rubber match.

And next year when the Big Ten switches to the 9 game conference season, we may not get many more chances to have these home and home series against Power 5 teams.  It’s because we already play one every year (Iowa State), and because we need to have 7 home games every year for the budget.  We will discuss this in much greater detail in the lead up to the 2016 season.

Pitt is also 2-0, having beaten Youngstown State in week 1, 45-37, and then last week, Akron, 24-7.

So the Hawkeyes will be a slightly different monster.

Pitt has a bit of a QB quandary after 2 games.  Junior Voytik, #16, is supposed to be the starter, but in 2 games he is just 15 of 22 for 104 yards, with 1 td, 1 interception, and he has been sacked 4 times.

But Pitt is also using junior QB Peterman, #4.  In two games, he is 14 for 21, for 209 yards, with 1 td, 1 pick, and he has been sacked 3 times.

It seems both will play Saturday, whoever seems to have the hot hand.  

When they hand it off, the top tailback is freshman Ollison, #37.  He has 37 carries for 288 yards - and 2 tds.  But he went over the 200 yard mark in the 1st game, netting 207 against YSU.

He has started because of a minor injury to junior Conner, #24, who has 8 carries for 77 yards, and 2 tds.  But he had 1,765 yards - and 26 tds - in 2014, so he is a threat when he is on the field.

Of course, the Panthers have not come across anything close to a top 10 rushing defense yet.

When the ball is passed, junior Boyd, #23, is the top target.  Last week he had 11 catches for 95 yards, after not playing in week 1.  He was pushing 150 receiving in this game last year.  He will be priority one for the Iowa corners.

Pitt’s latest coach is now Pat Narduzzi - in his first season, after being the Spartan defensive coordinator since 2007.  But, in his 1st season, he does not have the athletes that Michigan State has on the defensive side of the ball.

Why latest?  In the 4 games we (will) have played against Pitt since 2008.  4 different head coaches.

Hardly surprising, they have a major little brother complex when it comes to Penn State.

Youngstown State has a great history in FCS football, having won 4 national titles.  It was where the Sweater Vest got his mojo for OSU.  But they have not been in the playoffs since 2006, a distant chasm between them and the likes of North Dakota State - and Illinois State.

Akron, an FBS team since 1987, as recently as 2013 had the nation’s longest FBS road losing streak, 28 games.

So - the almost FCS champion, and yes, a Power 5 team and in state rival, have probably gotten the Hawks better prepared for this game than Pitt’s first two opponents.  

And it’s the first night game in Kinnick in two years.  National broadcast on BTN.  And the second of three consecutive road games Pitt is playing in weeks 2 through 4.  

Oh yes.  2014.  At Heinz Field, the Hawks trailed 17-7 at the half, and Jake was dinged up.  

On came Sunshine, and the Hawkeye defense stuffed the Pitt offense, and we outscored them 17-3 to win the game 24-20.   

This game - C.J. plays the whole way.

Sunshine has his best game yet, completing 21 of 27 passes, for 278 yards, with td passes to HKC and Smith, while running in two from inside 5 yards himself, and Jordan (and maybe Jr) go over 150 combined, as the Hawks control the time of possession to almost 38 minutes.  The Hawkeye defense forces 3 Pitt turnovers, and limits the combined Pitt offense to 205 yards.

Final, Hawkeyes 35, Panthers 21.



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