October 1, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 5: Iowa @ Wisconsin, 10/1/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 4-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 37 votes
USA Today: 44 votes
College Football Playoff:

September 5th, v. Illinois State WIN 31-14
September 12th, @ Iowa State, WIN 31-17
September 19th, v. Pittsburgh, WIN 27-24
September 26th, v. North Texas, WIN 62-16
October 3rd, @ •Wisconsin, 12:01 pm, ESPN
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:  Nebraska @ Illinois, 3:30 pm, BTN

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October 3rd, 2015  Iowa @ #19 Wisconsin Badgers, 3-1, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 88, Badgers lead 44-42-2
Last Meeting: 2014, Badgers 26, Hawkeyes 24

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa +7

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #7, FBS #55

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 
Total   439.3  Pass 243.0  Rush 196.3  Scoring 37.8
B1G    #3              #4                #6                    #2
FBS    #48            #57              #49                  #32
Total   294.8  Pass 210.8  Rush 84.0    Scoring 17.8
B1G    #6              #8                 #4                   #6
FBS    #20            #62               #12                 #28
Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                4-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern  4-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin       3-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois        3-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota      3-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska        2-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue        1-3, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Week 4: North Texas

Out of deference to a former Hawkeye (and your scribe started a new job this week, so a little less time), we will not recap the play by play, instead just focus on the performance of the team, 

We will start with the offense, and why not - the most points scored since the 62-10 thrashing of the Mildcats in 2002. 

At the helm, Sunshine with his best game yet - 18 for 21 for 278 yards, with 2 tds, and no interceptions.  Including his first 15 passes - completed.  And this was in 3 quarters, as we did indeed get the backups in as soon as the 4th started.

C.J. had just 1 rush, but it was for 9 yards, and it was on the first drive, where he got hit in the backfield, and escaped to keep the drive alive (we would score).  

Those passes - Smith, 4 for 115, and of course, the 81 yard strike from C.J. that occurred about 2 minutes after his 43 yard td strike to Kittle, which built the lead to 28-3, and put the Mean Green to sleep for the afternoon.

Kittle, 2 catches for 62 total.  McCarron, 3 for 26.  VandeBerg, only 3 for 24, an ‘off’ day for him.  HKC 3 for 23, Hillyer 2 for 22, Jordan 1 for 6, and senior wideout Stone had a catch (but was dropped for no gain). That the one pass Wiegers attempted in the 4th.  

And he did not have a catch - but Duzey got in there for a few plays last week.  I expect he will have his full fledged return this week.

Rushing, Jordan, 22 for 155, and he tied an Iowa record with his 4 rushing touchdowns. He now has 8 on the season.  His long on the day, 29 yards.  He did have that one fumble inside Iowa territory, and as expected, the senior placed the blame entirely on himself, and he will look to atone this week.

Mitchell Jr got in there, and he had 7 carries for 52 yards, with a long of 45.

Daniels Jr, 5 for 21, with a long of 16.  I think he will be closer to 100% this week.

Wadley had 5 carries for 18 yards, and he got his 2nd rushing td of his career.  

All together, the Hawkeyes racked up 210 yards on the ground on 43 carries - 4.9 yards per rush. 

Also of note, the 10 play, 83 yard drive, executed by the 3rd team to start the 4th, that was entirely on the ground.  

Great balance, and explosive plays. We certainly gave the advance scouts a bit to think about.  

The defense had a great day as well.  On pass defense, just 17 of 43 passes were completed, (39%) between McNulty, and two other qbs that played.  Of course, two of those passes were completed to the Iowa defense.  The Jewel 34 yard pick 6, and to wrap up the scoring Bo Bower’s 88 yard pick 6.

North Texas did rack up a combined 183 on the ground, but most of that came after the game was already decided.  

On special teams, King had 109 yards on 4 kickoff returns (a long of 40). And 2 punt returns for a stellar 71 yards.  He brings one back this week.

Punting, Koehn one more rugby style, for 49 yards, and Kidd, 2 punts for 77, including one he dropped on the North Texas 3 yard line.  After Iowa got the ball back on that exchange, we put the Mean Green down 14-0.

And Koehn missed an extra point.  In doing so, bringing to an end, the longest streak in Division 1 without a missed PAT.  Alas.

And we even got the freshman kicker Recinos, #91 in there - he was successful on both his extra points in the 4th quarter.  But those were just extra points, he must still earn Tara’s trust.

So, there was no trap game in Kinnick this past Saturday.  Some thought the high of the win over Pitt, combined with the looming trip to Madison, would have the Hawks playing flat.  The leaders on the team would not let that be.  And notice has been served - this is a different Hawkeye team. And we are players for the Big Ten West title.

Week 5: Wisconsin

Oh look, another road game to open the Big Ten! That is 13 out of 17 years that Kirk has been in charge.

No matter.  In this, the Best Rivalry in Division 1, it matters little where the game is played.  

In fact, the Hawks have not been to Madison since the 20-10 win there in 2009.  Yes, the last Iowa team to move through the non conference at 4-0. 

The Badgers are now coached by Paul Chryst, who was at Pitt last year when they lost to the Hawks.

Chryst was a Badger QB from 1985 to 1987, and he also spent 8 years as an assistant there, so this is a homecoming for him.  

The Badgers are off to a 3-1 start this year.  The 3 wins, expected.  The loss, also expected.  

The Badgers travelled to Jerry-World, aka Cowboys Stadium, to open the season against Alabama.

This was a 7-7 game early in the 2nd quarter.  But before the Badgers would score again, Bama was up 28-7, and they cruised to a 35-17 win.  

Against the Tide defense, the Badgers could only rush for a net 40 yards on 21 carries, and that was with top tailback Clement, who is not playing the next 5 or 6 weeks due to a sports hernia. 

Bama meanwhile, racked up 238 on the ground - with 4 rushing touchdowns. 

Wisconsin was home for week 2, and they hosted Miami.  Of Ohio.  

Badgers, 58-0.  The RedHawks are currently 1-3 on the year.

In week 3, Troy paid a visit to Camp Randall, and the Badgers scored a td in each quarter to win it 28-3.

Troy, 1-2 on the year to date.

Last week, the Badgers hosted Hawaii.  This was a game that looked like one team had travelled 4,159 miles for the game.  The Badgers rushed for 326 in this one, as the Rainbow Warriors would once get as far as the Badger 1, only to have penalties kill that scoring chance, and they lost 28-0.

So when you add up the strength of each team’s first 4 games, the Hawks might have the slight advantage (Bama lost 43-37 to Ole Miss).  We will see how that translates to the field Saturday.

The Badgers are lead by now senior QB Stave.  He did not have the same YIPS he had to start last season this year, at least not yet.  To date he is 72 for 109, for 833 yards, with 7 tds, and 2 interceptions.  He is -32 on the rushing chart.

Catching those passes, with 23, senior Erickson, #86, for 320 yards, with a long of 45, and 1 touchdown.

Next is junior Wheelwright, #15, with 10 for 147, and 3 scores.  Also with 10 catches, junior tailback Ogunbowale, #23.  He has 66 yards on those catches out of the backfield.

In the absence of Clement, Ogunbowale has rushed 48 times for 281 yards, with 3 tds. And freshman Deal, #28, has 62 carries for 290 yards, with 4 touchdowns.  So two players are trying to fill the void left by the hernia.  

Obviously the 1 good team the Badgers have played ran the ball down their throats, so we shall see what the now 4 deep Hawkeye tailbacks - not to mention C.J. - will be able to do against the Wisconsin front.  Well, I think.

The Badgers give up 210 per game through the air, I think it reasonable that C.J. can do better than that - to the tune of 275.  

Meanwhile, the Hawkeye defense will be focusing on taking away the Badger rushing game, as Bama did, and making Stave put it up against King and Mabin on the outside, or the suddenly opportunist Iowa linebackers.  

In special teams, Wisconsin nets 37+ yards per punt, but their kicker is just 4 for 7 on field goals.  Advantage: Iowa.

The Hawks have lost the last 3 games to the Badgers, and I just can’t see one class of Hawks letting them get 4.  

In fact, I think the offensive explosion (and balance) we saw last week was a sign that the Iowa offense has turned a corner.  And against the Badgers, on national tv, they are going to look to keep the yards flowing.  

The Iowa defense will be primed to see if the can pull a Tide and stuff the Badger running game.  If they can severely diminish it, the Iowa secondary will be ready to pounce on more than one Stave pass.

The Hawks start quickly and finish strong.  Our quest to refill our trophy case gets the 2nd one.  Hawkeyes 34, Badgers 21.



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