October 30, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 9: Maryland @ Iowa, 10/30/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 7-0, 3-0 Big Ten, 3-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 10th up 2
USA Today: 11th up 2
College Football Playoff:
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2015 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*

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, WIN 10-6
October 10th, v. •Illinois, WIN 29-20
October 17th, @ •Northwestern, WIN 40-10
October 31st, v. Maryland, 3:30 PM, ABC/ESPN2* (ABC in NYC)
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: Indiana bye week

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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October 31st, 2015  Iowa v. Maryland Terrapins, 2-5, 0-3 Big Ten, 0-3 B1G East
Previous Meetings: 1, Maryland leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 31, Terrapins 38

Kinnick Color of the Week:  Scary.

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: +7,  B1G #2, FBS #11

Interceptions: 9, B1G #1, FBS #21

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 (all Stats through week 7)
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Offense
Total   421.1  Pass 206.7  Rush 214.4  Scoring 32.9
B1G    #5              #9                #2                    #4
FBS    #54            #81              #23                  #50
Defense  
Total   294.3  Pass 220.1  Rush 74.1    Scoring 13.2
B1G    #3              #9                 #2                   #3
FBS    #12            #81               #4                  #10
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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                  7-0, 3-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   6-2, 3-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   6-2, 2-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Illinois           4-3, 1-2 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Minnesota   4-3, 1-2 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Nebraska           3-5, 1-3 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue           1-6, 0-3 B1G, 0-2 B1G West

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Week 7: Northwestern

Here is your recap for the Mildcat game:


Sad kitties, indeed.

So, at some point after I left for the bar two Saturdays back, my trusty (heh) Time Warner Cable dvr reset itself, and then failed to record the Iowa Northwestern game.  Oh for the days I can have my Directv again…

 We will recap some of the player results in the preview section.  What was a close game at halftime (16-10), was not in the 2nd half.  How glorious it was to see the Hawkeye running game in the 4th quarter, the poor kitties almost looking like they wanted to get out of the way of the Iowa fullbacks smashing through the O line.  It was a wonderful sight.

So the Hawks went into the bye week with a 7-0 record and a #12 AP ranking.  But then during our off week a few teams ahead of us lost, and so now we return to the field back in the Top 10, at #10.

It’s good to be back.

Week 9: Maryland

The 2nd year in the Big 10 has not been so kind to Maryland.  

Though the non-conference part was not so great, either.

They opened by hosting Richmond.  This was a close-ish game in the 1st half, with the Terrapins holding a 22-14 lead at the break.  But in the 2nd half, it was all Terps, who outscored the Spiders 28-7 to win it 50-21.  Richmond is currently 6-1, and 4-0 in the CAA.  

Of note from this game, Maryland punt return man Likely (a defensive back), had 8 returns for a Big Ten record 233 yards, with a long of 61, and 1 touchdown.

That record had belonged to Nile Kinnick, who had 9 returns for 201 yards in one game during the 1939 season.  The record had stood for 75 years.

In week 2, the Terps welcomed in Bowling Green.

This game was 13-6 Maryland at the half.  

But then there was a 55 minute weather delay before the 3rd quarter could start, and it seemed to have a dramatic affect on the game.

Bowling Green would score 14 points in the 3rd, but then 28 in the 4th, as they racked up 692 yards on the Terp defense, and forced 4 Maryland turnovers, to win the game 48-27.

The Terps were home again in week 3, this time welcoming in South Florida.

Maryland would score 14 in the 1st, and then 1 touchdown in each of the remaining quarters, to out last the Bulls 35-17.  

But Maryland had 3 more turnovers in this one.  Of note in this game, junior Rowe, #7, got his first start at QB since 2013.

Maryland finally went on the road to end the non-con season, just a bit south to take on West Virginia.

And at halftime, Maryland was down 38-0.  They lost, 45-6.

WVU had 601 yards of offense, and they forced a staggering 6 Terps turnovers.  5 of them interceptions.  

Then the 22nd ranked Wolverines made their way east to open the Big Ten season.

And the Michigan defense only gave Maryland 105 total yards, with 3 more turnovers, to cruise to the 28-0 win.  Jake was 16 for 32 for 180 in this one, with 1 td, and one pick.

Likely had 91 more yards on 4 punt returns, but obviously, no touchdowns.

And then Maryland got to visit Ohio State.

The Buckeyes kind of fooled around in the 1st half, just leading 21-14 at halftime, but they would pull away in the 2nd to win it 49-28.  

Ohio State, no turnovers, Maryland 2 more.

But this was more than a lost game, as after, Maryland canned their coach, Randy Edsall.  Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley is the interim coach for the remainder of the season.

He opened with a visit from Penn State.

This was a close game throughout, 17-13 PSU at halftime, and it was a competitive 2nd half, as Maryland kicked a field goal with 10:15 left to pull within 31-30 of PSU - but the game would end there.

Maryland - 5 more turnovers, with 3 of them interceptions.  A couple in the last 10 minutes as they were trying to take the lead.  It seems there is no bad time for a Terps turnovers.  

If you are scoring at home, that is a whopping 24 turnovers in 7 games.  That - dead last in Division 1.

They have gained 11 turnovers.  That makes Maryland -13 in turnover margin.  There is only 1 team in Division 1 that is worse than that.

Oh, and 20 of those are interceptions.  Also, dead last.  

Alert - Desmond King - Alert. He may have 4.  Stranger things have happened.

About the only thing Maryland does really well is return punts with Likely.

Of course, they also give up 12 + yards per punt return - so King may look at this as a personal challenge between him and Likely.

In the last game, Maryland went with junior QB Hills, #11, so we can expect to see him again I think.  In that loss he was 19 for 29 for 225, with 1 td, but yes, 3 interceptions.

But he rushed 26 times for 124 yards, after rushing for 170 on 25 carries against Ohio State.  So the Hawkeye defense must take away that facet of the running game, and make the dual threat QB put the ball in the air.  No matter who is playing QB for them, they are only completing them at 47% - no wonder so many are getting snagged by the defense.

Senior tailback Ross, #45, will be the main running back target.  He has 90 carries for 489 yards, with 3 tds.  But only 3 catches on the year for 1 yard, so he is a running back and just that.  

We shall see how well C.J. has healed with the off week, but clearly Iowa will look to get the running game going.  Wadley, 26 for 204, and a Iowa record tying 4 rushing touchdowns, or Mitchell, 10 for 79, with a rushing td for himself.

And that is not counting Daniels Jr, who should finally be back to 100%, to the ground and pound part of the Iowa running game, to be spelled by the speed and quickness of Wadley and Mitchell.  

Iowa goes over 300 on the ground Saturday (294 against the Mildcats).

Terps total defense - 444.1.  #104 nationally.  Their offensive 3rd down conversion percentage - 32.7.  114th in the FBS.

It sets up for long Iowa drives just chewing up the clock and the Maryland resolve, followed by quick Terp possessions, that lead to quick punts, or on about 20% of drives, turnovers. 

Iowa will not push things with C.J., they won’t have to this week.  Maryland will try a few misdirection type plays, reverses, pitches to the back side, but as long as the Iowa defense stays home, they should be able to handcuff the Terp rushing attack and then feast on the balls in the air.  

Iowa forces 5 more Maryland turnovers, as the rushing attack picks up 300 on the ground with 4 rushing tds, and C.J. does find both Smith the Elder on a td of more than 50 yards, and Smith the Younger on a td from 35 yards out.  Oh, and Duzey finally gets a catch, in fact, 5 of them.

One of those Maryland turnovers is a pick 6, and one a fumble recovery on a punt - yes, someone drills Likely on a return that he should fair catch, but does not, and the Hawks score one play later.

Maryland is coming in on a 4 game losing streak, the line may push 20 before the week is over.  Will the Hawks be complacent?

Umm…no.  

We have played Maryland once, had a 14-0 lead about 5 minutes into the game, and we lost the game 38-31.  Many Hawkeyes that were on that team last year are still on the team this year.  The Terps will have their full attention.

Too bad for Maryland.  Hawkeyes 49, Terrapins 17.


GO HAWKS!!

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