October 8, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 6: Illinois @ Iowa 10/8/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 5-0, 1-0 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 22nd
USA Today: 23rd
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, 12:00 pm, ESPN2* (changed from ESPNU)
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:  Northwestern @ Michigan,  3:30 pm, 

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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October 10th, 2015  Iowa v Illinois Fighting Illini 4-1, 1-0 Big Ten, 1-0 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 70, Illinois leads 38-30-2
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 30, Illini 14

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -11

Turnover Margin: +3,  B1G #6, FBS #37

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015 
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Offense
Total   395.6  Pass 209.9  Rush 185.8  Scoring 32.2
B1G    #7              #8                #7                    #3
FBS    #72            #82              #54                  #49
Defense  
Total   299.8  Pass 215.4  Rush 84.4    Scoring 15.4
B1G    #6              #8                 #2                   #5
FBS    #19            #63               #11                 #15
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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                5-0, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Northwestern  5-0, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Illinois        4-1, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Wisconsin       3-2, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Minnesota       3-2, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Nebraska         2-3, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Purdue         1-4, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
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Week 5: Wisconsin

The DVR starts up with Corso in a green suit, dancing the Irish jig along with the Notre Dame mascot in a soggy Clemson, South Carolina.  But the Irish would go on lose to Clemson Saturday night, which brought and end to a good day of football.

And now onto Camp Randall, where the Badger fans are almost all in red, and the end zone that houses the student seating is mostly empty, here about 90 seconds before kickoff.

The temps are in the the 50s which is ideal for football, but wind gusts up into the 20s may play a factor on both teams.

The booth points out that things are pretty wide open in the Big Ten west, but by the time the afternoon was over, that picture began to come into focus.

And now the Hawks are lining up to kick, the Badgers won the toss and took the ball.  

Koehn has to have a holder for the ball, and he boots the kick down to the 8 yard line, where the Badger return team has to run up to catch the ball, he can’t, it falls to the turf, and it bounces forward, where he has to dive on it just before the Hawks arrive.  Badger ball, 1st and 10 from the 16.

The Badgers start with Stave under center, a tailback behind him, and a wideout on each side.  It goes to Ogunbowale (which we will use his first name, Dare from here forward), he tries the middle, but only picks up 2.  2nd and 8.

From the same formation, Stave drops back, then quickly fires it out to the far side flat, caught, Erickson, and he gets across the yellow line before Mabin brings him down, 1st down Badgers at the 28.

Now Stave hands it to Dare, and he tries going straight ahead again, this picks up 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

Now Stave hands to the ball to Deal, and he tries straight ahead, but that only picks up about 1, as Johnson wraps him up and throws him down.  3rd and a long 4.

Now with two wideouts on the left side, Stave snaps it, drops back, the pocket closes quickly, but he stands in there and fires it across the middle, caught, 10 yards, and that’s a Badger 1st down at their 45.

Now from the I formation, Stave snaps it, stands, and quickly fires it to the near side, this is caught, and he falls forward for 12 yards, a Badgers 1st down at the Iowa 43.

Back to the base formation, Stave snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires for the far sideline, but it’s ahead of his target and it falls to the turf.  2nd and 10.  

Now to the gun, with a tailback on each side of him, Stave snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires it near side, caught, 10 yards and he is pushed out of bounds, a Badger 1st down at the Iowa 33.

Now back to the offset I formation, he hands it to Dare, he again just plows straight into the pile, and the Hawks drop him after about 3, 2nd and 7.

Now again to the gun, Stave snaps it, and hands it to a receiver that is cutting across the field, but he can’t turn the corner, and King drops him after 2 yards.  3rd and 5.

Back to the gun, Stave snaps it, drops, looks, then he floats it far side, his receiver has his hands on it, but as he goes to the ground, King hits him, and so does the ball, no good, 4th down.  

On comes the Badger kick team, to attempt the 46 yard field goal.  The kick starts out wide left, but then it curls inside the left upright and through (just barely did it clear the cross bar though), the Badgers lead it 3-0 at the 9:58 mark of the 1st.  The Hawkeye defense got the stop as the Badgers got close to the red zone.  Now time for the Iowa offense.

The Badger kicker must also have the ball held, and his kick comes down on the far hash, right on the 7 yard, line, King makes the catch, he the cuts it up toward the far sideline, across the 15, the 20, the 25, and out to the 32 before he gets tripped up!  1st down Hawkeyes.

C.J. starts under center, with the I formation behind him, one wideout on the left side, and two on the right.  It goes to Jordan, and he takes about 2 steps before he is drilled from a guy who came unblocked from the near side, and that loses 2.  2nd and 12.

Back to the same formation, C.J. snaps it, drops, quickly stands and fires it near side, caught, VandeBerg, 8 yards, 3rd and 4.

Now to the gun with Jordan to his left, and two wideouts spread out on each side of the field.  He snaps it, drops, then quickly fires it down the far hash, as the camera pans VandeBerg is in tight coverage, but he leaps and snags it, and falls to the ground before the defender even turns around, 20 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the Badger 42!  Matt sticks his arm out to signal the 1st down as he gets to his feet, and the Hawkeye offense is on the move!

Now the Hawks go to the power I, and the ball goes to Jr, he tries the middle, but only gets 2 yards.  2nd and 8 from the Badger 40.

Now C.J. tries rolling to the far side after a fake to Jordan, but he has pressure in his face, so he just throws it away down the far sideline, 3rd and 8.

Back to the gun, C.J. snaps it, looks, has pressure from the near side, but he fires it down the far sideline, targeting Smith (Jerminic, #9, one of the freshman), but it’s no good, 4th down, from just outside the Badger 40.

That would be a 57 yard field goal, but in the wind, the Hawks bring out the punt team, and Kidd aims for the far corner and gets it, it sales out at the Badger 11, no return.  1st down Badgers, clock at 7:08. Timeout.

The Badgers take the field in the offset I, with two wideouts lined up in either side of the near hash.  

It goes to Dare, but all he can do is try to outrun Ott - and fails. He drops him for a 4 yard loss!!! 2nd and 14!

From the gun now, Stave hands it to Dare, it’s basically a sweep to the far side, he does get the corner turned but the Hawks shove him out of bounds after 11, 3rd and 3.

From the gun, Stave snaps it, looks far side, then tries the middle, it’s no good, and the player signals for a flag as he gets up, but none comes.  4th and 3, and on comes the Badger punt team.

The punt comes down at the Iowa 49 and King makes the fair catch. Iowa ball at 5:41 of the 1st, timeout.

C.J. starts under center with the offset I, a wideout on the left side, and two on the right.  It goes to Jordan, and he plows straight ahead, the hole was there but closes quickly, and he only gets 3 yards.  2nd and 7 from the Badger 48.

Now to the gun, C.J. snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires it to the near hash, but it’s too high and no good, again targeting Smith, so 3rd and 7.

C.J. back to the gun, with Jordan to his left.  He snaps it, and quickly fires it down the far hash, Vandeberg, caught, under tight coverage, but he goes down and holds on, 21 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the Badger 27!!!

Back under center, C.J. snaps it, and quickly fires it near side, the quick out, Hillyer, and he gets his hands on it, but can’t hold on as he goes to the ground.  2nd and 10.

Now C.J. hands it to Jordan, he goes far side, and picks up 6, 3rd and 4 from the Badger 21.

Now to the gun, C.J. has Jordan to his left, a wideout on the far side, one on the near, and VandeBerg is in motion toward the near side. He snaps it, drops back, is looking deep middle, but the pocket begins to close, so he steps up, avoids a hit, and takes off for the far side - it’s a race to the yellow line and he gets there and hops out of bounds, 1st down Iowa at the Badger 16!

Now under center, C.J. has them at the line, he backs out and barks out his change to the play, it goes to Jordan, straight ahead, 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Now back to the base formation, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands it to Jordan, and he goes straight ahead and tries to hop over a fallen defender, but they wrap him up, 4 yards, 3rd and 2.

Now to the I formation, Daniels in at tailback, he gets the ball and goes straight ahead, but he can’t bounce off the pile, and they drop him for no gain.  4th and 2 from the Badger 8.

And Kirk leaves the offense on the field!  C.J. huddles them up, then they come to the line with C.J. in the gun, Jordan split out as a wideout on the far side, with VandeBerg on the far side hash, and two more Hawkeye wideouts on the near side. He snaps it, drops, then fires it down the far hash, he is targeting HKC in the end zone, he dives, but can’t make the catch.  In the replay it sure looks like he got held up trying to make his break on the ball, but the officials don’t see it, and he stares them down as he leaves the field.  On comes the Badger offense, 1st down at their 8 yard line.
The Badgers start with Stave under center, he snaps it, looks, then fires it far side, caught, 10 yards, Watt (younger brother of J.J. Watt), a Badger 1st down at their 18.

Now a quick handoff to Deal, and he tries the far side, that picks up 6 to the Badger 24, 2nd and 4, and the 1st quarter comes to a close.  The Hawks trail 3-0, timeout.

After the break, Stave is in the gun, with a tailback to his right.  Two wideouts on the left side, and one on the right.  He snaps it, drops back, then immediately takes the short route on the near side, caught, 7 yards, a Badger 1st down at their 31.

Now under center with a lone tailback and two wideouts on the left side, Stave snaps it, then just dumps it off to Dare, he makes the catch, turns to start up field, but then cuts it back inside and leaves a couple Hawks in the dust as he gets all the the way to the Iowa 41 before they catch him and drop him, 1st down Badgers.

Now to the I formation, Stave changes the play at the line, it goes to Deal, and he cuts it toward the near side, and turns the corner, that’s 9 yards to the Iowa 33, 2nd and 1.  

Now Stave moves out to the far side as a wideout, as the Badgers bring on the Wildcat look, back up QB McEvoy is back in the gun, he snaps it, comes to the near side, and gets just 2, but he only needed 1, 1st down Badgers at the Iowa 31.

He stays in there and runs the read/option, he does hand it off to Deal, and he gets 5 yards going up the far hash, 2nd and 5.

Stave is back under center, he hands it to Deal, but he can only get 2, and that brings up a 3rd and 3 from the Iowa 24 yard line.

Stave is back in the gun, he barks out the commands from there, he snaps it, immediately tries the dump off to the far side, but the pass is no good, as Camp Randall groans, 4th down.  On comes the Badger kick team.

This is from 42 yards, from the far side hash.  The wind is blowing from the opposite side toward this hash.  The kick is up, it starts wide left, and there it stays, no good!!! The Hawks still trail 3-0 at 11:43 of the 2nd quarter.  Timeout.

From the Iowa 24, C.J. starts under center, he snaps it, turns, hands it to Jordan, and he goes right up the middle to pick up 7, 2nd and 3!

Jordan gets the ball again, he tries the far side, it looks like he can cut the ball upfield, but he just continues that way and out of bounds, no gain, 3rd and 3.

Jake to the gun, Jordan to his left, and 5 wide spread out across the field.  He snaps it, drops back, looks far side, no pressure, but then he tries the middle and the pass gets picked off.  

But wait - there is a flag on the play.  It’s a personal foul on the Badgers, hands to the face, that is a 15 yard penalty, and an Iowa 1st down at the Hawkeye 46!!!

C.J. goes back under center.  It goes to Jordan, and he starts up the far side, breaks one tackle, and picks up 15 to the Badger 39, 1st down Iowa!!!

C.J. is again under center, making his commands up and down the line, It goes to Jordan, off tackle, left, he sprints ahead and dives over a downed Badger, 7 more yards, 2nd and 3 from the Badger 33!

Now to the I formation, it goes again to Jordan, he tries the middle, the pile arrives, but as he falls he crosses the yellow line, 4 yards, 1st down Hawkeyes at the Badger 28!

Now under center, with Jordan back there, and Kittle in motion, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands, no, keeps it, stands and looks down field, he has pressure but Kittle has stayed back and he holds him off, as C.J. does not like it, so he pulls it down and races for the near side, across the 30, the 25, at the 20 he jukes out a Badger defender who thinks he is going out of bounds, he is not, he turns upfield, and gets it down to the Badger 12!! 16 yards, and Iowa 1st down just outside the 10!!!

Now to the I formation, with Jr back there, he gets the ball and tries straight ahead, that gets 3 yards to the 9, 2nd and 7.

Jordan now gets the ball, he tries the middle, but the Badgers were waiting, no gain.  3rd and 7.

C.J. to the gun as the stadium cranks up the noise, he snaps it, and quickly fires to the nearside back corner of the end zone, but it’s too deep for Smith, 4th down, and on comes the Iowa kick team.

It’s a 27 yard field goal from the near hash, the kick of up, and Koehn has pushed it wide right.  No good.  Clock at 6:29 of the 2nd, the Hawks still trail 3-0.  Your scribe waits for the text from Tara to arrive.

Timeout.

After the break, the Badgers start from the 20.  Stave is under center.  He snaps it, rolls toward the near side, then floats it that way, caught, Erickson, that’s 13 yards and a Badger 1st down at their 33.

Now from the I formation, it goes to Deal, he tries off tackle, right, and the pile arrives to limit him to 4.  2nd and 6.

Stave is under center with one tailback behind him, and one wideout in the slot on the near side. Everyone else is right at or behind the line.  He snaps it, drops back, looks far side, then he fires it that way, but he misses his target and it’s PICKED OFF!  King!!!  At the 46, and now he is running up the far sideline, across the 40, the 35, and he is finally pushed out at the Badger 31, 1st down Hawkeyes!!!!

Iowa to the I formation.  C.J. steps back and changes the play. He snaps it, turns, hands it to Jordan, he starts ahead and has a hole - across the 30, the 25, the 20, he shoves down one Badger and gets it down to the 12, 19 yards, 1st down Hawkeyes!!!

Back to the I formation. It goes to Jordan, and he just motors straight ahead, into the pile and down, 6 more yards, 2nd and 4 at the Badger 6!

Again to the I formation, C.J. snaps it, stands, and quickly fires to the far side, the wideout screen, caught, VandeBerg, but he can’t escape to the far side, and that picks up 3 to bring up a 3rd and 1 from the Badger 4.

C.J. gets to the line and snaps the ball, the QB sneak, the Iowa O line does the trick, that picks up 2 yards and it’s 1st and goal from the Badger 1!!!

Iowa to the power I formation - Kittle is in motion from the far side to the near, he stops just past the center, C.J. snaps it, takes a few steps toward the far side, then fires the ball to the end zone, caught, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!! Kittle cut through the line and ran an out route, and C.J. puts it right on his hands, and the Hawks have finally scored, and Koehn makes it 7-3 Hawkeyes!!!  Clock at  2:59 of the 2nd.  Timeout.

After the break, Koehn gives no return.  Badger ball at their 25, 1st and 10, clock at 2:59 of the 2nd.  Timeout.

After this break, the Badgers have Stave under center, the offset I, and a wideout on each side.  Stave snaps it, fakes the handoff, is looking downfield, but from behind Ott swats at his arm and he FUMBLES THE BALL - and Meier falls on it!!!   1st down Iowa at the Badger 15!!!!!!!

Iowa comes out in the offset I.  C.J. hands it to Jordan, he tries the far hash, and picks up 4 yards, 2nd and 6 from the Badger 11.

Now to the regular I with two wideouts on the left side, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands it to Jordan, he lunges straight ahead, but the pile is there and he can only get 2, 3rd and 4.

C.J. is in the gun as the play clock hit 6 seconds.  He snaps the ball with clearly 1 second left on the play clock, but then the whistles blow, and Iowa is nailed for a delay of game. Both the bench and the players can’t believe it, that sure seems to me like something that should be reviewed.  

So now it’s 3rd and 9 from the Badger 14.  C.J. is again in the gun, he snaps it, looks middle, then has pressure so he rolls to the far side, looking downfield all the way, as he gets close to the sideline he fires the ball down the field, then he steps out of bounds, and a Badger shoves him to the ground.  The Iowa bench screams for the flags, but none come.  4th down, and on comes the Iowa kick team.

This is a 33 yard attempt from the far hash, and Koehn makes no mistake, it’s up and good, and the Hawks lead is now 10-3, with 1:03 left in the 2nd quarter.

The Badgers would run 3 plays to gain 5 yards, and after the Hawks stopped the 3rd down run for no gain, they called timeout with 24 seconds left to make the Badgers punt the ball.  But their punt would go out of bounds, and they were nailed for holding on top of that, so Iowa had the ball at the Hawkeye 43 with 15 seconds left.

C.J. is in the gun, and he is looking for either a long bomb, or a 20 something yard pass to get into Koehn’s range, so he does not feel the pressure from his far side, and they drop him for a 8 yard sack.  The clock runs out, and we go to the halftime with the Hawkeye up 10-3.

Af the half, the Badgers have only 44 yards rushing, and are just 1 for 5 on 3rd downs.  A job well done by the Hawkeye defense.  

The Hawks have 152 yards at the half, compared to the Badgers 143.  But the average starting spot for Iowa was the Hawkeye 49 - for the Badgers, their 17.  The Hawks should be up by more than 7.

Also of note, the Hawks rushed for 99 yards in the 1st half - more than the Badger defense had given up combined in their 3 wins so far.  

Of course with Wisconsin starting with the ball, we have the unusual occurrence of Iowa receiving the 2nd half kickoff.  The kick lands at the 15, and bounces toward the end zone, where King snags it at the 5 yard line, and he takes off up the far side numbers.  He gets to the 23 where he runs into a group, and there he stops.  1st and 10 Hawkeyes.

The Hawks come to the line with C.J. under center, Jordan behind him, two wideouts on the left side, and one on the right.  C.J. changes the play at the line.  C.J. snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires it semi deep down the near side hash, but the ball sails past everyone and into the turf.  2nd and 10.

C.J. now goes to the gun, with Jordan to his left, and twin wideouts on each side. But the Hawks are hit again with a delay of game, and it’s now 2nd and 15 from the 18.  Kirk pulls out the notepad.  

From the gun again, C.J. snaps the ball, and he immediately has pressure from his right, he flips the ball forward on what should be a screen to Jordan, but he gets drilled as he lets it go, and the pass falls in-between the Iowa linemen who were expecting to be blocking the screen pass.  3rd and 15.

C.J. goes back under center, with Jordan at tailback, and two wideouts left, one right.  It goes to Jordan and he heads right up the gut - he gets 11 on the effort, but that is 4 yards short, and the Hawks have to bring out the punt team.  Not the start Hawkeye Nation was hoping for.

Kidd’s punt hits the turf at the 35, as the Badger return man is waving everyone away - but he then grabs the ball at about the 29, as the Hawks begin to drill him, but the whistles blow, and the play is dead right there.  Badger 1st down at their 31.

The Badgers start in the offset I, with two wideouts on the right side, but one goes in motion toward the other. It’s a very quick pass to the near side, caught, and the Hawks wrap him up after just 3.  2nd and 7.

Same basic formation, now two wideouts on the left side.  Stave snaps it, drops back, pumps, then fires it to the far sideline, it’s caught, Erickson, right on the yellow, but then he is driven back.  But they spot the ball right on the line, and that is a 1st down for Wisconsin.  

But Erickson does not get up.  The medical team races out, and after a minute or so, he gets up and walks off.  But he would not return, the Badger’s top receiver is no longer available.

Stave is back under center, with an H back to his right, a solo tailback, and a wideout on each side.  He snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires to the far sideline, but it’s too low and no good.  2nd and 10.  

Stave is now in the gun, and as soon as he snaps the ball, flags fly, and the Badgers are hit with a false start.  2nd and 15.

Stave is back under center now, he snaps it, drops, then quickly fires it down the far hash, it’s caught, and the Hawks can’t get him down until he is at the Iowa 42.  That is 22 yards, and a Badger 1st down.

Stave is under center again, with what looks like an old wishbone behind him.  He snaps the ball, drops back, as 2 Hawkeyes are right on him, but he just flips the ball to the near side outlet, caught, and 12 more yards to the Iowa 30, 1st down Wisconsin.

Now Stave tries handing the ball to Deal, and Niemann sees it coming all the way, and he drops him for a 2 yard loss!  2nd and 12.

Stave now back to the gun.  The Hawks go in the berserker mode, Stave snaps it, drops back, then tries to fire the ball down the far hash, but the Hawks tip it, the ball flies forward where Taylor (#19) has a great shot to pick it off, but the Badger receiver hits him, and the ball falls to the turf.  3rd and 12.  We see in the replay, it was King that tipped the ball to begin with.

Back to the gun with two wideouts on his left, and one on his right, a tailback also to his right.  The Iowa D line again standing, moving about.  The Hawkeye defensive backs are all right up at the line.  

Stave snaps the ball, drops, looking left, then he floats the ball deep down the far sideline, as the camera pans, we see King is behind the receiver, and the pass is too short, he leaps and PICKS IT OFF!  as the Badger wideout finally turns around!!!!

That is King’s 5th interception on the year, the Iowa single season record is 8.

Hawkeye 1st and 10, at the 15.  Timeout.

After the break, C.J. is under center, he snaps it, turns, and hands it to Jordan, he steps around a hit in the backfield and goes straight ahead, that gets 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Hawks now to the base formation, C.J. snaps it, and quickly fires to the near side, caught, VandeBerg, but his momentum carries him out after 3. 3rd and 3.

C.J. goes to the gun, Jordan to his left, two wideouts and one tight end on his right, and Smith the Younger on the left side.  He snaps it, takes two steps back, then fires it right over the middle, it’s a tight window, but caught, VandeBerg (who else), that’s a 1st down Hawks at the 24.

C.J. is back under center with the offset I behind him.  He snaps it, drops back, fakes the handoff, play action, he rolls to the far side, then stops and he fires it deep down the far side, as the ball comes down, we see Hillyer is double covered, the ball hits the turf, and from the back, a flag flies in.  It’s pass interference on Caputo, who hits Hillyer’s left hand as he tries to lunge forward, and that is the flag.  15 yards, 1st down Iowa out at the 39!!!

C.J., back under center. He stands up to change the play.  It goes to Jordan, he again goes right into the middle, but he gets tripped up and only nets 2.  

C.J. again changes things once the Hawks line up.  But it goes to Jordan again, and again, the middle, to pick up 3 more, 3rd and 5.

Now back to the gun, C.J. has Jordan to his left, two wideouts on his left, and Smith the Younger spread out to his right.  C.J. snaps it, drops back, is looking downfield, but he never sees the late blitz right up the middle, and he gets hit just as he lets the ball go, and it it comes down at the 42 where Caputo leaps in front of the Iowa receiver and picks it off.  Badger ball, at their 45.  Timeout.

After the break, we see the Heartland Trophy being taken out of it’s display case, to be brought down to the field.  

The Badgers start in the base formation.  The wideout from the near side goes into motion, Stave snaps the ball and hands it to him, the end around, and he gets to the corner, but King knocks him out of bounds after 6 yards, 2nd and 4.

Again with the wishbone look, Stave hands it to Deal, he tries the far side, but only gets about 6 feet, 3rd and 2.

From the same formation, Deal gets the ball again, he goes right up the middle, and the Hawks can’t drop him until he has 6 yards, that is a Badger 1st down at the Hawkeye 40.

The same look again, Stave changes the play at the line.  It goes again to Deal, he tries the middle again, and picks up 7 more.  2nd and 3.

The quasi wishbone again, Deal again, but the Hawks blow it up, and stuff him for a 1 yard loss.  3rd and 4.

Now the Badgers change it up, Stave is in the gun with a tailback to his right, two wideouts to his left, and one to his right.  He snaps it, drops back, has pressure from his right, but he gets the pass off to the near side, caught, 10 yards, a Badger 1st down at the Hawkeye 24. 

Hawk fans are hoping the defense can make the stop here.

Now the Badgers put Dare in the backfield, and he gets the ball, and is immediately hit by Ott, and he drops him for a 4 yard loss!  2nd and 14!!!

Stave now drops back, looks left, then fires it deep middle, as the ball comes down, his receiver gets his hands on it, but he has to bend down to get it, and Lomax flies in and drills him, and the ball falls to the turf.  The Badger fans want the helmet to helmet, but they are not realizing their guy was ducking.  3rd and 14.

And apparently the Badgers are spending too much time griping, as Stave can’t get the snap off, and he is hit with a delay of game, that makes it 3rd and 19!

Stave is in the gun, with the Hawkeye D line again dancing across the line.  Stave snaps it, has immediate pressure from his back side, he starts to roll to the near, then he flips it to the near sideline, caught, but the Hawks wrap him up. Just 5 yards, 4th and 14, and on comes the Badger kick team.

It’s a 46 yard kick, from the near hash, and it’s up, and it’s good. At the 3:40 mark of the 3rd, the Hawkeye lead is now 10-6.  Timeout.

The kickoff lands right at the goal line, King makes the catch, and starts up the far side of the field.  He gets it out to the 21 before the is brought down, and the Hawkeye offense takes the field.  How bout some points boys?

Another Badger is down, as C.J. waits on the sideline, chatting with the coaches.

He walks off the field, as C.J. starts under center, with Jordan behind him, and two wideouts to his left.  He snaps it, turns, fakes the handoff, starts rolling to the far side, he decides to keep it and gun for the far corner, he gets there, but then gets forced out of bounds, 6 yards.  2nd and 4.

No, flags come in, and we see that a Badger clearly hits C.J. once he is out of bounds, that is a personal foul, 15 yards, an Iowa 1st down out at the 43!!!

Hawks to the base formation, C.J. changes things up at the line.  It goes to Jordan, who tries the far side.  He gets about 4, but another flag flies.  The Hawks are hit with a chop block (we never see the replay, we go off to see TCU smoking Texas).  So that is a 1st and 25 from the Iowa 28.

C.J. is under center, he snaps the ball, is looking downfield, then he feels the pressure so he tries to take off, but the Badgers catch him, and that is a 2 yard loss.  2nd and 27.

C.J. is now back in the gun, with Jordan to his right.  He snaps it, as Jordan floats out into the far side flat, pressure comes to C.J. so dumps the ball that way, caught, and Jordan has some blockers as he races up the far sideline.  That gets 14 yards before he is pushed out, so that brings up 3rd and 13.

From the gun again, C.J. snaps it, drops, then plants his back foot and fires it deep down the far hash, as the ball comes down, we see that Smith the Younger is behind the defense, but the pass is too long and no good.  The Hawks are forced to punt again.

Kidd gets his punt off, it’s caught on the run at about the 25, and then he slams into about 3 Hawks, and they drop him at the 28.  1st down Badgers.  Clock at 1:21 of the 3rd.
The Badgers come out with Stave under center, a tailback behind him, a wideout in the slot to the left side, and everyone else bunched up to the line on the near side.  Stave hands the ball to Deal, he tries the near corner, but the Hawks stack it up.  He gets stopped in the scrum, and the whistles blow, and Mabin is nailed for a personal foul.  The replay shows that the officials blew that call.

So that is a Badger 1st down out at their 46.  Stave is in the gun, again with everyone right up by the line, it’s a quick dump off to the near side, caught, 9 yards, 2nd and 1.

Same look, it’s a handoff to Deal, he gets off tackle left, and picks up 10 before another scrum breaks out.   A Badger 1st down, at the Hawkeye 35.  And that brings the 3rd quarter to an end.

After the break, the Badgers again present the wishbone-ish, it goes to Deal, and this time the Hawks drop him after 2 yards.  2nd and 8.

Stave is under center with a solo tailback, and two wideouts to his left.  He snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires it deep down the near side, his receiver gets his hands on it at the 10, and then he doesn’t, no good.  3rd and 8.

Stave to the gun.  The Hawkeye D line, moving.  He snaps the ball, steps back, then floats it deep down the far sideline, as it comes down, Mabin sees the receiver reach up for it, and he sticks his hand in there and knocks it away, no good, 4th down.  

But the Badgers bring on the punt team, it’s a pooch punt, and they catch and down it at the 5.  Iowa ball, 1st and 10, clock at  14:05 of the 4th.  Timeout.

After the break, Iowa starts in the I formation, with two wideouts to the left side. C.J. changes things at the line.  He turns and hands it to Jordan, he tries the right side, and picks up 7 yards, that’s a good start! 2nd and 3.

Same formation.  Jordan gets it again, he goes right up the middle to pick up 4.  1st down Iowa at the 16!

Now the Hawks are in the I with a wideout on each side.  Jordan one more time, middle one more time, 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Jordan departs as Junior takes his place.  It goes to Daniels, he goes straight ahead to pick up 4 more, 3rd and 2.

Now to the Power I formation, just a solo wideout on the left side.  He snaps it, turns, fakes the handoff, then immediately turns and floats it near side, caught, Cox, and he gets hit immediately, but it looks like he comes down right on the yellow line.  But he is marked about a half yard short, and the officials bring out the sticks.  

 I don’t think the ball can be any closer to a 1st down but not be one, and finally the play goes upstairs to review, to see if the spot was correct.

The play is upheld, so it’s 4th and an inch.  And Kirk leaves the offense on the field.

C.J. brings them to the line, and then snaps the ball, the QB sneak, converted.  1st down Iowa, at the  27!

C.J. is now under center, Daniels behind him, and a wideout in the slot on each side.  He snaps it, drops back, is looking downfield, but he gets pressure so he pulls it down and tries for the near corner but he gets hit and loses the ball, it bounces forward about 7 yards, and the Badgers fall on it.  1st and 10 Wisconsin, at the Iowa 27.  The clock at 11:02 of the 4th.

The Badgers come to the line in the wishbone again.  It actually goes to the near side fullback, he tries the near corner, but the Hawks wrap him up after just 3.  2nd and 7.

Stave now to the gun with a tailback to his left, and three wideouts on the far side.  He snaps it, drops, looks far side, but then fires it middle, caught, 13 yards, and the Badgers were at the Iowa 11 with a 1st down.

Stave is still in the gun, he snaps it, looks, does not like it, so he tries to take off, he has room up the middle, but he kind of trips over his own feet, and goes down at the 8.  2nd and 7.

Stave, gun again.  He snaps it, starts right, then flips the pass back middle, the shovel pass, caught, but the Hawks are all over it, no gain, 3rd and 7.

Stave to the gun one more time, he snaps it, and tries a quick pass over the middle, it looks like King breaks it up, but a flag flies, and he is nailed for pass interference.  Iffy.

So now the Badgers have a 1st and goal from the Iowa 4.  From the I formation, Stave hands it to Deal, he plows straight ahead, another scrum ensues, but the Hawkeye defense does not let him in. 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line.

The Badgers come to the line in the power I formation - no wideouts outside the line at all.  Stave snaps it, turns, but he starts to go down, and he reaches out to hand the ball off, but it falls to the turf! and a Badger has a shot at it but he misses!I and Ekakitie PULLS IT IN!!!!  The 4th Badger turnover, that is an Iowa 1st down at their 5 yard line!!!  Timeout, clock at 7:44 of the 4th!

We were to learn what happened in the replay, and why.  As Stave turned, he got stepped on by one of his linemen, that caused him to lose his balance.  But the reason that happened, was Iowa had blasted their way into both the ‘A’ gaps - the space just on each side of the center - and that caused the Badger guard to shift his foot, and that was the foot that caught Stave.  

Iowa comes to the line in the power I.  It goes to Jordan, he starts ahead and sees traffic, so he leaps up over it to pick up another yard or two.  It gains 4, 2nd and 6.

Same formation, same play, Jordan again, 4 more yards, 3rd and 2.

While still huddled up, C.J. takes a timeout.  Clock at 6:28, 3rd and 2 from the Iowa 13.

After the break, the Hawks have C.J. under center, with Jordan at tailback.  He snaps it, fakes the handoff, turns, rolls to the far side, he has a guy at his legs as he tries passing for the far side, but the receiver out there gets taken down while the ball is in the air - and the officials again miss it.

Somebody in the bar says something about the ACC officials - but this is the Big Ten season.  They are supposed to be top notch.

Kidd comes on, and boots his punt 52 yards - the Badger catches it at the 35, and he is forced out at the 41.  A Badger 1st down, clock at 6:12 of the 4th.  

The Badgers come to the line with Stave under center, a tailback behind him, and a wideout in the slot to his left.  It goes to Dare, it starts outside, but then he cuts it upfield, that gets 4, 2nd and 6.

Same formation, Stave snaps it and drops straight back, he is trying for the far side, but he gets hit as his arm is moving forward, and the pass goes straight into the turf.  3rd and 6.

Now from the gun, Stave has 4 spread out wide.  He snaps it, drops back, has pressure, so he fires it for the far side, the pass is there, but the Hawks drill him and it falls to the turf.  But then a flag comes in.

Fisher is nailed for defensive holding, that is a 10 yard penalty, it’s now 1st down Badgers at the Iowa 45.

Now another quick throw to the near side, caught, 11 yards, 1st down Badgers at the Iowa 34.

Now the Badgers hand the ball to Deal, but there is a flag in the middle of the field, and now the Badgers are hit with a chop block, a 15 yard penalty, that is 1st and 25, back at the Iowa 49!!

From the gun with three wideouts to his right, Stave snaps it, and throws it right over the middle, very heavy traffic but caught, 12 yards, 2nd and 13.

Now Stave tries a quick pass to the near side, but it is too high, the receiver just tips the ball into the air, but King is up too far to snag it.  3rd and 13.

Stave to the gun, the Iowa D line to the dance party, he snaps it, drops back, but the pocket collapses almost immediately, and they drop him for a 3 yard sack!  4th down, the Badger punt team takes the field.

The Badger punt lands at the 10, as King is waving everyone away, and it actually bounces backwards 5 yards before the Badgers can down it at the 15.  A Hawkeye 1st down, clock at 3:16 of the 4th.  How about two 1st downs from here boys!

Iowa starts in the I formation.  Jordan gets the ball, but he gets hit in the backfield, and loses 1.  2nd and 11.  The Badgers call timeout with 3:11 left, their first.

Iowa to the power I.  Jordan gets the ball, he heads for the far side, but as he gets the corner he gets hit and loses the ball, but it falls right at the feet of Croston, disaster averted, 3rd and 7.

The Badgers use their 2nd timeout.  Clock at 3:03 of the 4th.

Iowa to the gun.  C.J. has Jordan to his left, three wideouts to the right of the line, and one to the left.  He snaps it, drops back, is looking middle, but then has pressure from the far side, he tries to take off, but gets tripped and goes down, that is a 9 yard sack, and the Iowa punt team must take the field.

The Badgers use their last timeout. Clock at 2:57 of the 4th.

Kidd gets his punt off, and it lands at the Badger 40, that’s 50 yards, and the return guy guns if for the near corner, he picks up 17 yards, but a flag flies.

The Badgers are hit with a block in the back, so they must start back at their 47.  Clock at 2:45.

The Badgers start in the gun, with a tailback to the left of Stave, and three wideouts to the right of the line. Can the Iowa defense make one more stop?

Stave snaps it and quickly fires it for the far side, but it’s too low and no good. 2nd and 10.

Same formation.  Stave hands it to Dare, he tries the middle to pick up 3.  3rd and 7.
Iowa is in the berserker mode, as Stave now has a wideout to the left of the formation.  He snaps it, has pressure up the middle, but he floats it to the near side, and it’s caught and out of bounds, 26 yards, a Badger 1st down at the Iowa 24.  The clock is moving as it dips under 2:00 minutes.

Iowa fans are beginning to have that feeling.  Will this be another gut wrenching loss to the Badgers?

Come on Iowa Defense!!!

Stave is now under center.  He hands it to Dare, he tries to dance around to get away from the pressure, but they wrap him up.  3 yards, 2nd and 7.  The clock is at 1:35 and running.

The Badgers seem a bit confused as they line up, guys moving back and forth as Stave goes to the gun.  He snaps it, drops back, then quickly tries to dump it to the far side - Dare has space, but he takes his eyes off the ball to look upfield - and it falls to the turf.  3rd and 7.

Iowa D line again, standing and moving about.  Stave snaps it and fires it for the far side, caught, but the Iowa defense is there - Fisher, and he shoves the tight end out of bounds.  5 yards - that brings up a 4th and 2.  

Now Iowa calls timeout with 40 seconds left.  4th and 2 from the Iowa 16. 

The Badgers come to the line with Stave in the gun.  A tailback to his left.  Two wideouts on the near side, one on the far, with an H back lined up on the far side.  The Iowa D line is again standing.

Stave snaps it, drops back, stops, plants his back foot, and fires for the far side - his tight end is open, and Stave MISSES HIM!! NO GOOD!!!  IOWA BALL WITH 36 SECONDS LEFT!!!!

C.J. takes one snap in the VICTORY FORMATION, and the Hawks again slowly walk across the field to get the trophy, which they then see has been taken out to the field at the 10 yard line.  So then they sprint, and pick it up, and they carry it over to where the few black clad fans where sitting, and they let the fans reach out and touch the trophy, before loading into the Iowa trunks to return to Kinnick.

Final: Hawkeyes 10, Badgers 6.

Your scribe queues up the Beer Song for the NY Metro Iowa Club.

The week after the offense stole the show, it was the defense that shined this time.

Yes, Stave did complete 21 for 38, for 234 yards.  But obviously almost all of those were the short, we will give you 5 yards type throws.  And when he did try going further down the field - King made him pay twice.  And of course, the fumble he lost on the sack by Ott resulted in the (made) field goal that forced the Badgers to go for it and fail at the end of the game.  

King now has 5 interceptions on the season.  I’ll type it again.  The Iowa single season record - 8.  Shared, but one of the two was Nile Kinnick.

The Badgers could only rush for 86 net, with a long on the day of just 11 yards.  As predicted, by taking that away, Stave could not beat us.

The Iowa defense also forced the 4th and final Badger turnover, the fumble from the 1 yard line.  We are now the only Division 1 school to have not allowed a rushing touchdown on the season.

So a game ball goes to the Iowa defense, who only figures to get better as Ott edges closer to 100% on his left arm, and as the Hawkeye coaches have gotten some of the younger guys in there, who will gain experience as the season goes on.  

The offense, well, they scored enough points to win.  That is, after all, the point of the game.

One week after his best game to date, C.J. has his worst, which I guess just proves he is human after all.  He was just 9 for 21, for 77 yards, with the td pass to Kittle, and the interception when he got drilled on a blitz.  I think part of his off-day passing was the wind, the good Badger defense, and the absence of Smith the Elder.  C.J. did seem to target Smith the Younger at least 4 times, yet none of those connected.  That probably as they had little time in practice with Smith the Younger running with the 1st team.  That should get better this week - and he did show the ability to gain separation from the Badger defensive backs, so I think he will get his first catch (and touchdown) this week.

VandeBerg, 6 of those 9 completed, for 61 yards.  I think 4 of those were under very tight coverage.  So C.J. did do a good job on at least those passes, cramming the ball into very tight spots.

Then Jordan, Kittle, and Cox all with 1 catch each.  Kittle’s of course - the game winning touchdown on a play action play that totally fooled the Badger defense.  I trust the Iowa passing game will look much better this week.

Rushing, Jordan 26 tugs for a buck twenty five, with a long of 19.  No rushing touchdowns this week, so he is stuck at 8 on the season. He returns to the end zone Saturday.

But of course, he did have that 4th quarter fumble. So I think the Iowa coaches need to sprinkle in more carries with the other tailbacks - to keep Jordan fresh at the end of the game.  He is not that big by modern tailback standards, so I think the pounding may be affecting his hold on ability late.  

Hopefully Jr should be closer to 100% this week, so he can look as he did to start the season.  That would take some of the load off of Jordan.

Special teams, well we could have used those extra 3 points to save a bit of our heart rate as the 4th wore on.  I trust Koehn will atone for his miss.  

And Kidd averaged 41.2 on his 5 punts, with a long of 52, and that came in the 4th quarter, which help keep the Badgers at bay.

So, the Hawks got the gut check win that we have been missing of late.   And served notice - that you better beat us before some of our key injured guys come back.  If you don’t, it may be too late.

Week 6: Illinois

And look who should be coming to town for Iowa Homecoming.  That school that we old timers love to hate.

And who still does not have a mascot.

Anyway, the Fighting Illini are 4-1 on the season, so let’s take a look at how they got there.  

Illinois opened up against Kent, and the only real fireworks were the lightening that postponed this game from the first Friday night of the football season to the next day.  And because of that, the game was not televised.  No matter, the Illini won it 52 to 3.

A week later, they hosted Western Illinois, and this was not close either, the Illini dropping the Leathernecks 44-0.

In week 3, the Illini travelled to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina, during that mini ACC Big Ten challenge weekend (Iowa Pitt).  Just 8 miles away, the Mildcats were visiting Duke.

This is the only road game the Illini have had, and it did not go well.

Carolina ran for 254 yards, with 2 guys over 100, and the Illini kicker missed two field goals, but that was academic to the 48-14 final.  Illinois top tailback Ferguson did go for 130 in that one, but it clearly did not help.

Back at home in week 4, the Illini hosted Middle Tennessee.  The Illini defense allowed 330 yards passing, and that Illini kicker had to make a 51 yard field goal with just over 2 minutes left to let Illinois escape 27-25.  

Then last week, Illinois hosted the Huskers to open the Big Ten season.

Nebraska scored the first 13 pointx, and as Ferguson was not playing after the 1st quarter (a shoulder injury), the Illini did not get on the bored until the 13:21 mark of the 4th to make the score 13-7.

But the game came down to bone headed plays by the Huskers.  With under a minute left and facing a 3rd and 7, Husker QB Armstrong was supposed to roll out in to a running play, as Illinois was out of timeouts and could not stop the clock.  He didn’t, he passed the ball, and it was no good, stopping the clock.  And instead of trying a 44 yard field goal (the ball was on the Illini 27), the Huskers tried another pass on 4th down, and it too was no good. The Illini had the ball at their 27, with 51 seconds left.

After two passes that completed 15 then 50 yards, the Illini were at the Nebraska 7.  Over the next 5 plays, the Illini would fail to pass the ball into the end zone, but on two occasions, the Nebraska defense committed a pass interference in the end zone.  Finally, on the 6th attempt from the Husker 1, they succeed with 10 seconds left.  And the extra point made the final, Illinois 14, Nebraska 13.

One interesting note - this week, Badgers at Huskers, 3:30 pm, ABC/ESPN2.  The loser, 0-2 in the conference, and division, and out of the Big Ten West title hunt after two weeks.

The Illini are lead by junior QB Wes Lunt, #12.  To date, 111 for 191, for 1,107 yards, with 8 tds, and 2 interceptions.  That 58.1% completion rate, not great for a guy who played all last year.

He is not a running threat QB.  To date, -31 net yards on sacks.

And we are pretty certain that top tailback Ferguson will not be able to go with that shoulder injury, so the carries will go to Vaughn, #5, a freshman running back, who has 76 carries for 325 yards, with 2 touchdowns.  

The next highest rusher only has 18 carries, so it will be Vaughn’s show.  Iowa will be focusing on him.

Senior Allison, #8, is the top pass catcher, with 32 catches for 453 yards, and 2 scores.  

The Illini defense has played well, but when you consider the bad loss, and the train wreck that is Nebraska, you can’t say they have played a well balanced and efficient offense of late.  

In other interesting stats, the Illini senior kicker Zalewsky is just 6 for 11 on field goals.  And when it comes to punting, they only net 31.2 per kick - #122 in the country.  And they give up punt return yards to the average of 13.8 (#107).  King - now it is time to bring one back.

We don’t have to worry about the Iowa players looking ahead to the showdown with the Mildcats next week.  As they showed against North Texas, you had better be ready to go when the gun sounds, and if you are not, it will be a long day.  

Jordan and crew go for 240 on the ground, and that opens up the play action for C.J., who not only hits Duzey and Smith the Younger for tds, but also HKC and he runs one in for himself.  

Sorry Illini, this will remind you of your trip to North Carolina.  

Hawkeyes 38, Illini 16.

GO HAWKS!!!

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