November 12, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2015 Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 11: Rodents @ Hawkeyes, 11/12/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 9-0, 5-0 Big Ten, 3-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 8th  up 2
USA Today: 8th  up 3
College Football Playoff: 5th  up 4
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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, WIN 31-15
November 7th, @ Indiana, WIN 35-27
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: Purdue @ Mildcats, 12:00 pm, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 14th, 2015  Iowa v. Minnesota Golden Rodents, 4-5, 1-4 Big Ten, 1-2 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 108, Rodents lead 62-44-2
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 14, Rodents 51

Kinnick Color of the Week: Blackout

Current Line: Iowa -12

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #1, FBS #6

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #13

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
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Offense
Total   412.0  Pass 207.0  Rush 205.0  Scoring 32.9
B1G    #5              #11                #2                    #4
FBS    #56            #86               #33                   #47
Defense  
Total   300.9  Pass 199.4  Rush 101.4    Scoring 16.6
B1G    #3              #7                 #3                   #4
FBS    #12            #40               #9                   #8
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Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                   9-0, 5-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West
Wisconsin    8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern    7-2, 3-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West
Illinois            5-4, 2-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Nebraska            4-6, 2-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Minnesota    4-5, 1-5 B1G, 1-2 B1G West
Purdue            2-7, 1-4 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
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Week 10: Indiana

As we head to Bloomington, we see Kirk leading the Hawks off of the bus.  Then the usual pregame banter, were the booth points out that the Hawks just need to win 3 of the last 4 to clinch a spot in the Big Ten title game.  

And then we hear that Sudfeld has been waiting for this game since the Hawks knocked him out for the season in the win last year.  

Then as we go to the commercial break, out to the parking lot, where all we see are tailgating Hawkeyes.  Sure, there must of been some Hoosiers out there.  A few, anyway.  

Now we are back to the field, Iowa has won the toss and taken the ball, per usual.

King catches the kickoff at the 4 - he starts up the near hash, across the 10, the 15, the 20, then he cuts it left and crosses the 25, the 30, and he is finally caught and downed at the 34!  1st and 10 Hawkeyes.

C.J. brings out the Iowa offense and they huddle up.  Now to the line, he is under center, Wadley also behind him, two wideouts on the right side.  At the line, he steps back and calls out a play change, or maybe his protection plan.  He snaps it, turns, hands it to Wadley, he tries off tackle - left, and soon the hole closes and he only picks up 1.  2nd and 9 at the Iowa 35.

Now the Hawks come out in the I formation - C.J. has two wideouts to the right of the line, and one to the left.  He snaps it, drops, is looking downfield, then he turns and hands it to Wadley, the draw play, he takes it across the 35, then he sharply cuts it left at about the 38, and he gets through the hole and he is in the clear!!! Across the 45, the 50, the 40, and no Hoosiers are gaining ground, across the 20, the 10, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!  65 yards, and just 50 seconds into the game, Koehn comes in and makes it 7-0 Hawkeyes!!!

Koehn lands his kickoff about 8 yards deep, just inside the near sideline, touchback, no return.  Indiana from the 25, 1st and 10.

Indiana comes out in the pistol formation, with two wideouts to the left, and one to the right.  Sudfeld snaps it, runs a quasi read/option, hands it to Howard, and he goes right up the middle to pick up 6 before the Hawks wrap him up.  2nd and 4.

The Hoosiers to the same formation.  The ball is snapped, he fakes the handoff, then fires it short to the far side, caught, and across the yellow line, before Mabin can shove him out.  8 yards, 1st down Hoosiers at their 39.

Now Sudfeld is alone in the gun, with two wideouts on each side.  He snaps it, drops, then quickly fires it over the middle, but to who we are not sure, as Taylor gets his hand on it but can’t pick it off.  2nd and 10.  

We are seeing the replay as the Hoosiers snap the ball, it’s a handoff to Howard, and he goes straight ahead and picks up 12 yards, 1st down Indiana at the Iowa 49.

But then we see a flag is on the field, and King is nailed for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, as the tackle was being made, we see him shove a Hoosier away from the pile.  Eh, maybe, but that is 15 yards, and a Hoosier 1st down at the Iowa 34.


Sudfeld is in the gun with a tailback to his left, he snaps it, Iowa blitzes, so he tries dumping it nearside to his tailback, but the pass is just off his finger tips, and had he caught it he would have been drilled for a 2 yard loss. 2nd and 10.

Now Sudfeld hands it to tailback Redding, he tries the middle, and just picks up 3.  3rd and 7.

Redding gets the ball again, this time off tackle, left, and he turns the corner and picks up 10.  1st down Hoosiers at the Iowa 21.

Back to the pistol.  Sudfeld runs the quasi read/option (quasi, as he is not a running QB, so Iowa should not be hedging, waiting to see who carries the ball - just attacking).  It goes to Redding again, but he can only get about 2 feet before the Hawks wrap him up.  2nd and 9.

Howard is back in there, he gets the ball and tries middle, he gets about 5 yards before the Hawks swarm him.  3rd and a long 4.

From the gun, Sudfeld snaps it, looks left, then comes back and takes the short route right, caught, but Jewel flies in and drops him for no gain! 4th and 4, and on comes the Indiana kick team.

It’s just a 32 yard kick, it starts at the right upright, but then it curls on through, and the Hawkeye lead is now 7-3, clock at 10:09 of the 1st.  Timeout.

After the break, we see the Hoosier kickoff land about 9 yards deep, touchback, Iowa ball at the 25.

We then see a quick feature on C.J.’s family, the 4 Super Bowls his grandpa won as a GM, and all the top county stars his dad has written songs for.  And then the 9-0 mark C.J. has authored at Iowa, the best start for a Hawkeye QB in Iowa Football history.

Now to the field, C.J. is under center, a wideout on each side, and Wadley alone at tailback.  He snaps it, drops back, looks left, then comes back and fires it down the near hash, caught, Smith (the Elder), and down, 16 yards, 1st down Iowa at the 41!!

Now to the I formation, it’s Jr at tailback, he gets the ball, and just plows straight ahead, that picks up 7, 2nd and 3!

Jr gets the ball again, he tries the middle, but this time gets tripped up, -1, so now it’s 3rd and 4.

C.J. is in the gun, with Mitchell to his right, the wideout trio just to the left of the offensive line, essentially in the slot.  He snaps it, looks, then quickly fires it right over the middle, HKC, but the bullet for a 5 yard pass was too hot to handle, and it falls to the turf.  4th down, and on comes the Iowa punt team.

 Kidd gets his kick away, it comes down and goes out of bounds, and the ball is marked at the Hoosier 20.  Just a 33 yard kick.  Timeout.

After the break, Sudfeld is again in the pistol, he snaps it, hands it to Howard, he goes straight ahead, but runs right into the pile, so he turns it near side and gets it out to just across the 30 for a Hoosier 1st down.

Now from a very short pistol, he snaps it, looks middle, then tries to float it to Howard on the near side but the pass is tipped, and no good.  2nd and 10.

Indiana has wideouts spread across the field, but Howard gets the ball again, tries the middle, and picks up 4.  3rd and 6.

Sudfeld snaps the ball, is looking down field, but as the pocket closes he flips it far side, caught, Howard, and he races for the far corner and plows through a tackle and across the yellow line, 9 yards, 1st down Indiana at their 42.

Now back to the regular pistol, he snaps it, turns, hands it to another tailback, Majette, and he tries the right side but gets stuffed for nada. 2nd and 10.

Sudfeld snaps the ball, he is looking downfield, but then he takes the under on the near side, caught, his tight end, and he starts to fall down just at the yellow line.  It goes for 9, so it’s a 3rd and 1.

Indiana comes to the line and quickly snaps the ball, Sudfeld keeps it, and just tries to dive ahead, it’s hard to tell how far he gets, but he picks up the 1st down at the Iowa 47.

From the pistol again, Majette gets the ball, tries middle, but only gets 2. 2nd and 8.

Now from the gun, with Majette to Sudfeld’s left, and they sport the trio of wideouts in the triangle pattern just off the right side of the O line.  He snaps it, turns, flips it to his tailback, he tries going for the far corner, but Jewel flies in and drills him for a 1 yard loss!  3rd and 9!

From the gun again, Sudfeld snaps it, stands, it looking deep, but then pressure comes quickly for the far side, to he tries dumping it for for Majette, he makes the catch but then gets plastered by Taylor, it only gains 3, 4th and 5, and on comes the Hoosier punt team.

The kick comes down just inside the near sideline, and at the 5, King makes the fair catch.  Timeout.

After the break, Iowa comes out in the power I.  It goes to Wadley, he tries middle, and picks up about 5.  2nd and 5.

Now to the single back look, C.J. changes the play at the line.  He snaps the ball, turns, hands it Wadley, he tries the left side of the line, but the Hoosiers are all over it, and he loses a yard.  3rd and a long 6.  

Now to the gun with Mitchell to C.J.’s right, He snaps it, drops back, is looking left, then he fires it over the middle, caught, Hillyer, he gets hit but falls down across the yellow line, 7 yards, and a Hawkeye 1st down at their 16!

C.J. is alone in the gun, as the booth talks about all the Iowa O linemen in the NFL.  He snaps it, drops back, then quickly fires it far side, caught, Hillyer at the 20, he then spins and gets around the corner, and takes off up the far sideline, across the 25, the yellow line, and he is finally forced out at the Iowa 31, 15 yards, another Hawkeye 1st down!!!

Iowa gets to the line, and C.J. steps back from center to bark out his play.  Wadley leans in to listen.  C.J. snaps the ball, drops, turns, looks to Wadley, no, pulls it down, stands, and fires it far side - caught, Smith (the Elder), at the 40, and he gets around the corner to race up the far sideline to the Indiana 47, 22 yards, and a Hawkeye 1st down!!!

Now C.J. drops back and quickly fires it down the far hash, caught, Smith again, 12 more yards, and  a Hawkeye 1st down at the Indiana 35!  

That brings an end to the 1st quarter with the Hawks up 7-3.  Timeout.

After the break, C.J. is under center, Wadley behind him, two wideouts to their right, and one on the left.  It goes to Wadley, straight ahead, that picks up about 2. 2nd and 8.

Now C.J. snaps the ball, fakes the handoff, stands, and then fires it down the far hash, caught, Hillyer, in heavy traffic, and he gets stacked up but hangs on, 20 more yards, and Iowa 1st down at the Indiana 13!!!

Now the Hawks show the I formation.  It goes to Jr, he tries the right side, gets across the line, but then hits the pile, but he does not go down, and he gets about 2 more yards before he is tackled, that nets a long 3.  2nd and 7.

To the power I again, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands it to Jr, he starts outside left, no, cuts it upfield, again to the left, no, ahead, and he gets 6 and is down just inside the yellow line.  3rd and a short 1, from the Indiana 4.

Once again to the power I, C.J. snaps it, hands it to Jr, he starts head, but then cuts it left, and he just strolls on in, TOUCHDOWN IOWA, the drive, 95 yards in 11 plays, and Koehn makes it 14-3!!!

Timeout.

Koehn gives no return.  1st down Indiana at their 25.

Indiana snaps the Ball, Sudfeld kind of starts running forward, then he just dumps it off.  But that gains 14 for a Hoosier 1st down at their 39.

But Iowa would kill the drive from here.  Their punt would land at about the Iowa 10, and King lets it bounce, and it rolls down to the Iowa 7 and is downed there. 1st down Hawks, clock at 11:02 of the 2nd quarter.  Timeout.

After the break the Hawks are in the power I, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands to Wadley, he starts straight ahead and picks up 3, 2nd and 7 from the 10.

Wadley gets the ball one more time, tries the middle, and picks up about 2 yards, 3rd and 5.

C.J. is in the gun with Mitchell to his left, he snaps it, looks, then tries the underneath pass up the middle, but the pass is batted down at the line, no good, and on comes the Iowa punt team.

From the end zone, it’s not Kidd back there, it’s Koehn, he catches it and runs his rugby style kick, it lands at the Indiana 47 and rolls down to the 43, where the Hawks down it.  A 45 yard kick, no return.  1st and 10 Indiana from their 43.

Indiana comes out with Sudfeld in the gun, Howard to his left, one wideout to the left side, and two to the right.  He snaps the ball, is looking middle, but has pressure, so he pulls it down, runs toward the near sideline, then flips the ball forward, but the Hawks are closer to catching it then the Hoosiers are, no good, 2nd and 10.

Now the Hoosiers run essentially their own jailbreak screen, the pass is caught, and he picks up 20 yards before the Hawks can bring him down.  1st down Indiana at the Iowa 37.

Now back to the pistol, Sudfeld snaps it, turns, hands it to Howard, he starts to sweep left, but then he cuts it all the way outside - the Hawks have a chance to knock him out, but miss, and he races down the far sideline as the Hawks try to beat him to the corner and fail, touchdown Hoosiers, 37 yards, and the Iowa lead is cut to 14-10, 8:53 left in the 2nd.  Timeout.

After the break, King catches the kickoff at about the 2 and he starts straight ahead, he gets it out to the 22. 1st and 10 Hawkeyes.

Iowa starts in the I formation, with solo wideout on each side.  It goes to Jr, he starts right, then cuts it outside and gets the corner turned!  He picks up 15, and that is an Iowa 1st down at their 37!

C.J. completes about a 20 yard pass to VandeBerg, but fullback Cox is called for holding - iffy, so the catch is wiped out, and Iowa now has a 1st and 20 at the 27.

Now C.J. hits VandeBerg on the near side, but it’s a short pass and he gets pushed out, 4 yards, 2nd and 16.  

Now the Hawks try to run a screen pass to VandeBerg, but the Hoosiers don’t buy it, and they drop him for a 2 yard loss.  3rd and 18.

Now C.J. hits VandeBerg for 24 yards and an apparent 1st down, but another flag flies, and Iowa is hit for holding again.  Meyers, and now Iowa has a 3rd and 28 from their 19 yard line.

The play clock is winding down and it looks like Iowa will be nailed with a delay of game, but Kirk gets the timeout called.  

After the break, C.J. is in the gun.  He snaps it, looks, but has pressure, so he pulls it down and takes off for the near sideline - he actually picks up 11 yards and looks fine while doing it, but that brings up 4th and 17, so on comes the Iowa punt team.

Kidd’s punt lands at the 23, Iowa should have him dead to rights there, but he gets out and gets 7 yards before the Hawks get him down.  1st down Indiana from their 30.

But there is a penalty on the punt, so Iowa is kicking again, and this time the fair catch is made at the 30.  1st down Indiana, from the same place.

The Hoosiers are again in the pistol, Sudfeld snaps it, turns, hands it to Redding, he gets 5 yards going straight ahead.  2nd and 5.

Now Sudfeld is in the gun with the offset tailback - he snaps it, fakes the handoff, then he flips it down the far sideline, but it’s too high and no good, 3rd and 5.

From the offset gun again, Sudfeld snaps it, is looking deep, but then takes the under to the far side, caught, and then he turns and steps out of bounds, and it looks like he steps out before the yellow line, and that this spin occurred after he was out of bounds but the official marks it right on the yellow line and signals first down.  And the Hawks can’t believe it.  It does go to review, and we go to break.  

The call is upheld, and Indiana has a 1st and 10 from the Hoosier 40.  

Sudfeld is in the gun again, it goes to Howard from the pistol, he tries the far side, and picks up about 7.  2nd and 3.

Indiana is quickly to the line, Sudfeld snaps it, fakes, then fires it deep down the near hash, caught, 23 yards, a Hoosier first down at the Iowa 29.

From the pistol again, Howard gets the ball, he goes left and somehow gets through the line untouched, a Hawk finally his a chance at him at the 5, but he can’t make the tackle, and Howard walks in for the touchdown and the Hawkeyes train 17-14 with 3:52 left in the 2nd quarter. 

After the break, King catches the kickoff at the 3 yard line on the far side of the field, he starts up, the cuts it across toward the near side, across the 20, the 25, and he tries to cut it back to the middle but that hits traffic, so he goes down at the 35.  But a great start, can the Iowa offense respond?

Iowa stats with C.J. under center, Wadley alone behind him.  C.J. snaps it, turns, hands it off, he launches straight ahead, but there is traffic there, so he only gains 3.  2nd and 7.

Now C.J. drops back, looks, then fires it over the middle for Smith (the Elder), it hits his hands but is dropped, and he gets drilled, and he is lying there on the ground, but then he gets up, and then goes down again.  And then a flag comes in, and the player that flew into him is called for targeting, and that goes to a review.

And it is upheld, and #2 for the Hoosiers, Simmons, is ejected, and that is a 15 yard penalty, so it’s an Iowa 1st down at the 47.

Meanwhile, Smith is still down.  But then he gets up and walks off with a trainer on either side of him. 

After the break, C.J. is in the gun, he snaps it, looks, then he fires it deep down the near hash, Smith (the Younger) does not seem to know the pass is coming to him, and the ball hits his down turned arm, and then is almost picked off.  He is shaking his head as he jogs back to the huddle - if he had turned around, I think that would have been a touchdown.  

2nd and 10.  C.J. is under center, Wadley behind him, and three wideouts spread across the field.  He snaps it, turns, hands it off, Wadley has a HUGE hole to the left and he heads that way, across the green line, then at the 40 he cuts it all the way outside, and he is finally forced out at the Hoosier 30, 17 yards, and a Hawkeye 1st down!!!

From under center with Wadley alone behind him, he snaps it, fakes the handoff, turns and rolls toward the far side, then he snaps off a pass that way, caught, Kittle, and his defender overruns the play, so he starts for the far sideline and gets it out to just short of the yellow line, 9 yards, 2nd and 1 from the Hoosier 21!

Now to the I formation, Jr gets the ball, he gets kind of stood up at the line, but he falls forward across the yellow line, 1st down Iowa, ball at the Indiana 19.
Jr, one more time, but this time, only 1. 2nd and 9.

Now C.J. drops back, looking, then fires it to the end zone down the near hash, VandeBerg leaps, but can’t pull it down. 3rd and 9, and there are just 33 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.

C.J. is in the gun with Mitchell to his right.  But then the whistles blow, and Indiana has called timeout.  

After the break, Iowa comes out in the same formation - C.J. snaps it, drops back, is looking left, then he cocks his arm and fires it that way, caught, Hillyer, right at the yellow line, and he drops to brace for the hit and hangs on, 1st down Iowa at the 7 yard line!!!

The clock is at 27 seconds.  Iowa huddles up.  C.J. to the line, he snaps the ball, drops back, then tries firing it to near corner, but the pass is knocked down at the line.  2nd and goal from the 7, clock at 23 seconds.

C.J. now to the gun - Wadley to his left.  VandeBerg in the slot to the right, with Smith (the Younger) outside him.  C.J. snaps it, takes about two steps back, then he pulls it down and cuts for the near side, across the 5 he stiff arms a defender to the ground, then at the 3 he dives forward and across the goal line, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!

But in replays the ball is knocked out of his hands as he is flying through the air.  The play is called a touchdown, and it goes to review.  And the play stands, and Koehn comes in and makes the score 21-17.  But as he landed, C.J. took a hard hit, (on the ground), and the booth is wondering how he will be in the 2nd half.  Timeout.

After the break, Indiana brings the kickoff out to the 40 yard line.  There are 9 seconds left as the Indiana offense takes the field.  

Sudfeld is looking downfield, but then he takes the under on the near side, caught and he gets a long 10 for a 1st down just across midfield.

Indiana calls timeout with 2 seconds left.  

For the final play of the half, Sudfeld is running around, the Hawks only rush 3, but they do a good job not letting him take off, and he finally fires it deep down the far sideline, but as it comes down only the Hawkeyes are there, and they knock the ball to the turf, and that brings the 1st half to an end.

Iowa leads, 21-17.  But Indiana’s offense has shown signs of life - can the Hawks put them away in the 2nd?

We see the usual halftime recaps, and then the Hawks are kicking off.  Indiana makes the catch about 1 yard deep in the end zone, he brings it out up the far hash, and he gets to the 22 and the Hawks then wrap him up.  1st and 10 Indiana, let’s see if the Hawkeye defense can quickly kill the 1st drive, and set the tone for the 2nd half.  

As Indiana lines up, we see the Kirk coming-out-of-halftime video, he mentions C.J. is tough and is good to go.  Then the Hoosiers snap the ball, Sudfeld looks downfield, but then tries a quick dump off down the nearside hash, but Jewel is right there to knock it away.  2nd and 10.

Indiana, quickly to the line, back in the pistol, with an H back to Sudfeld’s right.  He snaps it, turns, hands it to Howard, he tires the middle but only gets about 3.  3rd and 7.

Now to the gun with Howard to his left, the Hawkeye D line is again in the standing attack mode.  He snaps it, looks, then quickly fires to to the far side, his tight end reaches up and grabs it then steps out of bounds.  That goes for 11 yards and picks up the Hoosier 1st down at the 36.

Quickly Sudfeld snaps it, it goes to Howard, he tries the left side, but the Hawks blow it up - Jewel flies in and drops him for a 2 yard loss!  2nd and 12!

Back to the gun, Howard is to his right and about a yard behind him, an H back to his left about a yard in front of him.  He snaps the ball, fakes the handoff to Howard, then pulls it down, starts running toward the near side as the Hawks are in hot pursuit, so as he approaches the near hash he just flips the ball forward - his tight end is wide open, and he drops it!!!   3rd and 12!

This time, when Sudfeld snaps the ball, the Hawks bring the blitz - as soon as he drops back, the pocket collapses, and he has to step up, but he can’t take off, and the Hawks down him right on the LOS!!!  4th down, and on comes the Indiana punt team.

The kick comes down at the Iowa 22, and King makes the fair catch.  Iowa 1st and 10, clock at 12:50 of the 3rd.  

We get the night time game promo with a shot of the sun going down, and then Iowa is snapping the ball as we return to the field, Wadley gets it, heads left, then at the 28 he cuts it all the way outside, gets around the corner, and picks up 11 yards before he is pushed out. A Hawkeye 1st down at their 33!

Wadley gets the ball again, he goes straight ahead this time, and picks up 8 more.  2nd and 2.  

C.J. is now under center, Wadley alone behind him, a wideout on each side.  The Iowa base formation.  He snaps it, turns, Wadley again, straight ahead for 4, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 45.

Now C.J. has 3 wideouts in the set, and Jr back behind him.  He snaps it, drops, is looking, but the pressure comes, so he pulls it down and races for the far side - as he gets about to the Iowa 49 he dives forward, which I guess was supposed to be his slide, either way it picks up 6 yards, 2nd and 4 from the Hoosier 49!

We are hearing a breakdown of just what type of groin injury they think C.J. has, as Iowa goes to the I formation, C.J. snaps it, turns, hands it to Jr, he starts straight ahead and picks up about 3.  That brings up a 3rd and 1.

As soon as Iowa is set, C.J. snaps it, it’s the QB sneak, converted, 1st down Iowa at the Indiana 43.

C.J. is now under center, with Mitchell behind him, as Wadley left the game for a moment.  C.J. snaps it, and as he steps back, he gets stepped on by a lineman, as he goes down he does get the ball to Mitchell but the timing is off and he gets hit int the backfield and loses 2.  2nd and 12.

C.J. now to the gun, Mitchell to his right.  He snaps it, drops back, looks middle, then quickly floats it to Mitchell in the flat, caught, at the 43, a defender comes in, but Mitchell braces himself, and bounces off the hit!  He gets about 4 more yards before he is forced out, that gains 8 yards, so it’s 3rd and 4.

Now to the I formation, with Jr at the tailback.  C.J. snaps it, turns, gives it to Jr, he goes right straight ahead, gets hit, but falls down across the yellow line!  5 yards, 1st down Hawkeyes at the 32!

Now Jr is alone at tailback, C.J. has a wideout to his right, and two on the left.  C.J. changes the play at the line.  It goes to Jr, he goes straight again, this gets about 3 yards, 2nd and 7.

From right in the middle of the field, C.J. bring them to the line in the same formation.  Jr gets it again, right up the middle again, 3 more yards. 3rd and 4.

From the same formation again, C.J. snaps it, Indiana blitzes, so he quickly fires it for the far side, where Smith seems to be clearly hit before the ball gets there, and though the ball flies into the far sideline, the defender drives Smith into the ground.  He gets up and kind of shoves the defender as the officials step between them.  4th and 4.

And Kirk leaves the offense on the field.  C.J. goes to the gun, Mitchell is there to his right.  He snaps it, takes 2 steps back, then immediately fires the ball to the near side, but the pass is knocked down at the line, and the Hawks have turned the ball over at the Indiana 26.  That would have been a 43 yard field goal - clearly within Koehn’s range - but perhaps his shakiness of late was factoring into Kirk’s mind.  Iowa still leads 21-17, clock at 6:43 of the 3rd.  Timeout.

The Iowa defense would force the 3 and out, mainly as a Hoosier receiver drops a pass the would have gained about 20 yards.  The punt lands at the Iowa 30, where King makes the fair catch, although it did seem like he had some room to run.  1st down Iowa, clock at 5:52.  Timeout.

This drive starts with C.J. launching a deep pass to Smith - who has about 3 yards on his defender - and the pass is too long and no good.  If good, a td all the way.

2nd and 20, C.J. hits Smith (the Younger), he makes the catch on the far side then gets pushed out -  it looks like he might be at the yellow line, but they mark him a yard short.  3rd and 1.

The Hawks bring in the power I, it goes to Jr, he tries going straight, but can only get back to the LOS. 4th down, and the Hawks probably wished they could start that drive again.  On comes Kidd.  

Kidd’s punt lands at the 16, as the Indiana return man runs away from it, and the Hawks down it at the 10 yard line. 1st and 10 Hoosiers, clock at  4:30 of the 3rd.  Timeout.

After the break, Sudfeld is in the gun, with Howard offset behind him.  He gets it, plows right ahead, and picks up about 4.  2nd and 6.

From the same basic look, Sudfeld snaps it, looks, then takes the under to the far side, it’s Howard, caught, he gets hit immediately, and clearly never gets to the yellow line, but the side judge comes in and marks him right on it. Even the booth can’t believe the spot, and there the ball stays, as the significant portion of the fans who are in black and gold start booing.  

So with the 1st and 10, Indiana hands it to Howard, he picks up 5.

Howard again, the toss sweep, 4 more yards, 3rd and 1.

One more time, the middle, about 3 yards, that is enough.  1st down Hoosiers at their 31.

This play is a pass to the near side, but it’s into double coverage, and the pass sails out of bounds. 2nd and 10.

Redding is now the tailback, he gets it, and only gets about 3.  3rd and 7.

From the gun of course, Sudfeld snaps it, drops back, has pressure so he pulls it down, and takes off toward the near sideline - as he gets to about the 42 he dives forward.  It’s enough, 1st down Indiana at their 44.

Now a handoff to Redding, he tries the left side, that gets 4.  2nd and 6.

Redding gets the ball again, but this time to the right side, and he gets through the line and picks up 16 yards before the Hawks can get him down. A Hoosier 1st down right there.  

During the replay, Indiana hands it to Redding again, he tries the left side this time, and the Hawks bottle it up after just 2.  2nd and 8, and that brings and end to the 3rd quarter.  Timeout.

After the break, Howard gets the ball, right up the middle, and picks up about 7.  3rd and 1.

Howard gets the ball again, this time he tries the left side, gets the corner turned, and gets to the Iowa 12 before they force him out.  1st and 10 Hoosiers from the Iowa 12 yard line.  

On 1st down, Sudfeld is trying to set up a wideout screen, but then he just throws the ball into the ground.  And we see why - King was right there. The booth points out that 88 yard pick 6 the week prior was on a jailbreak type screen that King sniffed out.  2nd and 10.

Now they hand it to Majette, but his dancing around only nets 2.  3rd and 8 from the Iowa 10.

Indiana now has 3 wideouts to the right of the formation, and 1 to the left.  Sudfeld snaps it, drops back, gets happy feet as he starts toward the far side, no, he comes back to the middle, then starts racing toward the near side, it looks like he might try for the corner pylon, but then he fires the ball into the end zone, and his receiver dives but can’t make the catch, and the Iowa defense has held.  4th and 8, and the Indiana kick team took the field.

It is just a 28 yard kick and it is good.  And the score is now Iowa 21, Indiana 20, with the clock at 13:22 of the 4th.  Timeout.  Can the Iowa offense respond?

The kickoff lands about 9 yards deep in the end zone, so Iowa starts from their 25.  1st and 10.

The booth points out this is a big series for the Iowa offense.  

Iowa starts in the I formation, with a wideout to the right, and two to the left.  C.J. snaps it, stands, then immediately fires it to the near side, caught, Smith (the Elder), it goes for 5 yards, but then a flag flies.  And it’s a hands to the face personal foul on Indiana, that is a 15 yard penalty, and Iowa has a fresh 1st down out at their 45!!

From here, C.J. tries a bootleg to the near side, he then takes the under, Kittle, but the pass is low, and he dives for it but can’t haul it in.  It would have only gone for 1 anyway.  2nd and 10.

Now the Hawks are flagged for a false start.  That makes it 2nd and 15.

Mitchell now gets the ball, he tries the near side, that gets about 4. So that brings up 3rd and 11.

C.J. to the gun, Mitchell to his right, three wideouts to the strong side of the field, and one on the flip side.  C.J. snaps it, drops back, then he has pressure in his face, so he pulls it down and starts for the far side - he crosses the far hash as pressure from Indiana races up into his face - but then he pulls his arm back and throws the ball across his body, dangerous, but then the camera finds VandeBerg, he makes the catch and then dives down across the yellow line, 12 yards, 1st down Iowa at the Hoosier 44!!!!

Now C.J. has to run away from pressure, and he tries a deep pass to VandeBerg inside the 5, but it’s too far in from of him and no good.  2nd and 10.

C.J. now to the gun.  He snaps it, looks, then fires it over the middle, caught, HKC, he shakes off one tackle, then puts his head down as another comes in, and then as the player grabs him he leaps forward and sticks out his arm, and it comes down across the yellow line, 11 yards, 1st down Iowa at the 33!!

C.J. is now under center, he snaps the ball, drops back, is looking middle, then he throws it deep town the near hash, and as the camera pans, VandeBerg makes the catch at the 12, and he is across the 10, the 5, and finally dropped at the 2 yard line!!! 1st and goal Iowa!!!!

Iowa to the super Power I - no wideouts spread out from the line.  It goes to Jr, he plows right ahead, gets hit but falls forward to the 1.  2nd and goal.  

Same look, Jr gets the ball and starts left, then cuts it back middle, and he dives across the goal line, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!! And Koehn makes it 28-20 with the clock at 10:07 of the 4th!!

Koehn gives no return.

Indiana, 1st and 10 from the 25.  Sudfeld would try 2 passes, but both would be no good, that brought up a 3rd and 10.

Iowa has the D line up an moving about.  Sudfeld snaps it, drops back, is looking middle, but the pocket just vanishes and the Hawks drop him for a 7 yard sack!!!  Niemann and Bower!  On comes the Indiana punt team.

The punts lands at the Indiana 39 where King makes the fair catch.  Clock at 9:13, if the Indiana offense needed to sustain a drive to give their defense a break, that was not it.  

After the break, C.J. tries again for Smith on a deep throw inside the 10, but again they are off, and it’s no good.  Probably the lack of practice C.J. has had the past couple weeks had the deep timing off.  

This time, C.J. tries for Smith (the Younger) running an out route about 18 yards down the field - he dives for the ball and gets his fingers on it, but can’t pull it in.  3rd and 10.

From the gun again, C.J. snaps it, drops back, the Hoosiers blitz, but he stands in there, and then uncorks a frozen rope across the middle, caught, HKC, and down across the yellow line, 11 yards, 1st down Iowa at midfield!!!

Now C.J. is under center. He snaps it, turns, Jr, he plows right into the line - gets some space, gets about 9 yards, the pile forms, but Iowa shoves the pile another 5 yards!  That is 14 total, 1st down Iowa at the Hoosier 36!!!

Jr gets it again, but that only picks up 1.  2nd and 9

C.J. now to the gun - he snaps it, Indiana blitzes, but he steps up and shoots a laser down the near side hash, VandeBerg, caught at the 15, he bounces off a tackle and keeps going!! But then he gets tripped up at the 11, that Is a Hawkeye 1st and 10 from just outside the Indiana 10 yard line!!!

Iowa to the power I - one wideout to the right side.  It goes to Jr, but he can only get back to the LOS.  2nd and 10.

C.J. is under center with Jr behind him, two wideouts on the left side, one on the right.  He snaps it, fakes the handoff, then rolls to the far side, as he gets to the far hash he takes the under, caught, Kittle,  right on the ’10’ on the far side of the field, and he is in space!  Across the 10, the 5, and then he thinks, ‘if the hobbled C.J. can do it, I can do it’ and at the 3 he leaps into the air and across the goal line, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  And Koehn makes it 35-20 as the clock sits at 6:03 of the 4th!!!

Koehn gives no return.

Indiana starts with a handoff to Howard.  He gets about 3.  2nd and 7.

Now Sudfeld complete a pass to the far sideline, he makes the catch.  That is an Indiana 1st down at their 40.

Now Sudfeld gets greedy.  He snaps the ball, drops back, is looking middle, then he fires it deep down the near sideline - as the camera pans, we see the receiver has not come back to the ball, and guess who flies in a PICKS IT OFF!!!!  King, his 8th interception of the season, that ties the Iowa single season record set by Nile Kinnick in 1939, and then matched in 1981.  

That is an Iowa 1st down at the Hawkeye 29.

But from here Iowa would go 3 plays and out, and of course, Indiana would get the touchdown after a 10 play drive that made the score 35-27.  

After the score, Indiana would try the onside kick, and they almost got it - but in the end, Iowa emerged from the pile with the ball.  

And the one 1st down they would need would come courtesy of C.J., who ran for 11 yards on a 2nd and 9 play, and that did it.  A couple kneel downs later, the Beer Song rang out in Hawkeye bars and game watches all over Hawkeye Nation.  

C.J. 19 for 31 for 233 and the 1 TD, the dive by Kittle.  Interestingly, he also rushed for 38 yards on 5 carries with his own diving TD.  According to Dr Jerry Punch, the injury that C.J. has to the groin area is one that really can’t get worse by him playing, it’s just a matter of how much pain it might cause, and if he can take it. Of course he also said that running does not really effect the injury, but jumping might.  Hence the coaches holding their breath on the C.J. dive into the end zone.  It does seem that this will require surgery - whenever Iowa’s season does come to a close. But after this past Saturday, it seems C.J. may be able to play a little more like himself.  And that will only help.

Of course he did miss those two bombs to Smith (the Elder).  As mentioned above, likely the result of the practicing that C.J. has not been doing of late - but hopefully he can now do more of, and have his timing with the wideouts improve this weekend.

Catching those balls, 6 for 68, with a long of 30 - and of course he had about 50 more yards wiped out on that one drive with the two holding penalties.  Smith 4 for 55, Smith (the Younger) 1 for 9, Hillyer 4 for 53, HKC 2 for 21, and Kittle 2 for 19, and the one TD.  Mitchell also toss 1 catch in for 8, being as he is settling in as the 3rd down back, look for his catch numbers to go up as the season, and the next couple seasons play out.  

Wadley, just 12 carries, but 120 and the one TD on the second snap of the game.  Tone set.

Daniels Jr, 23 for 78, and two TDs. 

It all added up to 234 rushing yards, with the 233 passing yards for C.J.  Balance indeed.

Sure, the defense did have an off night on the rush D department, allowing Howard to rack up 174 on 22 carries - with those two rushing TDs.  But his longest was 37 yards, so he did not break one from deep as perhaps he thought he might.  

Meanwhile, Sudfeld was only 16 for 37 for 180 yards, with the 1 TD and the 1 pick.  His QBR for the day, 37.9.  He was hurt by some drops - of course, that can be a reflection of wideouts fearing the hit that may or may not come.  

So the Hawks got by what most thought to be the greatest offensive test of the last 4 games.  Now they head home for 2 of them.  Win them both - we are the Big Ten West Champions.

Week 11: Minnesota

And look who should come calling Saturday night.

Our streak of back to back opponent four game losing streaks that we made 5 has ended…but we can give the Rodents a 4 game losing streak.  Let’s take a look at how they got here.

The Rodents opened by hosting TCU.  This was probably closer than anyone thought it would be, as TCU had a 10-0 lead after 1 quarter, and they would never trail as they held on for a 23-17 win.  The Rodents did cover - TCU was -19.  

Of course TCU was cruising right along and a candidate for the BCS playoff, and then last week they ran into Oklahoma State and fell 49-29.  They dropped to 15th as a result.

In week 2, the Rodents ventured to Fort Collins, Co, to take on Colorado State.  

This, a very close game. The Rams up 7-6 at halftime, and it was close in the 2nd half, until the Rodents scored a TD with 55 seconds left to go up 20-17.

But then they allowed CSU to drive all the way down the field to kick a 37 yard field goal as time expired, and that forced overtime.

CSU started first, and on the first play, they tried a screen pass, but it got blown up and when the receiver dropped the ball, the Rodents grabbed it, for what the officials called a fumble, but was actually an interception.  

The Rodents then drove it down to the CSU 1, and from there, kicked the game winning field goal, final 23-20.  The Rodents were 1-1.

In week 3, the Rodents welcomed in Kent.

And only won it 10-7.  Of note in this game, 3 Rodent turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 80 yards for the lone Kent TD.  

The Rodents then hosted Ohio U in the Twin Cities.  

Here, the Bobcats lead 7-0 after one, but the game was tied at 14 at halftime.  It stayed close in the 2nd half, as Ohio kicked a 41 yard field goal with 2:36 left to take a 24-20 lead.

But the Rodents then went 78 yards in 11 plays, and scored with 30 seconds left, to go up 27-24 and hang on for the win.  The Rodents were 3-1 in the non-con, with the only loss to TCU.  They were feeling pretty good about themselves.  

Then the Big Ten happened. First game, the Mildcats.

As you may recall from the Mildcat game notes, the Northwestern defense only gave the Rodents 173 net yards in the 27-0 shutout.  Rodents, 2 turnovers in the game, Mildcats none.  Rodents 0-1 Big Ten.

A week later, a trip to West Lafayette to meet Our Rival.

Who actually lead this game 6-0 after 1 quarter.  

But then the Rodents won it 41-13.  Such is Purdue.

That, the 1 Big Ten win the Rodents have to date.

Next, a visit from Nebraska.   

And this was somewhat un train-wreck like for the Huskers.  They won it 48-25, Rodents 3 turnovers, Huskers none.  Huskers, 3-4 as a result of that game. 

It was after this game that Jerry Kill was forced to step down for his health reasons.  

 Up next, Jake and Michigan came calling, the Little Brown Jug game.

This, another close game, Rodents up 16-14 at half.  Both teams score a TD in the 3rd.  

But then with 4:57 left, Michigan’s back up QB completed a 12 yard TD pass, then the Wolverines went for, and got, the 2 point conversion, to lead it 29-26. (Jake had been knocked out late in the 3rd).

But the Rodents would drive the ball all the way down to the Michigan 1, and they were there with 2 seconds left.  They could have kicked the field goal to face the tie - but they went for the win with a QB sneak.  

And Michigan stuffed it, and the Wolverines reclaimed the Jug they had lost to the Rodents the year before.  

And then the Rodents had to go to Columbus to face that other team from Ohio.

But this was the game where Barrett was suspended for his drunk driving, so Jones got the start.  

And the OSU offense suffered, as was expected.  They were scoreless after 1, and OSU was just up 14-0 at halftime.  Although the first TD the Buckeyes scored was a 16 yard pick-6.

OSU would get a TD in the 3rd to go up 21-0, but the Rodents made a game of it in the 4th, scoring two TDs to get within 21-14.  But 17 seconds after the Rodents scored that second TD, Jones scored a TD via 38 yard rush, and that was the nail in the Rodent coffin, OSU 28, Rodents 14, final.

So in summary, the only team the Rodents have beat in conference is Purdue.

The Rodents are lead by now junior QB Leidner, #7. To date, 168 for 288, with 10 TDs, but 7 interceptions.  He has run for as much as 47 yards against CSU.  But against OSU, 3 carries for -13 yards.  

Their top tailback is actually a freshman - Smith, #24.  He, 5’11, 202 lbs.  To date, 133 carries for 550 yards, with 1 TD.  But also 14 catches for 115 yards, so the Iowa linebackers must keep an eye on him slipping out of the backfield.  In his most recent game, 6 carries for 9 yards against the OSU defense.  (Late word, both he and the 2nd string tailback are likely out - 3rd team tailback starting).

The top receiver is senior Maye, #1.  He has 49 catches for 524 yards, with 4 TDs,  But he has also rushed 7 times for 39 yards.  This quite a different season for Maye, who only had 16 catches as a junior.  

So now that we are in week 11 of the season, the stats start to really mean something.  So let’s take look at where the Rodents rank on some of the key ones.

Total Offense, 359.1  Big Ten, 10th, FBS 102nd.

Total Defense, 330.3, Big Ten 7th, FBS 22nd.  Not bad.

Scoring Offense, 20.3  Big Ten, 14th, FBS 112th.  Bad.

Turnovers:  Gained: 13.  Lost: 15  Total: -2.  Big Ten 9th, FBS 84th.  

Other interesting stats, 1st downs, Offense.  An indication of sustaining drives.  Total, 157, Big Ten 13th, FBS 110th.  In relation, 3rd down conversion percentage, 36.6%.  Big Ten 10th, FBS 95th.

Also of note - Kickoff return average, 18.11. 13th Big Ten, 110th FBS.  Also in relation, kickoff return defense average, 22.69.  Big Ten 10th, overall 88th.

And one more, punt return average: 2.67 yards.  Dead last, Big Ten.  122nd FBS.

Punt Return defense  - 11.91.  Big Ten, 12th, FBS 104.  King, a punt return TD this week.

Here is one thing the Rodents do well - they have not had a punt or a field goal blocked.  Yet.

Yes, it’s a rivalry game, and anything can happen.  Even some blowouts, from time to time.

And then, there is the matter of the Blackout Uniforms. not revealed by Iowa Football until some point late Saturday afternoon.  

Basically we think an almost entirely black Nike Pro Combat type uni. We will find out Saturday.  If you are going to the game, or just your local bar to watch with other Hawkeye fans, wear black to be a part of it.  

And then there is the game, and the fact the Iowa coaches have been playing clips of last year’s debacle all week long in the Hawkeye locker room and training facilities.  And the Hawks have had this game marked on the calendar ever since the schedule was released.  

And don’t forget the pig.  The greatest trophy in all of college sports, who had to endure a winter in the Frozen Tundra of the Twin Cities.  Pigs have no fur, and that cannot be much fun.

Oh, and then there is our new #5 ranking in the FBS Playoff Poll, released Tuesday night.  The Rodents are in the way of our season of destiny.  

It looks like we will have Jordan back at tailback, so we will have our full strength running game, and C.J. showed us last week that he can run some of his roll outs, and pull the ball down to rush forward when the pocket breaks down.  The Iowa offense will be humming along fine.

The defense will want to atone for their slip up last week to take away the Rodent rushing attack - and then feast on the average passing attack.  King gets his 9th and Iowa single season record interception on a 47 yard pick-6 halfway through the 1st quarter. 
C.J. does complete a bomb to Smith (the Elder) this week, as he goes 24 for 31 with 285 yards, to complement the Iowa rushing attack that picks up 255 yards, at 5.2 yards per carry.

That allows the Hawks to control 36:21 of the game clock, and that just wears down the Rodent defense, who has been hit hard by injury this year.  

It’s really never close.  Hawkeyes 45, Rodents 17.  Go Home, Floyd.

GO HAWKS!!!

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