November 19, 2015

The Eternal Season - Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - Week 12: Purdue @ Iowa, 11/19/15

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2015 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 10-0, 6-0 Big Ten, 4-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 6th  up 2
USA Today: 6th  up 2
College Football Playoff: 5th  no change

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, WIN 40-35
November 21st, v. •Purdue, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
November 27th, @ •Nebraska, 3:30 pm, ABC

•Big Ten West Division Game

*Times Eastern

Scouting next opponent: Nebraska is on a bye this week.

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
November 21st, 2015  Iowa v. Purdue Boilermakers, 2-8, 1-5 Big Ten, 1-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 85, Purdue leads 46-36-3.  Iowa leads 20-19-2 in Iowa City
Last Meeting: 2014, Hawkeyes 24, Boilermakers 10

Kinnick Color of the Week: Normal

Current Line: Iowa -17

Turnover Margin: +11,  B1G #2, FBS #7

Interceptions: 13, B1G #1, FBS #17

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2015
Total   421.4  Pass 209.7  Rush 211.7  Scoring 33.6
B1G    #4              #9                 #2                    #3
FBS    #47            #82               #28                  #38
Total   314.2  Pass 290.6  Rush 104.6    Scoring 18.4
B1G    #5              #8                 #3                   #6
FBS    #15            #48               #9                   #16
Big Ten West Standings:
Iowa                        10-0, 6-0 B1G, 4-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   8-2, 5-1 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Northwestern   8-2, 4-2 B1G, 3-1 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-4 B1G, 1-4 B1G West
Illinois             5-4, 2-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Minnesota     4-6, 1-5 B1G, 1-3 B1G West
Purdue             2-8, 1-5 B1G, 1-4 B1G West


Week 11: Minnesota

We lead with this:

(no play by play this week, your scribe is clocking many extra hours at the office)

So that was a game that was much closer than both I, and I think many Hawkeye fans, thought it would be.  Of course, the Rodents played both Michigan and Ohio State very close, so they are better than their record would indicate.

But the Hawks would again find a way to put the game away in the 4th quarter, and as a result, we are now 10-0 for the first time in program history.  A history that dates back to 1889, when football became a varsity sport at Iowa.  Our first game against the Rodents, our oldest rival, came just two years later.  

Most importantly, our season of destiny is still in our hands.  One big step can be take this Saturday.  But first, let’s recap the Rodent defeat.

We will start with the the offense, and why note - besides the best start   ever, the most wins by an Iowa QB ever to start his career (now 11 and counting), the Hawks also became the first Iowa team to score 30 or more points in 4 consecutive Big Ten games.  

That would have been 5 consecutive, had Koehn not shanked that extra point against the Illini.

C.J, 18 for 26 for 213, no TDs, but also no picks.  However, he also ran 10 times for 50 yards, with two rushing TDs.  One of those, the naked bootleg, executed just as well as Chuck Long to knock off the Spartans in 1985.  Yes, your scribe watched that game on tv.  C.J. may have been feeling the lower body pains, but he sure looked like his old self when he pulled the ball down and took off.  His longest run, 26 yards, in a drive that the Hawks scored a TD on.

Daniels Jr - 26 carries for 195 yards, and 3 rushing TDs.  The longest, the 51 yard run with just over 2 minutes left to push the Rodents back down by 2 scores.  That, the longest run of Jr’s career.  

Jordan did return, he had 10 carries for 31 yards.  He did seem a bit tentative on his first couple carriers, no wonder after missing a couple games with an ankle injury.  

No Wadley this week, as he too is nursing a sore ankle, but it does seem like he can be back for the game this weekend.

Catching C.J.’s passes, VandeBerg, 6 for 74, with a long of 21.  When we need a 1st down on a 3rd and long, you have to wonder why teams don’t triple cover him.  He is a 1st down just waiting to happen.

HKC, 3 for 61, he too making touch catches to keep drives alive.

Kittle, 5 for 44.  Smith (the Elder) 2 for 35.  And he came about 5 feet from getting C.J. a passing TD, but it was not to be.  

Mitchell 1 for 12 in the 3rd down role, McCarron 1 for 5, and Jordan 1 for 3, a screen pass that did not get too far.  

So the Hawkeye offense racked up 506 yards, and chewed up 35:32 of the game clock.  

Oh, and two more touchdown drives of more than 90 yards.  C.J. and the offense seem to cherish having the whole field in front of them.  

The defense did give up 434 yards and 35 points, so this was not one of their better efforts. There is some wondering if the defense is wearing down.  Of course, not having Ott in there has not helped with the pressure up front.  But behind them, Jewel is simply turning into the next NFL bound Iowa linebacker, he had 13 more tackles this past week, and he was the one with that sack of Leidner that forced the Rodent QB to intentionally ground the ball. 

King did not get his 9th interception (close, but could not get a foot down in bounds), but his huge 58 yard kickoff return lead to an Iowa touchdown that helped keep the Rodents at bay.  He only returned one punt for 10 yards, so maybe we will see the punt return TD this week.  

Koehn, all extra points good, and two out of 3 field goals.  Of course, that 48 yard field goal that was called no good sure looked good on tv.  And I don’t think it was even reviewed.  

It should also be pointed out that it went over the goalposts - from 48 yards out.  

So the Hawks hung on, freed Floyd, and now sit just 1 win shy of clicking the Big Ten West title, and a trip to Indianapolis to meet the winner of the Big Ten East.  And look who should be coming into Kinnick on Senior Day.  Our Rival.

Week 12: Purdue

Of course, now that they are in the West with us, they are not the same kind of Rival as when the Big Ten made them and us the protected crossover teams; because they had no one left to crossover.  

So now they are just a division rival, and one that is standing in our way of the first trophy we hope to snag this postseason.

And the Boilermakers are 2-8 on the year.  Let’s see how they got there.

Purdue opened on the road facing Marshall.  This was a close game throughout, but Purdue had 4 turnovers, including two pick-6s, and that was the difference in the game, as the Boilermakers fell 41-31 to open the season.

In week 2, Purdue was at home for a visit from Indiana State.  This went much better for Our Rival, as they lead 24-7 at half and cruised to a 38-14 win.  Indiana State is 4-6 at the moment.

In week 3, Purdue took part in the ACC Big Ten mini challenge by hosting Virginia Tech.  Tech had a 24-17 lead at half, but then in the 3rd they scored 17 to Purdue’s zero, and they coasted to a 51-24 win.  Purdue had only 9 1st downs, 265 net yards, and 3 turnovers in this one.

Purdue wrapped up the non-con by hosing Bowling Green.

In this game, looking to shake things up, Purdue started freshman QB Blough, #11.

This was another close game, tied at 7 after one quarter, 21-14 BGSU at the half.

Purdue tied it up early in the 3rd, BGSU went up 28-21 early in the 4th, but then Purdue tied them again at 28 with about 8 minutes left.

But with 2:50 remaing, Bowling Green got the ball back.  They went on an 80 yard drive that had them at Purdue’s 12 as the clock slipped under 20 seconds to play.  

From there, the Boilermaker defense allowed BGSU’s tailback to sidestep one defender, and then run over two more, as he scored from 12 yards out with just 9 seconds remaining.  And that did it, Purdue fell to 1-3 non-con as BSGU prevailed 35-28.  The Purdue defense gave up over 560 yards in this one.

To open the Big Ten, a trip to East Lansing, to meet the (then) 2nd ranked Spartans.

Sparty was up 21-0 at the half, but then Purdue work up, as Michigan State kind of fell asleep.

Our Rival got a TD in the 3rd, and then one about 50 seconds into the 4th, to trim the Spartan lead to 21-14.

Sparty got a field goal just inside of 10 minutes left to go up 24-14, but Purdue would score again to cut the lead to 24-21.  

But there the game stayed, and the Boilermakers started the Big Ten 0-1.  Of note, 3 Purdue turnovers, none for Michigan State.

A week later, Our Rival hosted the Rodents.  As you may recall from that write up, Purdue scored  4 minutes into the game to go up 6-0 (PAT missed), and the Rodents rebounded in the 2nd quarter, but only lead 10-6 at the half.

But - then the Rodents got 4 TDs in the 3rd quarter, and that did it, final Rodents 41, Boilermakers 13.

And then, a trip to Camp Randall.  The Badger defense only gave up 195 net, scored in every quarter in the 24-7 win.  Purdue was 0-3 in the Big 10, 1-6 overall.  

But then, the Huskers came to West Lafayette.

And a Big 12 game broke out. At the end of 1, 7-3 Purdue.

At halftime, 21-9 Purdue.

At the end of the 3rd, 42-16 Purdue.

But then in the 4th, two Purdue TDs, and 4 Husker TDs (that, the Big 12 part) as the Boilermakers hung on for the 55-45 win.  Of note in this game, 5 Husker turnovers.  Zip for Purdue.  

So Our Rival was now 2-6, and 1-3 in the conference.

But then the normal returned to the Boilermakers.  Illinois came in and whipped them 48-14.  The Illini offense, 595 yards.  Ouch.

Then in the last game, Purdue went to Evanston to take on the Mildcats.

This, another close one, Cats up 14-7 at the half, but Purdue tied them up 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter.  But the Purdue offense could not do much else, and the Cats scored with 4:37 left in the 4th to go up 21-14. And there things would stay, as the Mildcats hung on for their 8th win, while giving Purdue their 8th loss.

Purdue is still using the freshman QB, he is 166 out of 288 for 1565 yards, with 10 TDs, but 8 interceptions.  Bough rushed 10 times for 82 yards against the Husker defense, but in the last two games, only 9 net yards on 20 carries, as he has been sacked 18 times (this season). 

The top pass catcher is Yancey, a junior, #7.  He has 32 catches for 522 yards, and 5 TDs.  

Their best running back is also a freshman, Jones, #8.  He has 128 carries for 692 yards, with 8 rushing TDs.  He also has 28 catches for 219 yards with 1 receiving TD.  So Iowa must pay attention to him out of the backfield.  

So the wins have been hard to come by for Purdue, but they have had some close losses.  Let’s see what the stats tell us.

Let’s start with the offense.  Total 1st downs,186.  10th in the B1G, 92nd overall.  
In relation, 3rd down conversion %, offense - 36.1%, 8th, and 93rd.

Total offense, 353.2, 11th, and 101st out of 127.

Turnovers - gained, 19.  Lost 21.  Minus 2, rank B1G #9, total #91.

1st downs, defense (allowed), 239.  13th, and 111th.
In relation, 3rd down percentage defense, 43.8%.  13th, and 100th.

Of note, scoring defense, 34.4.  Big Ten, 12, FBS 106.

Time of possession, 27:16.  B1G dead last, overall 113th.

Uh oh, and here come Iowa with their almost perfectly balanced offense that can chew up 90+ yard drives like a nobody’s business.  Purdue gives up 210 per game on the ground (last Big Ten, #111 overall). 

Other interesting stats.  Passing yards per completion, defense.  9.88.  Big Ten, last, overall, 2nd to last.  

So basically, Iowa can get the running game going, which will free up C.J. to use his weapons on the outside, and his tight ends down the middle, and the Boilermakers better hope this game isn’t over at halftime.  

And no, the Hawks won’t be looking ahead to Nebraska, there is hardware on the line in this one, and we have never claimed the Big Ten West title that we can claim in this game.  And they saw all those teams right behind us in the FBS Playoff poll lose this past week, so their focus will be there.  Oh, and it’s also Senior Day in Kinnick.  

Iowa rushes for 285 yards, as C.J. completes 21 of 26 for 310 yards, with 3 passing TDs, and he rushes himself for 85 yards.  He does not play the 4th quarter, as he won’t need two.  Hawks with two more 90 yard TD drives, that combined chew up one quarter of this game.

Hawkeyes 45, Purdue 13.



No comments:

Post a Comment