September 15, 2016

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2016 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 3: NDSU @ IOWA

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 13th (694 points)
Coaches: 11th (875 points)
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 3rd, v. Miami (Ohio), WIN 45-21
September 10th, v. Iowa State, WIN 42-3
September 17th, v. North Dakota State, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
September 24th, @ Rutgers, 12:00 pm, ABC/ESPN2 Regional
October 1st, v. •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 8th, @ Minnesota, TBD
October 15th, @ •Purdue, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 22nd, v. •Wisconsin, TBD
October 29th, Bye Week
November 5th, @ Penn State, 7:30 pm, BTN
November 12th, v. Michigan, 8:00 pm, ABC/ESPN2
November 19th, @ •Illinois, TBD
November 25th, v. •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 3rd, Big Ten Title Game, 8:00 pm, FOX

Scouting next opponent: Week 3
New Mexico @ Rutgers, 12:00 pm, ESPN News

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 17th, 2016  Iowa v. North Dakota State Bison, 2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley
Previous Meetings:  2, Iowa leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 1947, Bison 0, Hawkeyes 59

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: no line for FBS/FCS

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #4, FBS #10

Interceptions: 1, B1G #11, FBS #66

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2016
Total   419.5  Pass 214.5  Rush 205.0  Scoring 43.5
B1G    #9              #10               #10                   #6
FBS    #63           #76               #52                  #27
Total   357.5  Pass 215.5  Rush 142.0    Scoring 12.0
B1G    #12             #8                  #11                 #3
FBS    #66             #65                #69                 #14

Big Ten West Standings: 
Iowa                         2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska                 2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota                2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois                     1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue                    1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern           0-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
 Week 2: Iowa State

No play by play this week, due to dvr issues at the old homestead.  But the BTN has been showing enhanced versions of this game in 60, so you can catch the quick recap with 2.5 hours to spare if you like.

So, I guess that Hayden statue in Iowa City (or Coralville) did have some magic to it.  New statue, old fashion woodshed taking to Iowa State.  

As the cameras panned into Kinnick, we once again applauded for the well done striping of the field.  And it was loud in there.  

The Hawks opened the game with a drive to the ISU 41, but on a 3rd and 2 there, C.J. and First Down could not hook up, so we had to punt the ball.  ISU obliged us with a 3 and out, and King returned the punt 14 yards to the ISU 42.  

The Hawks then took 7 plays to go 42 yards, the biggest gain a successful pass to First Down, where he made the 25 yard reception at the 5, tried to spin out of the tackle, but was dropped there. 

4 plays later, on 3rd and goal from the 9, C.J. hit Kittle on a tight end out pattern, caught, and the Hawks were on the board at 7-0.  Hey, a tight end catch, and yet another td for Kittle.

ISU, 3 and out. Iowa ball at the Hawkeye 34.

Jr 13 yards, Jr 6 yards, Wadley 6 more, ISU penalty, unsportsmanlike, 15 more yards, Iowa 1st down at the ISU 26.  This is the play where C.J. hit a wide open Wadley (wheel route) and the Hawks lead 14-0.  Drive, 4 plays, 66 yards, 1:33 off the clock.  We can grind, or quick strike.

Now ISU would put a drive together that would get all the way to the Iowa 4 yard line. But on 2nd and goal from there, Johnson would sack Lanning, and on 3rd and goal, Nelson (Anthony) would sack him again, forcing ISU to try, and make, the 31 yard field goal.  Iowa now lead 14-3.

King brings the subsequent kickoff out to the 34, and then Iowa runs the reverse to First Down, and he takes it 25 yards down the far sideline for a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 41.  The 1st quarter came to an end.

After the break, Iowa would get the ball down to the ISU 12, and this was the play where the ISU defender seemed to have First Down blanketed, but C.J. put the ball just high enough for First Down to snag it, and Iowa had scored again, now leading 21-3.  

ISU would run 6 plays and get out to their 39, but their drive again died, and King made the fair catch at the Iowa 14.

Now Iowa would run 9 plays to cover the 86 yards, helped by 2 ISU 15 yard penalties, and C.J. snuck the ball across the line from one yard out, lead now 28-3.  We did not need your charity Iowa State.

Of course, ISU would not sniff the goal line again, and Iowa would get two second half touchdowns to gain the final margin.  With about 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Iowa pulled the starters, which makes now back to back games where this has happened.  The Hawks cruised to the 42-3 victory, and somewhere, Hayden was smiling.   

The Hawkeye defense would hold Iowa State to 291 yards, but about 120 of those came in the 4th quarter after Iowa had pulled the starters.  The only turnover, courtesy of Niemann, who snagged the Lanning pass that lead to the Jr 43 yard touchdown run where he was not touched until he dove over the goal line.  No turnovers for Iowa through 2 games.

As expected, the Outlaw was just about everywhere, and he would lead the Hawkeyes with 9 tackles and a QB hurry.  I think he snags a pass this week.

The Iowa defense would hold ISU tailback Warren to just 28 yards on 7 carries.  By scoring 4 out of 5 times in the 1st half, we kind of took away the ISU running game in the 2nd.  

C.J. 19 for 28 for 235 yards, with 3 touchdowns, and once again, no obvious running plays called by Davis, or by C.J. making a change at the line.  I’m sure they will come at some point.

Jr, 15 carries for 112, that is 7.5 per, and 1 td, Wadley, 9 for 49, 5.4 per, with 1 rush, and the 25 yard receiving touchdown.  In the 4th we even got freshman running back Toks Akinribade, #22 in there, and he had 7 carries for 21 yards.  

Receiving, First Down, 7 for 129 and the touchdown, but it was after the game where he made his biggest score by locking down his rather cute girlfriend for what they anticipate will be the rest of their lives.  Congrats kids.  

McCarron 4 for 31, Wadley 1 for 25 and the td, Kittle 3 for 26, (we found the tight ends) with the td, and Smith the Younger just 1 for 4 yards this week.

Of note, Jay Scheel made his first Iowa catch, 12 yards from Stanley.  Freshman tight end Fant also had his first Hawkeye catch, this one for 2 yards.  If Stanley will be the QB next year, look for me to be typing Stanley to Scheel and Fant quite a bit over the next 3 seasons.

Duncan did not need to try any field goals this week, but he was a solid 6 for 6 on his extra points.  

And Coluzzi had 4 punts for 173 yards, a 43.3 yard average, and we even got our freshman punter Rastetter in there for one 4th quarter punt, and he got 42 yards out of it.  So far, our replaced kicking team has done just fine.  Tara can breathe easy.  For now.  

So the Hawks put the biggest margin of victory in the Kirk era onto Iowa State, and we can now wish them luck in their next game at TCU this Saturday.

The Hawks were then able to focus their attention on the final tune up before the Big Ten slate begins.  And here comes an FCS team.

Week 3: North Dakota State

As you have probably heard, NDSU has won the last 5 FCS (Division 1AA) titles. Via the 16 team, 4 week playoff that we deserve in FBS, but don’t yet have.

You may also have heard that they have beaten the last 5 FBS teams they have faced.  They even beat ISU.  

But they really haven’t beaten any good FBS teams.  Ok, one year they did beat Kansas State, but KSU finished 8-5 that year.  So an average K State team.

Iowa, not an average team.  In fact, Kirk has never lost to an FCS team, the 2009 opener against UNI the closest we have come.  

NDSU did graduate quite a few guys from the 2015 team, including of course the #2 overall pick, Carson Wentz to the Eagles, and he lead Philly to a win in his first start this past weekend.

Still, NDSU opened the season ranked #1 in the FCS polls (UNI is #11 at the moment).  

But things have not come quite as easy for the Bison to start the 2016 season.  They opened against Charleston Southern, and this was a very close game that did go to overtime, where the Bison won it 24-17.  

Then last week, they played Eastern Washington, and this game featured 6 scores in the 4th quarter, the final one a NSDU field goal from 28 yards out with just 42 seconds left, as this game also went to overtime.  

It only took the Bison 1 play, a 25 yard run, to open the OT with a touchdown, and they held on to beat the Eagle 50-44.

So the Bison have played two games, and both went to OT.  That means their starters have had to play all 60 + minutes in high stress games.  

Iowa, on the other hand, has played two games where our starters have not really played in the 2nd half of the 4th quarter.  

And Charleston Southern and Eastern Washington do not have offensive lines like Iowa. Nor tailbacks, quarterbacks, defensive backs, linebackers, etc.

The Bison signal caller is sophomore Stick, #12.  Through 2 games plus OT, he has completed 34 for 53 passes for 451 yards, with 4 tds. He has rushed for 105 yards on 21 carries.  

The top tailback is Dunn, #10, also a sophomore.  He has 26 carries for 178 yards, with 2 rushing tds, and 4 catches for 40 yards.  He also handles the kickoff returns.  The second tailback is senior Frazier, #22, who has 21 carries for 118 yards, and 2 rushing tds.  

Basically, what the Bison bring is something that will seem awfully similar to the Iowa defense.  They use fullbacks and tight ends.  

And Stick can obviously run, but those numbers came against two FCS teams, it remains to be seen what he can do when The Outlaw is across the line of scrimmage.  

Sometime in the near future, these FBS/FCS match-ups, at least in the B1G, will be a thing of the past.  Other than UNI in 2018 and any other already arranged games, the Big Ten will be sticking to the Big Boys going forward.

Kirk has never lost to an FCS school, and it won’t start this week.  

The Hawks run for 275 and C.J. finds Kittle, First Down, and Smith the Younger on touchdowns all longer than 20 yards.  Iowa leads at halftime, and then our size advantage really does the trick. 

Hawkeyes 51, Bison 16.



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