September 8, 2016

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2016 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 2: Iowa State @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 16th (588 points)
Coaches: 10th (797 points)
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 3rd, v. Miami (Ohio), WIN 45-21
September 10th, v. Iowa State, 7:30 pm, BTN
September 17th, v. North Dakota State, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
September 24th, @ Rutgers, TBD
October 1st, v. •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, 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 2
Eastern Washington @ North Dakota State, 3:30 pm, NBC ND, ESPN3

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 10th, 2016  Iowa v. Iowa State Cyclones, 0-1, 0-0 Big 12
Previous Meetings:  64, Iowa leads 41-22
Last Meeting: 2015,  Hawkeyes 31 Cyclones 17

Kinnick Color of the Week: Striped

Current Line: Iowa -15

Turnover Margin: +3,  B1G #1, FBS #2

Interceptions: , B1G #, FBS #

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2016
Total   404.0  Pass 192.0  Rush 212.0  Scoring 45.0
B1G    #8              #10                #8                    #5
FBS    #70            #85               #46                  #35
Total   424.0  Pass 266.0  Rush 158.0    Scoring 21.0
B1G    #14             #12                #12                 #10
FBS    #93             #94                #84                 #65
Big Ten West Standings: 
Iowa                         1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska             1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois             1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota     1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue             1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
 Week 1: Miami of Ohio

It looks like a perfect day for football as the ESPNU cameras move into Kinnick. as the Hawkeye faithful ramp up the noise to kick off the 2016 football season.

And things are different right from the start, as Miami wins the toss and takes the ball, so Iowa lines up to kick.  It’s the other #16 doing the kickoff, Ron Coluzzi, a senior, (graduate transfer) and he boots the ball 8 yards deep in the end zone for a touchback.

Miami lines up with Bahl in the gun, with twin wideouts on each side. He snaps it, looks left, and quickly fires it to the far hash, caught and dropped at the 32, 7 yards, 2nd and 3.

Back to the gun again, a tailback moves into position behind Bahl, he read/options it and does hand the ball to Smith, he goes straight ahead for about 4 yards, and that is enough for a 1st down at the  36.

Bahl is in the gun again, a tailback to his left, one wideout left side, two right, and an h back lined up just off the left side of the O line.  He snaps it, looks, quickly fires it near side, the out pattern, caught, he turns back but is quickly wrapped up and dropped, 9 yards, 2nd and 1. 

Same look for Miami, but now with the ball on the near hash, the wideouts are flipped.  At the snap he hands it to tailback Thomas, but the Hawks are there as soon as he has the ball, and he is dropped for a 2 yard loss!  3rd and 3!

Miami takes too long to get the play in, and they have to burn a timeout.  Clock at 12:22 of the 1st, 3rd and 3 from the Miami 43 yard line.

After the break, Bahl is alone in the gun, wideouts spread out across the field. He snaps it, looks, and quickly fires it near side, his guy is open, but then Mabin flies in an knocks the pass away!  It falls to the turf as Kinnick roars, and the RedHawk punt team takes the field.

This is the return that King takes all the way down to the Miami 10, but there are flags on the play.

On the play, Jewell is flying back up the field as King is racing down the near side, a RedHawk seems like he might have an angle on King, so Jewell starts to line him up - but then the Miami player stumbles, he is no threat to King, but Jewell flies in a full speed, likely trying to put his shoulder into the players chest, but instead with the stumble it is helmet to helmet, and our defensive captain is kicked out of the game.  Iowa now has the ball, 1st and 10, from our 20 yard line.

Because this happened at the 12:03 mark, Jewell has served his full game suspension, and he will be back starting this Saturday night - and look for him to wreak havoc on Iowa State.

Anyway, C.J. starts under center with Jr behind him, a wideout on the left side, and two on the right. He snaps it, turns, hands it to Jr, he goes straight up the middle for 6 yards, 2nd and 4 at the Iowa 26.

Same look, but now Wadley is back there.  C.J. snaps it, turns, and flips the ball to Wadley, caught at the 25, and he races for the far corner, at the hash he steps under one tackle, and then he is in the clear - across the 30, the 35, he cuts it further outside, across the 40, the 45 and he is finally pushed out right at midfield, 23 yards and a Hawkeye 1st down!!!

Jr is back in there as C.J. is under center again.  He snaps it, steps back, and quickly fires to the near side, caught, First Down, he gets the corner turned across the 50, the 45, the 40, he cuts it back inside across the 35 and races across the 25, the 20, and he is finally caught and dropped at the Miami 17!  33 yards, 1st down Hawkeyes inside the RedHawk red zone!!!

Hawks now to the I formation.  It goes to Wadley, he goes just to the right of the line, spins out of a tackle, is hit but keeps going, finally dropped at the 6 yard line, that is 12 yards, 1st and goal Hawkeyes!

C.J. now has a single tailback with Wadley, and three wideouts in the triangle pattern on his right side.    But it goes to Wadley, straight ahead, he spins, and is dropped right at the 1 yard line.  2nd and goal.

Back to the I formation, with Jr at tailback.  He gets the ball and just follows his fullback to the right side, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  Very easy for Jr, and freshman Duncan, #3, drills the ball right through the uprights, Iowa now leads 7-0 at the 9:07 mark of the 1st.  Just 6 plays to go 80 yards.

Coluzzi boots the ball out of the end zone, we have found our new Koehn, touchback.

From the gun, Bahl snaps it, runs the read/option, but actually keeps it, and he goes right up the middle for 9 yards, and that is not supposed to happen with the pro style QB, 2nd and 1 from the Miami 34.  

Bahl now tries a quick throw to his tight end over the middle, but it gets tipped and is almost picked off, and it falls to the turf.  3rd and 1.  

Now Smith gets the ball again, he goes off tackle right, and slips across the line and falls at the 40, 1st down Miami.  

Bahl is still in the gun, he snaps it, looks, then fires it near side, caught, then drilled by Hockaday, and the ball falls to the turf!  And Hesse picks it up, and now he is rumbling down the near sideline - across the 30, the 25, the 20, and he is finally caught and knocked out of bounds at the 12 yard line!  1st down Hawkeyes!!!

Of course, on that play, it seemed like Hesse may have gotten a bit of a hamstring aggravation, so he would not return.  But he had set the Hawkeye offense in great position.
The play is reviewed, and the call stands.  Hawkeye 1st down at the Miami 12.

C.J. comes out under center, Wadley behind him.  C.J. snaps it, looks far side, feels pressure so he moves that way, then quickly fires it far side, caught, Smith, but he can’t get away so it only goes for 1 yard before he is knocked out.  Maybe a late hit out of bounds, but no flags fly.

Now to the I formation, he snaps it, steps to his left, then flips it to Wadley breaking to the near side, caught, the counter play, he races for the near corner and he high steps his way into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  11 more yards, and Duncan makes it 14-0 Hawks at the 7:14 mark of the 1st quarter.

After the break, Coluzzi once again boots the ball into a touchback.  

Bahl is in the gun with his tailback Smith to his right, two wideouts to his right, and one to his left.  He snaps it, fakes the handoff, then he fires it deep down the near hash, caught at the 50, and he races for the near corner of the end zone, but Mabin finally catches up and knocks him out of bounds at the Iowa 8 yard line.  67 yards, and the RedHawks have 1st and goal.  

From the same formation, Bahl snaps it, steps back, looks, starts to pull it down but then Nelson (Anthony) flies in a drills him, and the ball falls out!!!  And Nelson (Matt) picks it up and gets about 2 yards before he is dropped, another turnover, and that is an Iowa 1st down at our 20 yard line!!!

The booth comments that Iowa has dropped the full Nelson on the RedHawks. Well done, ESPNU booth.

C.J. takes the field with the I formation behind him, a solo wideout on each side of the field.  
He snaps it, turns, hands it to Jr, who stops, turns, and flips it back to C.J., the flea flicker, and with pressure in his face he fires it down the near hash, caught!!! Smith!!  And he falls to the ground and points the 1st down finger, that is 38 yards, an Iowa 1st down at the Miami 43!!!

Now Jr is alone behind C.J., C.J. snaps the ball, turns, and flips the ball to Jr, caught, he heads to the far side, than at the far hash he cuts upfield, across the 40 he squeezes through tight traffic, and then he is in the clear!  Across the 35, the 30, and no one can catch him, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!  A 43 yard run for Daniels, and Iowa now leads 21-0 at the 5:41 mark of the 1st!!!

The replay shows that Smith was a blocking menace all down that far side, and his defender was never able to get into the play.  

From here, the RedHawks would finally put together a drive, but they would never get within 14 points the rest of the way, and the Hawkeyes would cruise to a 45-21 win.  

For the day, C.J. was 13 for 20 for 192 yards, with 1 touchdown.  But he really did not run at all in this game, I think probably the Iowa coaches were keeping the playbook rather simple, to not give the ISU or other scouts much to go with.  

Besides, Wadley has 12 carries for 121 yards with 2 tds, Jr had 10 carries for 83 yards with 2 tds, and Mitchell even got a rushing td.  So when our tailbacks rush for over 200 yards, we don’t need C.J. to do so much running.  That said, he was sacked a couple times, so the O line does need to touch up their pass protection a bit.

First Down, 4 catches for 99 yards, but one of his catches he was dropped 1 yard short of the yellow line.  Smith, 3 catches for 51 yards, and the 1 td, on the 4th and 6 play were C.J. fired a frozen rope between two defenders.  After one game, it does seem like Smith may emerge as the deep threat to go with First Down’s possession catches.  

Duncan would try a 22 yard field goal in the 2nd half, and make it, Coluzzi had 3 punts for a 41.7 yard average, so at least for one week, Tara had no complaining she could do over our new kicking team.

The Iowa defense did give up 158 yards rushing.  Kirk made it a point to note that in his post game comments.  But with The Outlaw back, and Hesse hopefully back, things should be better in that regard.  

Anthony Nelson ended up with 2.5 sacks in his 1st career game, and two forced fumbles, so maybe between him and Hesse, we can have some success rushing just four guys.  

But perhaps the biggest news from the game was mid 4th quarter - with the game in hand, and Kirk started loading in the 2nd and 3rd team.

And when C.J. departed, it was indeed the true freshman Stanley.  He would try one pass that was no good, otherwise he just handed off, and he was the QB when Mitchell got his touchdown.  

So if we are going with the freshman as the backup to C.J., it probably means that Wiegers will be departing after the season.  Clearly Stanley has been very impressive in camp, as it is not at all like Iowa to have a freshman QB just one snap away from playing.  Or maybe this is all part of the new Kirk, playing freshmen, going for it on 4th down, fake field goals, punts.  If Stanley is the future, a three year Iowa QB in the making, then yes, getting him meaningful snaps this year will be a priority.  Just in mop ups, we need C.J. there all the way.

So the Hawks took care of the MAC team, but there was enough there for the coaches to be busy this week.  But if a football team really does take a big leap from week 1 to week 2, then look out Iowa State.

Week 2: Iowa State

So, everyone in and around Ames was kind of just counting on beating UNI, then heading to Iowa City.

But, the Clowns turned the ball over 4 times, twice of them interceptions in the decisive 4th quarter, and fell to UNI, 25-20.

 The Clones are lead by now junior QB Lanning, #7.  He played some last year, but the team is his this year.  In this game, he was 18 for 28 for 256 yards, with 3 touchdowns, and the 2 costly interceptions.  His net rushing for the game was 11 yards on 10 carries, as UNI sacked him 3 times.

His top target is also now a junior, Lazard, #5.  At 6’5 and 223 lbs, he is quite a threat.  In the past, King has generally stayed on his side of the field, but there are rumors this week that he will line up opposite Lazard on most snaps, regardless of where the wideout lines up.  Makes sense to put our best cover guy on their best receiving weapon.  Snag a couple of those passes!

Their ‘top’ tailback in week 1, Warren, #2, had 12 carries for 30 yards.  Not what you would call a threat.

Part of the reason for this is ISU’s O line is a complete mess at the moment.  Hello Full Nelson (if Parker can’t go).

So, how did the ISU defense do agains the Panthers?

Most glaringly, 232 rushing yards on 58 carries.  Oh, and the UNI O line and tailbacks are probably a step down from Iowa’s.

The Panther QB was 15 of 27 for 135, but of note, 114 of those rushing yards were his (dual threat).  C.J. did not run in week 1 - but look for him to pull it down if 3rd and longs don’t look promising.  He shredded ISU on the ground last year, the Clowns may see the same come Saturday.

ISU only controlled the ball for 24 minutes in week 1.  Iowa’s dual headed rushing attack - C.J. hitting his wideouts in stride - Iowa will finish drives, and ISU’s defense will be gassed in the 2nd half.

Oh, and their kicker missed an extra point.  Our freshman kicker, rock solid all day.  

Yeah, this in state rivalry is often close, regardless of the success of Iowa or Iowa State in week 1.  

But we know two things that suggest this game could be otherwise. Iowa State’s very young and poor offensive line means we can be in the backfield early and often.  And the Clowns gave up more than 200 yards rushing to a much smaller FCS team.  Wadley and Jr must be salivating right about now.  

For too long, we have been waiting for a Hayden worthy beat down.  Recently, a Hayden statue was introduced to Iowa City.  The team responds in kind.  Hawkeyes 52, Clowns 13.



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