November 17, 2016

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2016 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 12: Hawkeyes @ Fighting Illini

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2016 Edition

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Iowa’s Record: 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten, 2-2 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
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College Football Playoff:
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2016 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 3rd, v. Miami (Ohio), WIN 45-21
September 10th, v. Iowa State, WIN 42-3
September 17th, v. North Dakota State, Loss 23-21
September 24th, @ Rutgers, WIN 14-7
October 1st, v. •Northwestern, Loss 38-31
October 8th, @ Minnesota, WIN 14-7
October 15th, @ •Purdue, WIN 49-35
October 22nd, v. •Wisconsin, Loss 17-9
October 29th, Bye Week
November 5th, @ Penn State, Loss 41-13
November 12th, v. Michigan, WIN 14-13
November 19th, @ •Illinois, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 25th, v. •Nebraska, TBD

•Big Ten West Division Game

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


Scouting next opponent: Week 12
Maryland @ Nebraska, 12:00 pm, ESPNNews


*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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November 19th, 2016, Iowa @ Illinois Fighting Illini, 3-7, 2-5 Big Ten, 0-4 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 71, Illinois leads 38-31-2
Last Meeting: 2015, Illini 20, Hawkeyes 29

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -10

Turnover Margin: +7,  B1G #4, FBS #18

Interceptions: 6, B1G #12, FBS #99

Current Week 2 Deep:

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2016
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Offense
Total   324.9  Pass 171.2  Rush 153.7  Scoring 25.3
B1G    #12           #12               #12                  #10
FBS    #120     #111             #92                  #89
Defense  
Total   381.9  Pass 213.2 Rush 168,7    Scoring 20.5
B1G    #8               #8              #10               #4
FBS    #45             #46            #68              #18
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Wisconsin            8-2, 5-2 B1G, 4-0 B1G West
Nebraska             8-2, 5-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West
Minnesota            7-3, 4-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Iowa                     6-4, 4-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Northwestern       5-5, 4-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Illinois                  3-7, 2-5 B1G, 0-4 B1G West
Purdue                3-7, 1-6 B1G, 1-4 B1G West

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 Week 11: Michigan

As ABC takes us into Kinnick, we see the fans all in black, but the team is not wearing the all-black uniforms first worn for the Rodent night game last year.  Maybe for the Huskers to wrap up the season?

The lead - Iowa Michigan, 1985.  QB Harbaugh, then we see Hayden calling the timeout, then Houghtlin cements his place in Hawkeye lore with the kick to give #1 Iowa the 12-10 win over #2 Michigan.  

Now back to the present,  it’s a cool night in Iowa City, perfect for the players.  The booth points out that Michigan starts seniors almost all over the lineup, and then we see Harbaugh out there, bundled up, throwing the ball to someone off camera.  

We hear how the Hawks were embarrassed the week before at Happy Valley, and the booth does wonder if this might be a trap game, with the Ohio State game looming for Michigan.  The booth also points out that Clemson was dropped by Pitt (on a field goal with about 8 seconds left), and in fact I tweet ‘number 2 goes down, is that foreshadowing for tonight’s games?’  We would learn in a few hours!

And then back to the studio (ABC, kick not until 8:12 pm), we see again the Pitt kick to sink Clemson, and they say that Michigan is ‘on notice.’  Now back to Kinnick.

On the field, the big American flag is out there, and for this weekend, we get to hear the Iowa Marching Band play the National Anthem.  It’s Veterans weekend, or Armistice Day, if you are on the other side of the big pond.

The Hawks have the American flag Tiger Hawk on the right side of the helmets, and nothing on the left side, to honor those who paid the ultimate price for America.  

Our first glimpse of Sam Ponder is in the Michigan locker room.  Harbaugh has tried to cover the walls and lockers with Michigan stuff, the booth points out that he had nothing for the pink toilets, however.

Ok finally ready for the game, Michigan wins the toss and defers, so the Wolverines line up to kickoff.
The Michigan kick lands 5 yards deep, but King brings it out, he goes straight up the middle, across the 10, 15, 20, but then runs into traffic, and he is dropped at the 23.  The Iowa offense takes the field.

C.J. starts under center, he has Jr alone at tailback, two wideouts close to the line on the far side, one out wide on the near.  He snaps it, turns, hands it to Jr, he goes straight ahead, has a seem, and he flies through for 7 yards, 2nd and 3.

Hawks now to the I formation, with Wadley at tailback.  C.J. snaps it, turns, flips the ball to Wadley, he takes off for the far side, gets to the corner and gets it turned, then he gets 8 yards for a Hawkeye 1st down at the 39!

Now C.J. runs a quick slant near side, caught, Smith, 9 yards, 2nd and 1. 

The Hawks get to the line and C.J. changes the play, it goes to Wadley, he just plows straight ahead, and he does get across the yellow line, that is a Hawkeye 1st down at the 50!

Now C.J. runs a play action fake, stands, and floats the ball deep down the side, we see Smith is open, but the ball hits his hands and falls to the turf, and Smith gets popped by the Michigan safety, he was probably hearing the footsteps.  The booth points out that Smith should have taken his route closer to the sideline, so C.J. could have thrown him into more open space.  Now 2nd and 10 from the 50.  

Now C.J. runs the flip play to Jr, he tries the far side, but gets stuffed, 3rd and a long 10.  

C.J. snaps the ball, is looking downfield middle, but then feels the pressure, so he pulls it down, and races for the far side, chased by Peppers, and as C.J. gets to the sideline, Peppers shoves him into the Michigan bench, the Iowa fans want a flag but none come, and the Hawks have a 4th and 8.  On comes the Iowa punt team.  

Coluzzi’s punt lands at the Michigan 10 and then bounces out of bounds at the 8, Peppers gets no return, where it’s a Wolverine 1st down, timeout.

After the break, Michigan has Speight under center, a tailback behind him, and a wideout on each side.  The ball goes to the tailback Smith, he starts ahead, then cuts the ball toward the near side, that is good for about 4, 2nd and 6.

Speight now has the I formation, he snaps the ball, and quickly fires it near side, caught, Butt, and he gets hit but he falls across the yellow line, 9 yards, a Michigan 1st down at their 21.  

Now to the gun, Speight runs the read/option, and the tailback Evans gets the ball, he just goes straight ahead, blows through the line, and picks up 12 yards for a Michigan 1st down at their 33.  Kinnick groans, that was too easy.  

Now back under center, Speight snaps it, looks far side, then he floats the ball deep down the middle, but Darboh can’t catch up to it, no good, 2nd and 10.  

Now Speight tries the pitch play to his tailback Smith, he catches the ball and tries the far side, but the Hawks blow it up and drop him for a 3 yard loss!  Gair and The Outlaw with the stop, and that brings up 3rd and 13!

Now to the gun, with a running back on each side of Speight, he snaps the ball, looks, but then has pressure, so he heads for the far side, as he gets toward the far sideline he fires the ball back across the far side hash, and his receiver dives to make the catch.  So says the officials, but the Iowa players are all pointing at the ground, the play is reviewed, and indeed the ball did hit the ground, no good, and it’s 4th and 13 from the Michigan 39.  

Michigan’s punter Allen gets the kick away, but it’s off the side of his foot, and it goes out of bounds at the Iowa 35, just a 35 yard punt, where the Hawks will take over.  Timeout.  

Coming out of the break, we see several pictures of Nile Kinnick, then to his statue outside Kinnick Stadium, the players all touching his helmet as they walk into the stadium.  I’m sure the Cornbelt Comet would have been in the stadium for this one if he was still with us.  

After the break, C.J. has the Hawks in the base formation, it goes to Jr, and he gets hit immediately, and that goes for no gain.  2nd and 10.  

From the same formation, C.J. snaps it, the pressure comes but he tries a quick pass over the middle for Weiting, no good, 3rd and 10.  

Now C.J. tries a screen pass to the far side, caught, Smith, but there are Michigan players there, and they drop him after just 1 yard, 4th and 9, and on comes the Iowa punt team.  

Coluzzi catches the high snap, he takes a step to the right, then he pulls the ball down and cuts back to the near side, but as he gets to the 28 yard line, he trips and flips over, and then a Michigan player dives in and drills him after Coluzzi has hit the ground, the ball flies out but the officials immediately determine he was down, but as we are seeing the replay, the referee is putting on the headset for reviewing the play.  

The booth wonders if it’s for spotting the ball, or maybe a targeting call, no flag was thrown on the field, but a new rule this year allows the officials in the press box to buzz down if they see a targeting call in replay that the officials missed.  And in fact, that is the case here, and the freshman linebacker Bush is booted out of the game, with a 15 yard penalty.  But it’s determined that that penalty was post possession, so Michigan has the ball, but now back at the Iowa 46.  

OK we are back on the field, Speight snaps the ball, looks, then quickly fires over the middle, caught, Butt, 5 yards, 2nd and 5 from the Hawkeye 41.

Now from the I formation, Evans gets the ball, he tries straight ahead, but the Hawks are there, just 1 yard, 3rd and 4 from the Iowa 40.  

Now from the I formation with the offset fullback, Speight snaps it, fakes the handoff, stands, and quickly takes the under route far side, caught, Poggi, the fullback, and he gets around the corner for 12 yards, a Michigan 1st down at the Hawkeye 28.  He was too open, someone missed picking him up out of the backfield.  

Now the tailback Evans gets the ball, he comes to the near side and gets this corner turned, 10 yards, a Michigan 1st down at the Iowa 18.  

Now Speight snaps the ball, looks middle, then floats the ball down the far sideline, it comes down in the end zone where his receiver makes the catch, but did his left foot come down in bounds, because his right foot does not - the officials call it a touchdown, but this play is reviewed, and it is determined that the left foot did not touch the ground, no good, 2nd and 10 from the 18.  

Now Michigan has Speight lining up on the left side of the formation, as Peppers has come in to run the wildcat.  He snaps it, runs the read/option, keeps the ball, and tries for the far side, but the Hawks are there and they wrap him up for a 1 yard loss!  3rd and 11 from the Hawkeye 19!

But then we see there is a flag on the field, and we soon see why.  As the play was ending, one of the Michigan O linemen kind of shoves King out of the way, he seems to take issue with that, and then another Michigan O lineman gets in his face, and King kind of gives him a right to the facemask (UFC 205 was going on at the same time, maybe he was inspired).  Anyway, that is an unsportsmanlike penalty on King, and that is a 1st and goal from the Hawkeye 10.  

After the break, Michigan lines up with Speight in the gun, his tailback Smith to his right. Smith gets the  ball and tries the left side, but the Hawks are there to clog it up, 2 yards, 2nd and goal from the 8.

From the same formation, Speight snaps it, drops back, then he fires the far to the far side, his receiver gets his hands on the ball, but Rugamba drills him and the ball falls to the turf!  3rd and goal from the 8.  

Kinnick brings the noise, as Speight tries a quick pass over the middle, but Snyder tips the pass and it flies out the back of the end zone, no good, 4th and goal!  

Allen the kicker comes in to take the 26 yard field goal, and it’s up and good, and Michigan has a 3-0 lead at the 4:02 mark of the 1st quarter.  Timeout.

After the break, Michigan’s kick lands in the back of the end zone, touchback.  We hear the story of Harbaugh, who lived in Iowa City for his 1st through 3rd grade years (his Dad was on the coaching staff, those were part of the Dark Years of Iowa football), and how Harbaugh was hit by a mail truck on the first day of school his 1st grade year, breaking a couple bones in the process.  Between that, and his losing effort as the QB in 1985, you could understand why Harbaugh may not be a fan of Iowa City.

Ok we are back on the field, and C.J. has the Hawks in the base formation.  Wadley goes into motion from the far side, it’s the jet sweep, but Michigan stops it for no gain.  2nd and 10 from the 25.  

Now Wadley gets the ball the traditional way, but he can’t get out of the backfield, no gain, 3rd and 10 from the 25. 

C.J. is in the gun, he snaps it, the pressure is immediately in his face, he floats the ball deep down the far sideline for Smith, he gets 1 hand on it but it flies out and out of bounds, no good, and the Iowa punt team takes the field.  C.J. does get hit on the play.  

Coluzzi now tries the conventional punt, but as the ball flies away, he gets hit by a Michigan player - a flag flies, and it sure looks like roughing the kicker, but the officials just call it running into the kicker, a 5 yard penalty, so that is 4th and 5.  Iowa lines up to kick again.  

This time, when Coluzzi gets the ball he goes into his rugby style kick, and he gets the kick away, but he gets hit again, and another flag flies!  It’s running into the punter again, and this time the 5 yards give Iowa a 1st down at 35!!!

With the Iowa offense back on the field, C.J. has them in the base formation.  It goes to Wadley, he tries far side, at the line he spins, escapes, and picks up 7!  2nd and 3.  

He gets the ball again and tries the middle, but this gets blocked quickly, 2 yards, 3rd and 1.

A Michigan player is slow to get up on the play.

Now Jr gets the ball, he just flies straight ahead, he needed 3 feet and he gets about 5, that is an Iowa 1st down at the 46!

The booth mentions that Iowa should run play action here and take a shot.  Iowa is in the I formation. 

C.J. snaps it, turns hands it to Wadley, he goes straight ahead, gets through the line, then he cuts the ball outside the near hash, across the the 50, the 40, the 35, and he is finally pushed out at the Michigan 32, 22 yards, and that is an Iowa 1st down!!!

Now Wadley gets the ball again, he gets 3 yards to the Michigan 29, and that brings an end to the 1st quarter.  The booth mentions how Iowa is able to get some running yards with Michigan not respecting our passing game, with most of the defenders up within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage.  We will see if that continues after the break. 

When we return, Iowa is in the base formation, with Jr at tailback.  2nd and 7.  Wadley runs from the far side to simulate the jet sweep, but C.J. hands it to Jr, he goes straight ahead to pick up about 3, 3rd and 4.  

Now C.J. is in the gun, and he takes the play clock all the way down 0, he does get the snap off, but the pressure is immediate and he cant get away, he is dropped at the 28 yard line, and the Iowa kicking team takes the field.  

It’s a 45 yard field goal attempt, so Recinos comes in.  and his kick is up, it’s to the right, and there it stays, no good, and Iowa wastes a chance to put points on the board, clock at 13:25 of the 2nd quarter, and Michigan still has a 3-0 lead.  Timeout.

After the break, Michigan begins the drive from their 28.  They start in the I formation. The ball goes to the tailback Higdon, he tries the far side, to pick up 4, 2nd and 6.

ABC then puts up a stat - Michigan 51 yards in the 1st quarter, a season low.  Well done, Hawkeye defense!

Now Speight runs play action and rolls to the near side, he takes the under, Butt, who makes the catch, and he gets out of one tackle to pick up 8 yards for a Michigan 1st down at their 40.

Now Michigan has Peppers lined up behind Speight like a tailback, but then Speight steps over behind one of his guards and bends down as if to take a snap, but of course the snap goes to Peppers, he immediately tries for the far side, he does get around the corner to pick up 7, and that is 2nd and 3 from the Michigan 47.

Now the tailback Smith gets the ball he just goes straight ahead, and falls across the yellow line that is on the 50 yard line, a Michigan 1st down at the Iowa 49.

Now Speight is back under center, he runs play action, stands, and floats the ball deep down the far hash, it comes down and his receiver Chesson makes the catch and then holds on as he gets drilled, 29 yards, and Michigan has a 1st down at the Iowa 20.

Now Michigan runs the jet sweep, from nearside to far, he does get a bit of the way around the corner, 6 yards, 2nd and 4.

Smith now gets the ball, he tries straight ahead, that picks up about 2 yards, 3rd and 2.  

Speight immediately starts rolling to the near side after the snap, then he fires it to the near sideline caught, Darboh, 5 yards, a Michigan 1st and goal from the Iowa 7.

Now from the gun, Speight runs the read/option, his tailback Isaac gets the ball, he starts for the far side but then he cuts it back across the 5, and the Hawks hit him at the 1 but he falls into the end zone, and Michigan has taken a 10-0 lead after the extra point is good.  Clock at 8:56 of the 2nd, and Hawkeye fans are starting to get a bad feeling.  Timeout.

After the break, the Michigan kickoff lands about the 3 yard line - one of the blockers is standing there to catch it, but then King flies in to grab it, and together the ball falls on the ground, but King scoops it up and takes of up the far side, and he gets the ball just across the 20.  Iowa 1st and 10.

Iowa starts in the I formation, Jr gets the ball, he goes straight ahead, after 3 yards a Michigan player tries to hit him but Jr just runs him over, across the 28, another Michigan player tries to make the stop, but Jr just steps through and around him, across the 30, across the 35, and finally caught and dropped at the 36, 16 yards, and anther Hawkeye 1st down!!!

Now C.J. has Wadley at tailback, twin wideouts to the far side. C.J. snaps it, stands, and quickly fires the quick slant to Smith, caught no, the ball is on the turf, no good. 2nd and 10.  

Jr gets the ball again, and again goes up the middle, bounces off one tackle to pick up 8 yards, 3rd and 2 from the Iowa 44.  

Now Iowa tries Jr one more time, but Michigan knows what is coming, and they stop it for no gain. 4th and 2, and on comes the Iowa punt team.  

Coluzzi comes in and drops his punt at the 4 yard line, Peppers has run forward, thinking it’s a touchback, but the ball bounces sideways, and the Hawks fly down and down it inside the 2!  Timeout, clock at 6:41 of the 2nd.  

After the break, Kinnick brings the noise level way up.  Michigan has Speight under center, a tailback behind him, a fullback offset in the H back position.  He snaps it, runs play action, turns and fires quickly near side, Butt, but the pass is too high in heavy traffic and no good.  2nd and 10.  

Now Michigan comes out in the I formation, with Smith at the tailback spot. Speight snaps it, turns, hands it to Smith, but as soon as he gets the ball Johnson is in the hole, he grabs Smith and spins him to the ground, and the Iowa defenders raise their hands, SAFETY!!!  And the Hawks are on the board, Michigan now leads 10-2 and Iowa will get the ball back!!!!

On this free kick from the 20, the ball is nearly rolling out of bounds at about the Iowa 10, but King picks it up and charges ahead, he gets out to the 31 before he is dropped.  Iowa 1st and 10, clock at 6:25 of the 2nd.  Timeout.

This drive starts with a deep pass to Wadley, but it’s too long and no good. 

The drive dies after 3 plays, and Coluzzi’s punt lands at the Michigan 20, where Peppers makes a fair catch.  Clock at 5:19.

This drive starts with Speight rolling out, but has pass is too short, and no good.  This drive dies after 3 plays, and this punt is the one where King is running up to catch it, he drops the ball, and somehow he falls back on it to avoid disaster, Iowa has a 1st and 10 from the Iowa 48.

The Hawks start in the I formation.  Wadley gets the ball to start the drive, he tries the middle to pick up 1, 2nd and 9 from the 49.

Now to the gun, C.J. has Wadley to his right.  He snaps it, drops back, Michigan brings 5 but the Hawks pick it up, C.J. is looking, but then he takes the under, caught, Wadley, at the Michigan 49, and he gets away!! Across the 45, the 40, he cuts it outside and then spins and is finally dropped at the Michigan 25, 27 yards, 1st down Hawkeyes!!!!

Now C.J. dumps the ball to Wadley in the flat, caught, he spins once, then twice, and picks up 7 yards, 2nd and 3.  But there is a flag on the play, and Michigan is called for a personal foul as one of their players shoved Meyers to the ground after the play was over! That is an Iowa 1st and goal from the Michigan 9 yard line!!!

Wadley now gets the ball, he only gets about 2.  2nd and goal from the 7.  

Now C.J. rolls to the far side, he flips the ball that way, caught, McCarron, and he gets drilled immediately, but he hangs on. 4 more yards, 3rd and goal from the 3!  Iowa calls timeout, clock at 1:37 of the 2nd.  

After the break, C.J. is in the gun, with Wadley to his right.  After the huddle, C.J. changes the play at the line.  He snaps it, looks left, then quickly fires it right side, Smith is there, but it is double coverage, and C.J. is really throwing it away.  No good, 4th and goal from the 3 yard line.  

And Kirk leaves the offense on the field!!!

C.J. is again in the gun, with Wadley to his right, he has two wideouts on the near side, one on the far - he snaps it, drops back, has immediate pressure, but he floats the ball across the line - the screen, Wadley caught, and into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!  And the Hawks have closed to 10-8 and Kirk leaves the offense on the field to go for 2 points.

C.J. is in the gun, again with Wadley, and 3 wideouts on the near side.  C.J. snaps it, looks, then fires it over the middle, it hits Falconer in the hands and he drops it, no good.  Yeah he should have had it, maybe C.J. could have placed it a little more in front of him, but still, Iowa has shown Michigan that at least for a half, they are getting more than they bargained for.  Iowa kicks off with the clock at 1:27 of the 2nd.  

Peppers brings the kickoff out to the 38, but on 1st down, Johnson sacks Speight for an 8 yard loss!  And Michigan would end up going 3 and out, after Neiman almost picks it off. 

King makes the punt catch at the 7 yard line and he can only get it out to the 12.  With the clock at 21 seconds, Iowa just kneels down to kill the 1st half, with the score Michigan 10 Iowa 8.  

As we go to the break, the booth comments that Iowa fans are probably ok with this halftime score.  And that the Hawkeye defense only gave Michigan 124 yards of offense in the 1st half.  Well done Hawkeyes.  

During the halftime, we see some more shots of Kinnick from the blimp.  It really is one of the most beautiful stadiums in the country, made ever better by the permanent lights that replaced the light towers from previous years. 

Then we see the halftime stats.  Rush yards, Michigan 45, Iowa 79.  Passing yards, Michigan 79, Iowa 51.  3rd downs, Michigan 2/6, Iowa 1/8.  If you like offense, not your cup of tea.  Like defense, that will do nicely.  More of the same Hawkeye defense!  And let’s find some more passing yards in there somewhere…
Now we are back in the field, Iowa is kind of in a strange kickoff formation - to Coluzzi’s right the guys are lined up side by side per normal, but to his left, the Hawks are lined up with one guy in front of the other.  And then Coluzzi does not boot the kick through the end zone, he kind of pops it up, aiming down the left side of the field.  In fact one of the Michigan blockers makes the catch at the 20, and he starts up the near sideline - across the 25, the 30, at the 34 he gets hit, and as he goes down, the ball comes out!!  And Ross falls on it, and Iowa has the ball at the Michigan 43!!!!

That is only Michigan’s 7th turnover of the season.  Thanks Wolverines!

Iowa starts with C.J. under center, Jr behind him, two wideouts on his right and one on his left.  C.J. snaps the ball, turns to his right, and flips the ball to Jr, who starts left, but then he slips the ball to Smith, the reverse, and he gets the ball and takes off for the far side, where C.J. is doing his best to try and block one of the Michigan linemen, as Smith gets across the far hash he cuts it upfield, trying to use the block, then he cuts the ball back inside, and finally he is brought down as he approaches the 35. 8 yards total, 2nd and 2 for the Hawks.

Now Jr gets the ball, and he tries straight ahead, that barely crosses the line, 3rd and a long 1. 

Jr gets the ball again, he tries the right side of the line, but he is down just short of the yellow line.  It’s 4th and about a foot.  

The Hawks are about 3 yards past the green field goal line that ESPN puts up there, but it would be a long one.  So Kirk leaves the offense on the field.  

Iowa goes into the Power I, one solitary wideout on the near side.  But it’s the QB sneak, and C.J. tries to go to the left, where his fullback, Kulick, #45, grabs C.J. and basically picks him up and shoves him across the line!  That is a Hawkeye 1st down at the Michigan 32!!!

Now Wadley takes the tailback spot.  He gets the ball from C.J., and starts toward the right side of the line, he cuts right to cross the line of scrimmage, there a Michigan player is in his path - he cuts it back to the middle and takes off, across the 25, cuts it back again, across the yellow line, then finally tripped up and dropped at the Michigan 20, 12 yards, 1st and 10 Iowa now at the Michigan red zone!!!

Iowa back to the I formation.  Wadley, again, he gets the ball, jump cuts his way to the right, crosses the line of scrimmage, at the 16, he jukes his way around a diving Michigan linebacker, and then he just bows his head and plows forward, 12 more yards to the Michigan 8, a Hawkeye 1st and goal!!!

Wadley gets the ball again, this time he does not dance, he just guns it straight ahead, and he gets 4 yards for a 2nd and goal from the 4.  

Now C.J. snaps the ball, he fakes the handoff, then starts to roll to the near side, he is looking into the end zone, but has nothing, so he pulls it down, but he can’t get away, and Michigan drops him at the 7 for a 3 yard loss.  3rd and goal from the 7.

C.J. goes to the gun with Jr now to his left. C.J. snaps it, drops back, looks far side, has pressure in his face so he starts to move to the near side, he steps back to get away from more pressure and finally fires the ball into the ground at Jr’s feet.  No good, 4th down, on comes the Iowa kicking team.  

It’s a 25 yard kick, and Duncan drills it right down the middle, and the Hawkeyes lead! It’s no Iowa 11 Michigan 10, clock at 9:55 of the 3rd quarter.  Come on Hawkeye defense!!!

After the break, Coluzzi boots this one deep, touchback.  Michigan 1st and 10 from the 25.

The Wolverines line up in the I formation.  Speight snaps it, hands it to Smith, who turns around and flips it back to Speight, the flea flicker, and then Speight fires the ball deep down the middle of the field, but as the camera pans, we see the pass is under thrown, and it’s King who is closing on the ball, he leaps, gets his hands on it, but he can’t pull it down.  2nd and 10 from the 25.

Now Evans gets the ball, and he goes up the middle for about 8.  3rd and a long 2. 

The Hawks are showing the rare blitz as Michigan lines up, they do bring pressure at the snap, so Speight quickly fires over the middle for Butt, but the pass is behind him and he can’t pull it in!  4th down, and on comes the Michigan punt team.  

The punt lands at the 15, where King makes the fair catch, then he slaps the ball, the camera showed that Iowa had guys blocking both the Michigan gunners, he may have had some return yards there.  Iowa ball, clock at 8:51 of the 3rd, 1st and 10 from the Iowa 15. Timeout.  

Iowa starts with C.J. in the gun, Wadley to his left, and the triangle of wideouts to his right.  C.J. snaps it, runs the quasi read/options, hands it to Wadley, tries the left side but that took too long, Michigan stops it for 1 yard.  2nd and 9.  

Wadley gets the ball the traditional way this time, and he goes straight ahead for about 4 more. 3rd and 5 from the Iowa 20.  

C.J. is back in the gun, with Jr to his left, Smith on the left side, and 3 more wideouts on the far.  He snaps it, looks near side, but he does not like it so he pulls it down and tries to escape to the far side, but he gets caught from behind and dropped at the 13, a 7 yard loss, 4th down, and on comes the Iowa punt team.  

Coluzzi does well with his punt, he drives Peppers back to the 33, and he catches the ball across the far side numbers, he immediately starts to run toward the near side, but across the hash mark, he slows it down and cuts it back toward the far side numbers he crosses the 35, the 40, the 45, and he finally gets hit as he approaches the 50, and he falls down at the Iowa 48 yard line, a 19 yard return after a 54 yard punt.  Timeout.

Michigan starts with a toss to the tailback Higdon, he makes the catch and tries the far side, but that is the short side of the field, and the Hawks string it out and dropped him for a loss! 2nd and a long 11.  

Now Speight runs play action, and as he drops back, he is looking deep near side, he does not hear Hesse approaching, and he dives forward and knocks the ball out of Speight’s hand!  It falls to the turf, but Iowa can’t fall on it, a Michigan tailback is there. But that loses 2 more yards, so now it’s 3rd and 13 from the Michigan 49!!

The Iowa D line is foaming at the mouth as the noise in Kinnick cranks up, Speight snaps it, drops back, then runs a screen to the far side, caught, but then quickly dropped, just 3 yards, and the Iowa defense has held, the Michigan punt team takes the field.  Clock at 5:15 of the 3rd. 

Michigan’s punt lands at the 20, as King is moving is arms, telling his guys to stay away, and the ball just bounces sideways and out of bounds, Iowa ball, 1st and 10.  

Iowa starts in the I formation.  C.J. steps back from the line, and barks out his change.  The ball goes to Wadley, he tries the near side, and gets about 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Now C.J. turns right and flips the ball to Wadley, he makes the catch, and races for the far side, he gets the corner turned, he seems to fall down across the yellow line but the officials say he was down 1 yard short of it.  3rd and 1.  

C.J. gets the line and quickly snaps the ball, this sneak goes straight ahead, but he gets there, an Iowa 1st down at the Iowa 31!

Wadley gets the ball again, he goes straight ahead, picks up 8 yards!  2nd and 2.  

Now Jr gets the ball, he goes straight ahead, 8 more yards, an Iowa 1st down at the 39!!

Jr gets it again and tries the left side, but Michigan is there, 1 yard, 2nd and 9.  

Now C.J. runs the fake to Wadley, he wants to roll to the near side, but a Michigan defender is there, he grabs C.J. and spins around, and C.J. just flips the ball to the near side, a flag comes down, and Iowa is hit with intentional grounding, and that makes it 3rd and 21.  

C.J. runs a shovel pass to Wadley, who gets about 5 yards back, but the Iowa punt team again takes the field.  

Coluzzi drops this punt just inside the 10 on the far side of the field, and the ball bounces out of bounds at the Michigan 7 yard line!  

Michigan starts with a handoff to Evans, he goes straight ahead, to pick up about 7.  2nd and 3, and that brings an end to the 3rd quarter.  Timeout.  

At the bar, your scribe begins the 50/50 raffle announcement, while around Hawkeye Nations, fans are wondering if the Hawks can pull off 1 more quarter.  

After the break, Evans again gets the ball, he gets 6 more yards up the right side for a Michigan 1st down at their 20.  

Now the tailback Smith gets it, he tries the left side, gets about 2.  2nd and 8.

Now Speight fakes the handoff and is looking downfield, but he has pressure, so he pulls it down, he starts for the far side but the Hawks cut that off, so he cuts it back upfield, for about 4 yards.  3rd and 4.

Speight snaps it from the gun, he is looking far side, then comes back middle, he throws it across the middle, and Jewel dives at the ball, just missing it, where then Butt makes the catch, and he gets around the near corner to pick up 17 more before Iowa shoves him out of bounds.  That is a Michigan 1st down at the 43.

Now Speight runs a delayed handoff to Evans, he tries the middle, that picks up 6 more, 2nd and 4 from the Michigan 49.  

Michigan has Speight under center, one of his wideouts from the far side goes into motion, but he cuts it back up into the tailback position, Speight snaps it, fakes the handoff, that wideout now floats out into the flat, but Speight is looking downfield, then he fires it deep down the far numbers, but as the camera pans, we see he has again overshot Darboh, no good.  3rd and 4.  

Now Speight is under pressure as he tries a pass to Butt on the far side, but the ball is off his fingertips and out of bounds, 4th down!  On comes the Michigan punt team, clock at 11:52 of the 4th.

This punt lands in the end zone for a touchback, but there is a flag on the field.  Harbaugh is over there yelling at the officials, as the zebras huddle up.  

And the call is a personal foul, roughing the center.  On Snyder.

Yup, your scribe has never seen that called. 

I guess the rule is, when the long snapper snaps the ball, you have to wait 1 second before you engage him, and they determined that Snyder did not give him that.  So now it’s again Michigan ball, 1st and 10 from the Iowa 36.  Kirk is rather ticked off over there on the sideline, as is all the rest of Hawkeye Nation.  Can the defense make a stand here?

Smith gets the ball and just goes straight ahead, that picks up about 6 yards, 2nd and 4.

Smith gets the ball again, the Hawks hit him at the line, but he spins to pick up about 3 yards.  3rd and 1, as Kinnick brings up the noise.  

Higdon is in at tailback, Speight snaps it, turns, flips it to him, but the Hawks are there, and they drill him for a 6 yard loss!!!!

On comes the Michigan kick team, ABC puts up the graphic, Allen is 1 for 3 from 40+ yards, with a long of 45.  And this is a 51 yard field goal.  

And he gets it up, and it’s long enough (barely) but right down the middle, and Michigan now has a 13-11 lead, with the clock at 9:35 of the 4th quarter.  Kinnick goes rather silent.  Timeout.

After the break, Michigan’s kickoff lands at the goal line, where King makes the catch, and he goes up the middle to pick up 22 yards.  1st and 10 Hawkeyes.  

Iowa starts in the I formation, Wadley gets the ball and heads to the near side, he picks up 5 yards before he is pushed out.  2nd and 5.  

Now C.J. runs the quick slant to McCarron, who was wide open, but C.J. had the pass a bit too high, no good, 3rd and 5.  

From the gun, C.J. snaps it, looks middle, then comes back and tries what appears to be a back shoulder throw to the near sideline, but Falconer can’t adjust to it, and it falls to the turf. 4th down, and on comes the Iowa punt team.  

This Coluzzi punt just goes 33 yards, and is downed at the Michigan 40.  Clock at 8:41 of the 4th.  Timeout.  

Michigan starts with Speight in the gun, and Evans to his left.  Evans gets the ball and tries the middle, the Hawks clog it up, 2 yards, 2nd and 8.  

This play is basically a jet sweep to Pepperer, near side to far, he gets the ball and gets hit as he gets to the far corner, 4 yards, that brings up 3rd and 4. 

Now Speight snaps the ball and immediately starts to roll to the near side, he then flips the ball forward, caught, and he steps across the yellow line and out of bounds, that is a Michigan 1st down at the 50.  

The tailback Smith now gets the ball, he goes straight ahead, that picks up about 7.  2nd and 3.

Smith now gets hit in the backfield by Gair, but he spins away to pick up about 2.  3rd and1.

Michigan is now in the Power I, it actually goes to the fullback, he just plows his way forward, and that is enough, a Michigan 1st down at the Iowa 39.

Michigan now tries bringing a wideout from the far side of the field, he gets the ball flipped to him, but as he gets to the near side, King is there and he drops him for a 2 yard loss!  2nd and 12!!

Now Speight is looking downfield, but the pressure comes, and he tries to take off, but he is not fast, and the Hawks nab him and drop him after about 3 yards.  3rd and 9.  

Kinnick cranks the noise up to a fever pitch, as Michigan has Speight under center, the I formation behind him, two wideouts on the far side and one on the near - he snaps it, drops back, turns, looks middle, then he throws it to the far sideline, as the ball comes down, the receiver gets his hands on the ball, but as he goes down, Rugamba yanks the ball from his grasp!  INTERCEPTION and he gets dropped right there, it’s Iowa’s ball 1st and 10, at the 25, clock at 3:43 of the 4th!!!! Timeout.

Iowa starts in the I formation.  C.J. snaps it, turns, flips the ball to Wadley, caught, he races for the near side, he gets the corner turned and then steps out, 5 yards, 2nd and 5.

From the I again, Wadley gets the ball, dances a bit and does seem to come down just short of the yellow line, 4 more yards, it’s 3rd and a short 1.  

Boettger seems to be dinged up on the play, while over on the Michigan sideline, Speight is having his left shoulder looked at.  

C.J. runs the sneak again, that is enough, 1st down Iowa at the 36! The clock is at 2:48 of the 4th (and rolling) and Iowa has all 3 timeouts left.  

Now C.J. flips the ball to Wadley going the other way, left, and Iowa has pulling linemen out front, he gets to the corner and turns it, and then slips out of bounds after a pick up of 10!  A Hawkeye 1st down at the 46!!

C.J. is back under center, with the I formation behind him, Wadley at tailback.  He snaps it, fakes the handoff, rolls back, turns, looks near, then fires it deep middle, he seems to have been hit just as the ball is gone, and as the camera pans, we seem Smith gets tripped up by the cornerback, and as he falls to the ground, the corner dives and picks off the ball.  In the replay, we see the Smith plainly had the corner beat, but because of the hit, the pass was under thrown, and Smith could not work his way back to the ball.  Michigan now has the ball, 1st and 10, at their 16, and clock at 1:54 of the 4th.  Timeout.

Hawkeye fans have a sinking feeling setting in.  Iowa has all 3 timeouts left, we need the defense to rise up and force a Michigan 3 and out.  Come on Hawkeyes!!!

Michigan starts by giving the ball to Smith, he tries the middle, but the Hawks know he is coming. 1 yard, 2nd and 9, and Iowa calls timeout.  Clock at 1:48.  

As Michigan comes to the line, the Iowa players are waving their hands, trying to get the noise level up.  

Michigan now shifts, and Peppers goes into the QB position.  He snaps it, runs the read/options, he decides to keep it, he tries for the far side, but the Hawks string it out and drop him for just 1 yard!  3rd and 8, and Iowa calls timeout, clock at 1:43.

Michigan now has Speight in the gun, Smith to his left, two wideouts on the near side, and one on the far.  He snaps it, drops back, is looking far side as the pressure comes, he stops and floats the ball deep down the far sideline, where Darboh gets a hand on it, but Rugamba is right there and the ball falls to the turf!  4th down, thank you Michigan, Iowa does not have to use that last timeout with the incomplete pass!  On comes the Michigan punt team. Clock at 1:31.

It’s a low punt, and King makes the catch at the Iowa 41, he starts for the corner, and then he stops to cut it up field, a Michigan players seems to run his hand over King’s face, and as King gets dropped at the 49, a flag comes in, and Michigan is called for a personal foul, facemask, that is a 15 yard penalty, and an Iowa 1st down at the Michigan 36!!!

The replay shows that there may not have been a grab, but maybe that is payback for the roughing the center penalty.  Regardless, Iowa 1st and 10, Michigan 36, clock at 1:23 of the 4th.

The ball is right on the green field goal line, but C.J. and Iowa want to do better than that.  He starts in the gun, he has Wadley to his right, and the triangle of wideouts to his left.  

Michigan then calls timeout, their first, with the clock still at 1:23.  

During the timeout, we see the play again, not a grab,  but at full speed, looks like a facemask.  Meanwhile, Duncan is over on the Iowa sideline, hopping on the stationary bike to keep those legs warm.  

Iowa comes out in the same formation.  The booth points out, Iowa will likely use a healthy dose of Wadley.  C.J. snaps it, drops back, then floats it near side, the screen, caught, Wadley, at about the 41, he has blockers and he takes off! He stutter steps his way down to the sideline and out right at the yellow line, that is an Iowa 1st down at the Michigan 26!!!  Clock at 1:16.

Iowa now to the I formation.  Wadley gets the ball and then jumps out of the way of a defender in the backfield, he hops forward to pick up about 2. 2nd and 8.  The running clock drops under 1:00.

Now C.J. is back under center, Wadley alone behind him.  Wadley gets it again, and tries the near side, but this gets stuffed, so it’s 3rd and 7.  Michigan now calls timeout with :34 seconds left.  During the break, we again see 1985 - Hayden and Rob, and the kick is good!!!

Iowa comes out with C.J. in the gun, Wadley to his right.  He barks out his orders.  He snaps it, then pulls it down, the QB draw, he goes straight ahead, he gets through the line, and then dives forward across the yellow line, a Hawkeye 1st down at the Michigan 15!!!!  The clock is at :28 seconds, and once the ball is set, it starts moving, and Iowa lets the clock drop to 3 seconds and they take their final timeout.  

The Iowa kicking team takes the field, as the booth points out Duncan, the true freshman walk on, in high school a year ago today. 

And as Duncan steps back into position, Harbaugh uses a timeout.  

The booth points out that Michigan has been good at getting their hands on kicks.  

The timeout is over, the teams take the field.  Duncan steps back, as all of Hawkeye Nation and the 70,000 at Kinnick hold their collective breath.

Here is the snap, good, the set good, Michigan seems to have some good push from the right side (on tv), but the ball is up, it’s close to the upright but it sails through, IT’S GOOD! IT’S GOOD! THE HAWKEYES WIN!!! THE HAWKEYES WIN!!! (paraphrasing Zabel, 1985).  Final: Iowa 14, Michigan 13.  

Here is the video.  Enjoy!

http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=18035403


And Iowa fans flood the field, as King goes over to Peppers to hug, and presumably say ‘see you on Sundays next season buddy’. They embrace as Peppers walks off the field, and King returns to the scrum in the middle to celebrate with his teammates. 

The Iowa defense:  Speight, 11 for 26, 103 yards, 0 TDs 1, interception.  
Michigan running, 35 for 98 net, 2.8 average, 1 td, a long run of 12 yards.  

Well done Hawkeye defense!!!

The Iowa offense, well, every yard was hard to come by.  C.J. 8 for 19, 66 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception. 
Jr, 14 for 54.  Wadley, 23 carries for 115, and 5 catches for 52, including the lone Iowa touchdown.  Clearly, the offensive MVP of this game.  And with his running and catching ability, start the Heisman talk for next season for the senior to be.  

So the Hawks end the Kinnick Stadium losing streak, and now can focus on starting again with a new road winning streak.  This one a quick drive east from Iowa City.  And yes we will bring Herky, while Illinois will respond with….

Week 12: Illinois

Hello again, actual Rival.  

So Illinois made a bit of a splash after last season, when they pulled Lovie Smith from forced retirement (canned by Tampa Bay this past January) to be their new coach.  Time will tell if having a former NFL coach changes things there in Champaign Urbana, the first year hasn’t gone so well to date. 

The Illini opened with Murray State, and that was easy enough , 52-3.

In week 2, North Carolina came to visit.  This was close after the 1st, 17-14 UNC, but 24-16 UNC at the half, 31-16 after the 3rd, and it ended 48-23 Tar Heels to put Illinois at 1-1.  

In week 3, Western Michigan came to visit, and they knocked off their second Big Ten team this year by downing Illinois 34-10.  (WMU beat the MIldcats to open the season, and WMU is currently 10-0 and ranked #21 in the polls). Illinois opened the B1G slate at 1-2.

Illinois went on the road to face the Huskers, and this game was going well for Illinois.  They had a 16-10 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.  

But then - Nebraska scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th, and that was it, a 31-16 Husker win.

Our Rival then came to south Illinois for a visit.  This was a good game, 7-3 Purdue after 1, 21-16 Purdue at the half. The 3rd ended with the Boilermakers leading 24-23, but then early in the 4th, Illinois scored and got the 2 point conversion to lead 31-24.  

But on their next possession the Boilermakers scored to make it 31 all, and that is how the game would end.  Onto OT.

Illinois started OT with the ball, and on 1st down, they got a 14 yard run to the Purdue 11 yard line.  But then - two plays later, they would put the ball on the turf and Purdue would recover, so the ball went to Purdue with the score still 31-31.  

And after 5 plays Purdue was down at the Illinois 11, and that 28 yard field goal was good. Final, Our Rival 34, Illinois 31.  

Up next, Rutgers, and Illinois had little problem here, 24-7.  

But then they went to Michigan.  After 1, 21-0 Wolverines.  And so it went, a 41-8 loss.  

Then the Rodents came in, and it was more of the same for Illinois, a 40-17 loss.  

But then the Spartans came calling, and if you thought our season was a disappointment, Illinois knocked Sparty to 0-6 Big Ten with a 31-27 win.  Of note in this one, MSU had 490 yards to 304 for Illinois, but it was not enough for Sparty.

In their last game, things reverted to normal, a 48-3 loss to the Badgers.  4 turnovers for Illinois, 0 for Wisconsin.  

To start the season, Illinois was lead by senior QB Lunt, #12, who recall is a pro style QB.  For the season, he was 80 for 137 for 862 yards, with 6 tds and 1 pick.  But, Lunt has not played since the Purdue game due to injury, so Illinois had to go down the depth chart.  

For the last 3 games, that has meant redshirt freshman Jeff George Jr.  Yup, that Jeff George.  He is #3, 6’3, 205 lbs.  To date, 38 for 94 (40.4%) for 470 yards, with 4 tds, and 5 interceptions.  He too is not a running QB, unless he is being chased.  All indications I can see that it will be George Jr playing this week.

Obviously, Illinois will try to get the run game set up to help the young QB, their top tailback, Foster, #22, a junior, who has 109 carries for 671 yards, with 7 rushing tds.  He has caught 8 passes for 50 yards.

He is the main workhorse, Corbin #2 (freshman) and Vaughn, #5 (sophomore) each have 60 carries.  So we should see all 3 tailbacks, but clearly the focus will be shutting down this running game and making the young QB put the ball up.  

The top receiver is junior Turner, #11.  He has 36 catches for 535 yards and 4 tds.  They have not used their tight end much in the passing game, senior Johnson #80 has just 6 catches on the year. 

So Wadley was a bit of a revelation last week on the national stage. Seems likely he will be getting more carries, and used on most 3rd downs going forward.  Should be fun to see him as a senior next year, figure he will get all the carries he can handle.  

Some are worried about a letdown after the Michigan win.  I am not seeing it, a win here gets us 7 wins, and the team knows that finishing strong with a good bowl win will do wonders for the 2017 season.  

The forecast for Saturday is pretty windy and cool, look for Iowa to use Jr and Wadley to get the running game going, I expect them to get over 200 this week, and we look to see if Wadley can crack the 1,000 yard mark in these final two games (he is at 779 right now).  

Last week was probably about as bad as C.J. can play, of course Michigan’s defense was #1 in pass defense.  Illinois, not so much.  Another week, here is to hope Smith, Falconer, Fant, etc, have used these few more practices to get more on the same page with C.J.  If they can, look out Illinois.

And hey, Greg called a running play for C.J. last week!  The QB draw.  Not much reason to think we will see much of it this week, but you never know.  And yes, C.J. does have his helmet back.  
And we learned this week that Mabin is done for the season (broken ankle in practice), so the youngster Rugamba will be getting the start.  He does seem to be on pace to become the next great Iowa corner.  But as a freshman, he will make some mistakes too.  Also, no Kittle this week, maybe next.  

Look for Iowa to come out with purpose, to get the running game going, and allowing C.J. time for his throws.  Iowa showed on Saturday that the team now can go toe to toe with the heavy weights in the Big Ten.  Illinois might be there at some point, but right now, they are not.  Hawkeyes 34, Illini 13.

GO HAWKS!!!

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