September 14, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 3: North Texas @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 2 votes
Coaches: 4 votes
College Football Playoff:
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2017 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, 3:30 pm, ESPN2
September 23rd, v. Penn State, 8:00 pm, ABC/ESPN
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, TBD
October 7th, v. •Illinois, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, TBD
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, TBD
November 4th, v. Ohio State, TBD
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, TBD
November 18th, v. •Purdue, TBD
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, 4:00 pm, FS1 Black Friday

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 2nd, Big Ten Championship Game
Lucas Oil Arena, Indianapolis  


Scouting next opponent: 
September 16th, Georgia State @ Penn State. 7;30 pm, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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September 16th, 2017: Iowa v North Texas Mean Green, 1-1, 0-0 Conference USA
Previous Meetings: 1, Iowa leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2015 Mean Green 16 Hawkeyes 62

Kinnick Color of the Week: Gold

Current Line: Iowa -21.5

Turnover Margin: -1,  B1G #10 FBS #80

Interceptions: 3, B1G #1, FBS #10

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 Through Week 2
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Offense
Total   380.0  Pass 229.0  Rush 151.0  Scoring 34.0
B1G    #10           #7                #10                  #7
FBS    #84    #66              #77                  #53
Defense  
Total   350.0  Pass 260.5 Rush 89.5     Scoring 22.0
B1G    #7               #8              #5                    #7
FBS    #60             #87            #29                  #57
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Iowa                 2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois     2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska     1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue     1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
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WEEK 2 Iowa State

As the game week went on, the line for the contest moved up to 3.5 by the morning of kickoff.  Wonder what the gamblers knew….

We see a box on the screen, over the last 10, 6 up 4 down for the Hawks.  But when the Hawks win, it’s by 21.8 points.  When the Clones win, 2.8.

Trice is of course a sell out for this one, the sun is shining, and the players take the field.  The Clones have won the toss and taken the ball, a trick out of Iowa’s playbook.  

Recinos kickoff lands one yard deep in the end zone, and the Clone return man brings it out - across the near hash at the 10, he tries to cut it more up the middle, but the Hawks drop him at the 18 yard line.  

The Cyclone offense takes the field.  Park starts alone in the gun, but then one of his tailbacks shifts up to his right side.  It’s a read/option, the back Montgomery gets it an sprints for the far side, he does get the corner a bit turned but then the Hawks wrap him up after a gain of 4.  2nd and 6.

Now the Clones get right up to the line, the no huddle, and present on an offset pistol.  His wideout on the near side starts going into motion, but then the ball is snapped, he turns back toward the near side, and Park quickly fires his way, caught, and he somehow splits two Hawks to pick up 8 yards for a 1st down at the ISU 30.

ISU tries to run the quick screen to the near side again, Lazard, but this time the Hawks are across the line at the snap, and they drop it for a 2 yard loss!  2nd and 12!

Another quick pass, this time to the far side, is caught, and Manny flies in to drop him before he can  advance the ball, but it nets 10, that brings up 3rd and about 1.5 yards.

ISU now goes to Park alone in the gun, and 5 wideouts spread across the field.  He snaps it, pumps, then fires it far side, but he overshoots his target and the pass sails out of bounds!  He would probably liked to have that one back, and ISU decides to bring in the punt team.

Jackson is back there to receive the punt, he makes the catch at the Iowa 21, and tries going straight up field, but he only gets a couple yards, so Iowa starts from the 24.  As the Iowa offense takes the field, the booth is talking about Stanley, first road start, first hostile environment, as the Hawks huddle up.

The Hawks start with Nate under center, Wadley alone behind him, two wideouts on the low side, one on the high - a formation that Iowa can run or pass out of.  But then Nate stands up and changes the play - he snaps it with 3 seconds left on the play clock, turns, hands it toWadley, but the Clones are there as he has the ball, and they drop him for a 3 yard loss.  Not a good start.

Wadley gets the ball again, but this only goes back to the LOS.  3rd and 13.

Iowa comes out in the same formation for the 3rd time this series, and as Nate is barking out his orders, the right side of the line moves, and Iowa is called for a false start.  3rd and 18.

Wadley gets it and tries the right side, but that only goes for about 5, and on comes Rastetter and the Iowa punt team.  He kicks it from the 16 yard line, it bounces and rolls out of bounds at the ISU 40.  Timeout.

After the break, ISU has Park in the gun, a tailback to his right, and H back to his left, and two wideouts low side, one high.  He snaps it, drops back, looks middle but then fires it deep down the far side, caught, and pushed out of bounds, but that was right in the hole in the zone and it picks up 25 for an ISU 1st down at the Iowa 35.

Still from the gun, Park now has 3 wideouts on the near side.  He snaps it, has pressure so he steps up and fires it down the near hash, caught, 20 more yards, and ISU is at the Iowa 15.

Montgomery now gets the ball, and he goes right up the middle, that picks up about 5, 2nd and 5 from the Iowa 10.

Now the Hawks jump offside, Hesse, and the Hawks gift ISU 5 more yards.  1st and goal from the 5.

Quickly to the line again, Park snaps it, looks, then floats it far side, targeting Lazard, he leaps, caught, and he falls into the end zone, touchdown Cyclones, Manny was there but he is giving about 5 inches to Lazard, and the extra point is good, and the Hawks trail 7-0 at the 9:03 mark of the 1st.

Can the Hawks respond?

The ISU kickoff lands at the 5 yard line, on the far side of the field, Wadley makes the catch, and kind of hop scotches his way up the far sideline, to pick up 19 yards to the Hawkeye 24.

Iowa comes out in what appears to be base formation for today at least, Nate under center, Wadley alone behind him, one wideout far side, two near. He snaps it, stands, quick fires it far side, caught, IS-M, and he ducks under a tackle to pick up about 2 more yards, that is 9, and that makes it 2nd and 1!

Now Nate goes to the gun - he has Wadley and Butler (I think) flanking him on both sides, and just one wideout on the low side. He snaps it, and Iowa runs the read/option, Wadley gets it and races for the far side, he gets pushed out, but not before he crosses the yellow line, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 35!

Hawks now to the power I. Lots of heavy beef on that O line. Wadley gets it, tries the middle, he gets through the line, and then tries to jump-cut to the right, but he gets tripped up, so it goes for just 3.  But he was close.  2nd and 7.

Nate is in the gun again, with Butler to his left, he snaps it, fakes the handoff to Butler, then fires it near side, caught, Wadley, he turns it upfield, looks for his blocks, then takes off, he cuts the ball back outside to pick up 2 more, that goes for 10 yards for a Hawkeye 1st down at the 48!

Now Stanley tries rolling to the far side, he has a man, but the pass is at his feet and no good, 2nd and 10 from the Iowa 48.

Nate is back under center, Wadley alone behind him - he snaps it, turns, hands it to Wadley, he gets the ball running for the near side, he cuts around a Clone defender and he is in the clear - he gets the corner turned, across the 50, the 45, the 40, the Clones cut him off but Wadley puts his shoulder pad into the defenders chest and drives him 3 yards further down field, 20 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down the ISU 32!!!

Iowa now to the I formation, a wideout on each side - he snaps it, turns, fakes the handoff, stands, and then fires a rope to the far sideline, caught, Fant, and he tries to cut it upfield but his momentum carries him out, but that is 12 more yards for a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 20!  Hello Red Zone!!!

Iowa to the same formation, Butler gets the carry and goes straight ahead, that goes for 3, 2nd and 7.

Now Nate runs a reverse to IS-M, has he heads to the far side, he sidesteps a Cyclone defender, before he runs into traffic, but he falls down across the yellow line, a Hawkeye 1st and goal from the 10!!!

Nate is under center with two wideouts on the near side - he snaps it, stands, quickly fires it near side, the wideout screen, caught, Easley, and he races to the near corner as First Down shoves his defender into the end zone, he can’t make the play and Easley dances across the goal line, TOUCHDOWN IOWA, Recinos knocks home the extra point and Iowa has tied the game at 7!!!

Recinos gives no return as his kickoff sails out the back of the end zone.

This drives starts with Park rolling to the near side, he targets Lazard on the near sideline, but Jackson flies in to knock the pass away! 2nd and 10.

Now Park tries a pass over the middle, but he overshoots hit tight end, no good, 3rd and 10 from the 25!

This time, Park is looking middle but immediately the pocked collapses as Nelson (Anthony) and Epenesa the Younger meet at the ISU QB to issue a 10 yard sack!  The Iowa defense has responded!!!

This punt lands about midfield, as Jackson is waving the Hawks away - as the ball is rolling around, a Cyclone player shoves a Hawkeye in the back, and it looks like he touches the ball, as the Clones fall on it and a cheer rises up from the stadium.  But the officials saw the push it’s Iowa’s ball at the Iowa 39, after a review.  Timeout.

Butler gets the ball to start this drive, he tries the near side, but ISU strings it out to limit him to 3 yards. 2nd and 7.

Now Nate tries a wideout screen to Easley, caught, far side, but ISU is right there, it actually goes for -1.  3rd and 8.

Now Nate drops back, looks, takes the crossing route, caught, IS-M, and he turns up field, but then he gets hit and turned around as he goes down, the far side judge comes in a marks the ball right on the yellow line, but the review shows that is was probably short by 2 feet.  It does go to review, and the spot is overturned, and Iowa has a 4th and about 18 inches.  

Iowa comes to the line in the Power I, but Nate is just trying to get the Clones to jump offside, and Iowa takes the intentional delay of game, and Rastetter boots his punt from the 31 yard line, and Lazard makes the fair catch at the ISU 13, a 43 yard punt.  Timeout.  

ISU starts with a handoff to Montgomery, he tries middle, gets about 3, 2nd and 7.

Now Park tries a quick pass to the far side, but there is a lot of traffic there and it falls to the turf.  3rd and 7.
Now Park takes a deep drop - he is kind of hopping toward the far side, then fires it, caught, the receiver diving to make the catch, 13 yards for a 1st down at the ISU 30.

Another pass to the far sideline is caught, and out of bounds, 19 yards, a Clone 1st down at the Iowa 49.  And that brings the 1st quarter to a close with the score tied at 7.

After the break, the Clones have a 1st and 10 from just across the 50.  Park is in the gun with a tailback just off his right shoulder.  He runs the read/option, but probably should not have, as Iowa stuffs the middle and it goes for no gain!  2nd and 10. 

Now Park has virtually all day back there, I believe he has a pb&j sandwich, he scoots to the far side, waving his hands for his wideouts to go down field, but he then fires the ball out of bounds,  no good, 3rd and 10.  

Now Park has to run for his life as Epenesa the Younger is chasing him at full speed, Park just dumps it far side, caught, the wideout takes a bump from the Iowa defender, but stays on is feet, that actually pushed him back about 2 yards from where he caught the ball, but he cant escape from here, so the play brings up a 4th and 3, and ISU keeps the offense on the field.

Park snaps it, looks, then fires for Lazard, far side, caught as he dives to the ground.  Iowa players are waving their arms, but the official steps in to mark it, it’s 5 yards, an ISU 1st down at the Iowa 39.

ISU to the line again, Park snaps it and rolls a bit to the far side, then fires it down the far hash, caught, the player gets hit and goes down, but thinks he was not down, until the officials blow the play dead.  8 yards, 2nd and 2.

Now Park tries a deep pass down the near sideline, as the camera comes down we see Manny leaping up to try and knock the ball down, but it sails over his and the wideout’s head out the back of the end zone, as flags fly, and Manny is called for pass interference. We never do have a good camera shot of any contact, other than the receiver Butler apparently shoving Manny to try and create space - and yes, the ball does land about 5 yards beyond the back of the end zone, so you can’t call pass interference on a pass that can’t be caught, but the call stands, and ISU has a 1st down at the Iowa 16.

Now Park runs the read/option, his tailback gets it, he plows straight ahead, Bower with the stop but not before 11 yards are gained, a Clone 1st and goal from the 5.

The same back tries the middle again, but The Outlaw is there to restore order, it just goes for 1.  2nd and goal from the 4.

Now Park keeps it himself and tries the near side, The Outlaw again with the stop, 3rd and goal from about the 2.

Park snaps the ball and drops back, he is looking far side for Lazard, but he gets drilled just as the pass is released, and the ball flies out the back of the end zone, no good.  4th and goal, and ISU brings the kicking team in.  But then a flag flies, and ISU is hit with a delay of game, most likely for a better angle at what had been a 19 yard field goal.  Now from 24, it’s kind of an ugly duck, but it’s good, and ISU leads it 10-7 at the 11:05 mark of the 2nd.  

This kickoff lands about 5 yards deep, but Wadley brings it out, running up the near sideline, and then he cuts it toward the middle as he gets to the 29, a good start for the Iowa offense!

Nate goes to the straight drop back, I think he is looking deep, but then he feels pressure so he pulls it down and races toward the near side, as a Clone approaches he steps out of bounds, but that actually loses a yard, so it’s 2nd and 11.

Iowa now shows the I formation, with two wideouts on the far side.  Wadley gets the ball and tries the middle, where he loses the ball, but Iowa falls on it.  Iowa calls timeout, at the 9:41 mark of the 2nd quarter.  

It’s a 3rd and 10 after the break, and Nate is in the gun with Wadley to his right - he snaps it, quickly fires far side, caught, the Jailbreak screen - First Down, he cuts upfield just across the far hash, he has blockers out front, across the 30, the 35, and finally caught and down as he falls across the 40, he gets up and gives the signal, that is an Iowa 1st down at the 41!!!

Now Butler gets the ball, he goes the far corner, around it, and 11 more yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 49!

Butler tries that side again, but this only goes for about 2.  2nd and 8.

Now Nate pitches the ball to Butler who tries the near side, but he gets strung out all the way to the sideline and dropped, and it loses 2.  3rd and 11.

Nate now gets hit as he tries a pass to the far side, the ball lands on the turf, and a flag flies,  and Iowa is called for holding.  ISU declines it, that brings up 4th down, and the Iowa punt team takes the field. 

Rastetter’s rugby style kicks the ball, and it flies out of bounds at the ISU 15, where the Clones will start.  Timeout.  

Park starts with a medium pass down the far side, but two Hawks are there, including Gervase, who gets his hands on it, but can’t pull it down, no good.  2nd and 10.

Now Montgomery tries his best Wadley impression, and the Hawks can’t bring him down until his has picked up 36 yards to the Iowa 49, 1st down Iowa State.  Hawkeye defense asleep at the wheel there.

Park now tries a quick pass to the near side, but he misses and his diving wideout can’t come up with it. 2nd and 10.

Now they give the ball to Warren, but he can’t get through the line.  1 yard, 3rd and 9.  ISU calls timeout, with 6:08 left in the 2nd quarter.  

After the break, Epenesa the Younger is in Park’s face as he tries a near side pass, that forces the ball too high and no good.  On comes the ISU punt team.

Jackson fair catches the punt at the 9 yard line, we don’t see it, but I’m sure Kirk pulled out his notebook on that one.  The Iowa offense takes the field with 5:56 left in the 2nd quarter.  

Iowa starts in the I formation.  Nate snaps it, looks deep, then takes the under, give the fullback the ball, Kulick, caught, and he gets popped, but right back up. 3 yards, 2nd and 7.

Wadley now gets the ball and heads for the far side, he waits as the blocks emerge than darts up field, that gets about 6+ yards, 3rd and a short 1.

Iowa goes to the Power I, IS-M flashes across the backfield like a jet sweep, but no, it goes to Wadley, he just plows ahead to pick up 4 and a Hawkeye 1st down at the 23!

Now Nate is in the gun, with his two tailbacks flanking him.  Just one wideout on the near side.  Nate snaps it, runs the read/option, keeps it, then steps up and fires it deep down the far side, as the camera pans we see Fant has about 4 yards on the trailing defender, but the pass is too long and no good.  Darn, 2nd and 10.

Nate is back under center with Wadley behind him - he snaps it, turns, hands it to Wadley, as he crosses the LOS he takes a quick step - right- to sidestep a Cyclone, then he cuts it upfield - across the 25, the 30, where again cuts it back toward the middle, across the 35, the 40, cuts back right again, across the 45, the 50, then finally caught and taken down just outside the ISU 40, a 35 yard run, and a Hawkeye 1st down, and there is the streak the Wadley can bring if you feed him enough!

Now Butler tries the middle, he gets about 10, but a flag flies, and Daniels the Younger is nailed for a hold.  Now it’s 1st and 20 from the Iowa 43.

Now Nate snaps it, fakes the handoff, turns, looks deep, then takes the under, Butler, far side, caught, he cuts upfield, shakes off an arm tackle and races down the far sideline!  Finally pushed out after 26 yards, that is a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 27!!!

Iowa now, at the ISU 27 yard line, brings out the I formation.  Nate snaps it, looks, then rolls to the near side, he is looking downfield, but he keeps it and steps out after picking up 3 yards, 2nd and 7.

Wadley now tries the middle, but that gets bottled up, 3rd and a long 5.

Nate goes under center, Wadley alone behind him, two wideouts high side, and First Down on the lows side. It goes to Wadley, he heads to the near corner, turns it, and gets pushed out just as he hits the yellow line, that is enough, a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 17!

Iowa now to Nate under center, Wadley alone, Easley high side, First Down low. He snaps it, steps back, the fires it deep down the near side, First Down dives forward and pulls it in as he falls into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!! Nate placed it on a dime and First Down collected the change, and Recinos makes it Hawkeyes 14 Cyclones 10 with 52 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.

This kickoff lands at the 8, where the return man brings it out 20 yards to the 28.  Montgomery gets a carry for 2 yards, but ISU lets the clock run out.  We go to the half with the Hawkeyes leading 14-10.

At the half, Nate is 10/13 for 104 yards, with the two tds.  Wadley 12 carries for 78 (6.5 per tug), and Park is 11 for 20 for 118 yards with the 1 td.

At the bar, my alter ego DJSedge continues playing tracks from the Billboard Hot 100 charts of 1983 to 1997.  A 150 song playlist that began with Every Breath You Take, the #1 song of 1983, and ends with Gangster’s Paradise, the #15 song of 1997.  A fun journey through the 15 game winning streak, that would continue for the rest of the game.  Hawk fans everywhere catch their breath, uneasy with just a 4 point lead, but the Hawks will get the ball 1st to start the 3rd.  A score there would put them up 2, and could begin the march to a comfortable Hawkeye victory.  So we hope.

Wadley brings the 3rd quarter kickoff out to the 23, and the Iowa offense took the field.  Go Hawkeyes!!!

Wadley gets the ball out of the I formation, but ISU is there in the middle, and he only gets a yard. 2nd and 9.

Now Nate tries a pump and go, and he has IS-M open behind the defense, but this pass is too deep.  3rd and 9.

Nate now to the gun, with Wadley to his left.  On each side, two wideouts stacked up together.  ISU runs a blitz at Stanley, and he smartly unloads the ball to that (the near) side, caught, Easley, but he can’t dance his way out of a tackle and he gets quickly dropped.  Iowa goes 3 and out to start the 3rd quarter, not what Hawkeye fans were hoping for.  And hoping in practice this week, Nate and his receivers are working on 40+ yard passing timing.  

The Iowa punt lands at the 36, where a fair catch is made, and the ISU offense took the field.

Montgomery starts with a 2 yard run. 

Now Park completes a pass over the middle, but The Outlaw drills the wideout and the ball comes out!  No good, 3rd and 8.

This Park pass is too short under heavy pressure from Reiff the Younger (Brady), and ISU now goes 3 and out.  Thank you Iowa defense!

Jackson brings this punt out to the mid 20s, but there is a flag, of course, and Iowa is called for a block in the back, so the Hawks start at the 6 yard line.  How bout a 94 yard pass Nate!

Iowa starts with Butler going right up the middle - he spins like 3 times, gaining ground on each, to pick up 8 yards to the Hawkeye 14.  2nd and 2.

Butler again, he heads to the near sideline, picks up 8 more, for a Hawkeye 1st down at the 22!

Now Nate snaps it, stands, and quickly fires far side, caught, Easley, he wrestles with the defender and picks up about 5 more feet, that is good for about 9, 2nd and 1!

Butler again, to the far side, gets the corner turned, 6 yards, a 1st down at the Iowa 37.

On the play Boettger is hurt.  Turns out, Achilles, out for the year.  

Up next, Nate takes the under, Kulick, caught, and the Clones forgot about the fullback, he races up the far sideline, for 26 yards to the ISU 37, another Hawkeye 1st down!!!

Now Butler tries running for the near side, but ISU strings him, and Lanning hits him for a 5 yard loss. 2nd and 15.

Nate now tries a deep pass for First Down, but this one falls dead in the end zone as First Down crosses the 10 yard line. 3rd and 15.

Nate snaps it, looks, then fires a rope over the middle, caught, tight end, Fant, no, Hockenson, welcome, he takes a shot but holds on, that is a 24 yard strike for another Hawkeye 1st down, this time at the ISU 18!!!

Iowa to the base formation, under center, solo tailback, one wideout each side.  Wadley gets the ball, he starts up the middle, but then tries to jump cut it out to the near side, but he gets tripped up, and it only goes for a yard. 2nd and 9.

Now Nate runs the play action, he rolls toward the near side, he targets Hockenson again, caught, across the 15, the 10, the 5, he dives for the end zone, but he gets hit at the 1 and the ball comes out, but it immediately rolls out of bounds, that is an Iowa 1st and goal from the 1 yard line!!!

From the I formation, Wadley gets it, goes straight ahead, and just dives over the pile and into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA, and Recinos drills the extra point, as Iowa pushes the lead to 21-10!!!

This Recinos kickoff lands 8 yards deep, and ISU takes a knee.  Their offense starts at the 25.

Park is back in the gun, he snaps it, then quickly fires to the near side - caught, Lazard, no - Jackson flies in and drills him, and the ball falls to the turf!  2nd and 10.

But now Park hits Montgomery coming out of the backfield, and he jukes and jives his way out to the 48, a 23 yard gain.  The Iowa defense again asleep on that one.

Now Park tries a deeper pass down the far sideline, but it sails over is wideout’s head and Ojemudia leaps to get a finger on it, but he can’t pull it down. 2nd and 10.

Park now hits Montgomery again over the middle, but the hit is made immediately, that stops it at 6, 3rd and 4.

Another quick pass, again to Montgomery, this time on the near side, and the Hawks have a shot, really two shots to get him before the 1st down, but they can’t get him down, and he gets out to the Hawkeye 35 for another Cyclone 1st down.

There was a flag on the play, Iowa had 12 men on the field at the snap, declined with the 1st down, and the ref also says Iowa is warned for sideline interference.

Park now runs the read/option, it goes to the tailback Warren, but he can only get 2 yards to the 33, 2nd and 8.

Now Park completes a pass to the near side, caught, 20 yards to the Iowa 13 for another Clone 1st down.  Too easy on this drive so far, as the booth mentions Iowa’s tendency to keep the base defense in, and not sub out the linebackers for nickel or dime secondary guys.  

And we don’t see the next play as ESPN has gone to a game break, just the pass falling to the turf, and a flag on the field, and Ojemudia is flagged for pass interference on Lazard.  We then see the replay, and again we don’t see anything obvious contact by Iowa, but a possible push off by Lazard.  Back to the field.  It’s now a 1st and goal from the 2.  

The Clones now run the wildcat with Montgomery at the helm, a QB in high school the booth tells us, but the Hawks blow that up as Hesse was in the backfield at the snap, and it loses a yard.  2nd and goal from the 3!

Park tries a quick pass to the end zone on the near side, as the ball comes down Jackson swats it away, a flag flies, and he shakes his hands in a ‘not me’ motion.  No, in fact, ISU is called for having an ineligible man downfield (from the 3 yard line?), but Iowa declines the penalty to bring up 3rd and goal from the 3.

Park to the gun per usual, Montgomery to his right, 3 wideouts on the high side, one on the low, and all across the line, the Iowa secondary is right up at the line to chip the players at the snap.  Park snaps it, takes about 2 steps back, then fires it near side, Lazard goes down to catch it, and he does, touchdown ISU, he was too open for a 3 yard pattern, and ISU makes the extra point to trim Iowa’s lead to 21-17. Hooker was on the coverage, it was a slant to out route, and Hooker was lost.

The Clones kickoff lands in the end zone, where IK-M catches it and takes a knee.  The Iowa offense takes the field with 4:37 left in the 3rd quarter.

Iowa starts with Nate under center, Wadley alone behind him, and two wideouts on the high side.  It goes to Wadley, he tries the far side, but he bumps into one of the Iowa linemen, and that slows him down enough for ISU to drop him in the backfield.  2nd and 13.

Wadley tries that side again, now the short side, and he only gets back to the LOS.  3rd and 13.

Nate now tries a screen pass to Wadley, and as soon as he makes the catch, he gets hit, and that loses 3 more yards.  4th and 16, and on comes the Iowa punt team.  The last thing we wanted to happen after ISU scores is going 3 and out, and the Hawks just spent 3 plays going backwards.  

And Iowa false starts on the punt.  Rastetter is now punting from the end zone, where his kick lands at the ISU 41, where the Iowa coverage team forces the return out of bounds for no return yards.  ISU 1st down, on their own 41.  Clock at 2:30 of the 3rd.

Park starts with a pitch to Montgomery, he gets to the near cover and picks up 9 before a gang of Hawks can bring him down.  2nd and 1.  

Park steps up to change the play, then steps back into the gun.  He now hits Lazard on another crossing route, near side to far, caught, 10 yards, a Clone 1st down at the Iowa 39.

Montgomery with another carry up the middle, it’s gets 4 yards and the Hawks shut it off. 2nd and 6.

Park now tries a quick pass to the far sideline, but the Hawks are there, it’s no good.  3rd and 6.

Now a quick screen to Montgomery on the far side, he gets close to the yellow line, but not over it, The Outlaw wrapping him up before he can extend the ball over the yellow line. On a 4th and 1, ISU leaves the offense on the field, and then ISU calls timeout with 57 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.

After the break, ISU has 5 wideouts across the field, Park snaps it, looks, then just floats it over the middle, where Butler makes the catch and basically walks into the end zone, touchdown State, 30 yards, and after the extra point, ISU has taken the lead 24-21.  Clock at 52 seconds of the 3rd quarter.

We see in the replay, Jackson was in coverage on Butler, he bit on the supposed crossing route, but the route turned into a cross and up, and Jackson was nowhere to be found.  Hawks fans getting a bit of a knot in their stomachs.  

This kick lands at the goal line, and IS-M makes the catch, and gets it out to the 24,  Iowa 1st and 10.  Let’s see a response Hawkeye offense!

Iowa starts with Nate under center, Wadley behind him, and two wideouts on the near side.  Nate snaps it, stands, then fires it near side, caught, Easley, the wideout screen, First Down is trying to block, but ISU stops it after 4 yards.  2nd and 6 from the 28.

Nate now tries another pass to Easley, but there is too much traffic, and it is no good.  3rd and 6.

Now Nate tries for Fant on a crossing route as the pressure mounts, but it’s just a bit behind Fant and he can’t pull it in, and Iowa has again gone 3 and out as the 3rd quarter comes to an end.  

In New York, congrats to Tom on winning the 50/50 drawing!  Hawk fans all probably re-upping their drink order, as your scribe did.

After the break, the Iowa punt lands at the 35, where there is a fair catch.  ISU ball, 1st and 10.

Park starts this drive looking like he is going to keep the ball, but then he flips it to Montgomery, who charges of the near hash, spinning and again eluding the big hit until he has picked up 13 yards.  An Iowa State 1st down at the 48.

Now a quick dump of to Butler near side, caught, he gets about 9 before the Hawks can bring him down.  Bower with the stop.  2nd and 1 at the Iowa 43.

Montgomery now gets 2, but he only needed 1, an ISU 1st down at the 41.

Park now, looking, Iowa not really getting any pressure, he fires over the middle, caught, but Iowa was there just could not knock it down.  19 more yards, and ISU is at the Iowa 22.

Montgomery now tries the near side, he breaks 2 tackles before the Hawks can get him down, 6 more yards, 2nd and 4 from the Iowa 16.

ISU seems to be changing the play, despite running the no huddle, and Park tries for Lazard at the goal line, though he is doubled by Iowa and the ball falls to the turf.  3rd and 4 from the 16.

ISU takes timeout as their motion man crosses in front of Park.  Clock at 12:31 of the 4th.  

After the break, Park fires it down the middle, caught, Butler, that is good for 9 yards, 1st and goal ISU from the Iowa 7.

Now Park again flips the ball to Montgomery, he comes to the near side, he gets hit and a flag flies, he gets out of the tackle, runs into more Hawks at the 1, but he just slips through the hit and dives into the end zone, touchdown ISU, the flag was on Iowa for a facemask, which will be enforced on the kickoff, the play is reviewed, but the call stands, and ISU has a 31-21 lead with 11:46 left in the 4th.

That knot in the stomach of Hawk fans, seems to be growing by the minute.  Can Iowa mount any kind of offense?

Kicking off from the 50, ISU lands the kick at the goal line, where IS-M makes the catch, and he brings it out to the 24.  But another flag is on the field, and Iowa is hit with a holding call.  The drive starts from the 7 yard line. The Hawks just can’t seem to do anything right at the moment.  Come on offense!

Nate is under center, with two wideouts high, one low.  Nate snaps it, drops back, the quickly fires it far side to Easley, caught, he gets hit but steps out of that tackle, then he gets to the corner and stiff-arms his way past another, before he is shoved out, 12 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 20!  That is a good start!

Iowa to the same formation.  Wadley gets the ball, tries the far side, gets a bit of the corner before he is dropped, 4 yards, 2nd and 6.

Wadley again, but the middle is jammed up, it only goes for a yard.  3rd and 5.

At this point, Iowa is 4/10 on 3rd downs, with an average of 9.7 yards to go.  Iowa has been behind the chains for most of the 2nd half.

Nate to the gun, with Wadley to his right, one wideout low, on the far side First Down in the slot an Easley just outside him.  Nate snaps it, looks middle, then fires it deep down the near sideline, as the ball comes down, we see Fant, and a flag flies, as Fant claps his hands, and ISU is called for holding, that is a 10 yard penalty, and a free 1st down for the Hawks. Thank you Clones.

Now out at the 35, Iowa goes to the single wideout on each side, Wadley alone behind Nate.  It goes to Wadley, he heads to the near side, as he cuts though the line, he shakes and jump cuts to the left, that leaves a Cyclone defender grasping at air, and he surges forward for 10 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 45!  Now that is better!

Wadley again, this time tries the far side, another jump cut clears him from the linebacker in his face, and he picks up 11 more, an Iowa 1st down at the ISU 44!!!

Now Nate hits Pekar, caught, right over the middle, that is 9 more yards, 2nd and 1 Iowa from the 35!

Wadley now, right up the middle, and he gets that 1 and about 1 more foot, but it’s good enough, a Hawkeye 1st down!

Now Nate pumps the ball, then fires it deep down the middle, I guess for IS-M, but it’s not close, 2nd and 10.

Wadley now, tries the near side, but he gets tripped, and it loses a yard.  3rd and 11.

Nate to the gun, he snaps it, looks middle, then takes the screen to Wadley, caught, he surges ahead through a week arm tackle, and picks up 19 yards before he is knocked down, a Hawkeye 1st down a the ISU 15!!!

Nate is back under center, Wadley alone, two wideout high, one low.  He snaps it, looks, then fires it deep to the end zone, where IS-M dives and makes the catch TOUCHDOWN IOWA a beautiful diving grab by the youngster, and Recinos pulls the Hawks to within 31-28, clock at 6:25 of the 4th!!!

This kickoff is grabbed at the 2 yard line, and he gets the ball out to the 25.  ISU 1st down from there.  

ISU comes out with Park in the gun, Montgomery to his right, and two wideouts on each side.  It’s a low snap but he snags it, drops back a few steps, looks, then then floats it over the middle, it’s PICKED OFF - HESSE at the 19, now he is rumbling down the near side, across the 15, the 10, finally caught and dropped at the 5, an Iowa 1st and goal!!!!!!!!!!! Clock at 6:09 of the 4th!!!

Iowa comes out in the Power I, only First Down spread out in the far side slot.  

It goes to Wadley, but he can’t get going before he is tripped up again, no gain. 2nd and goal.

Nate to the gun, he snaps it, drops back, looks, then just fires the ball deep out of the end zone, 3rd and goal from the 5.

Nate again to the gun, he snaps it, then quickly fires to the far side for Fant, but it’s behind Fant, and no good.  If he could have hit him, Fant would have walked into the end zone, but instead the Iowa kicking team comes in.  Now we see if Recinos can make a pressure kick.

It’s just a 23 yard field goal, and it is up and GOOD, and with 5:16 left, Iowa has caught Iowa State, now tied at 31!!! Tara approves.

Now the critical kickoff, Recinos lands the kickoff 5 yards deep, but ISU brings it out, and they should not have, as the return man only gets to the 18 before the Hawks drill him.  ISU starts from there.  

Park starts with what looks like an old option play, he flips it to Montgomery, he tries the near side, and picks up 9.  The booth thinks there may be a late hit, but no flags fly.  2nd and 1 from the ISU 26.

ISU now spreads the field with two wideouts on each side, Montgomery offset behind Park.  He snaps it, runs the play action fake, then stands, and fires it deep down the middle, as the camera pans we see Butler is all alone, he makes the catch at the Iowa 38, and and races into the end zone, touchdown Iowa State, a 74 yard pass, and just like that, Iowa now trails 38-31, with the clock at 4:36 of the 4th.  

That knot is now total discomfort in the digestive system.

Can Iowa respond again?

Well, IS-M makes the catch at about the 5, but out of bounds - as the kickoff was out of bounds, the flags come out, and Iowa starts at the 35!  That helps!!!

Nate to the gun, he snaps it, looks middle, then fires far side, into tight coverage, Easley can’t make the catch, the ball falls harmlessly to the turf.  2nd and 10.

Nate now back under center, he changes the play at the line.  Wadley gets the ball, but finds nothing up the middle. -2 yards, 3rd and 12.  

Nate back to the gun, he barks out orders toward the line, pointing,  He snaps it, looks far side, then fires it deep down the middle, the camera pans and Fant is again behind the ISU D, but the pass comes down and he can’t snag it, and in the replay, we see why some on the Iowa message boards are wondering way Fant did not lay out to snag that ball.  I guess big tight ends are not as used to doing that is smaller quicker wideouts are, but that is a play Iowa fans would like to have seen completed.  Nate was not off by much, if at all, in that one.  On comes the Iowa punt team, with the clock at 3:42 of the 4th.

Rastetter does another rugby style kick, this ball lands at about the ISU 30, and rolls dead at the ISU 25.  Can the Hawkeye defense finally make a stand this quarter?

During this break we see the CyHawk Trophy.  Well, the 2nd version of it.  The much better 2nd version.  Back to the field.  Come on Hawkeye defense!

Montgomery was lined up outside, but he shifts up to stand next to Park, and he gets the ball, but this time, the Hawks are there and they stuff him for no gain! 2nd and 10!

Iowa calls timeout with 3:27 left in the 4th.

Montgomery again, this more an end around look, but the Hawks string it out drop him after a 2 yard game, 3rd and 8, Iowa calls timeout number 2 with 3:22 left.

After the break, State runs a screen pass to Lazard, but the Hawks seem to know it’s coming, and they gang tackle him for no gain!  On comes the ISU punt team, that is the stand we wanted Hawkeye defense!!!

Iowa does use the final timeout, with 3:15 left in the 4th.  The booth thinks Iowa should have kept the timeout.

But Jackson does not run up to field the punt, he is waving his arms telling the Hawks to stay away as it hits the ground, and it rolls dead at the Iowa 11. Ugh.

Iowa starts with Nate in the gun, Wadley to his right, one wideout low, and three high.  He snaps it, looks, then fires a rope near side, First Down leaps and snags it, then gets forced out, but that is 14 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 25!

Again to the gun, but it goes to Wadley, he dances and shakes up the middle, that picks up 8 yards, 2nd and 2.

Nate now has Iowa to the line quickly, still in the gun, he snaps, looks, then fires it down the near sideline, as it comes down First Down kind of shoves the Clone defensive back, and the ISU bench is all making the ‘throw the flag’ sign, but no flag comes.  3rd and 2.

Still in the gun, Nate snaps it, looks, then takes the under, a sliding effort is caught by Fant, 9 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the 42!!!

With the clock at 2:07, an ISU player is injured, and Iowa gets a free timeout.  Now we are back.

It goes to Wadley, he gets about 4 up the middle, 2nd and 6, the clock is running.  It slips under 1:50 as Iowa comes to the line.  Nate snaps it, looks, then fires a rope to Fant, caught, hit and dropped, but that is 9 yards, a Hawkeye 1st down at the ISU 46!!!  Nate gets them to the line.  

He is in the gun, Wadley to his right, two wideouts high side, one low.  He snaps it, looks, then takes the under, Wadley, crossing route, caught a the 45, he high steps out of tackle and takes off, across the 35, the 30, he gets hit at about the 26, but he stays on his feet - across the 20 he stumbles, but regains his balance across the 15, at the 10, he hops to let an ISU defender run past him, then he lowers his shoulder and plows his way inside the 5 and falls into the end zone, TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!! 46 yards, how you like that Montgomery, and Recinos comes in and knocks through the extra point, and with 1:09 left in the 4th, Iowa and Iowa State are tied at 38!!!!  What an effort Wadley!!!

Recinos bounces the kick right down the middle, the ISU return man picks it up at the 5, and gets out to the 20.  One more stand Hawkeye defense!

Park snaps the ball, and begins to roll to the right, then he fires it deep down the field, as it comes down a flag flies, but then there is a flag in the backfield, offsetting pass interference and holding calls, 1st down do over, but this time with 56 seconds left on the clock. 

Park now tries a pass deep down the near sideline, but there is high pressure, and it sails into the sideline, no good. 2nd and 10.

Another pass is no good, so ISU hands it to Montgomery, and he goes for about 5, but that kills the clock, and to overtime we go.  Iowa wins the toss and chooses to go on defense first.  Let’s go boys. 

OT starts with a Park pass to the far sideline, caught, 9 yards.  2nd and 1.  

The carry goes to Montgomery, he plows ahead, and gets the 1 he needed, an ISU 1st down at the 15.

Park now tries for Lazard in the end zone, but Ojemudia watches his hands go up, leaps and knocks the pass down!  2nd and 10.

Montgomery again gets a carry, but this time he meets Hesse, and he has no tolerance for running backs, and he drops him after just 2 yards.  3rd and 8!

Park snaps it, looks, has pressure from the near side, then he fires a bullet middle, and Butler drops it!  He was right on the yellow line, but the pass hits the turf!  On comes the ISU kicking team.
The kick is from 30 yards, and it is up and good, and ISU takes the early OT lead at 41-38.  Iowa ball next.  

Nate starts under center, he snaps it, looks, then fires it deep down the far sideline, targeting First Down, but the pass is too long and sails out of bounds. 2nd and 10.

Nate to the gun, with Wadley to his right.  Iowa runs the read/option, Wadley gets it, he goes to the far corner to pick up 6, that brings up a 3rd and 4.

Nate, back to the gun.  He snaps it, rolls to the near side, takes the under, caught, Easley, he turns and darts upfield before he is pushed out, but that is a 9 yard gain, and a Hawkeye 1st and goal from the ISU 9!!!

Nate back under center, Butler behind him.  Butler gets it, tries off tackle - left, he gets it down to the 5 yard line, to bring up 2nd and goal from the 5.

Iowa comes out in the Power I - only one wideout on the low side.  A flag comes down, but the referee  says there was no foul, an ISU timeout.  

Iowa comes out in the same formation.  Jake snaps it, steps back, then starts to roll to the near side, his arm cocked, he lets it go toward the end zone, caught!!!!  TOUCHDOWN IOWA!!!!!!  THE HAWKEYES WIN!  THE HAWKEYES WIN! THE HAWKEYES WIN!  Ihmir Smith-Marsette dives to snag the ball and the Hawkeyes defeat the Iowa State Cyclones 44-41!!!!!!!!!!!!

The players race over to their sideline to pick up the CyHawk Trophy, carry it over to the visitor section, and then onto the locker room to celebrate.  One trophy game down, one trophy in the case.

For his first road start, Nate, 27 for 41 for 333 yards, with 5 passing tds, and NO interceptions - no turnovers in fact.  Yes, he missed a couple of those long throws - Fant did not help him on one of them.  Those will get better, I think this week, as Kinnick is not a wind tunnel like Jack Trice is.  A good effort by our young QB, who did not seem the least bit phased when Iowa fell behind by 10 points in the 4th quarter.  If only Iowa fans could have been so relaxed.  

9 Iowa players caught those 27 passes, Wadley 4 for 72 yards, and the all-out effort td to tie the game.  

Easley 7 for 48, and the one td.  First Down, 3 for 42, and the one td. Hockenson, his first 2 Hawkeye catches, for 41 yards - good to be getting more tight ends into the action.  More players for defensive coordinators to worry about.

Smith-Marsette 4 for 36, and the two touchdowns, including the game winner.

Fant, 3 for 30, Kulick (fullbacks!!!) 2 for 29, Butler 1 for 26, and Pekar 1 for 9.  Well done Nate, and Brian calling the plays.

Rushing, Wadley 28 for 118 and 1 (the 1 yard) td.  Butler 10 for 37, IS-M 1 for 7, and Nate 2 for 2 yards.  But it’s not his job to run the ball.  

Oh yes, those 5 td throws means he has 8 in the first two games.  No Ferentz era Hawkeye QB has done that, and you have to go back to Chuck Hartlieb the last time an Iowa QB had 5 td passes, over 300 yards, and no picks.  For his effort Saturday, Nate Stanley is your co Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

In the interviews posted yesterday, he seemed to allow himself just about a minute of celebrating this award, and then went back to work. Things that can be cleaned up.  Iowa football gets back to work.
The defense, not the best effort, or the effort to which we are accustomed.  To which the Iowa defense is also accustomed.

They will get a chance to show they have learned how to stop one of these offenses right away this week.  Good Iowa defenses don’t allow long TD passes, and they also get opposing running backs to the ground after the first hit.  Yes, The Outlaw and others are aware of the problems last week, we trust Phil will work to find some solutions in practice.  It will be nice to be back home in Kinnick for one final tune up before the conference slate begins, under the lights.  

WEEK 3 North Texas

This is not the same North Texas team that Iowa handled in 2015, in fact, Dan McCarney was canned after that season, and in 2016 they hired Seth Littrell, who had been on the offensive staff at North Carolina, but who got his football fundamentals from Mike Leech - creator of the Air Raid offense.  And that is what they are trying to run at North Texas.

In week 1, North Texas beat Lamar 59-14, but they stepped it up a bit in week 2 by going to SMU, and that was a 52-34 loss for the Mean Green.  So the Air Raid offense may be at the expense of the defense.  We shall see.  

This up tempo, spread offense is lead by sophomore QB Fine, #6.  Through 2 games, 47 for 68, for 648 yards, with 6 tds, 2 interceptions, and he has been sacked 7 times.  He is supposed to be a dual threat type QB, but there has been no evidence of that through the first two games, he has only rushed for 3 yards while being sacked 7 times.

The top running back is Wilson, #3, a senior  He has 25 tugs for 212 yards, and 4 tds.  And 5 catches for 14 yards, so not the type out of backfield threat like Wadley or Butler.  He is 6’0 and 194, smallish but quick, but someone that Iowa must take away to focus on the passing game.  North Texas did run for 436 yards against Lamar - but that was Lamar.  Against SMU they only rushed for 69 (on 27 carries).  So Iowa should be able to limit the Mean Green running game.  

The top receiver is Guyton, #9, a sophomore, who has 7 catches for 172 yards and 2 tds. He is 6’1.  So while they have some quick and talented wideouts, they are not big like Iowa State’s, so hopefully our secondary can do a better job on some of those throws that ISU had success with.  

But the fact that this offense does have a throw-first mentality, we are going to need to see the Iowa D line get more pressure, and sacks, on Fine.  I think Epenesa is going to need to be playing almost a starter level snaps this week, because he did show that he had the most success getting into the backfield to pressure Park last week.  I think we need to get his pitch count up, because we are going to be needing the best past rush possible as we enter the Big Ten season.   

The Hawks are 2-0 with a chance to sweep the non-con slate, and good things can happen when Iowa does that.  One final tune up, with the school that gave us Hayden Fry, so we can hope they leave Kinnick with no injuries, and go on to a successful season in Conference USA.

This week, both Wadley and Butler will go over 100 yards, as Iowa rushes for 275, and Nate will continue his assault on the Iowa record books, with 310 yards passing, including 3 tds of over 40 yards, as he throws 4 td passes.

The Iowa defense does hold the Mean Green rushing attack to just 50 net, and does snag 3 of those Air Raid passes.  Most importantly, they don’t allow any td passes of more than 15 yards.  

Mean Green 17, Hawkeyes 41

GO HAWKS!!!

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