December 25, 2017

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2017 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, 2017 Pinstripe Bowl, Iowa v Boston College

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2017 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 7-5, 4-5 Big Ten, 3-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 2nd, v. Wyoming, WIN 24-3
September 9th, @ Iowa State, WIN 44-41 OT
September 16th, v. North Texas, WIN 31-14
September 23rd, v. Penn State, Loss 21-19
September 30th,  @ Michigan State, Loss 17-10
October 7th, v. •Illinois, WIN 45-16
October 15th, Bye Week
October 21st, @ •Northwestern, Loss 17-10 OT
October 28th, v. •Minnesota, WIN 17-10
November 4th, v. Ohio State, WIN 55-24
November 11th, @ •Wisconsin, Loss 38-14
November 18th, v. •Purdue, Loss 24-15
November 24th, @ •Nebraska, WIN 56-14

•Big Ten West Division Game

2017 Pinstripe Bowl, from Yankee Stadium, Bronx New York
Wednesday December 27th, 5:15 eastern, 4:15 central, 3:15 mountain, 2:15 western

Scouting next opponent
Returns in 2018

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December 27, 2017: Iowa Hawkeyes v Boston College Eagles, 7-5, 4-4 ACC Atlantic
Previous Meetings: 0, first gridiron meeting
Last Meeting:

Kinnick Color of the Week:

Current Line: Iowa -3.0

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #3 FBS #40

Interceptions: 19, B1G #1, FBS #2

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2017 season final
Total   340.3  Pass 197.8  Rush 142.4  Scoring 28.3
B1G    #10           #8                #11              #5
FBS    #107     #88              #92              #68
Total   355.3  Pass 213.3 Rush 142.1   Scoring 19.9
B1G    #8             #9              #8                 #6
FBS    #33           #48            #39                #19
Wisconsin   12-0, 9-0 B1G, 6-0 B1G West
Northwestern   9-3, 7-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West
Iowa                 7-5, 4-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Purdue     6-6, 4-5 B1G, 3-3 B1G West
Nebraska     4-8, 3-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Minnesota   5-7, 2-7 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Illinois     2-10, 0-9 B1G, 0-6 B1G West
WEEK 13: Nebraska

We shall see you again next Black Friday Huskers!  Oh, and let’s see what Scott Frost can do back at is alma matter.  Sadly for Frost, things have changed much in the upper midwest since he was at Nebraska winning a national title in the late 90s.  He may be about to find out the hard way.

Postseason - Pinstripe Bowl v Boston College

So, it’s the Hawkeyes vs the Eagles, two birds of prey going at it for Pinstripe glory.  Having never met  on the field, it’s been some time since your scribe has even seen BC on the television, so we have to learn from youtube and the recaps of their season for some guidance on what the Hawks will face.  First, a recap of the BC 2017 season.

The Eagles actually opened up on the road, paying the midwest a visit, as they played Norther Illinois at their place, in Dekalb, IL.  

This was a very back and forth game, with no team leading by more than 4 points throughout.  With 2:13 left, BC got a 37 yard field goal to take a 23-20 lead.  But NIU would move the ball down the field in the waning moments.

With about 23 seconds left, NIU tried a 39 yard field goal, and it was too low and hit the cross bar, falling short, as BC hung on to win the game by the same 23-20 score.  They were 1-0 on the season.

In week two, BC opened ACC play by hosting Wake Forest.  The Deacon defense forced 4 Eagles turnovers, including a 30 yard pick-six, and they pulled away from BC 34-10.  BC was 1-1, 0-1 ACC.

In week 3, BC hosted the Irish, and of course, Hawk fans would go for the Eagles in this one.

But, 3 more BC turnovers, along with 515 ND rushing yards, did in the Eagles 49-20.  They were 0-2 at home at that point.  

Then BC went back on the road to face #2 Clemson.

This game was 7-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but then Clemson imposed their will, and it ended up 34-7 before it was done.  

BC was 1-3, and 0-2 in the ACC.

Back at home the next week, BC entertained Central Michigan.  This a game that featured BC special teams, as one of their players had 124 return yards on his first 3 punt returns, setting up scores on all of them.  Those returns would be huge in the 28-8 win.  BC improved to 2-3.

A week later, BC v VT, with Tech ranked 16th.  BC had no turnovers in this one, but they could not stay with Tech, falling 23-10.  BC now 2-4.

From there, a trip to Louisville, to face the Cardinals and their Heisman Trophy Quarterback,  Jackson.

But this game turned into a very exciting shootout.  

It was 14-7 Louisville after 1, then 21-14 Louisville at the half.

But then BC got the only 2 touchdowns in the 3rd to lead 28-21 going into the 4th.

But the 4th quarter might have been the most entertaining quarter of the season - provided you are not a fan of defense.

First, just 5 seconds into the 4th, BC scored, to lead 35-21.

But then Jackson hit a 40 yard passing td to cut the lead to 35-28.

Just 14 seconds later, BC would score again on a 75 yard rush, to lead 42-28.

But then at the 8:59 mark, Jackson had a 9 yard td run to make it 42-35, then at the 5:03 mark he had a 41 yard td run, and the game was tied at 42.

But, the Cardinals let BC march down the field, and with 3 seconds left:

Yes, BC had shocked Louisville 45-42.

A week later, BC was on the road at Virginia, and they were a rather mean guest.  

BC had no turnovers, while UVA had 3, and BC capitalized on those, smothering Virginia 41-10.  BC was back to .500 at 4-4.

Then FSU played a visit to Boston.

This, not the FSU team of the past few years.  They came into the game with a record of 2-4.

And BC would win over the Seminoles for the 1st time in 7 tries, 35-3.  A rather satisfying beatdown for the Eagles.

Then NC state came into Boston, having lost 2 straight to highly ranked teams, and ranked 23rd, and this was another close throughout game.  Midway through the 4th, the Wolfpack got a 50 yard rush for a touchdown, and that gave them a 17-14 lead.  And that is where the game would end up, as BC saw their winning streak snapped.

Then UConn paid a visit to Boston, and this game was actually played in Fenway Park, and in a rather persistent rain storm.

And BC had little problem with UConn, winning 39-16.  That pushed UConn to 3-8.

And then to wrap up the season, BC went to visit Syracuse, in their un-air conditioned Carrier Dome.

And BC had little trouble with this one, winning 42-14, to finish the season at 7-5 (Cuse 4-8).

So who are the players to watch for, and that the Hawkeye defense must plan for?

The Eagles have been lead by freshman QB Brown, #13.  He has completed 134 of 258 passes, for 1,367 yards,  with 11 touchdowns, but 9 interceptions.  He has also run for as much as 52 yards (on 6 carries), so the Hawks must watch him out of the backfield.  

However, he was knocked out late in the NC State game, a season ending knee injury, so the backup QB came in, and he is Wade, #4, a senior.  

In his action this year (he had played in some other games, but started the last two weeks), Wade has completed 46 of 75 passes, for 528 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

He is not a threat out of the backfield as is the younger QB.

No, but there is a legit threat out of the backfield, one that the Hawkeye defense has to contend with.

And that is freshman tailback Dillon, #2. At 6’0 and 240 he is quite a load, and he has rushed for a freshman school record 1,432 yards, on 268 carries, a 5.3 yard average. He has also rushed for 13 touchdowns.

He has not caught a pass this year however, so the Hawks don’t have to worry about him slipping out into wheel routes.  Not that a 240 pound running back can hide much on a football field. 

So this is going to come down to Iowa trying to get Wadley, in his final game, with many of his family and friends in attendance, going out with a bang (he needs 2 rushing tds to tie the Iowa career record of rushing tds).  

While the Iowa defense has got to try and take away Dillon, forcing the senior, but little played QB, into dangerous throws.  Where we can snag them.  

We were going to dig into the stats to see what we could learn about BC, but there is really only one stat that matters at this point.  That is, Iowa has been blown out in our last 3 bowl games  And that leads to a sad offseason.  

Iowa is going to look to get Wadley (and crew) established early - the Iowa offense keeping the ball away from the BC tailback will help the Iowa defense stay refreshed and energized when they are in there.

Then Iowa will lean on our two defensive All Americans, The Outlaw in his final Iowa game, and Jackson, who has a decision to make on NFL now after his junior year, or next year after his senior year.  Jackson does need one more interception to tie the Iowa single season record, first established by Kinnick.  

Oh, and Nate needs 2 passing tds to tie, 3 to break the Iowa single season passing td record.  To break it in Yankee Stadium would be quite a memory for him, and for Iowa fans.

Ok here is what my crystal ball is telling me about this game.

Wadley will indeed show up for his friends and family, and will score 3 times - but 2 of those tds will be on passes from Nate, so he won’t break the rushing td record.

Nate will indeed pass the Iowa record of 27 td passes in a season, as besides the 2 he throws to Wadley, he will throw 2 to tight ends (Fant 1, Hockenson 1) and yes, even one to an Iowa wide receiver (First Down).  That is 5 td passes, as Iowa finds a way to get close to 500 yards, with great balance between the air and ground attacks.

While the Iowa defense shines for one final time in 2017, holding the BC rush attack to just 65 net, while picking off 3 passes.  Iowa ends the bowl game slide, and serves notice to the B1G West, that Iowa will be contending again in 2018.

Hawkeyes 51, Eagles 17




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