September 20, 2018

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2018 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 4: Badgers @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2018 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 3-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 64 votes (26th!)
Coaches: 36 votes 
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

September 1st, Northern Illinois, WIN 33-7
September 8th, Iowa State, WIN 13-3
September 15th, Northern Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 22nd, •Wisconsin, 8:35 pm, FOX
October 6th, @ •Minnesota, 3:30 or 4:00 pm, TBD
October 13th, @ Indiana, 12:00 pm, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2
October 20th, Maryland, 12:00 pm, TBD Homecoming
October 27th, @ Penn State, TBD
November 3rd, @ •Purdue, TBD
November 10th, •Northwestern, TBD
November 17th, @ •Illinois, TBD
November 23rd (Friday), •Nebraska, 12:00 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 1st, 2018
2018 Big Ten Title Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis  

Scouting next opponent
September 22nd, Minnesota @ Maryland, 12:00 pm, BTN

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
September 22nd, #18 Wisconsin Badgers, 2-1, 0-0 B1G 10, 0-0 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 91, Badgers lead 46-43-2
Last Meeting: 2017 Hawkeyes 14 Badgers 38

Kinnick Color of the Week: Striped

Current Line: Iowa +3

Stanley Passing TD Count (record 27) 3

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #3 FBS #29

Interceptions: 2, B1G #9, FBS #66

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season to date
Total   389.3 Pass 215.7  Rush 173.7  Scoring 28.0
B1G    #11           #6                #11              #8
FBS    #87     #79              #72              #82
Total   209.0  Pass 167.0 Rush 42.0     Scoring 8.0
B1G    #1             #4              #2                  #1
FBS    #2             #23            #3                  #2
Iowa                         3-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota     3-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   2-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois             2-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   1-2, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Nebraska             0-2, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue             0-3, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West


As last week wore on, Iowa fans on the message boards and podcasts seemed to be worried that with the emotional win over ISU, and the looming showdown with the Badgers, that the Hawks would be at risk against the Panthers.

Based on our defense mainly, and the fact UNI has not beaten Iowa since 1898, I obviously did not agree with that, with my score prediction.

I knew the defense would give UNI problems, and boy did they.  Panthers, just 6, that is SIX, net rushing yards.  Yes they got one TD on our first team defense, but only due to a blown call on a great 3rd down play by Gervase (pass interference), that allowed UNI to score the one TD on the first team.  The second TD came on the reserves.

And yes I hoped that the Iowa offense would find some kind of rhythm, and after exchanging punts to start the game, the Hawks went on a 10 play, 92 yard drive, that ended with the quick out to Fant, and as he sauntered into the end zone, he had broken the passing TD record by Iowa tight ends, now with  14, and counting.  If by chance he returns for his senior season in 2019, he will have at least doubled that record before he is done.

Nate would end up 23 for 28, for 309 yards, with two TDs, and one interception, that one a bad throw trying to dump it off over the middle, as Iowa looked to go up either 24-0 or 28-0 into the half.  But overall, a very good sign that he and the Iowa receivers and tight ends are ready to go as season moves into the conference slate.

Easley, (welcome back), 10 snags for 103 yards, and the one over the shoulder catch for the TD that made the score 31-0, and told everyone in Kinnick that the game was over. He had just 1 catch in the first two games after leading Iowa in receptions in 2017.  Back in the swing of things just in time.

Then Fant, 5 for 99, as UNI had nothing on the field that could stay with him.  Had he not had the slight hip stinger he would probably have ended the game with at least 160 receiving yards.  He did ease up on snaps as the game wore on, making sure he would be good to for this week.

Sargent, just 1 catch, but it went for 48 yards, as he snuck through a tackle and raced down the far sideline.  A tailback, that was great to see that he can be a lethal threat out of the backfield.

Smith, 2 for 24, yay, think he is going to blow up one of these weeks.  This would be a good one.

Tracy Jr, (backups 4th quarter) 1 for 22, Hockenson 2 for 16, Ross (the fullback) 1 for 10, Cooper 1 for 7, Ragaini (backups) 1 for 7, and tailback Young 1 for 2.

That is 10 difference wideouts and tailbacks and tight ends to catch passes last week, as Ferentz (Brain) called a great game.  We will see if that trend can continue.

Rushing, Hawks 207 net, that will do the trick every week.  Young 14 for 82, and Sargent 15 for 72.

Geil, 10 for 24, and Groeneweg (I would like to buy a vowel) 1 for 11, that on the jet sweep.  Easley had a rush, for 9, then Mansell 2 for 6, and finally Ross, who dove over the line on his carry to snag Iowa a 1st down, 3 net yards.  Well done Iowa O line and backs.

I Would Like to Buy a Vowel also had a great punt return that was held up by a holding call on the far side of the field - the opposite side of where the return was.  If he could take one back this week - it would be huge.

And then Ojemudia had the one interception, as UNI got greedy and tried to go deep into double coverage. He took it back 29 yards, if Iowa could somehow find a pick-six this week - it’s time for this Iowa defense to score a TD.  Would it be too much to ask for two?  Thank you.

So, Iowa got the max effort from the defense that we hope becomes commonplace as the season goes on, and the Iowa offense did find another gear, and that should give the next opponent something to think (worry) about as they head west.

Week 4: Wisconsin

Whereas Iowa did not look past UNI, the same cannot be said about Wisconsin.  They were clearly thinking about the Big 10 opener.  And so, Iowa does not get to pick off another top 5 ish team under the blackness of a Kinnick night game.  But beating the #18 team and taking back the Heartland Trophy would be just as worthy.

The Badgers opened with Western Kentucky, and as figured, won 34-3.  WKU is 0-3 on the season.

In week 2, New Mexico paid a visit to Madison, and left with a 45-14 loss.  But the Lobos have won the two other games they have played to sit at 2-1.

But then last week, BYU came to Camp Randall, and they run one of those pre snap motion type offenses, and the Badgers had trouble with it.

They were also opportunistic, taking the one Badger turnover and taking it down for a TD.  BYU had no turnovers themselves.

But it was the Badger kicking game that did them in, missing a 42 field goal with just over 30 seconds left that would have tied the game.  BYU was then able to just kill the clock, and shock the Badgers 24-21.  The conventual wisdom thought the Badgers would run the table - all they had to do was win the B1G title game. and they would be in the playoff.  Now they are facing the Hawks staring down the barrel of a two game losing streak.

The Badgers are now lead by junior QB Hornibrook, #12.  To date this season, 43 for 68 for 595, with 3 TDs and 2 interceptions (it was a pick that was the one turnover last week).  He is not a threat to run with the ball, other than the high chance he will be running for his life this week.  No, he does not need to run the ball

That is done by tailback Taylor, #23, now a sophomore.  What did he do a a freshman?  Oh, just 299 carriers for 1977 yards, with 13 TDs, and a long run of 75.  The 1977, an all time Div 1 record for a freshman tailback.

To date, 77 carries for 515, that is 6.7 per carry, with 5 TDs, and a long of 47.  He had 23 for 117 last week, but with no scores, and the Badgers would have really used a score from him.
And of course they run the pro-style offense just like us, (but the 3/4 defense, as ISU is now using), so there will be tight ends, wideouts, fullbacks,  pretty much what our defense sees every day in practice.

Oh, and the Badgers have not yet faced any defense that is within light years of the one they face this week.  Hello Badgers, signed, Hawkeye defense.

As of week 3, BYU has a defense ranked #66 in total defense, and #79 in rush defense, so Badgers, you really are going to get punched in the mouth when the bell sounds Saturday night.

And that motion offense allowed BYU to gash the Badgers for nearly 190 on the ground.  This is not the Badger defense of the past few seasons, graduation has taken it’s toll.  Iowa should be able to get at least that on the ground, and there is word this week that our 3rd tailback is practicing and good to go, so we will have the lightening and thunder ready for the Badgers under the lights.

And if Iowa can get the ground and pound game going, Nate has shown that he is more in tune with those down-the-field passes in 2018, and with Smith now into the offense, Easley back in the swing of things, and Fant looking to one up the Badger tight ends, look for Stanley to continue the success of last week, and again go over the 300 yard marker.

Yeah, I know the Badgers are pissed they lost last week.  But Iowa has had this game circled on the calendar since the 38-14 debacle in Camp Randall in 2017, and once the puck drops and the bodies start colliding, it’s just a football game, and the best rivalry in Division 1 again takes center stage.  

We don’t need no stinking Badgers 20, Hawkeyes 34




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