October 11, 2018

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2018 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 7: Iowa @ Indiana

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2018 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 4-1, 1-1 Big Ten, 1-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 87 votes (26th!)
Coaches: 89 votes (27th!)
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, Loss 28-17
October 6th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 48-31
October 13th, @ Indiana, 12:00 pm, ESPN2
October 20th, Maryland, 12:00 pm, ESPN2 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
Rutgers @ Maryland, 12:00 pm, BTN

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 October 13th, @ Indiana Hoosiers, 4-2, 1-2 Big 10, 1-2 B1G East
Previous Meetings: 76, Iowa leads 44-28-4
Last Meeting: 2015 Hawkeyes 35 Hoosiers 27

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road, wear Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -6

Stanley Passing TD Count (record 27) 9

Turnover Margin: +1,  B1G #6 FBS #50

Interceptions: 6, B1G #6, FBS #29

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season to date
Total   398.4 Pass 243.4  Rush 155.0  Scoring 29.8
B1G    #9            #8                #10              #7
FBS    #76     #63              #87              #69
Total   272.4  Pass 188.0 Rush 84.4     Scoring 16.6
B1G    #2             #2              #2                  #3
FBS    #4             #30            #5                  #13
Wisconsin   4-1, 2-0 B1G, 2-0 B1G West
Northwestern   2-3, 2-1 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Iowa                         4-1, 1-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Purdue             2-3, 1-1 B1G, 1-1 B1G West
Minnesota     3-2, 0-2 B1G, 0-1 B1G West
Illinois             3-2, 1-1 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska             0-5, 0-3 B1G, 0-2 B1G West
WEEK 6: Rodents

Ah yes, Floyd is resting the the comfortable climate of Iowa City and not the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities, for the 4th year in a row.  Hawks in the process of claiming the Rodents outdoor stadium as Kinnick North - Outdoor.  Rest easy for 12 months Floyd.

As Saturday morning turned to afternoon, a rather alarming update came from the Iowa media - the Hawks would be starting two true freshman in the secondary (Ojemudia and Hankins had been dinged up, were in uniform, but held out one more week), as Moss #33, a 6’0 195 freshman out of Ankeny, and Brents, #20, a 6’2, 180 freshman out of Indianapolis, would be starting at both corner spots.  The last time the Hawks started two freshman in the secondary?  2000.  They, Benny Sapp, and some guy named Bob Sanders.

And those young Hawks were victimized a bit to begin the game, but as the game wore on and they adjusted to the speed, they had the last laugh - Moss, the first two pics of his Hawkeye career, and Brents the first snag of his Hawkeye career, en route to 4 Iowa interceptions (which we called right!)

Of note on Moss’s pics, one was in the end zone to snuff out a Rodent scoring drive, and one he took back 36 yards to the Rodent 9 yard line, and Iowa scored soon after.  

So while the Hawks did give up 234 passing, the Rodents only completed half their passes (on trend), and of course 4 of them to the Hawks - in the 2nd half, Rodents only got 87 thru the air as the Iowa defense adjusted.

And the defense held the Rodents to just 86 net on the ground, keeping our rushing D top 5 in the country for another week.

The Iowa offense was never really able to get the ground game going (Rodents had given up 315 to Maryland the week before), as we just wound up with 106 net.  4 of those to a tight end (Hockenson), the trick play wide-snap to him as a ‘wildcat’ and he got around the corner for the score.

Sargent had the other rushing TD, as the rest of the TD points came from the arm of Stanley.  For the day, 23 for 39, for 314 yards, with 4 TDs, and one (the terrible pass into heavy traffic down the far sideline) interception.

Nate also lost a fumble when sacked, on a play where he probably should have had the ball out sooner.  All in all tho, a good day for the Iowa O line on pass protection, that was the only sack the Rodents had.  A few passes the Nate probably would like to have had back, but we will take the 48 points and the win.

ISM had 3 catches for 78, with 1 TD,  glad he is back, Smith, 5 for 68, including an amazing reach-around the corner to snag the ball catch that was a highlight reel catch that gave Iowa the ball inside the redzone.  

Easley, 6 for 52, he is getting back into the flow, Hockenson the more conventional 3 for 49, IKM 2 for 40, and Fant 4 for 27 and one more TD to his record setting collection.

Special teams, no problem this week, lets keep that going boys!  ISM two kick returns for 83 yards, think he takes one to the house this week, Receinos good on both field goal attempts and all 6 extra points, and Iowa had no punt return yards this week, but also no fumbled away punt returns.  Progress.

Rastetter good for a 41.5 average on his 4 points, with a long of 47.  Just like to see him get more punts inside the 20 yard line.

But we have some question marks on the field as we go forward to Indiana.  Jones will miss the 1st half after a bogus targeting call (hit the guy in the chest with his shoulder), and Hockaday will seen on crutches in the 2nd half of the game (tho he is tbd according to Kirk).  So we may be down two more linebackers, as Neimann the Younger will also miss this week (likely back next).

As of now the two freshmen corners are still #1 on the depth chart, but we will likely see the elder statesmen back on the field more this week (both played a bit last).  

And there are no issues with the D line, they ended with 5 sacks for the Rodent QB, and those played a role in the 4 picks (tho one was thrown by the former QB tuned tight end turned wildcat QB).  Another pass happy team coming up, so more chances for the line to get in there and wreak havoc.

Week 7: Hoosiers

As you recall from past years, the Hoosiers would often have a good offense, but then one of those Big 12 type defenses, and they would often lose games where they had been able to get to 30 points or more.  

They have made some changes to try and get to a more Big 10 style defense, so let’s take a look at their season to date to see how they are doing on that front.

Like Iowa, Indiana made their way through the non-con at 3-0.  They started by going on the road to Miami, no not to face the Hurricanes, but Florida International.  Indiana lead 28-14 at half and mostly coasted to a 38-28 victory.  FIU got to 170 on the ground against the Hoosier defense.

In week 2, Indiana hosted Virginia, so a power 5 matchup for the Hoosiers.  Indiana freshman tailback Scott rushed 31 times for 204 yards as the Hoosiers hung on for a 20-16 victory.

In  week 3, Indiana hosted Ball State, and this was a rather easy 38-10 victory.  However, Ball State got 204 on the ground against the Indiana defense.  

To open the B1G, the Hoosiers hosted the Spartans.  The Sparty defense only gave Indiana 29 net rushing yards, and that allowed the MSU defense to pick off two passes.  Of note, MSU also scored a six yard touchdown - on a fake field goal, en route to a 35-21 win, to start the Hoosiers 0-1 in the conference.

A week later, Indiana to the east coast to take on Rutgers. Indiana started fast, scoring on first 4 possessions, and then held on to beat the Knights 24-17. 

And then last week, the Hoosiers ventured to Columbus to take on Ohio State.  

This was actually a pretty good game for the first 45 minutes - at half OSU lead 28-20, but then too much OSU and they pulled away from Indiana to the 49-26 win.
Indiana only managed 84 rushing yards in that one, while OSU got 154.  Of course the OSU QB Haskins was 33 for 44 for 455 with 6 passing tds, and 2 interceptions.  So that left Indiana at 1-2 in the conference, and also 1-2 in the east division.

Based on those results, we can’t really say that the Indiana offense is as explosive as it was in the past, and the defense still has some work to do.

The Hoosiers are lead by sophomore QB Ramsey, #12.  He is 6’2 and 212, so another big QB.  To date, 141 for 211 (66.8%), for 1,361 yards, with 11 TDs and 5 interceptions.  He has rushed for as much as 51 yards on 10 attempts against Rutgers.  But last week, 10 rushed for 10 yards against the OSU defense.  The Hawks will have to look to contain him when they collapse the pocket - but good luck running away from the Iowa D line Ramsey.  Ramsey has been sacked 10 times on the season, so hello Iowa D line.  

And yes that freshman tailback Scott, #21, is the top rusher.  He is 6’2 and 233, so more of a bruising type back.  He has 107 totes for 538 yards, with a long of 45, and 4 rushing TDs.  And he has 8 catches out of the backfield for a net of 36 yards.

Top wideout is a junior, Westbrook, #5.  He is 6’3 and 215, so a large target on the outside.  He has 20 catches for 269 and 2 TD catches.  On the other side, Harris, #5, a senior, with 22 catches for 206 yards, and 1 TD.

Their top 6 pass catchers are all wideouts, so the Indiana defense is not used to going up against explosive tight ends in practice.  Hello Iowa tight ends.  

Let’s take a lot at some of the stats to see what we can expect on Saturday.

Indiana rush defense - 157.5 against, 9th in the B1G, and 64th overall.  Obviously the Hawks are going to look to get a stronger running game going then they had against the Rodents.  That will  open up the wideouts and tight ends running free down the seems.  

Indiana 4th down defense, 83.3% successful by the opposition, 13th and 125 overall.  Hello New Kirk.  

Net punting, 36.6.  11th and 81st.  How bout a punt and kick return this week boys?

Passing yards allowed, 212.2  Stanley looking for at least 4 more passing TDs this week.

This is an interesting stat from the Indiana offense - passing yards per completion, 9.71.  13th, and 124th overall.  Seems a dink and dunk kind of passing attack.  Let’s see if the Indiana O line can hold up long enough to let that happen.

Iowa does get the running game over 200 net this week, and that allows Stanley to play action to his emerging wideouts and lethal tight ends for 390 yards and 4 more TDS, as Iowa starts quick and leaves the Hoosiers in the dust.  Iowa D holds Indiana to less than 60 net rushing and picks off 4 more passes due to the relentless pressure from the D line.  Hawkeyes 51 Hoosiers 16.


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