November 22, 2018

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2018 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 13: Huskers @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2018 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 7-4, 4-4 Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 8 votes
Coaches: 12 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, Loss 28-17
October 6th, @ •Minnesota, WIN 48-31
October 13th, @ Indiana, WIN 42-16
October 20th, Maryland, WIN 23-0
October 27th, @ Penn State, Loss 30-24
November 3rd, @ •Purdue, Loss 38-36
November 10th, •Northwestern, Loss 14-10
November 17th, @ •Illinois, WIN 63-0
November 23rd (Friday), •Nebraska, 12:05 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

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

Scouting next opponent
Bowl Game TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
 November 23rd (Friday) v. Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-7, 3-5 Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West
Previous Meetings: 48, Huskers lead 29-16-3
Last Meeting: 2017, Hawkeyes 56, Huskers 14

Kinnick Color of the Week: Dress warmly in Hawkeye colors!

Current Line: Iowa -10

Stanley Passing TD Count (record 27) 21

Turnover Margin: +7,  B1G #3 FBS #22

Interceptions: 17, B1G #2, FBS #3

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season to date
Total   387.0 Pass 234.5  Rush 152.5  Scoring 31.5
B1G    #9            #6                #10                #5
FBS    #79     #64               #88               #47
Total   280.9  Pass 180.1 Rush 100.8     Scoring 16.5
B1G    #2             #2              #2                  #2
FBS    #6             #17            #8                  #9
Northwestern wins  the Big 10 West

WEEK 12: Illini

Hello again Hawkeye friends, sorry for the two week break, was moving my place and had the writing gear all packed up.  But in the new place now and we are back.

And so were the Hawks.  Sorry Illinois, best of luck next year on being bowl eligible.  HA!  

So the Hawks found their offensive and defensive footing, and just in time for the last trophy game of the season.  Hello again, Huskers.

Week 13: Cornhuskers  

Before the season started, the Huskers were so high on the return of Scott Frost, that they seemed to think there were a shoe in for the Big 10 West title.  Alas.  It was not to be.  

The started out hosting Akron - but Mother Nature had other plans, and the game ended up being cancelled.  

So the Huskers had no warm up game before hosing old Big 8 friend Colorado, and this was a good game, but not for the Huskers, who fell 33-28 - the Buffaloes scored with 1:06 left in the 4th to spoil the Frost debut.

A week later, Troy (The Trojans) came to visit.  Cake, thought Nebraska.  Right up until they lost, 24-19.  Nebraska had not been 0-2 since 1957.

Up next, the Huskers went to the Big House.  Ah, the road, a good place to find focus.

Michigan would go up 39-0 at half, and cruise their way to a 56-10 win.  In other words, mimicking Iowa when they play the Huskers of late.  This, the worst start since 1945.  Hehe.

Up next, Purdue in Lincoln, and Our Rival knocked the Huskers to 0-4, 42-24.  Not only were the Huskers 0-4 and 0-2 in the B1G, that marked their 8th loss in a row, dating to last year.  A school record 8th loss, that is.

Well then the Huskers went to Camp Randall, and as expected, got steamrolled 41-24.

Then a trip to Chicago, were the Huskers had a 10 point lead with just over 5 minutes remaining - and then lost in OT to the Mildcats, 34-31.  At 0-6, the worst start in the history of Nebraska football.

But then, the Golden Rodents came to Lincoln.  The Huskers started fast and then held on, defeating Minnesota 53-28, to give Frost his first win, and end the losing streak.  

Umm, then Bethune-Cookman came to Lincoln, and the Huskers had a two game winning streak 45-9.

Then the Huskers went to the Horseshoe, and this was a very entertaining game, with lead changes and big plays on both sides, but OSU regained the momentum in the 2nd half and held off Nebraska 36-31.

And then last week, the Huskers hosted Sparty.  If you were watching this game and fell asleep, we can’t really blame you.  5 field goals, 2 for Sparty, and 3 for the Huskers, for a 9-6 win.  

So, who are these Huskers, that QB of the past few years who loved to throw the ball to the Hawks has moved on.  

And in his place, a freshman QB, Martinez, #2.  At 6’2 and 220, solidly built.  To date, 198 for 309, for 2,357 yards, with 15 TDS, 7 interceptions, and he has been sacked 20 times.

But he is also a running QB, he has been as high as 125 yards on 15 carriers against the Rodents, but last week against a good defense just 18 net on 7 carries.  Hello freshman QB, another good defense awaits.

His 553 yards rushing are actually 2nd best on the team, at 1st, a tailback Ozigbo, #22, a senior.  At 6’0 and 235.  He has 145 carries for 1,032 yards, with a long of 66, and 12 rushing TDS.  He also has 20 catches for 184 yards, so a tailback who will have to be watched out the the backfield.

Then there is Washington, #28, a freshman tailback, who has 72 carries for 446, and 3 rushing TDs.  And he has 17 catches for 119 yards, so another tailback to watch.

That is the bulk of the carries for the Huskers.  Obviously, the Hawkeye defense is still one of the best in the land at stopping the run.  Good luck Huskers.

There are 2 wideouts of particular to watch - Morgan, #8, a senior, with 63 catches for 923 yards and 7 TDs, and Spielman, #10, a sophomore.  He has 66 snags for 818 and 8 receiving TDs.  

Their top tight end, Stoll, #86, a sophomore, has 17 for 208, and 2 TDs.  

So these are the guys who the Hawkeye defense is going to key on.  Stop them, make someone else beat us.

Iowa rushes for 220 net, and that lets Nate find those tight ends racing down the middle.  The defense finishes the season with another strangling, holding the Huskers to just 85 net rushing yards, and picks off the young QB 3 times.  Sorry Nebraska, better luck next season.  Huskers 16 Hawkeyes 48.

Go Hawks!!!


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