September 5, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 2: Rutgers @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #20, 351 points
Coaches:  #19, 395 points
College Football Playoff:
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, 12:05 pm, FS1
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, 4:00 pm, FS1
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, TBD
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, TBD
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, TBD
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, 12:00 pm, TBD
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, TBD
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, TBD
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, TBD
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game

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Iowa State bye week

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 September 7th, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten East @ Iowa Hawkeyes, 1-0, 0-0 B1G West 
Previous Meetings: 1, Iowa leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2016 Hawkeyes 14 Rutgers 7

Kinnick Color of the Week: Black and Gold

Current Line: Iowa -20.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  3, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 70 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 55

Turnover Margin: 0,  B1G #7 FBS #51

Interceptions:  1 B1G #4, FBS #33

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 1
Total   465.0 Pass 252.0  Rush 213.0  Scoring 38.0
B1G    #7            #6                #6                 #8
FBS    #50      #53               #42               #38
Total   245.0  Pass 186.0 Rush 59.0     Scoring 14.0
B1G    #7             #7              #6                  #6
FBS    #33           #52            #22                #36

Iowa                         1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota     1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois             1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska             1-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   0-1, 0.0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue             0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Week 1: Miami (Ohio)

After the Hawkeyes got thru a rather snoozing first half (leading 10-7), form returned in the second as the Hawks wore down the RedHawks to a tune of 213 rushing yards, and a comfortable 21 for 30 for Stanley, for 252 and 3 td passes.  Including the first of Oliver Martin’s Iowa career.  On that ground attack it was Sargent with 14 tugs for 91, Young 9 for 48, each with a rushing TD.  And then a true freshman Goodson #15, who had 9 tugs for 36 yards.  ISM had 1 for 16 and Stanley thru in 5 runs/scrambles for 20 yards.  

Which leads us to one new wrinkle the Iowa offense showed on Saturday.  That was, the read/option.  Stanley in the shotgun, with a running back to his side, then snapping the ball, pausing for a brief second, then handing it off.  Of course Nate is not a running QB so the threat of him pulling it down from the tailback is practically nil, but of note, he could fake the handoff then fire away down the field if the defensive backfield has surged forward thinking the handoff was there.  So we may see more of this in the weeks ahead.  Iowa did run well out of this formation, which I guess you could really call more of a draw since Nate is more likely to throw the ball than run with it.  

Of the 9 passes he missed I have 3 that should have been caught, and none of the throws were in any danger of being picked off.  The one turnover, fullback Ross trying to lateral the ball to Nate as he got stuffed one the one yards line, failed, and Miami recovered the fumble.  I trust the tailbacks will get all the carries this week.

Of the 21 caught passes, Sargent 4 for 65 with a long of 41, on a screen pass.  Ragaini 1 for 45, were he got caught inside the 10 yard line.  ISM 4 for 35 and a TD on the jailbreak screen (welcome back KOK), Beyer 3 for 30, a good showing from the next tight end.  Smith 3 for 26 and 1 TD on the beautiful fade ball from Nate (would have had 2 but came down out of bounds on the first play in the end zone).  Then Tracy 1 for 22, Martin 2 for 14 and the TD, Young 1 for 7, Ross 1 for 4, and Goodson 1 for 4.  That is 10 different targets hit by Nate - if the Iowa running game can keep up the good start, he is going to have fun spreading the ball around down the field.  

A slow start but good finish by the Iowa offense.  Let’s see a more complete game this week. 

Oh where Iowa message boards all panicking at the apparent absence of Epenesa the Younger, who only registered 1 tackle on the day.  But he was at least double teamed much of the time, and the RedHawks were trying to get every pass off within 2 seconds, so that did not leave him time to really get back there.  The only sack we had on the day was Mr. Jones flying in on a 3rd down and drilling the young Gabbert (little brother of Blaine) and forcing the Miami punt.  I have no worries tho, as the season goes on, if Epenesa keeps facing double teams, the other D lineman will be able to feast.  And if he and the D line do such as good job shutting down running games, well, then he will be able to get back there on those 3rd downs.  We really just need to tighten up the back end, getting a few pics this week would help get things where they need to be.  

The Hawks are 1-0, that is all the matters, but we did it by just wearing down the RedHawks, and without really showing much that is new on the offensive side of the ball.  No reason to think we need to do it this week, either.

WEEK 2: Rutgers

But Rutgers is undefeated!  Yes, they beat UMass 48-21 to open the season.   But it was it was a strange game.  UMass lead the game 21-7 after 1, but then Rutgers got 31 points in the 2nd to lead 38-21 at the half.  Then 10 more points in the second half as the Rutgers defense shut down UMass.

They are now lead by a senior QB who transferred in, Carter, #17.  He was 21 of 31 for 340 yards, with 2 TDs, but ominously, 3 interceptions.  Hey Carter, the Iowa D is better than UMass.  Much.

They do feature a couple of good tailbacks, Pacheco #17, a sophomore, who had 20 carries for 156 yards and 4 TDs.  That is a healthy 7.8 yards per carry.    

Then Blackshear, #2, who had 12 carries for 39 yards.  He is a junior.  

With a QB who is likely to throw the ball, well, anywhere, Iowa must shut down the Rutgers ground game and make the QB beat us.    Let's keep them under 75 net boys.

Rutgers did give up 173 rushing to UMass, so the Hawks should be able to get over the 200 mark again.  Keep plugging away, Nate will find his targets down the field.  Already seeing Iowa use the slot wideouts to great effect when the opposing defense crowd the box.

Rutgers was 2 for 2 on field goals in week 1, and only had 1 punt (for 34 yards), so does not look like the special teams are a weakness for them.  

This is of course the earliest conference game in Kirk’s tenure at Iowa, and as he prioritizes the Big 10 games, I’m sure the Hawks are not looking past the Scarlet Knights.  You may have heard that Rutgers and Princeton played the first college football game in 1869 (hence the 150 celebration this year), but that game had a lot more in common with soccer than American football.  The first game using 11 players and being able to run and throw the ball was in 1875, between Tufts and Harvard.  The Hawks of course began in 1889, joining the Big 10 in 1900.

Look for more of the same this Saturday as the Hawks will try to pound Rutgers into the Field Turf. Hawks ground game goes for 235 this week, as the Iowa defense holds Rutgers to a net 165 total offense, with 3 of those pics to match the UMass defense.  Nate 24 for 31 for 310 yards and 4 TDs this time, including one to a tight end, and two of them in excess of 40 yards.  Hawkeyes 48, Rutgers 10. 

Go Hawks!!!


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