September 12, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 3: Iowa @ Iowa State

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 1-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #19, 473 points
Coaches:  #18, 496 points
College Football Playoff:
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2019 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
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


Scouting next opponent
Iowa State bye week

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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 September 14th, Iowa Hawkeyes, 2-0, 1-0 Big Ten East @ Iowa State Cyclones, 1-0, 0-0 Big 12 North 
Previous Meetings: 66, Iowa leads 44-22
Last Meeting: 2018 Cyclones 3 Hawkeyes 13

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road, wear whatever Iowa colors

Current Line: Iowa -2.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  6, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 70 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 58

Turnover Margin: +4,  B1G #2 FBS #12

Interceptions:  3 B1G #2, FBS #9

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 1
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Offense
Total   451.5 Pass 248.0  Rush 203.5  Scoring 34.0
B1G    #7            #7                #5                 #9
FBS    #52     #56              #43               #55
Defense  
Total   185.0  Pass 113.5 Rush 71.5     Scoring 7.0
B1G    #2             #2              #6                  #2
FBS    #4             #8              #17                #5
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Iowa                         2-0, 1-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West  #19 AP
Wisconsin   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West # 14 AP
Minnesota     2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West 
Illinois             2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Nebraska             1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue             1-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   0-1, 0.0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West

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Week 2: Rutgers

Well when I wrote that the Hawkeye defense would give up 165 yards to Rutgers, I was being generous! As the Iowa D smothered them to a grand total of 125.  Just 47 in the air (Rutgers benched the senior QB at half and put in a redshift freshman, same result) and just 78 on the ground, the longest run by Rutgers was 10 yards.  Just 10 of 27 passes competed, with two of them picked off, one from each QB.  


Hawks meanwhile racked up 194 on the ground, and Nate was 16 for 28 for 236 and 3 more TD passes, including the opening drive 58 yarder to ISM that told Rutgers it was going to be a long day. Eight different Hawkeyes caught the ball this week, another good spreading around by Nate.

So the Hawks start the Big 10 with a critical win to begin the slate 1-0, without breaking too much of a sweat, and  without really showing any other new wrinkles other than the quasi read/option a few times.  We even got the backup QB Petras in for the 4th quarter, but we did not let him really unleash that cannon he has, as not to further humiliate the Scarlett Knights.  We wish Rutgers well, go and surprise some peeps in the East if you can.  

And then the Hawks were able to focus squarely onto the first trophy game of the season.  Here we come Clones.  And we are bringing our defense.  


WEEK 3: Iowa State

You might think the Clones were looking too far ahead in week one, as UNI came to visit.  This was a rather sluggish game, and State had to hit a 23 yard field goal with 59 seconds left to tie the Panthers at 13.  

In OT, both teams started with a field goal, then each had a  touchdown.  So it went onto round 3.

UNI went first and settled for a field goal, and a 26-23 lead.  ISU would then get the  ball down inside the 5 yard line, and facing a 3rd and 1 at the UNI 2, the Clone tailback fumbled the ball, but the UNI players seemed to think the play was over, but it was not - and ISU QB Purdy was able to dive in and recover it.  One play later the Clones scored and had not fallen (again) to UNI.

Then last week they were on a bye.  Presumably watching the Iowa defense take apart the Rutgers offense.  And knowing the UNI defensive line had been quite a menace to the Iowa State 0 line for most of that game.  

Purdy, #15, a sophomore, played at lot last year, but mostly during the Big 12 portion of the season.  Against UNI, he was 30 for 41 for 278 yards, and 2 TDS.   His longest pass on the day was 21 yards, and he was sacked two times.  He is, however, a pretty adept running QB, who got 308 yards on 100 rushing attempts a year ago (with no positive yards against UNI).  So Epenesa and the boys are going to have to make sure they contain first, then pursue and drop, the Cyclone QB.

The Clones rushed for a total of 185 in week one, of course that was more than a 60 minute game.  Lang #4 a sophomore had 14 carries for 69 yards, Croney #25, a senior, had 13 for 56 (and one TD), and then Hall, #28, a freshman, had 11 for 47.  Those 3 are the ones the Hawkeye defense must look to take away.  

Purdy’s biggest target in week 1 was Jones, #8, a senior.  He had 14 catches for 126 yards in week 1, so Iowa is going to have to look to contain him with our nickel backfield.  They do use a tight end, Kolar, #88, a sophomore, who had 4 catches for 45 yards in week 1. Of course the Iowa defense is used to playing against elite tight ends in practice.  Then down the line ISU does have some big wideouts, so Iowa is going to have to make Purdy make some quick decisions with short passes, or risk running into the Iowa D line.  

Oh  yes, and ESPN Game Day will be making their first appearance at Ames for this showdown.  Before the season was started, the Clones were ranked - but they dropped into ‘others receiving votes’ after struggling with the Panthers.  Well at least the visiting team is ranked!  Ha!

Hawks fans can attest that having Game Day gets everyone riled up, but that has not often transferred to the field.  All that excitement the Clones will have when it starts, will be shut down the first few times they try to run the ball up the middle - and get nothing for it.  

Clone fans are fed up with this 4 game losing steak, their all world coach has yet to beat the Hawks.

And it goes to 5.  Hawks eventually just pound the Clones defense into the dirt, and sorry Clowns, if you have trouble with your O line against UNI, well, just pray your QB survives to finish the game.  That is, upright to watch the Hawks carry the CyHawk Trophy from the field again.  Hawkeyes 31 Clones 13.

Go Hawks!!!

Sedge

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