November 14, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 12: Golden Rodents @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition

Iowa’s Record: 6-3, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #23, 197 points
Coaches:  #22, 187 points
College Football Playoff: #20
*Times Eastern

August 31st, Miami (Ohio) @ Iowa, WIN 38-14
September 7th, Rutgers @ Iowa, WIN 30-0
September 14th, Iowa @ Iowa State, WIN 18-17
September 21st, Bye Week #1
September 28th, Middle Tennessee State @ Iowa, WIN 48-3
October 5th, Iowa @ Michigan, Loss 10-3
October 12th, Penn State @ Iowa, Loss 17-12
October 19th, •Purdue @ Iowa, WIN 26-20
October 26th, Iowa @ •Northwestern, WIN 20-0
November 2nd, Bye Week #2
November 9th, Iowa @ •Wisconsin, Loss 24-22
November 16th, •Minnesota @ Iowa, 4:00 pm. FOX
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, 12:00 pm, BTN
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game

Scouting next opponent
Illinois bye week

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
 November 16th, #23 Iowa Hawkeyes 6-3, 3-3 Big Ten, 2-1 B1G West v.  #7 Minnesota Golden Rodents, 9-0, 6-0 Big 10, 3-0 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 112 Rodents lead 62-48-2
Last Meeting: 2018 Hawkeyes 48 Rodents 31

Kinnick Color of the Week: It’s November.  Dress warmly in Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -3

Stanley Passing TD Count  12, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 64

Turnover Margin: +3,  B1G #6 FBS #41

Interceptions:  7 B1G #9, FBS #62

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 9
Total   381.8 Pass 242.6  Rush 139.2  Scoring 24.1
B1G    #8             #4              #10                 #11
FBS    #85     #54            #95                  #97
Total   288.9  Pass 177.6 Rush 111.3     Scoring 11.7
B1G    #4             #5              #5                  #2
FBS    #11           #10            #20                 #4

Minnesota     9-0, 6-0 B1G, 3-0 B1G West #7 AP
Wisconsin   7-2, 4-2 B1G, 2-1 B1G West #15 AP
Iowa                         6-3, 3-3 B1G, 2-1 B1G West #23 AP
Nebraska             4-5, 2-4 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Illinois              6-4, 3-3 B1G, 2-2 B1G West
Purdue              4-6, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Northwestern   1-8, 0-6 B1G, 0-3 B1G West


Week 11: Badgers

Well maybe the 4th quarter success of passing the ball (75 yarder to Tracey was the final TD for the Hawks) should tell us something for the final 3 games.  That is, pass the ball to set up the run!  Stanley needs 11 TD passes to top Long for most in Iowa history, this would be a good 4 game stretch (counting bowl game) to get it done.  

Yes, the Iowa defense was unable to contain Taylor who rushed for a season high 250.  But if the Iowa offense had been able to score TDs in stead of field goals for our first two scores, it would have been a very different game.  Cant much fault the defense when they were on the field for nearly 40 minutes.

So, with our chances at the Big Ten title now all but dead, it’s time to focus on the border rivals we have left.  And we start with the pig.  Stay home Floyd.

WEEK 12: Golden Rodents

The Rodents are off to a 9-0 start, which according to the graphics during the Penn State game, is the best they have started since 1904.  By comparison the Hawks were 9-0 in  2015 and 2009.

The Rodents are lead by QB Morgan, #2, a sophomore.  To date 2.100 passing yards, on 67% passing completions, with 21 TDs and 4 interceptions.  He has been sacked 17 times.  He is really in there to throw the ball, he has rushed for a high of 30 on the season.  

The top tailback is Smith, #1, a senior.  To date 172 carries for 940 yards (5.5 per) and 7 rushing TDs.  He has just 5 catches on the there, so he is in there to run the ball.    Then there is Ibrahim, #24, a sophomore.  He has 73 carries for 340 (4.7 per) 6 rushing TDs.  He only has 2 catches on the the year for -2 yards, so he too is in there to run the ball.  

So the Hawkeye defense must do a better job this week on shutting down the Rodent running game.

The wideouts to watch, Bateman, #13, a sophomore, who has 38 catches for 347 and 8 TDs.  Then Johnson, #6, a senior, who has 50 catches for 730 yards, and 8 TDs.  

They have some good wideouts but if the Hawkeye defense can make the Rodents one demential, it should allow the Iowa D line to tee off on the Rodent QB.

The Rodents started out with South Dakota State, and this was a close game throughout, the Rodents had to get a TD with just over 5 minutes left to take the lead, and held on for the win 28-21.  

In week two the Rodents went west to face Fresno State.  FSU was up 21-14 at the end of the 3rd, but the Rodents rallied to force OT.  Here both teams got a TD in the first OT, the Rodents then a field goal in the 2nd, and they then picked off the FSU QB to seal the win 38-35 in Double OT.

Then in week 3, Georgia Southern came to the Twin Cities.  And this was another very close game.  The Rodents would give up both a blocked field goal for a TD and a fumble return for a TD, and had to score a rushing TD with just 16 seconds left to avoid the huge upset.  35-32, and the Rodents had gotten thru non con without a loss, but they came awful close.

As you recall from the Purdue notes, the Rodents started 1-0 by holding off the Boilermakers, 38-31.

Then a Twin Cites visit from Illinois, but the Rodents run wild, winning 40-17.

Then the Huskers came in, and the Rodents had little trouble, 34-7.  All those Husker fans that thought the would win the West.  Ha!

Then a road trip to Rutgers, and well, 42-7.

Then Maryland took the long trip to the frozen tundra, and the Terps have been in a free fall since week 3, 52-10.

And then last week, before the Hawks took the field, the Rodents were able to get 3 interceptions off the Penn State QB, including one with PSU looking to take the lead in the final minute.  The Rodents moved to 9-0 with the 31-26 win.

So what does this tell us?  For one, they give up more points than the Iowa D does.  

Their scoring defense average to date is 20.7.  Nearly double the Iowa D.

Their red zone defense is 12th in the conference and 104th overall.  So hope the Hawks can use that to score TDs and no field goals this week.

They are ranked 118th nationally in punt return yardage.  Perhaps a special teams TD for the Hawks this week?

And they had that one field goal blocked mentioned above.   Another chink in the armor for Iowa to exploit?

Then of course, the Pig, Floyd.  He has loved being away from the frozen tundra for the last 4 seasons.  And the Hawks have loved holding onto his trophy.  We lost out on a trophy last week, but now we are back home.  

Hawks force 3 turnovers and Iowa opens the game passing downfield to open up the run game.  Sorry Rodents.  We are still a Bird of Prey.  And you are mincemeat.  Rodents 17 Hawks 38.   

Go Hawks!!!


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