November 27, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Week 14: Hawkeyes @ Cornhuskers

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten, 4-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #19, 510 points
Coaches:  #20, 434 points
College Football Playoff: 17th
*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, WIN 23-19
November 23rd, •Illinois @ Iowa, WIN 19-10
November 29th (Friday), Iowa @ •Nebraska 2:30 pm, BTN

•Ten West Division Game

Scouting next opponent
Bowl Game TBD

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
 November 29th (Friday) , #19 Iowa Hawkeyes 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten, 4-1 B1G West @ Nebraska Cornhuskers, 5-6, 3-5  Big Ten, 2-3 B1G West

Previous Meetings: 49, Huskers lead 29-17-3
Last Meeting: 2018 Huskers 28  Hawkeyes 31 (4 straight, 5 out of 6)

Kinnick Color of the Week: Road day in soon to be Kinnick West.  Hawkeye colors

Current Line: Iowa -5.5

Stanley Passing TD Count  14, (season record 27) 
Stanley Career Passing TD Count (record 74 Chuck Long), 
Stanley career to date 66

Turnover Margin: +6,  B1G #4 FBS #26

Interceptions:  10 B1G #4, FBS #37

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 13
Total   373.9 Pass 242.2  Rush 131.7  Scoring 23.5
B1G    #9             #6              #10                 #11
FBS    #95     #59            #101                #102
Total   306.1  Pass 191.8 Rush 114.3     Scoring 12.2
B1G    #5             #5              #6                  #2
FBS    #13           #20            #22                 #5

Minnesota     10-1, 7-1 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #9 AP
Wisconsin   9-2, 6-2 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #13 AP
Iowa                         8-3, 5-3 B1G, 4-1 B1G West #19 AP
Illinois              6-5, 3-4 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Nebraska             5-6, 3-5 B1G, 2-3 B1G West
Purdue              4-7, 3-5 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Northwestern   2-9, 0-8 B1G, 0-5 B1G West

Week 13:  Illini

Well Illinois, you do at least win the Coach with the Most Interesting Beard award for the season!

Oh, and you get the Mildcats to finish up the season.  That should get your 7th win.  And more importantly, leave those kitty cats with no Big Ten wins.   Don’t blow this Illinois.

While Hawk fans may have enjoyed a bit more of a margin in that victory, at least Duncan now leads all FBS kickers in field goals made - and he he may be on the short list for winning a kicking award when the season ends.

But - if there was ever a week to score TDs and just have Duncan kick extra points, we have come to it.  Please Hawks, figure out how to finish those drives with TDs.

And while the Hawks never did get the running game going (with Illinois selling out to stop it), Nate had his first 300 yard day of the season passing the ball.  So Iowa was able to adapt as the game went on.  But if we can get the ground game going to finish the season please.  

WEEK 14: Huskers

Because the Huskers need this game to be blow eligible!  But let’s deny them that as only a true rival can do.

Yes they only have 5 wins as we slide into week 14.  Let’s recap.

They opened the season ranked 24th - remember many experts thought they were the biggest contender in the West.  The hosted South Alabama - or the USA.

35-21 Huskers.

In week two they were #25, and faced their old foe from Big 12 days Colorado.  The Huskers built up a 17-0 lead, but there were 6 scores in the 4th quarter, and the game went to OT at 31 all.

Colorado went first and kicked a field goal to lead 34-31, Huskers had their chance at the win. But they could only get 3 yards on 2 downs, bringing up a 3rd and 7.  The Buffalos then sacked Martinez and that brought up a 48 yard field goal.  However - the Husker kicker was out with an undisclosed injury.   And it was the punter that tried the kick.  And it was nowhere close.  The Husker had fallen  (again, two straight to Colorado).  

But then in week 3, Northern Illinois came in, and left losing 44-8.

Now into the Big Ten, they beat Illinois 42-38, as discussed last week.

Then #5 OSU, and 48-7 Buckeyes.
Then the Mildcats and it was a struggle, 13-10 Huskers.

Then the Rodents, loss, 34-7.

Then the Hoosiers, 38-31.

Purdue, lost 31-27.

Badgers, of course lost, 37-21

That was a 4 game losing streak.  

But then last week they hosted Maryland, who has been in free fall from week 3 of the season, and the Huskers left feeling pretty good about themselves, 54-7.  Leaving them at 5-6 overall.

The Huskers are still lead by now sophomore QB Martinez, #2.  To date, 1,906 passing yards, with 10 passing TDs, but 8 interceptions.  A bad ratio.   He does however, also like to run the ball - to date, 123 carries for 582, and 7 rushing TDs.  Last week, it was a surprise to the Iowa defense to have the Illini QB running as much as he did.  They actually did a good job shutting down the tailbacks.  But this week they go into it knowing Martinez runs the entire offense thru himself, and will surely be using spies on defense to keep him from getting very far downfield.  

Their top running back is Mills, a junior, #26.  To date 119 for 651 and 10 TDs.  He has been as high at 17 for 188 in the loss to the Badgers.

Then catching those Martinez passes, Speilman, #10, a junior.  He has 46 snags for 864, and 4 TDs.  That is about 43% of the completed yards that Martinez has thrown, so its safe to say he zeros in on this target, and that should allow Iowa to snag a few of his passes.

Yes I’m sure the Huskers will be all charged up to break this losing streak and get to bowl eligibility  But just as with Illinois last week, once the Iowa defense smacks them around for a bit, it just settles into a game of execution.  And here is another week where their points allowed season to date is more than double what the Iowa defense has allowed.  The numbers do not lie.

Hawks get to 200 on the ground and hold the ball for 36 minutes, as they force 4 Nebraska turnovers, 3 picks and one Epenesa sack fumble to end the regular season.  Hawks 38 Huskers 17. 

Don’t worry Huskers.  There are so many bowls.  Almost every year a 5-7 team gets to go to one.  

Go Hawks!!!


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