December 25, 2019

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2019 Iowa Football Game Notes, Holiday Bowl - Trojans @ Hawkeyes

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2019 Edition
Iowa’s Record: 9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, 5-1 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: votes #19, 494 points
Coaches:  #19, 485 points
College Football Playoff: 16th
*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 WIN 27-24
•Ten West Division Game

2019 Holiday Bowl, USC @ Iowa, December 27th, 8:00 pm, FS1

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 December 27 (Friday), #22 USC Trojans, 8-4, 7-2 Pac 12, (2nd, South) @ #16 Iowa Hawkeyes, 9-3, 6-3 Big 10, 5-1 B1G West (2nd, West)

Previous Meetings: 9, USC leads 7-2
Last Meeting: 2003 Orange Bowl, USC 38 Hawkeyes 17

Kinnick Color of the Week: Hawks remove Tiger Hawk to honor Fry.

Current Line: Iowa -2.5

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 #24

Interceptions:  11 B1G #4, FBS #31

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2019 through week 14
Total   369.8 Pass 230.3  Rush 139.5  Scoring 23.8
B1G    #9             #7              #10                 #11
FBS    #98     #66            #95                 #100
Total   304.3  Pass 184.2 Rush 120.0     Scoring 13.2
B1G    #4             #4              #6                  #2
FBS    #12           #12            #24                 #6

Wisconsin   10-2, 7-2 B1G, 5-1 B1G West #8 Playoff
Iowa                         9-3, 6-3 B1G, 5-1 B1G West #16 Playoff
Minnesota     10-2, 7-2 B1G, 4-2 B1G West #18 Playoff
Illinois               6-6, 3-5 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Nebraska             5-7, 3-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Purdue              4-8, 3-6 B1G, 2-4 B1G West
Northwestern   3-9, 1-8 B1G, 1-5 B1G West

Week 14: Huskers

We will see you back in Kinnick next year Huskers, as we go for 6 straight!  Enjoy the long offseason with no bowl prep!  Love, The Hawkeyes.

Oh, and for beating Nebraska (again) on the last second kick, Duncan is now on scholarship for his Senior season.  Now how did he not win the Lou Groza award, (the Georgia kick who won it - missed field goals in both games they lost, which kept them out of the playoff) I will never know.  

Holiday Bowl: University of Southern California.

We lead of course with the passing of two men who helped to put Iowa football where it is today.  On December 7th we lost Bump Elliot, the longtime AD at Iowa, who was the man who hired Hayden Fry in 1979.  And then late in the evening on December 17, news broke that Hayden had passed away after a long battle with cancer, at age 90.  The scene on Twitter was amazing that night as Hawkeye fans from all over began posting videos of Fry and his Iowa teams.  Kirk had a tough time getting through the first press conference after Fry’s death, and no wonder.  It was Fry that hired the young Ferentz in 1981 to help with the offense line.  And in 2018 Kirk passed Hayden for most wins in Iowa history.  

For the bowl game, the Hawks will strip the Tiger Hawk from the helmets, and wear a ‘Bump’ sticker on the back of the helmets.  A fitting tribute.  Now go out there and beat a Pac 12 team Hawkeyes.

Here is most of what you need to know about USC.  They like to throw the ball.  That is, not to open up the run, just to throw it more.  Their leading rusher has just over 440 on the year, and they get to about 120 per game on the ground, so it within reason that Iowa can kill their running attack, and focus on the pass first mentality of the Trojans.

USC played a couple QBs early in the season, but as it went on, a freshman took the reins.  He is Solvis, #9.  At 6’2 200, he in there to toss it.  To date, 3,242 passing yards, with 28 TDs, and 9 interceptions.  The only running he does is due to pocket pressure.  He is well in the hole in rushing yards for the season.  On paper, the fact he has twice the passing TDs of Stanley might give us pause.  But Iowa used the ground game more in the red zone, and the Iowa defense has not really faced a team that does not try to run as little as USC.  If there is little threat of a run, the Iowa D line can focus on QB pressure, and sack force fumbles.  

The top wideout is senior Pittman Jr, #6.  He has 95 catches for 1,222 yards, and 11 TDs.  He will be the focus of the back 7.  That is a lot of catches in a college season, so he is the security blanket of the QB.  Let’s see if Iowa can disrupt that connection.

The Trojans have not had any kicks or punts blocked.  However, there is one stat the is very intriguing.  That is kickoff return defense.  28.24.  Last in the Pac 12, and dead last in FBS.  Hello ISM.  In the win over the Huskers, he had the 95 yard kickoff return, and the 44 yard reverse TD.  Look for the junior to have a huge bowl game as he stakes his claim to being an All American as a senior.  

 In other news, the Trojans give up above 166 on the ground, so let's see if the Hawks can grind out some drives, to keep the defense fresh for QB hunting in the 2nd half.  Now that Goodson has taken over the starting role (and went over 100 before a uncalled face mask took him out of the last game) the Iowa rushing attack has seemed to have found a new gear. This would be a good game to continue to work on that.  

And then, USC has lost 23 turnovers on the year.  Talented they may be, but careless.  Not the kind of mistakes the Hawkeyes make.  

Nate has the chance to match Stanzi as the only Iowa QBs to win every bowl game they started, with in Ricky’s case was 3.  One last game to write his history.  

Stanley goes out with 3 more TD passes, as Iowa forces 4 USC turnovers, and the Hawkeye running game churns out 200 yards, and the Hawk defense is too much for USC.  Trojans 23 Hawkeyes 38.

And Merry Christmas!

Go Hawks!!!


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