Iowa got off to a slow start on a rainy throwback day in Kinnick Stadium. After taking the opening kick the Hawks moved the ball 26 yards in six plays but didn't get the play in and received a penalty on 4th and 1 that moved them back and forced a punt.
Ball State struggled the entire half to move the chains and get first downs, let alone sniff the redzone. After a three-and-out on Ball State's first series the Hawkeyes put together a 10 play drive that resulted in Adam Robinson scoring off the left side for the first Hawkeye touchdown. Freshman walk-on kicker Mike Meyer made the score 7-0 with his first extra point attempt of the season.
Ball State was able to get a first down on their second drive of the game but after only four plays were forced to again punt the ball. Colin Sandeman had what appeared to be his best return of the season but it was nullified by a block in the back penalty. The Hawkeyes did drive the ball 49 yards but Meyer missed his, and Iowa's, first field goal attempt of the season.
The second quarter saw more dominating defense from the Hawkeyes. The defense forced two turnovers, a Micah Hyde interception of a wounded duck pass and a fumble recovery by Jeremiah Hunter.
Offensively, Iowa scored on two touchdown passes from Ricky Stanzi. He found Keenan Davis in the back of the endzone for Iowa's second score. Davis replaced an injured Marvin McNutt. Stanzi also found DJK on a route in which he beat both the corner and the deep safety to score.
Iowa stuffed Ball State once again in the closing minutes. Mike Daniels recorded his third tackle for a loss in the half and Iowa used timeouts to get the ball back for one more try at the endzone. After two consecutive completions to Adam Robinson, Stanzi and Ferentz couldn't get together on the snap and Iowa lost the ball.
First half stats of note:
Score: Iowa 21 BSU 0
Ricky Stanzi 16/21 178 Yards 2 TD
Adam Robinson 19 carries 105 yards 2 TD
Total yards: Iowa 283 Ball St 56
The start of the second half for Ball State was more of the same. They quickly went three-and-out and on the first drive of the half. Iowa answered quickly when Adam Robison took a dump off pass from Ricky Stanzi 48 yards and inside the five. Robinson carried the ball in for a one yard run, his second touchdown of the game.
After another punt from Ball State, Iowa scored again on its next possession. Ricky Stanzi dropped back and let one go over 50 yards in the air and the result was a touchdown grab by DJK, his second of the game. That made the score 35-0 Iowa and that was it for the starting offense for the day.
The following drive Ball St. crossed the 50 yard line for the first time. The drive stalled and Iowa took over following a touchback after the ball was kicked out of the endzone.
Iowa fans got to see some new faces in the backfield as Iowa looks to find depth after Jewel Hampton suffered a season ending ACL injury. Redshirt freshman Brad Rogers and true freshman Marcus Coker both carried the ball in the fourth quarter. Each have a lot of size and are bruising running backs. Neither will win the fastest player on the team race but each ran over tired defenders and moved the chains.
Other news and notes:
True freshman Anthony Hitchens lost his redshirt when he played on Iowa's kickoff team. Hitchens and Coker bring the total of true freshmen to play this season to seven.
DJK is 14 catches and 131 yards away from two Iowa receiver records (career catches and career yards).
Ball State crossed the 50 only 2 times. They had the ball in the redzone 0 times.
Stanzi finished with 19/25 288 yds 3 TD
ARob 22 for 115 2 TD 3 catches 75 yards
DJK 4 catches 87 yards 2 TD
Mike Daniels 6 tackles 4 TFL 1 Sack
Mike Meyer 1/2 FG 25 yard long 6 EP
Final Score: Iowa 45 Ball State 0
Total Yards: Iowa 562 Ball State 112
By: THE NoLookPass(special contributor to PSD.com)
cause that's how I roll. It's the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and 76 and I'm hanging around a tad with Rann and his buddies.They are a little older, 19, and Rann is a production welder at John Deere. He likes to party and once in a while he takes white crosses to keep amped at work. He works on a production scale and the more he welds, the more money he makes.
He drives a cherry 1969 Chevelle candy apple red with two black stripes down the middle front and back. Its goes from zero to sixty in an eye blind and gets around 4 gallons to the mile. Hes got huge box speakers in the back and I ride shotgun and he blares Van Halen, Kiss and other "hard" stuff loud. He has nice parties at his house and I flirt with some of the girls but they are older and not much ever happens.
His Mom drives a city bus and being clever, we nickname her "Ma." She's a tough old bird, in fact she's still alive and around 90 years old today. I don't smoke pot other than a time or two cause I don't trust what people put in drugs but once Rann talks me into doing a hit of speed. I'm scared and I only do half a hit and fall right asleep, something Ive heard isn't that uncommon.
There's a lot of fighting going on and drinking but I manage to stay away from most the fights. I get in one and knocked a kid out in the hall at school and it was a bad deal. My parents home owners insurance had to pay for his bills and I got kicked out of school for 3 days. The principal tells me he feels bad, Ive never even got sent to the office but due to the kids injuries (busted jaw) he has to kick me for 3 days. I feel kinda guilty about it but the good news is after that I'm like Fonzi-no one has seen me fight and they want to keep it that way.
I didn't deserve the rep but I like it cause it allows me to concern myself with more important stuff, like where to get beer on Friday night so we can go lay around the golf course at bunker hill.
There's a Kiss concert in Madison and we decide to take a roadie. It's winter time, and it's colder than Hillary Clinton's panties so we can't take Ranns Chevelle so we take Ma's VW Rabbit. Yeah. Four of us, a fifth of vodka and 2 cases of beer later, we get to Madison. We find a store, buy a case of bottled beer and go stand in line. The place is getting rowdy and I decide it would be cool to just throw my empties high in the air behind us. For some reason, nobody's kills us and we get inside.
Uriah Heep is playing first and all I can tell you is they are loud and they suck. Most the girls are wearing concert tee shirts and Levis and they smell like pot so I'm kinda bored with the whole deal. Out of the corner of my eye I see Rann get grabbed by security for getting too close to the speakers. I find the other guys, we laugh and an hour or so later we notice we can't find Rann. We stumble around, find some room where they take ODs and ask if they've seen Rann.
They recognize who were are talking about and say he'd been there laying down but got up and left. We are sobering up a tad and we are worried. This dude drinks like Danish, but unlike Danish he was born with a liver and sometimes gets a tad out of control. We figure he left and ask security if we can go outside and look for him. They tell us if we leave we can't get back in, but we are loyal, as loyal as dirty white boys can be, so we leave and go outside. There's our boy, slumped over the wheel, engine running, accelerator floored.
We start heading home and have a few more barley pops. We are all drunker than Kid Rock at the Iowa State Fair and eventually we find ourselves on a dirt road. We see a sign that says "Chicago 11 miles" and realize that on our way to Dubuque from Madison we must lost our directional, and moral compasses. We try to turn around and end up in a ditch and we are all laughing till we realize we are out of beer.
We find some farm and there's animals howling, wind blowing and nightmare inducing stuff everywhere. The farmer gets up, pulls us out of the ditch with his tractor and sends us on our way. We get home around 10 hours after leaving Madison and I discover I lost my wallet. Someone mails it to me three days later-no return address and only a few dollars missing.
A couple years later I trot away to the USMC. John Deere falls on bad times, Rann gets a gig back at Eagles Grocery store. I stop drinking when I'm in the Marines, I'm fit as a fiddle, doing some boxing, a lot of running. I see Rann and he mentions how he's heard I "found Jesus" and he acts like we never shared a lot of good yet not so innocent times.
Rann is still in the bottle, living with his wife and his girlfriend lives in the basement. He's a bitter old dude now, from what I'm told. I'm not that smart so sometimes late at night I wonder why things turn out the way they do--how come some of us died back then due to stupid stunts and how some of us made it through with minimal damage. Luck of the draw?
I go to the State Fair last year with Monster and Zap and we hear Peter Frampton. He plays this song:
and in my mind's eye I'm a teenager again and all our futures are unrolled, yet out in front of us like an endless summer.
I got to go, Ive been gifted 3 tickets for the Penn State game and I gotta figure out if I'm gonna resell two and make some golf money.
Alright, I watched a little bit of Purdue and Ball State but I'll be honest, that shit was boring. Truth be told, I don't expect a whole ton of excitement Saturday in Iowa City either. Ball State comes to Kinnick at 1-2 with losses to Purdue and a home loss to Liberty. They rotate two quarterbacks, both with different styles and quite frankly aren't a good football team.
I predicted a score of: Iowa 24 Ball State 10
I certainly believe Iowa can score more points than that but I'll explain a few reasons why I have that low of a score.
As a fan of the Hawkeyes I've learned that the coaching staff treats these games sorta like a preseason exhibition. Iowa will attempt to get an early lead and then work on things they think need fixing. If you recall last season, Arkansas State came to Iowa and the Hawks quickly got out to a 14-0 lead. Then things got weird.
Prior to ASU, the topic of Ricky Stanzi staring down receivers was heavily discussed in the media and on message boards. Stanzi then looked off the coverage to his right and quickly turned back to throw to his left. His pass hit an ASU linebackers hands and turned into a pick six.
What's that mean? To me it means the coaching staff was working with Ricky all week on looking off the coverage and breaking the tendency to stare down his receiver. Arkansas State, down 14-0, has a good time to work on those little things that will eventually make you better down the road.
Coming into this weeks game against Ball State the Hawks still have plenty of things to work out. The offensive line looked decent in pass protect early in the game against Arizona but the run lanes were no where to be found. The offensive line eventually had a meltdown on Iowa's final drive when the Wildcats pinned their ears back and went in full-out pass rush mode.
I think Iowa use this weekend to continue working on the run game, similar to Eastern Illinois, I believe there will be plenty of inside and outside zone runs for Adam Robinson and perhaps Marcus Coker. If Coker is going to burn his redshirt this week he'll need to get plenty of carries to see what college football game speed is all about. The Hawks may want to see how he handles blocking in the backfield on several of Iowa's bread and butter passing plays.
Another reason I have the score so low is because of the hangover effect. I hope that Iowa starts out fast and can focus of working out the kinks later in the game. The old saying "don't let one loss become two" comes into play here. The fans may lack the energy and I'll be surprised if the student section fills up. The Hawks have to avoid a sluggish start that lets Ball State hang around.
It will be interesting to see if Ball State sets up to stop Iowa's run game early leaving Marvin McNutt and DJK with one-on-one on the outside. Arizona's scheme was to let Ricky Stanzi beat them. They sold out to stop the run and made Iowa one dimensional. Ball State's corner's are no where near as talented as Arizona's and that strategy will bode well for the Hawkeye receivers if we see Ball State stack the box. Ricky Stanzi has to start the game off on target and connect deep if he gets one-on-one. That will loosen things up on the line of scrimmage and give Robinson lanes to run through.
The real question I look forward to seeing answered is how many carries does Robinson get and who takes the reps as the second team running back.
Adam Rittenberg, of ESPN.com, is telling us what to watch in the Big Ten Week 4.
Here is the best of Twitter and my own posts for the weekly call-in show with Coach Ferentz. Make sure you follow the folks with the @ sign. They are always providing the best up-to-the-second Hawkeye news.
RT @marcmorehouse: I think Coker plays and Johnson sits. Johnson has been a scout teamer. That means he hasn't been running Iowa's O.
Per Hawk Central, on of the nation's highest rated offensive lineman recruits has his eyes on the Hawkeyes. Dematha High School's Cyrus Kouandjio played with freshman running back Marcus Coker and likes what Ferentz does with lineman.
Iowa's loss to Arizona and Wisconsin's close win against ASU has Off Tackle Empire thinking It's Lonely at the Top for Ohio State.
Arizona dropping the Hawks was cause for ESPN's Adam Rittenberg dropping them in his weekly Big Ten stock report.
It's poll time at Black Heart Gold Pants. They want to know what Hawkeye fans are fearing the most heading into Saturday's match-up with Ball State. I voted for more Angry Running Back Hating God.
Three games into the season and Adrian Clayborn is still looking for his first sack. Opposing offenses have sent help every way they can to block the bruising defensive end and that may be why Mel Kiper Jr. has dropped him from number five to number eight on his NFL prospects big board.
Adam Robinson is the lone running back with experience going into Ball State. Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, says that Robinson becomes the solo act at running back for the Hawkeyes.
Things may have gotten ugly with Arizona fans Saturday night in Tuscon but BHGP reminds us not to forget our true rival.
Following Iowa's loss to Arizona some stories, some horror stories, started popping up on message boards around the Hawkeye circuit about horrible treatment from Arizona fan. There are tales of fights and taunting both before and after the game. On Twitter, a Hawkeye fan (sorry guy, your screen name escapes me) told the story of his own 50 year old father getting into a confrontation with some younger fans of the Wildcats.
Today, YouTube videos are surfacing that show a small sample of what Hawkeye fans were up against. Obviously this video is not a representation of the entire fan base. Each team has it's own small percentage they would rather lock in the basement. What it does show though is sad, unfortunate, and completely unnecessary.
And then there is this video, which is kinda funny actually. Poor kid in the Iowa shirt gets the finger from a crusty old Zona fan. These must be Tavern Cats.
In 1958 Forest Evashevski coached the Iowa Hawkeye football team to a 8-1-1 season claiming the Big Ten Conference Championship and a Rose Bowl victory over California. Iowa was awarded the Grantland Rice Award which was given to the National Champion determined by the Football Writers Association of America.
The 1958 team was led by All-American, All-Big Ten, and Big Ten MVP quarterback Randy Duncan. Duncan, like Chuck Long and Brad Banks, finished second in the voting for the Heisman trophy. Duncan and star runningbacks Bob Jeter and Willie Fleming led a Hawkeye offense that averaged 405 yards a game, the nations highest average.
If you haven't seen it, the Big Ten Network had this special piece on the 1958 team:
The 1958 team played nine regular season games and the Rose Bowl.
TCU @ Iowa W 17-0
Air Force @ Iowa T 13-13
Indiana @ Iowa W 34-13
Iowa @ Wisconsin W 20-9
Northwestern @ Iowa W 26-20
Iowa @ Michigan Ann Arbor W 37-14
Iowa @ Minnesota W 28-6
Ohio State @ Iowa L 28-38
Notre Dame @ Iowa W 31-21
Iowa vs. California Rose Bowl W 38-12
The uniforms the 2010 Hawkeyes will wear for the throwback game look like this:
The Hawkeyes official press release for the upcoming game with Ball State is now available. The Hawkeyes will honor the 1960 era team with new throwback uniforms. After a rough game at Arizona there are some Hawkeyes missing from this weeks two-deeps.
WR 1. DJK, 2. Sandeman
LT 1. Reiff, 2. Haganman
LG 1. Vandervelde, 2. Boffeli
C 1. Ferentz, 2. Koeppel
RG 1. MacMillan, 2. Gettis
RT 1. Zusevics, 2. Van Sloten
TE 1. Reisner, 2. Herman
QB 1. Stanzi, 2. Vandenberg
WR 1. McNutt, 2. Davis
RB 1. Robinson, 2. O'Meara
FB 1. Morse, 2. Rogers
DE 1. Clayborn, 2. Daniel
DT 1. Klug, 2. Bigach
DT 1. Ballard/Daniels, 2. Nardo
DE 1. Ballard/Binns, 2. Alvis
LB 1. Nielsen, 2. Johnson
LB 1. Tarpinian, 2. Johnson
LB 1. Hunter, 2. Tillison
LC 1. Prater, 2. Castillo
FS 1. Greenwood, 2. Miller
SS 1. Sash, 2. Nielsen
RC 1. Hyde 2. Bernstine/Lowe
P 1. Donahue, 2. Guthrie
K 1. Mossbruker, 2. Meyer
As you see, Jewel Hampton and Bruce Davis are not listed amongst the two deeps. According to a tweet from Rob Howe, of Hawkeye Insider, both players may be out for "awhile." O'Meara is listed as the second string running back but he also walked slowly off the field and suffered what appeared to be a slight concussion.
So, the question is....
Will one of Iowa's true freshmen running backs burn a redshirt this weekend? Earlier reports had Marcus Coker injured and possibly out for the season. He had broken a collar bone during one of the first days of camp and was thought to have had injured it again. Ferentz commented on his weekly call-in show last week that Coker had a good week of practice. So, who knows. We do know that De'Andre Johnson saw a lot of action this past fall camp. If someone needs to get their feet wet, Ball State is the time to do it.
We may also see some more playing time for James Morris this week. The true freshman middle linebacker has seen some reps in garbage time and on kickoff teams. Troy Johnson is an experienced player and fills multiple roles as a backup linebacker, but Morris needs some reps so he can step in if more injuries occur during the rigorous Big Ten schedule.
It was a big day for sweatpants in the state of Iowa. The late ending Iowa game coupled with dreary weather certainly didn't help the mood around the state as many Hawkeye fans were placed on suicide watch. These exclusive photos show fans that have discarded their black and gold, at least temporarily, and appear not to be in the best of spirits.
The Hawkeyes dropped 9 spots in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll released today. The Hawks are currently the highest ranked one loss team. They are the third highest rated Big Ten team between Wisconsin (#11 AP/#10 Coaches) and Michigan (#21 AP) or Penn State (#20 Coaches).
So, what happened last night?
Things got off to a lousy start when Iowa promptly went three-and-out on their initial game opening drive and a Ryan Donahue punt was blocked giving Arizona the ball inside Iowa's ten yard line. Coach Ferentz stated in the post game interview that Iowa had seen that particular punt block formation on tape from last season when Arizona played USC. He said that Iowa prepared for it and it was especially frustrating that Arizona was still able to block the punt which led to outstanding field position and eventually the first score of the game.
Iowa was able to move the ball on its second possession but after a slant pass skipped off of Marvin McNutt's hands Arizona's Trevin Wade went 85 yards for a touchdown. Five minutes off of the clock, on the road in a hostile environment, and down 14-0.
It appeared as if it was going to get worse. The Hawkeyes third possession of the game stalled and Micah Hyde was flagged for kick catch interference giving the Wildcats excellent starting field position. After driving into field goal range and poised to tack on more points, Arizona's Nic Grigsby was stripped by Jeff Tarpinian resulting in Iowa's first defensive turnover of the game.
Iowa started a drive that continued into the second quarter and resulted in a Hawkeye touchdown after Jewel Hampton crossed the goalline on a four yard carry. With the score now 14-7 the Hawkeyes looked to have weathered the initial storm and was on their way to settling down and making it a game.
Then came the kickoff from Mike Meyer and a 100 yard kickoff return by Arizona's Travis Cobb.
The kickoff coverage was an item of concern following the game with Iowa State and Ferentz had addressed it in ISU post game remarks and during his weekly call-in show. Ferentz mentioned that in order to clean things up he was placing Bruce Davis and Troy Johnson back on the KO team. Bruce Davis, consequently, was injured in the fourth quarter covering a kick. His status is still uncertain.
By halftime it was 27-7 Arizona and the Hawkeyes looked like they were destined for a repeat of the 2004 showdown in the desert versus Arizona State in which the Hawkeyes were blown out 44-7. As perhaps a psychological jab at the Hawks the Arizona scoreboard briefly read 44-7 as the Hawkeyes went to the lockerroom.
At one point in the first half Arizona had more points than it did offensive yards (21-17). Defensively Arizona defended Iowa's run with eight in the box and to counter Iowa tried to take advantage and find wide receivers deep against man coverage.
The second half we saw the resilient Hawkeyes we fell in love with in 2009. Not burying their heads the Hawkeye defense was able to stuff the Arizona passing game and the Hawkeyes found some offense. Ricky Stanzi found DJK for a 37 yard touchdown, showing signs of life.
After an Arizona muffed punt, Shaun Prater recovered the ball and the Hawkeyes were able to score after a Stanzi to McNutt touchdown which was reviewed and deemed after McNutt dragged his right foot. The following possession Broderick Binns made a fantastic interception returning it for a touchdown tying the score at 27-27. The following extra point attempt was blocked by Arizona and the score remained deadlocked.
Nick Foles then put the Arizona offense on his shoulders and methodically marched the Wildcats downfield to take the lead. Iowa had it's chance to respond but the Arizona defense stood tall and forced three sacks in a row resulting in a turnover on downs. The final score: Arizona 34 Iowa 27.
The Hawkeye defense mixed in some 3-4 when Lance Tillison replaced Christian Ballard. Broderick Binns was able to sack Foles who may have been confused by the change in coverage. The Hawkeyes also mixed in some blitz and ran the dime defense against Arizona on their final drive of the game. Jordan Bernstine and Greg Castillo replaced the Iowa linebackers and were on the field for Arizona's game winning touchdown.
I was disappointed Iowa didn't attempt a screen pass late in the fourth quarter when Arizona had committed its defense to rushing the passer. After abandoning the run the Hawkeyes became obviously one dimensional and that makes a tough situation for three to four offensive linemen (Zusevics, Ferentz, MacMillan, and Gettis) making their first start and or playing time on the road. The combination of a difficult atmosphere, inexperienced offensive linemen, and deep passing routes was a set-up for failure.
Iowa's next opponent comes to Kinnick at a good time for this team. They'll have a lot of film to review and many mistakes to correct. The Hawkeyes were beaten and battered in the desert and after watching Jewel Hampton, Paki O'Meara, Julian Vandervelde, and Bruce Davis limp off the field this is the right game to get healthier and perhaps experience for backups.
It's also time for the 2010 Hawkeyes to realize that 2009 and the Orange Bowl is a thing of the past. This team has to figure out who they want to be and how they want to be remembered. There is still plenty to play for and quite a few big games still left of the schedule. If the play of the Hawkeyes in the second half against Arizona is any indication of this team's identity, we can still believe that they will be a contender for the Big Ten title.