Let's discuss what went down last Saturday. First, how bout that opening drive? The Hawkeyes went down the field in a no-huddle shotgun and quickly it was 7-0. No way I thought we'd see something like that but, we did and now the future Big Ten opponents have something to plan against. They will also have to study Iowa's 3-4 defense that they put on the field to confuse and eventually stop ULM's opening drive.
I thought Iowa performed exactly how they should have against ULM. I mean, Louisiana-Monroe was making their third trip to take on a BCS foe, the two previous games were against ranked teams. Iowa was a 17 point favorite and handled ULM like an upper-tier Big Ten team should.
I like that Iowa was able to find some room in the running game, even against eight or nine defenders.
I liked that James Vandenberg was looking off safeties, staring down one direction and then throwing back another.
Is Marvin McNutt the best wide receiver in Iowa history?
I thought it was good to see Lebron Daniel play like he wanted his starting spot back.
I didn't look up the stats but it seemed as if finally, Iowa held a distinct advantage in starting field position. The kick coverage is improving, no thanks to Nico Law, Joe Audlehelm and Tom Donatell.
Usually, I have more thoughts and observations but I didn't set the Tivo for this one. So it goes.
Here are some links following Iowa's 45-17 win over ULM:
No-huddle offense sparks Iowa to victory
Photos from ULM-Iowa pregame
Hawkeyes soar past Louisiana-Monroe
Iowa cruises past Louisiana-Monroe 45-17
Iowa-ULM game notes
Ferentz Postgame Transcript
VIDEO: Kirk Ferentz after ULM-Iowa game
Nardo garners conference accolade
Game Notes and Numbers: Week 4 Iowa 45, Louisiana Monroe 17
The Takeaway: Louisiana-Monroe
Iowa, Ferentz working in uncomfortable zone
No-huddle success brings new concerns
Last 5 quarters of Hawkeye football have been spectacular
Saturday video — No-huddles all around
9/24/2011: Iowa 45, ULM 17 (Links)
Hlas column: On this day in Kinnick, green looked golden
Other Hawkeyes news/links:
A prominent member of the Hawkeye football team from 1957-60 passed away. Mark Manders Sr. was an All-American in 1960.
Iowa versus Penn State has been announced as a 2:30 PM CST kickoff. The television coverage is set for ABC regional.
And finally, according to Colin Sandeman, there is good news on Brett Greenwood.