Hawkeye Huddle

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  1. H22APWRD94

    H22APWRD94 RG3 Bandwagon

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    Hawkeye Huddle

    After having a bye in week 1, the Hawkeyes hosted in-state rival Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium. And the place was rocking. A few prized recruits had come to Kinnick for an early season visit, hoping to see and hear what the Iowa team and fans had to offer for them. They were not disappointed. Iowa forced an early stop of the Cyclones and put the ball in the hands of their All-American SR RB, Brandon Wegher. Wegher did not disappoint, finally toting the rock over the goalline for the first score of the game.

    Iowa's next score would come off the leg of true FR K Vince Thompson. Thompson would prove busy for the day, connecting on all three of his attempted FG's. Late in the second quarter, Wegher again found the endzone. The following drive, ISU would finally find a spark. It would come on a pass from SR QB James Capello to JR WR Chris Griffin. Griffin would make the catch on the hitch route, shed the tackle from the corner and blaze to the endzone for the 78yd score. The Hawkeyes, not to be outdone, move the ball in their 2 minute offense, and Wegher caps his day with his 3rd score. 24-7 halftime

    The third quarter saw a lot of defense, and the second string offense. Thompson had two FG's, and that was the 3rd quarter.

    The 4th quarter saw Iowa running clock, and backup RB Elliott King put in his 1st TD on the year. King has been tremendous in the backup role. He is leading the class of 2009 RB's that saw 4 great players come in together. The even larger testament to the program is that all 4 remain on the roster and contribute. He will be the feature back next year in what will be a three headed attack. Iowa managed to hold ISU in check, only allowing 5 first downs, and running the clock to end the game.

    Game ball goes to the run defense, actually stuffing the ISU run game for negative yards. Cody Ward managed the game well, completing passes when he needed to, and keeping the ball in Iowa's hands. He will need to mature rapidly this year as conference play comes hard and early.

    Mike
     
  2. Jvigorous1

    Jvigorous1 Hokie

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    Great win coach H22!

    How did you stop the option attack of the Wolverines?
     
  3. H22APWRD94

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    I will be getting a write up of the game in a little later tonight. Thank you for the kudos, it was a very tight game that was never really decided.

    Mike
     
  4. H22APWRD94

    H22APWRD94 RG3 Bandwagon

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    Doomsday cometh

    Hailed as the GOW, it did not disappoint. There was another deserving game that took place just 24 hours before. The margin of victory would be the same.

    Michigan started the game winning the toss, and taking the ball. And I thought I was the only one to do this. Second play from scrimmage, HB Teric Jones rips off a 23yd run to get them to midfield. Methodical movement after that put them inside the 10 yd line. Time for the defense to bite back.

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    Play of the game. Just that there was a lot more game left to play. After Iowa went up 7-0 on the pick six, the Wolverines came right back down the field moving the ball in chunks. The Hawkeye defense was able to finally put the brakes on the surging UM offense around the 20yd line and force a FG on 4th down. The quarter ended 7-3, Iowa, and with Iowa in control of the ball. That did not last long. Michigan forced a punt, and the Iowa D was again on the field. This time Iowa's single coverage was taken advantage of by a great throw from QB Denard Robinson to WR Alex Collier. Collier raced the remainder of the 61 yds to paydirt. Michigan was now on top with 3 minutes left to play in the half. 10-7 Michigan

    The Hawkeyes started only their second offensive drive of the first half with just under 3 minutes to go. Brandon Wegher again showed why he will be in the hunt for the Walker come the end of the year. Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. It looked like a clinic from Patches O'Houlihan. Wegher would not be stopped by the first man to get him.

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    Late in the drive, Wegher was sidelined with a minor injury. In steps Elliott King to finish the job. King takes it in for 6 to put the Hawkeyes back in front and give them a lead they would never relinquish. The half would end on a brutal hit by the Iowa defense.

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    After playing defense to start the first half, Iowa got the ball to start the second. The Wolverines must have had a great time in the locker room at halftime, because they were not to be denied. 4th down came and walk on true FR P Jamal Brown hammered it skyward. As the defenders neared, WR/PR/KR Jeron Stokes decided to have a go at the coverage team. A step after making the catch, a thundering hit heard over the 110,000+ in attendance, Stokes found himself flat on his back without the ball. Impact player Marty Hopkins had brought out the big dog, and was now scrambling for the ball. Lucky for UM, the blockers that were setting up for the return managed to scoop up the ball before anything worse could happen.

    There next drive would be a benchmark moment for JR ROLB Travis Keller. Keller had plenty of reps in the game, but only recorded one tackle. And it may have been the biggest one in the game. Facing a 4WR set, Iowa stayed with their base defense. The slot receiver that Keller was covering ran a stop route that ended just short of the line to gain, and Keller put the stop to him before he could go any further. Facing a 4th and short inside their own 30, Michigan really did not have a choice. Not out of the game by any means, trailing 14-10 with over a quarter remaining, UM stayed smart and punted it away. The ensuing drive for Iowa would extend the lead to 21-10 before the quarter would finish. Elliott King would again get the nod in the redzone, finishing off the drive with another hard TD run. With an 11 point lead, it was up to the defense to finish the game now.

    A trade of possessions put it into the 4th quarter, and Michigan now needed to make some noise. Spreading the field out to make some running lanes, and try and get a WR free, Robinson started making plays with both his arm and legs. Picking up over 40 yards on the ground during the drive, Robinson eventually took it over the goalline on an option keeper. The 2-pt conversion was good as Robinson found an open receiver between two defenders. 21-18 Iowa

    With over 3 mintues left in the game, Michigan elected to kick and take its chances with the defense. It had stopped Iowa multiple times, and expected they could get one more stop. It was not to be. On a crucial 3rd and long, staring into oblivion, RS SO Cody Ward was calm, cool and collected as he found his favorite target appear in the tinyest window.

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    After this huge 3rd down conversion, the ground game came to life and Wegher finished off his 171yd performance with a couple big runs. Ward was able to kneel on it to end the game, and the celebration was on. It had been since 1985 that Iowa had knocked off a #1 ranked Michigan team.

    An amazing game T2, this is why I am on TF.

    Mike
     
  5. H22APWRD94

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    It was a milestone win for the program. As far as stopping the option attack, we just worked to contain the big play, and we did that pretty well. The rest was just some playmakers making big plays when they needed to. Forcing a ground team into third and long every so often gives you the ball a little sooner. That was how we managed the game. When you beat a ball control team in T.O.P., you can't help but think you did something right.

    Mike
     
  6. controllerabuser

    controllerabuser Purple People Eaters

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    What a big win!

    Didn't I say Iowa would win?
     

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