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Big Game in Iowa

Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa Hawkeyes

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The Big Game in Iowa is about to kickoff shortly from Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten Network is broadcasting the game today.  Iowa is the favorite by 14.  However, I hope for a good game with a closer score.

I plan to provide some commentary at half time and at the end of the game today.  So, please check back later today.  GO CLONES!

First Half Observations

Well, Iowa leads 3-0 in a close game on a wet field in Iowa City.

Shonn Greene runs for 31 yards to set up a Hawkeye field goal. (HARRY BAUMERT/DES MOINES REGISTER)

Shonn Greene runs for 31 yards to set up a Hawkeye field goal. (HARRY BAUMERT/DES MOINES REGISTER)

Iowa looks good running the football.  A 31 yard run in the opening drive by Shonn Greene gave the Hawks their own only points in the half.  So, I expect more running from them.

I’m a little disappointed in the Cyclone offense as they have no third down conversations in the first half.  But otherwise, it is good to see Alexander Robinson running the ball well.  I would like to see him run some more in the second.  Passing has been good at times.   But, they need to get a drive together and score points.  They missed a great opportunity to get points after an interception in the first quarter.  The unsportsmanlike penalty hurt them at that time.

On the bright side, the Cyclone defense is playing well, but has given up some big plays in the first half.  They will need to play better in the second half but containing and tackling the Hawkeye offensive players.  They held the Hawkeyes to no points after the Cyclone interception in the second quarter, so they will need to keep it up.

Second Half Observations

Well, Iowa wins 17-5.  A special team touchdown wins it for the Hawkeyes.

The Iowa bench erupts as Andy Brodell makes an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Iowa State Saturday. (Rodney White/Des Moines Register)

The Iowa bench erupts as Andy Brodell makes an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Iowa State Saturday. (Rodney White/Des Moines Register)

Iowa State offensively played a better game in this half. I found that the defense played on 6 plays in the third quarter.  But with Cyclones dominating time of possession in the third quarter, the results was disappointing as no points were scored. In reviewing the unofficial overall stats, Iowa State out gained the Hawkeyes 325-243, but their lack of executing in the red zone hurt them.  Although the Cyclones missed three field goals in the game, which none were easy, it makes  it difficult to lose to your state rival this way.

So, continue to work on finishing this season strong and challenge the Hawkeyes next year in Ames to get back the Cy-Hawk trophy.

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