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Don Lund

How sweet it is

Hawk Talk

Iowa defeats Nebraska, 40-10

The Hawkeye football team played its best overall game of the season on Black Friday as it came up with big plays on offense, had a shutdown defense and special teams were almost perfect.
Can you believe it was 1981 the last time the Hawks beat the Cornhuskers in Iowa City?
How about this: the 40-10 win ties the largest margin of victory over Nebraska since 1899 (30-0)!
I was at the 1981 win which was also Kirk Ferentz’s first game as a Hawkeye line coach.

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SHUTDOWN

Hawk Talk

Iowa blanks Illinois, 28-0

I thought the Hawks might be a little flat after an emotional loss at Penn State and then an emotional win against Michigan at Kinnick Stadium.
Two straight night games, two completely different results, and then you have an 11 a.m. game with Illinois, which came into the contest 3-7.
Against Michigan, a safety by Jaleel Johnson got the Hawks on the scoreboard first after trailing 10-0.
Last Saturday, it was Riley McCarron breaking open a scoreless tie returning an Illinois punt for a 55-yard score with 4:33 left in the first half.

Iowa defeats Michigan 14-13

Hawk Talk

Something was missing.
The Hawkeyes had lost three straight at Kinnick Stadium after going undefeated at home last season.
North Dakota State knocked off Iowa, 23-21, on a 37-yard field goal as time ran out on Sept. 17.
Northwestern beat the Hawks, 38-31, on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 22, the Badgers came to Kinnick and left with a 19-7 win.
Last Saturday, under the lights, the magic at Kinnick was back.
Freshman Keith Duncan split the uprights from 33 yards out as time ran out and the Hawks knocked off the third-ranked Wolverines, 14-13.
Iowa is 3-1 this season when scoring 14 points.

Season on the brink

Hawk Talk

Iowa caught in Penn State nightmare, 41-14

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Not in my wildest (bad) dreams did I see this coming for the Hawkeye football team.
I really believed Iowa had a shot at winning the Big Ten West for the second season in a row.
I wasn’t the only one.
I kept the two preseason football magazines and both of them thought the Hawks would compete for the West title.

Women’s basketball

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Watching the Hawkeye women win their first exhibition, 61-35, over Lewis University last Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena helped a little taking the sting out of the football loss.
It was also fun hanging out with Karley, a fourth grade student from Clear Creek Amana.
Karley is a big Hawkeye fan, especially the women’s basketball team.
Fourth grade was when I started following the Hawks and I never stopped.

Men’s basketball

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I caught the Iowa men’s basketball opener at Carver last Friday (they beat Regis, 95-73) and came away with three observations.
No. 1: Peter Jok can score.
The 6-6 senior was 5-7 from 3-point land. He scored 16 straight points, played 28 minutes and had 28 points.
No. 2: Tyler Cook is the real deal.
Tyler started, played 26 minutes, scored 15 points and had six rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Tyler is so powerful and quick down low and that makes him tough to guard.
No. 3: The Hawks have a lot of work to do.

Hawkeye men REBUILD

Hawk Talk

What do you do when you lose four seniors who combined to win 89 games in the last four years?
Media Day for the University of Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 5 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and plenty of optimism was around.
You start rebuilding by bringing in a top recruiting class, led by power forward Tyler Cook (6-9, 253), rated a four-star recruit.
Add three Iowa players, who grew up Hawkeye fans, and Isaiah Moss (6-5, 192), a guard that could redshirt.
Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery says Cook has the tools to be a star in the Big Ten.

Hawkeye Women RELOAD

Hawk Talk

The Iowa women’s basketball team returns four starters and a freshman class ranked seventh in the nation, so it’s not a surprise head coach Lisa Bluder is ready for the season to begin.
“I really feel that we are the deepest we’ve been in a long time,” said coach Bluder. “I think we are the most balanced that we’ve been in a long, long time.”
It starts with preseason All-Big Ten pick, Ally Disterhoft.
What else can you say about the former West High Trojan named Miss Basketball her senior year in high school?

Good effort not enough

Wisconsin defeats Iowa, 17-12

You start with the Hawks converting only 2-13 first downs, the Badgers had the ball for 15 more minutes, the Hawks dropped a couple of passes, missed a couple of tackles and a field goal.
Final line... the Hawkeyes get beat by a pretty good Wisconsin team.
“We missed a field goal,” said Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. “We missed a plus-50 punt or two to get them backed up. We played hard on defense, but there are still some things we can do better there. We missed too many tackles today.”

Hawkeyes in a blowout (almost)

Hawk Talk

Iowa takes foot off
Purdue’s throat, 49-35

When you are up on a team 35-7 at halftime, you pile up 269 yards rushing, 17 first downs and have the ball for 18:52 of the 30 minutes, you would think you could coast to a win and name your score, right?
Well, Iowa might have taken out the starters a little early and gave the Boilermakers a chance to come back.

Hawkeyes survive

Iowa beats Minnesota, 14-7

I think I’ve talked about how hard it is for me to write about the Hawkeyes when they lose, especially football. If Iowa loses a football game, I have to wait a whole week for the next one.
During basketball and wrestling seasons, there might be a wrestling meet or basketball game the very next night after a loss.
When Iowa lost to North Dakota State it was tough, but losing to Northwestern was tougher.
All week I had to hear, “What’s wrong with Iowa?”

Too many mistakes

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Wildcats dump Hawkeyes, 38-31

I was really concerned at the game last Saturday when Ron Coluzzi got his first punt returned.
It was in the first quarter and Northwestern kicked off. Iowa went three-and-out and Ron punted from his own 20.
Coming into the game, Ron had two punts returned for zero yards.
The Wildcats’ Flynn Nagel caught the short punt on the Northwestern 48 and returned it to the Hawk 5.