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Don Lund

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

Hawk Talk

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.

Iowa escapes Rutgers, 14-7

Hawk Talk

What a difference a week makes.
Two weeks ago, the Hawks had the ball and a one-point lead with less than four minutes to go.
They couldn’t get a first down, had to punt and North Dakota State kicked a field goal as time ran out to defeat Iowa, 23-21, at Kinnick Stadium.
Last week, at Rutgers, the Hawks did get the running game going with a 14-7 lead and under four minutes left in the game.
Iowa was on its own 19 with 4:40 left in the game and they rode LeShun Daniels, Jr., for two first downs and ran out the clock.

OH NO! NDSU takes down Iowa, 23-21

Hawk Talk

All week long the media, the Hawkeye players and coaches said North Dakota State University (NDSU) reminded them of a Big Ten team.
The Bison have won five straight FCS championships and boy, did they look like a Big Ten team last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
They were physical, pounded the ball on the ground, had a quarterback that could make plays with his feet and shut down Iowa’s running attack.
Did I think the Bison would win?

Iowa trounces ISU, 42-3

Hawk Talk

I’ve got to admit I was a little nervous coming into this game.
The Cyclones always play above their talent and record when they play the Hawkeyes.
Plus, the road team has won the last four contests, but it wasn’t meant to be last Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium.
I’m not a big fan of night games for a couple of reasons.
I don’t like to wait all day to watch Iowa play, especially at home and trying to get out of Kinnick after the game is brutally slow.
The sideline was also really packed because it was Iowa-Iowa State.

A decent start

Hawk Talk

Iowa’s 45-21 win over Miami of Ohio had some good points and a few bad.
That’s why I’m all for scheduling a team like the RedHawks instead of maybe LSU or Alabama.
I know Wisconsin beat LSU Saturday at Lambeau field, but the Hawkeyes have to play Iowa State every year and the ‘Clones usually play way above their heads, plus there are nine Big Ten games now and the conference is a grind and pound-out season.

Part Three: Iowa Defense and Special Teams

Hawk Talk


This is the final piece of a three-part series on the Iowa Hawkeye football team. This week, I’ll look at the Hawkeye linebackers, defensive backs and special teams.
Next week…football!

Hawkeye
linebackers

The Hawks have talent and depth at linebacker and it starts in the middle, with one of the leaders on the defense, Josey Jewell (6-2, 235).
Jewell, a junior, was second team All-Big Ten last year, leading Iowa with 126 tackles. He also had four interceptions, second behind Desmond King, and 7.5 tackles for loss.

The Iowa Hawkeye offense

Hawk Talk


This is the first of a three-part series.
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll talk about the University of Iowa football team’s offense, defense and special teams.
Like I said last week, I missed my first football media press conference in 15 years.
Two of my homeboys, Terry Intveld and Brian Fleck, were the “next-man-in” and took pictures and got some quotes.
Terry has been taking pictures for me for at least seven or eight years.

Iowa football schedule: Part two

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story on the Iowa Hawkeye 2016 football schedule.
Last week I took the first six games; Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, North Dakota State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue.
I believe that Iowa should be favored in all six games.
This week I’ll look at the final six games.

Oct. 22: Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are coming off a 10-3 (6-2 in the Big Ten) season which included a 23-21 bowl win over USC.

Time for some football

Hawk Talk

Last season, the Hawkeye football team took us to a place that hasn’t happened since 1922; an undefeated football season.
The Hawks also went undefeated in 1921.
A lot of things fell into place, like Marshall Koehn’s 57-yard field goal as time ran out against Pittsburgh. Iowa won, 27-24.
How about Nate Meier knocking the Nebraska offensive guard back to step on the quarterback, who tripped and fumbled. Faith Ekakitie recovered on the Iowa 4-yard line. The Hawks won, 10-6.