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UNDERWHELMING

Hawk Talk

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Iowa, 38-14

As good as the Hawkeyes looked against Ohio State last week, they looked that bad against Wisconsin Saturday.
Sixty-six total yards (the lowest under Kirk Ferentz) and 0-13 on third down conversions will not win any games.
Was it the Badger defense being that great or the Hawkeye offense being that bad?
I’d lean towards the Badger D is pretty good.
Wisconsin’s 3-4 defense frustrated Iowa all afternoon.
For the season (including Iowa), Wisconsin is giving up an average of 13.4 points per game, 2.8 yards per carry and 5.4 yards per pass.
The Badgers are giving up 81.5 yards per game on the ground and 166 per game in the air.
The Hawkeyes had 26 yards rushing (including Nate Stanley being sacked for -35 yards) and 41 yards passing.
“Their defense was better than advertised,” said Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. “Not that they have been playing well all season long, but I can’t imagine they’ve played a better game than that.”
The Badgers also dominated time of possession, having the ball for 38:27, Iowa 21:33.
The best thing they did on defense was to take the Iowa tight ends out of the game.
Against Ohio State, Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson combined for nine catches, 125 yards and four touchdowns.
Last Saturday, T.J. caught one pass and Noah was shut out.
It didn’t help that the wide receivers dropped passes, Nate Stanley had a tough day and the Badgers scored 21 points off Iowa turnovers.
Nate was pressured all afternoon and had his worst day, going 8-24 for 41 yards, one interception and four sacks.
Nate’s longest pass was 10 yards.
James Butler and Akrum Wadley both carried eight times.
James picked up 30 yards, Akrum 23.
The worst stat was the failure to convert on third down.
0-13 just won’t cut it.

Iowa Defense
The Iowa defense did its best to keep Iowa in the game, with Josh Jackson having two pick-sixes.
That’s five interceptions in two games, which gives him seven for the season.
Watch out Nile Kinnick, who is tied with Lou King and Desmond King for most interceptions in a season with eight.
Nile set the record in 1939 when Iowa played only eight games.
Lou picked off eight passes in 1981 in 12 games while Desmond played in 14 games in 2015.
Josh has played 10 games and has three left, including a bowl game.
Josh also had a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
He was co-defensive player of the week for the Big Ten.
Jake Gervase also snagged an interception, the second of his career.
Josey Jewell (12 tackles), Bo Bower (11 tackles) and Ben Niemann (eight tackles) led the defense.
Josey now has 405 tackles. He is the seventh player in Iowa history to have over 400 tackles.
A.J. Epenesa and Brady Reiff each had a sack as Iowa falls to 6-4, 3-4 in the Big Ten.
Think about this… it was a three-point game until 6:15 left in the third quarter.
Purdue is up next and Kinnick Stadium will be a welcome sight for the Hawkeyes, who have won five of their six home games.
Iowa is favored by 8 1/2 points.