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Iowa Hawkeyes 2012 Season ...
Head Coach: Kirk Ferentz
Iowa 38, at Nebraska 17
| 2013 Record: 8-4 |
8/31 No Illinois L 30-27
9/7 Missouri State W 28-14
9/14 at Iowa State W 27-21
9/21 Western Michigan W 59-3
9/28 at Minnesota W 23-7
10/5 Michigan State L 26-14
10/12 OPEN DATE
10/19 at Ohio State L 34-24
10/26 Northwestern W 17-10 OT
11/2 Wisconsin L 28-9
11/9 at Purdue W 38-14
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Michigan W 24-21
11/30 at Nebraska W 38-17
Basically … Iowa got two short touchdown runs from Mark Weisman and two scoring passes from Jake Rudock to come away with the win and to put the heat Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers turned the ball over three times, but they hung around with a five-yard Ameer Abdullah touchdown run and a 15-yard Quincy Enunwa scoring grab, but the Hawkeyes pulled away in the fourth with Weisman’s second run and a four-yard score from C.J. Beathard.
- Nebraska outgained Iowa 288 yards to 282 but was -3 in turnover margin.
- Iowa LB Christian Kirksey made 11 tackles with a sack, a forced fumble and three tackles for loss. James Morris made ten tackles with a pick, a forced fumble, a sack and four tackles for loss.
- Nebraska’s Michael Rose made 16 tackles with a broken up pass and three tackles for loss.
- Iowa QB Jake Rudock completed 9-of-15 passes for 126 yards and two scores.
at Iowa 24, Michigan 21
Basically … Iowa rallied back from a 21-7 deficit scoring all 21 points of the second half with Jake Rudock finding Tevaun Smith for a 55-yard touchdown and Mark Weisman running for a nine-yard score. Mike Meyer hit a 34-yard field goal to give the Hawkeyes the lead with just over six minutes to play, and Anthony Hitchens came up with a fumble recovery to seal the victory. The Wolverines took the lead early on a pick six from Brennen Beyer, and Devin Gardner came up with two touchdown passes in the second with a two-yarder to A.J. Williams and a nine-yarder to Jeremy Gallon for a 21-7 lead, but it was all Iowa the rest of the way.
- Total yards: Iowa 407 - Michigan 158
- Iowa QB Jake Rudock completed 19-of-30 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns with three picks. Iowa turned it over four times.
- Iowa came up with 14 tackles for loss. Anthony Hitchens made eight tackles with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
- Michigan QB Devin Gardner completed 13-of-28 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns and he ran ten times for 12 yards.
Iowa 38, at Purdue 14
Basically … Iowa broke open a 7-7 game with 31 straight points helped by touchdown runs from Mark Weisman and C.J. Beathard and a 22-yard Kevonte Martin-Manley touchdown catch. Purdue tied it at seven in the second quarter on a two-yard Kurt Freytag touchdown catch, and Danny Anthrop closed out the game with a 44-yard touchdown catch with 51 seconds to play.
- Iowa outgained Purdue 318 rushing yards to 53 and averaged 6.1 yards per run to 1.9.
- Iowa came up with nine tackles for loss, Purdue came up with four. Christian Kirksey led the Hawkeyes with eight tackles with a recovered fumble.
- Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri ran 20 times for 165 yards and a touchdown. Damon Bullock added ten carries for 85 yards.
- Purdue RB Brandon Cottom ran 12 times for a team-leading 28 yards.
Wisconsin 28 at Iowa 9, Nov. 2
Basically … Wisconsin overcame a slow start and an early deficit to get past Iowa at Kinnick Stadium. The Badgers never relinquished a 7-6 lead that it captured on a Joel Stave to Jacob Pedersen 44-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. Wisconsin salted away the game on a pair of James White touchdown runs in the final quarter.
- Wisconsin held Iowa to just 289 total yards and no points over the final 50 minutes.
- Iowa quarterbacks Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard combined to complete only 16-of-40 passes for 179 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
- White finished the day with 132 yards and those two scores on 19 carries.
- Iowa LB James Morris had a game-high 12 tackles, two stops for loss and a sack.
at Iowa 17 … Northwestern 10 OT
Basically … Jake Rudock connected with C.J. Fiedorowicz from eight yards out for an Iowa touchdown in overtime, and Northwestern couldn’t answer as QB Kain Colter was stopped short on a scramble. Iowa took a 10-0 first half lead helped by a three-yard Damon Bullock score, but it was all Northwestern in the second half with Colter finding Dan Vitale for a ten-yard score and Jeff Budzein hitting a 29-yard field goal to tie it. The two teams traded turnovers on their final drives in regulation.
- Iowa couldn’t pound away with Mark Weisman, running him just 13 times for 56 yards, but Jake Rudock had a good, effective game completing 19-of-27 passes for 169 yards with a touchdown and a pick. The offense sputtered and struggled in the second half, but when needed in overtime, Rudock showed up.
- After breaking up the two-game losing streak, now Iowa is back on track with a huge interdivisional game against Wisconsin coming up and with Michigan and Nebraska still to play. The Big Ten championship appearance is still possible with a little bit of help, but this was a strong win over a team that needed the win.
- The Wildcats can’t use the excuse of not having Kain Colter. He was the only one who threw a pass – Trevor Siemian saw time, but didn’t throw – going 11-of-14 for 104 yards and a score with 60 rushing yards on 18 carries. The defense did a nice job overall keeping Iowa to 305 yards – Chi Chi Ariguzo made 14 tackles with a sack and a pick - but the offense couldn’t find any consistency to the passing game.
- The Northwestern season that looked so promising is now falling into a deep abyss with little ability to get out. Up next? A trip to face an angry Nebraska team that just got waxed by Minnesota. With Michigan and Michigan State to follow, and Illinois to close, a bowl game isn’t a sure thing by any stretch.
at Ohio State 34 … Iowa 24
Basically … Ohio State got its power game going in the second half, overcoming a 17-10 halftime deficit with two Carlos Hyde touchdown runs and a 14-yard Devin Smith touchdown catch on the way to a 24-7 scoring run. Iowa kept it interesting with a game-tying 85-yard touchdown pass to Jake Duzey, but the Buckeye line and the scrambling of Braxton Miller took over. Jake Rudock threw two first half touchdown passes for the Hawkeyes.
- When Ohio State needs to take over the game, it goes to Carlos Hyde and the power ground game. It did it against Northwestern, and against Iowa the offense bullied its way to the win. Braxton Miller was brilliant, completing 22-of-27 passes for 222 yards for two touchdowns and ran 102 maddening yards for the Iowa defense. Hyde rumbled for 149 yards and two scores, and combining with Miller, they took over the game with grinding drive after grinding drive. The Buckeyes had the ball for over 23 minutes in the second half.
- Iowa was strong in the first half with Damon bullock and Mark Weisman running well and Jake Rudock keeping the chains moving, and it seemed like the team weathered the storm in the second half after the long touchdown pass to Jake Duzey, but the defense couldn’t hold up as Ohio State came up with third down conversion after third down conversion.
- The Hawkeyes got around the ball, but they struggled to make the play. Carlos Hyde bounced off of and ran through defenders, but James Morris and Anthony Hitchens did what they could, combining for 23 tackles. Too many of them were made down the field.
- This might have been Ohio State’s biggest problem the rest of the way to Michigan. As long as the power running game is working like this, even the dangerous games against Indiana and Penn State shouldn’t be a problem. The Buckeyes are showing they can play just about any style.
Michigan State 26, at Iowa 14
Basically … Michigan State’s defense stepped up in the second half, while the offense took advantage of opportunities scoring 16 unanswered points with three Michael Geiger’s four field goals – with a 49-yarder set up by a fake punt – along with a 37-yard Bennie Fowler touchdown catch. Down 10-0 early after a 46-yard touchdown from Mcgarrett Kings Jr., Iowa got two Jake Rudock touchdown passes in the final few minutes of the first half. That was about it for a Hawkeye attack that was shut down after halftime.
- Michigan State has an … an … offense? It wasn’t exactly a juggernaut, but the attack actually moved the ball with Connor Cook throwing 44 times and cranking up 277 yards and two scores. To nitpick, settling for four field goals was a bit of a disappointment, but all the Spartan D needs is a little bit of a lead.
- Jake Rudock is a great-looking passer and playmaker, but Iowa isn’t going to win on a regular basis when he’s the leading rusher with 11 yards. Mark Weisman didn’t have any room to go anywhere, running seven times for nine yards.
- The entire Spartan defense stopped the Hawkeye O cold, but it was corner Darqueze Dennard who turned into the star with a team-leading eight tackles with two picks. Shilique Calhoun didn’t come up with any sacks, but he was in Jake Rudock’s face for most of the day.
- It doesn’t get much easier for Iowa with Ohio State, Northwestern and Wisconsin up next. The key will be to get the running game moving again and get the defense off the field. Iowa had the ball for just under 23 minutes.
Iowa 23, at Minnesota 7
Basically … Iowa got a Jake Rudock four-yard touchdown run and a 74-yard pass play to Damond Powell on the way to a 20-0 lead. Mike Meyer hit three field goals including bombs from 49 and 46 yards out, with two of his made kicks coming in the second half. Minnesota managed a 23-yard Derrick Engel touchdown catch late in the third quarter, but that was it.
- The Iowa defense came up with one of its most effective performances in years. Considering Minnesota runs first, runs often, holding the attack to just 30 yards was fantastic. Anthony Hitchens led the way with ten tackles, but the entire front seven whipped the Gopher O line.
- Minnesota didn’t even try Mitch Leidner, the star of the San Jose State game. Philip Nelson completed 12-of-24 passes for 135 yards with a score and two picks, and he was sacked four times. He didn’t move the offense a lick.
- The Hawkeyes played exactly like Kirk Ferentz wants them to be. They were physical, with Mark Weisman running for 147 yards on just 24 carries, and Jake Rudock was effective completing 15-of-25 passes for 218 yards with a score and a pick. He also showed off good speed in the open.
- Minnesota didn’t have a Plan B. Iowa had the ground game stuffed from the start, and there wasn’t anything happening through the air to make up for it. The Gophers didn’t play anything like they did over the first four games.
at Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3
Basically … Everything clicked for Iowa with Jake Rudock making two touchdown passes and Kevonte Martin-Manley returning punts for second quarter touchdowns from 83 and 63 yards out. The defense also got into the act with two interception returns for scores from B.J. Lowery. Western Michigan only managed a 23-yard Andrew Haldeman field goal in the second quarter.
- Western Michigan isn’t playing well, but it seems like a long, long time since Iowa dominated a game like this. The offense ran without a problem, Jake Rudock was great, and the defense and special teams made it an ugly blowout. It was an almost perfect total team effort.
- San Diego State is in the running, but is Western Michigan the nation’s most disappointing non-BCS team? The offense is a disaster, the defense can’t stop anyone, and the team that looked like it had enough talent to make a big push in the MAC, now just needs to find something positive.
- The nice part for Iowa was being able to rest Mark Weisman. After carrying the load against Iowa State, he was only needed ten times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
- The Broncos have to find something they can rely on offensively on a consistent basis. Tyler Van Tubbergen is a veteran quarterback who isn’t having any luck or production. He only completed 14-of-32 passes for 114yards and two interceptions returned for scores.
Iowa 27, at Iowa State 21, Sept. 14
Basically … Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes and ran for a one-yard score as Iowa took a 27-7 lead in the fourth quarter, and then came the flurry. Sam B. Richardson and Quenton Bundrage connected on touchdown passes from 67, 26 and 17 yards out, with the last two coming in the final five minutes to pull within six. Iowa fell on the onside kick and escaped.
- Call this the sigh of relief game for Kirk Ferentz. Iowa might not be all that explosive, and it might not be loaded, but it came up with a win over its in-state brother. Now everything is okay with Western Michigan up next before dealing with Minnesota.
- Iowa State just can’t establish the run. Iowa swarmed all over the Cyclone ball-carrier, but there wasn’t any room to move. Sam Richardson had to try carrying the attack through the air, and he almost pulled it off thanks to Quenton Bundrage and his seven catches for 146 yards and three scores.
- There still aren’t many deep plays in the Iowa passing game, but Jake Rudock didn’t throw any picks and he kept control of the game. It helped that Mark Weisman was a rock with 35 carries for 145 yards. He helped Iowa hold the ball for over 38 minutes.
- Iowa State’s defense is making stops, but it isn’t getting off the field. The linebackers kept making too many plays down the field. The defensive line isn’t generating enough of a push.
at Iowa 28, Missouri State 14, Sept. 7
Basically … The Hawkeyes cranked out a 21-0 lead on two Mark Weisman scoring runs and the first of two short touchdown dashes from quarterback Jake Rudock, but Missouri State made it interest with two fourth quarter touchdowns including a pick six from Rique Bentley. Rudock put the game away with his second scoring run.
- Iowa will take the win no matter what – the program needs it. However, with 11 penalties, a key fourth down stuff and an interception thrown for a score, there were some scary moments. It was a loose win considering how much the team dominated at times.
- Mark Weisman blasted away for 180 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s not a plus that he needed to put 30 carries on the body this early in the season against a Missouri State.
- Anthony Hitchens followed up a 13-tackle game against NIU with a team-leading eight tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss. He’s the team’s most disruptive defensive force.
Northern Illinois 30, at Iowa 27, Aug. 31
Basically … Last year, NIU lost in a heartbreaker to Iowa. This season, the tables were turned as the Huskies got a 36-yard Mathew Sims field goal with four seconds left to cap the comeback. Jordan Lynch threw his third touchdown pass of the game with just over five minutes to play to tie it, and Sims came through with his third field goal of the game for the victory.
- On the plus side for Iowa, there was a passing game. Jake Rudock threw for 256 yards and a score, and while he threw two picks and the team turned it over three times, there was finally a downfield connection.
- Jordan Lynch wasn’t Heisman-worthy, but he pulled out the win. He was bottled up for 56 yards on 22 carries, but he threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Again, he got the win on the road – the other stats don’t matter.
- A big, big concern for NIU – the pass rush. It was the big question mark coming into the season, and there wasn’t any real pop into the backfield. However, Jimmie Ward showed once again why he might be the MAC’s best defensive back with 13 tackles and a pick.
- The Iowa linebackers were terrific at keeping Lynch in check. Christian Kirksey made 14 tackles with a fumble recovery for a score, and Anthony Hitchens came up with 13 stops. They didn’t let Lynch get outside in space.
Why To Be Excited: The defense wasn’t completely awful. It wasn’t great, but it showed promise at times considering it didn’t get any help whatsoever from the miserable offense. Nine starters return including a terrific looking linebacking corps of James Morris in the middle and Christian Kirksley and Anthony Hitchens on the outside. All seniors, those three should form one of the Big Ten’s best linebacking corps. Corner Micah Hyde is gone, but the rest of the secondary returns. If there’s any pass rush from the line, there could be a huge jump up in production.
Why To Be Grouchy: The passing game was ugly and inefficient, but the two decent parts of the puzzle were quarterback James Vandenberg and receiver Keenan Davis – they’re both gone. The Hawkeyes are starting from scratch with no experience whatsoever under center, and now it’s going to be a fight all offseason to see if sophomore Jake Rudock or JUCO transfer Cody Sokol can make the offense go for new coordinator Greg Davis.
What Needs Working On: The pass rush has to be far better. The awful offense has to improve and the team needs to find ways put points on the board, but things can’t be any worse. The defense returns loaded with veterans, and now they have to figure out how to get into the backfield after finishing last in the Big Ten with 53 tackles for loss and a pathetic 13 sacks. The one guy who did do a little bit to come up with some disruptive plays, end Joe Gaglione, is one of only two starters gone off the defense after leading the team with five sacks with nine tackles for loss. The pressure will be on senior Dominic Alvis to come up with a big year on the outside.
Non-Conference Games: Northern Illinois, Missouri State, at Iowa State, Western Michigan
Games Against The Leaders: at Ohio State, at Purdue, Wisconsin
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8
Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Northern Illinois, Missouri State, at Iowa State, Western Michigan
Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Minnesota, Michigan State, at Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, at Purdue, Michigan, at Nebraska
Schedule Analysis: The Hawkeyes had a seemingly easy schedule and didn’t do anything with it. This year they have a relatively easy schedule over the first half, but it’s unrelenting in the second. However, if Northern Illinois easy? That’s the opener, and going to Iowa State is never easy and hosting Western Michigan isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Fortunately, Missouri State is up early to guarantee one win. It’ll be desperately needed considering the Big Ten problems.
Getting Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Leaders stinks, and while Purdue shouldn’t be a problem, it’s in West Lafayette the week after dealing with the Badgers. Getting Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan at home might help, but the season ends with the Wolverines followed up by a road game at Nebraska. Basically, considering the Big Ten opener is at Minnesota, there isn’t a sure-thing conference win.
Team Concerns For 2013: Can the Hawkeyes score? With the second-worst offense in the Big Ten with no downfield passing game, Iowa has to be far more explosive and has to keep a running back healthy to provide some semblance of a running game. The defense didn't do nearly enough to get into the backfield finishing last in the league in sacks and tackles for loss, while the punting game is coming off a miserable season for an offense that needed solid field position.
The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Receives. Apparently, all the problems getting the ball down the field meant it's time to get more good pass catchers in a hurry. Last year's class was big on skill players, but this one is a whopper for the receiving corps with Derrick Willies leading the pack. Tight ends Jon Wisnieski and Ike Boettger are excellent talents who'll fit the Hawkeye mold after they hit the weight room for a few years. The defensive backfield might be getting the most talented players with safeties Solomon Warfield and Malik Rucker almost certain future starters.
2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking:
32. That Class Was Heavy On ... Skill players. The stars of the last two classes were on the defensive line, and this year the stars appear to be the tackles. The offense is set at quarterback for a while, and will have to be addressed next year, but the Hawkeye running back situation that always seems to be full of drama needs more options. The receiving corps might not have any superstar prospects, but there are enough decent ones to develop for 2014.
2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 22. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. The controversy off the field didn’t make much of an impact in recruiting as Kirk Ferentz and his staff came up with one of the program’s better classes in a while. The lines got tremendous help with guard Jordan Walsh a special prospect and Austin Blythe a good-looking guard. Darian Cooper has all the talent to be the team’s next great defensive lineman, while Riley McMinn and John Raymon are strong pass rushers. Iowa also loaded up on tight ends, getting three nice once including 6-5, 230-pound pass catcher Ray Hamilton.
2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 36. That Class Was
Heavy On ... Defensive
linemen. After a mediocre class last year, Iowa came
up with a strong haul of talent this recruiting
season starting with several great prospects for the
defensive line. Carl Davis is one of the bigger
tackles the defense has had in a while, checking in
at 300 pounds, while ends Mike Hardy and Louis
Trinca-Pasat have good size. On the offensive side,
tackle Andrew Donnal is the key to the class with
NFL size and the frame to get a lot bigger. The
openings will be there among the skill players to
step up and shine next ear, and tight end C.J.
Fiedorowicz could be too good to keep off the field.
2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 71. That Class Was
Heavy On ... receivers. Keenan Davis was one of the Big Ten’s best wide receiver recruits and might be needed sooner than later. There weren’t any other major stars, but Jordan Cotton and Josh Brown will be factors by 2011 and three tight ends, led by Anthony Schiavone, were brought in. Iowa does a great job of developing tight ends.
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