How good is Iowa's starting defense? 3.2 points per game, that's how good.

So, we know Iowa's defense is solid, right?  According to ESPN, Iowa's scoring defense is 2nd in the country, giving up less than 11 points per game.  But I got to thinking - that includes a garbage time score from ISU against our 9th string defense, and some special teams gaffes in the AZ game, not to mention the fake pun in the EIU game that resulted in a score.

If you comb all that stuff out, how many actual scoring drives have opposing teams put together against the Hawks? The answer is, "Not many."

Follow along here.

Game One, versus EIU -- Eastern Illinois fakes a punt and picks up the first down.  Iowa's defense still should have held them, but it's arguably that the defense already did its job and special teams allowed this drive to continue.  Erase it.  Drives against Iowa's defense?  0 points.

Game Two, versus ISU -- One touchdown in garbage time against the bench.  Scratch it.  0 points.

Game Three, versus Arizona -- A blocked punt, a pick six, and a kickoff return add up to 21 points.  Actual scoring drives against Iowa's starting defense amounted to just 13 points in this game - one touch and two kicks.

Game Four, versus Ball State -- no points

And now, Game Five, versus Penn State, the Nitts knocked in just one field goal.

Add that all up, and Iowa's starting defense has given a TOTAL of just 16 points and one touchdown in five games, for a scoring defense that gives up just 3.2 points per game.

People, that's insanity.  Granted, three of these games were against cupcakes, but even the AZ game would have been a Hawkeye blowout but for three plays, two on special teams, and one on offense.

When people say, "Iowa has one of the best defenses in the NCAA," what they mean is, "Iowa has the best defense in the NCAA."  Because even counting all that garbage above that you can't fairly lay at the feet of the starting defense, we're still ranked #2 in scoring defense.

When you think of that, KF's decision to sit on a two-score lead for an entire half of play seems pretty reasonable. However, knowing the kind of screwups our special teams are capable of, you can't help but wish we strung up a nice six-minute drive to chew through some clock and really put it out of reach in the 3rd quarter.

And now we have two weeks to gameplan for Denard, who is THE. MOST. AWESOME. PLAYER. IN. ALL. OF. COLLEGE. FOOTBALL.  This was decreed from On High in week two, and will be repeated throughout the season, even as Michigan strings up five losses in Big 10 play.

Unless otherwise expressly indicated by BHGP editors, this FanPost is strictly the viewpoint of the author and is not endorsed by BHGP in any way.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.

Join Black Heart Gold Pants

You must be a member of Black Heart Gold Pants to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Black Heart Gold Pants. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.