Weisman had (another) 100+ yard game this past Saturday, as we all know. This is fantastic. Reading through the blogs, everybody is starting to believe there is something there with Weisman. All of a sudden, "Weisman for Heisman"
has some validity to it if the pace continues. But was I the ONLY one fuming at the play call of Greg Davis in the 2nd half? Honestly, I have heard more praise of Greg Davis this week than any week this season even though I personally think he had one of the most poorly-coached halves yet against Minnesota.
ESPN bloggers Rittenberg and Bennett praised Davis MANY times this week through the blog and I'm starting to wonder if it's not just because he ran one flea-flicker. The timing of the play call? Flawless. The play call itself? Good, but nothing monumental. It's a flea-flicker. Behind the Hail Mary, it's probably the most widely-known playcall in college football, even among non-fans. Was it a little surprising? Yes. Iowa is not known as Flea-Flicker U. But In no way do I think Greg Davis should have this game called his best because of it.
Here is why: WHERE WAS WEISMAN IN THE 2ND HALF? Let's do some comparisons:
1st half / 2nd Half
Carries: 16 / 5
Rushing yards: 150 / 22
Catches: 2 / 1
Touches per drive: 2.5 / 1.5
Percent of plays with the ball: 47 / 33
Yeah, what? At half, the guy had 150 yards. He ended up with 177. Never have a seen a team that is AHEAD at half with a running back with 150 yards just cut off his production and resort to the pass. In fact, that's STUPID. I keep hearing, "Well we didn't have the ball much 2nd half so you can't really blame Greg Davis." When Weisman had the ball in his hands 47% of the time in the 1st half, the Hawkeyes were averaging 6.1 plays per drive. In the 2nd, when Weisman got the ball only 33% of the time, they only averaged 4.3 plays per drive. Simple math will tell you Weisman=first downs.
When you have the ball with 11:24 left in the 4th quarter with a 24-7 lead, logic tells you to run as much of the clock out as possible. It was Iowa's 3rd shortest drive, only behind a drive that would have been longer without 2 penalties, a timeout, and the end of a quarter stopping the clock, and this drive at the beginning of the 3rd:
Yup. I'll let you make your own judgements. But when your team gets the ball only 4 times in the 2nd half, I wouldn't hope to have my 3 shortest drives of the game at that point. RUN THE BALL.