AFTER A CLOSE CALL OVER NORTHERN ILLINOIS... Iowa then took on FCS Midwest in a second week warm-up game before the annual showdown with Iowa State. The Hawks cruised to an easy victory at home, 91-0, improving to 2-0 on the season.
The weak opponent allowed head coach Kirk Ferentz to get plenty of reps for backup players and perhaps put an end to the quarterback battle that had developed over fall camp. Cody Football completed 11 of 14 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown while adding another 58 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Previously considered quarterback 1b, Razor Rudock completed 5 of 8 passes for 47 yards and an INT. Following the game Ferentz said, "Cody gives us something in the run game. Something we haven't had here since maybe Brad Banks."
Perhaps another position battle is brewing at running back. Starter and fan favorite The Juggernaut had another productive day with 11 carries for 96 yards and 4 touchdowns but it was backup Jordan Cantseeme that did the heavy lifting with 17 carries for 206 yards and also 4 touchdowns. Cantseeme now leads the nation with 308 yards rushing after just two games. The Juggernaut leads the country with nine touchdowns. Ferentz doesn't see it as a position battle and said, "it's like thunder and lightning or whatever the New York Giants had a few years ago. It was the Giants, right?"
NEXT STOP AMES. The Cyclones entered the match-up 0-1 having lost their season opener to FCW Midwest. Iowa State took the next week off to prepare for the heated rivalry game with Iowa. The Clones lost their starting quarterback due to strained ribs in the Week 1 battle and faced Iowa with backup QB Randy Pete. It was rainy and windy. The Cyclone offense did struggle.
The Hawks were clearly the more motivated team. Iowa jumped all over ISU from the start after selecting to receive the kickoff and take the ball on offense. Iowa State, familiar with their in-state foe, sold out to stop the run and Iowa had to go to Cody Football to get things moving. Iowa found the endzone with Jordan Cantseeme twice after moving the ball with the passing game. Cantseeme scored the game's first two touchdowns and Iowa was out to a quick 14-0 lead.
Cyclone quarterback Randy Pete was able to dink-and-dunk on the Iowa offense but the short passes didn't result in first downs. The Clones quickly found themselves in an early first quarter hole. With :11 seconds left in the first period, Hawkeye defensive tackle Gottahave Faith (formerly DT #56, aka Faithe Ekakitie) scooped a Pete fumble in the backfield and took it to the endzone for another Hawkeye score. After one quarter, it was Iowa 28, Iowa State 0.
The Cyclones continued to bottle up the Hawkeye two-headed rushing attack of The Juggernaut and Cantseeme. Quarterback Cody Football used both his legs and live arm spreading the ball all over the field from multiple formations. The Hawkeyes used a spread-look from the shotgun formation and went no-huddle when it was obvious young Mr. Football was on his mark. Mackey Award nominee and possible All-American tight end C.J. Fijgfdreqzcgh played a major role in the passing game as did young wide receivers Mr. Smith (formerly WR #4, aka Tevaun Smith) and Mr. Wilson (formerly WR #89, aka Cameron Wilson).
It was all Iowa at the half of this rivalry showdown. Cody Football was 17 of 18 passing for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns. Football added 30 yards and a touchdown on just five rush attempts as the Hawkeyes held a 49-0 halftime lead.
It was a start to forget for Iowa in the second half. Cody Football would throw his first INT on the season and it would result in a Cyclone defensive touchdown. Iowa was held to just one touchdown in the third quarter as the Hawkeyes looked like they thought the game ended at the half.
Eventually, Kirk Fererntz would get a chance to work in some of his bench in the second half against the over-matched Cyclones. The Hawkeyes stuck to the ground game and continued to frustrate Cyclone quarterback Randy Pete with the constant pressure from the defensive line. Particularly defensive tackle Huge D (formerly DT #71, aka Carl Davis) and defensive end Riley McSack (formerly DE #94, aka Riley McMinn). The Hawks held Cyclone running back Chris Williams in check and with the sacks Iowa State mustered only -60 yards rushing.
Iowa held Iowa State's offense scoreless on the day and to only 104 yards of total offense. The Cyclone passing game was able to frustrate the Hawkeye defense with the short passing game but the Hawkeye D held when it counted allowing Iowa State to move the chains on only 2 of 11 third downs. The Cy-Hawk trophy returns to Iowa City as the Hawkeyes remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season. The final from Ames, Iowa 70, Iowa State 7.
Gottahave Faith scores in the first quarter on a Fat Guy TD
Hawkeye DT Huge D penetrates the line and records a sack
The 2014 version comes complete with life-like sound effects
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INDIVIDUAL STATS (Iowa)
R. Rudock 4-5 69 yards 1 TD 1 INT
C. Football 22-26 288 yards 2 TD 1 INT
T. Juggernaut 16-182 yards 1 TD
J. Cantseeme 11-54 4 TD
C. Vine 3-18
C. Fijgfdreqzcgh 6 rec 89 yards 1 TD
J. Hills 4 rec 66 yards 1 TD
S. Asafety 3 rec 41 yards 1 TD
M. Wilson 2 rec 37 yards 0 TD
M. Smith 2 rec 49 yards 0 TD
D. Milky 6 tackles
R. McSack 4 sacks
C. Vine II 1 INT
Randy Pete completed 20 of 35 passes for 164 yards and 1 INT. Running back Chris Williams was held to six yards rushing but hauled in 10 catches for 64 yards. Wide receiver Cy Keith was held to only one catch for 11 yards.
LOOKING FORWARD. Iowa's hot start is getting noticed as they inch their way up the "others receiving votes" section of the Coaches Top 25 Poll. Iowa received 196 votes in the latest poll and sit at #26. The Juggernaut is getting noticed too and is mentioned as a contender for the Heisman Trophy. Riley McSack earned NCAA and Big Ten player of the week honors on defense for his performance against Iowa State.
Iowa will return home to face Western Michigan. No doubt head coach Kirk Ferentz remembers 2007 when the Broncos came to Kinnick and destroyed any bowl hopes that Hawkeye team had. Ferentz said following the game, "we have to execute, certainly. Those directional Michigan schools can be tough and we'll have to have a good week of practice and carry it into Kinnick on Saturday." Western Michigan is currently 1-2 on the season.