Following Iowa State week, there are a few numbers that stand out for the Iowa football team. The offense is performing at a nice level while the defense is getting some key turnovers but perhaps not closing out strong. Either way, there are some things that stand out: a running game that works, one receiver carrying the load, and a quarterback that - gasp - could be considered ‘mobile.' Here is this week's "Breaking Down The Numbers (BDTN?)."
49 - Percentage of 3rd down conversions for the Iowa offense, which ranks 33rd in the nation. The Hawkeyes are 25-for-51. Pretty good. Last year, Greg Davis and his personnel didn't give themselves a chance on critical 3rd down plays, converting just 36 percent of the time. Occasionally, it was so bad it was laughable. Remember this diagram of greatness? Definite improvement in this area this season.
4 - Rushing touchdowns by Jake Rudock. Rudock's score from the 1 on Saturday was the third straight contest Rudock has reached the end zone, the first time an Iowa quarterback had rushed for a touchdown in three straight games under Kirk Ferentz. More options are available when the QB can extend, or even make, plays on the run.
9 - This is where Iowa ranks nationally in total time of possession (about 35:06 per game). Not sure how much this matters in Week Four against Western Michigan, but if the Hawkeyes can keep the ball away at that rate from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan, etc., that's a plus.
19 - Number of catches so far this season for Kevonte Martin-Manley. A lot. Next most on the team is six catches. There's a clear trust between Rudock and KMM, but Tevaun Smith and others will have to step up soon. By the way, KMM - at his current pace - is on track to break the school record for receptions with a season-plus remaining. He is on pace for 76 catches in 2013, which would give him 158 for his career. The record is 173.
28 - Total defense ranking for Iowa, up from 35th last week. That number can increase again with this week's opponent being Western Michigan. Or as long as B.J. Lowery is making highlight-reel, crazy interceptions. Whatever works.