FIRST, TO THE TAPE.
LET'S GET RECAP-Y. The Hawkeye defense didn't use any tricks to stuff the Gopher rushing attack. Iowa used their brute strength to out-physical Minnesota. Jake Rudock spread the ball around and Mark Weisman did his thing. The Hawkeyes have found an identity on offense and defense too. The Hawkeyes 2013 look like old fashioned Kirk Ferentz football.
STATS. If we check the latest NCAA.com stats, we'll see Iowa near the top of several defensive statistical categories. Iowa is ranked 7th in total defense, 7th is rush defense and 29th in pass defense. Iowa's rush offense is ranked 20th in the nation and the offensive average time of possession is ranked 4th. Mark Weisman has 615 yards on the season and that's 4th nationally for total yards.
FERENTZ TALKED ABOUT THE WIN. Hawkeye Drive has the video.
THERE'S PLAYER VIDEO TOO. From multiple sources: Marc Morehouse has video of Austin Blythe, Louis Trinca-Pasat, Jake Rudock, Mark Weisman, Carl Davis, Brandon Scherff and Brett Van Sloten. Hawkeye Drive has video (on your left side) of that same bunch plus James Morris and Christian Kirksey.
AND THERE'S THE CELEBRATION.
Again, from Hawkeye Drive.
HOW IS IOWA GETTING IT DONE? They are running to the left side. According to the BTN stats guy, Iowa ran to the left 22 times against the Gophers. Good for 129 yards (5.9 ypc). Most of those carries (15) came in the second half when Iowa was putting away a win.
JAKE RUDOCK HAS BEEN GOOD TOO. Iowa doesn't huddle anymore but Rudock is modifying a lot of the plays at the line of scrimmage. Rudock is also controlling the Hawkeyes' tempo.
DAMOND POWELL IS A PLAY MAKER. He had the play of the day versus Minnesota.
Damond Powell now has three receptions of 40+ yards this season, tied for the second most in the Big Ten. #Hawkeyes— Matt Benson (@mbenson6) September 28, 2013
AND THERE'S THAT DEFENSE. It starts with James Morris in the middle. Like Rudock, he's calling the plays for the defense and according to Carl Davis, he knows what the opponent is going to run. That's obviously a testament to both Rudock and Morris' time spent in film study. When Davis and the rest of the defensive line keep blockers off of Iowa's linebackers they can play very well. The trio of Morris, Anthony Hitchens and Christian Kirksey combined for 23 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and two INTs against the Gophers.
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