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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It : Football Team Beats Purdue, Basketball Team Hammered By Creighton

Iowa vs. Purdue Highlights 2011 (via HighlightHawkeye)

Marvin McNutt said the Hawkeyes "got a monkey off our back" by defeating Purdue (OMHR) 31-21 and winning their first game away from Kinnick in 2011. Iowa was led by terrific offensive performances from McNutt, James Vandenberg and Marcus Coker. It was a sloppy and at times a strange game that wasn't decided until Robert Marve's bobbled ball was ruled a touch back and Iowa took possession with less than two minutes to go. 

McNutt's two touchdown receptions gave him 12 on the season and the single season touchdown reception record at Iowa. McNutt has now had a 100 yard receiving game five weeks in a row and recorded over 100 yards in a game eight times on the season. He needs only 12 receptions in Iowa's final two games to own every individual receiving record in Iowa's books.

How bout some more Marvin McNutt stats? My pal Hawklax hasn't updated his website Hawkeye History in awhile but he is still dishing the stats on Hawkeye message boards. Here is more about McNutt's season:

Only three Big Ten players since 1996 have had eight 100-yard receiving games in a single season:

1998 David Boston, Ohio State
2001 Lee Evans, Wisconsin
2011 Marvin McNutt, Iowa


He (McNutt) is currently sitting outside the top ten for most receiving yards in a single season in Big Ten history (by 20 yards). If he gets 100 yards in each of the next two games (Nebraska and bowl game) that would put him at 1,440, which would be the third most all-time.


And his (McNutt) 28 career touchdown catches are the tenth most all-time in Big Ten history.


Vandenberg needs 376 more passing yards to reach 3,000 yards on the season. The only Big Ten teams to have a 3000-passer, 1000-rusher and 1000-receiver in the same season since 1996:

1998 Ohio State (Joe Germaine, Michael Wiley, David Boston)

2003 Michigan (John Navarre, Chris Perry, Braylon Edwards)

McNutt isn't the only Hawkeye rewriting Hawkeye history. Marcus Coker's 30 carries gave him 262 on the season, good for fifth all-time at Iowa. Coker is three yards shy of 1,300 on the year and that's already good enough for sixth all-time for a season. His 14 touchdowns are fourth most in a year.

C.J. Fiedorowicz has touchdowns in back-to-back games. The sophomore talks about his growth as a Hawkeye with Hawk Central's Pat Harty. CJF tells Harty that he was "lazy" and would "jog through stuff" at practice. Fiedorowicz says he's learned what it takes to earn playing time at Iowa and he "started to do all I could to get playing time." His development has been a pleasant surprise this late season. He's building a rapport with James Vandenberg and will be a key to Iowa's offense in 2012.

On the defensive side Mike Daniels had his best game of the year. Daniels had four tackles for a loss and two sacks. Broderick Binns also had a strong game with seven tackles and a sack. The pair were part of a Hawkeye defense that combined for five sacks on the day. The strong defensive line play and two interceptions by Tanner Miller contributed to a defensive effort that held Purdue to 282 total yards.

The Hawks were bowl eligible at six wins but win number seven moved them up the pecking order. Another victory this week and Iowa could head to Florida for the bowl season.

The Big Ten may have benefited from the crazy weekend in college football. In what appeared to be a season where only one Big Ten team was selected for a BCS Bowl birth, the possibility of Michigan getting picked as an at-large has improved.

Looking ahead to Nebraska, the Hawkeyes head to Lincoln as 10.5 point underdogs. The last time Iowa won after being such a heavy dog? In 2000 versus Northwestern.

Steven M. Sipple, of Husker Extra, has some advice for Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. Sipple writes that Nebraska is suffering a championship drought and Bo can't " allow players to settle for "good" or even "very good."" With Nebraska's loss at Michigan, Sparty clinched a trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten Legends Division title. Sipple notes that the Huskers haven't won a conference title in 12 years and haven't played in a BCS Bowl in 10.

What happened in Ann Arbor? The Daily Nebraskan blames third down blunders along with bad offense and worse special teams play. Michigan held Nebraska to 260 yards on offense in their 45-17 blowout of the Cornhuskers.


Hello earth, or reality. At least they served beer in Wells Fargo Arena where the Creighton Blue Jays destroyed our Hawkeyes 82-59. After three cupcakes to open the season Creighton was Iowa's first test and they failed. If you'd like to see what coach McCaffery and the players were saying after the game, Hawkeye Drive has the video

Iowa didn't have an answer for Creighton's inside game. The duo of Ames native Greg McDermott and Gregory Echenique combined for 40 of Creighton's 82 points. Iowa was without senior center Andrew Brommer and forward Melsahn Basabe was in foul trouble. Melsizzle, or in this case Meldrizzle, finished the game two points and three rebounds. He played 17 minutes of the game.

If you're looking for positives, freshmen Josh Oglesby and Aaron White played well at times. White had some forced shots and hit only 30% from the floor but plays hard and will get better. Oglesby played 20 minutes for Iowa and for the second consecutive game was the leading scorer. He had 14 points on 5/8 shooting from the field.

Up next is 3-0 Campbell which takes on Chicago State in Chicago tonight at 7:00 pm CST


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