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It's Not Plagiarism If You Link To It: The Hawkeyes Survive The Northwestern Wildcats


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Matthew Holst

FIRST, LET'S CELEBRATE. Make no mistake about it, this was a big win for the program. Marc Morehouse had made mention of Iowa reviewing last year's jNW game film all off-season. They wanted this bad and they got it. Iowa's had leads in every game this season and in their three losses watched it slip away. This game appeared to be heading down a similar path. But, with four minutes to go, James Morris and the defense stepped up forcing a turnover and the offense, struggling for much of the second half, shoved the ball right down Northwestern's throat in overtime. The defense again would have their best moment sacking Northwestern's hopes of tying Iowa with their lone overtime possession. Hawks win! Love it, love it, love it.


FERENTZ TALKS ABOUT THE WIN. Here's the transcript and the video from the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Ferentz after Northwestern win, Oct. 26 (via Samuel Louwagie)

THE PLAYERS SPOKE TOO. Marc Morehouse has post-game interviews with Mark Weisman, Nate Meier, CJF, Kevonte Martin-Manley, Jake Rudock, Carl Davis and all three starting linebackers. A lot of smiles in there.

LET'S GET RECAP-Y. Jake Rudock to C.J. Fiedorowicz was the game winner. CJF told reporters after the game he "almost had a heart attack at the end of the game." James Morris called it "euphoria." Northwestern sent the blitz and Rudock knew it was coming. He took a hit on the play and his pass sailed, for what seemed like forever, eventually landing in Fiedorowicz's hands. Iowa's defense sealed the deal on Nothwestern's one overtime possession. Louis Trinca-Pasat made the game's final tackle on Kain Colter but the defense as a unit gets this win.

SOME STATS. Iowa's defense is still adding new wrinkles. The Hawkeyes allowed Northwestern to rush for over 200 yards but Iowa still has the 12th best defense for total yards in the nation. Iowa's rush defense drops to 24th overall but the pass defense rises to 14th nationally. Wisconsin comes to Iowa with the nation's 8th best rushing offense and third best rusher in Melvin Gordon. Wisconsin's defense ranks 6th for total defense and 6th in scoring defense. Iowa's offense continues to slide down the rankings to 74th nationally.

IOWA GETS ONE VOTE IN THE COACHES POLL. Call them #39. Iowa is also #39 in the Sagarin Top 50. The Big Ten Network ranks Iowa 5th in their latest Big Ten Power Poll. This week's opponent, Wisconsin, is #2 in that power poll and is #24 in the BCS Top 25.

BOWL PREDICTIONS? CBS Sports' Jerry Palm finally has Iowa in his latest bowl predictions. He has the Hawkeyes heading to Florida to play in the Gator Bowl vs. Ole Miss. ESPN's Big Ten bloggers have Iowa heading to the Texas Bowl. At this point, it depends on Iowa getting one more win. After that, it comes down to if the Big Ten can get two BCS berths. That moves Iowa up to possibly the Gator. Minnesota's hot play has them sliding up the Bowl pecking order but they don't travel nearly as well as Iowa. Nebraska travels as well or better and they could be a wild card too. If there's a tire fire in Lincoln and coaches changes and or problems that could move Iowa up one more spot.


FRAN'S TEAM STARTS IN THE TOP 15 OF KEN POMEROY'S PRESEASON RANKINGS. Iowa finished last season #25 despite not getting an invite to the NCAA tournament. They'll start the season at #15 in the first kenpom ranking of the year. Michigan State is #2, Ohio State #7 and Michigan #12. Iowa's first opponent, UNC-Wilmington, ranks #289.