Give credit where credit is due. Iowa was outplayed, and definitely outcoached. The offensive line look like junior varsity against the Bison front seven, and Iowa’s D line could rarely get a push despite notching three sacks.
LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley had just 49 yards combined on 18 carries. C.J. threw for just 152 yards. Iowa just couldn’t get out of its own way, and a handful of dropped passes and a bad snap on third down didn’t help either.
The Bison ran for 239 yards against Iowa, and controlled the clock for nearly 37 minutes. Easton Stick managed the game through the air for the Bison, and that’s all he needed to do.
Quick note on the coaching here. There were shades of 2012 Kirk Ferentz all over that game. The decision to not throw it on first down on that last drive in the fourth quarter, instead opting to have LeShun run into a pile of bodies ... mind bottling. North Dakota looked like a team playing to win, while Iowa was playing not to lose.
Time to drink.