October 23, 2014

Iowa football team looks to fix some things for stretch run

Kirk Ferentz

Kirk Ferentz

The Iowa Hawkeyes need to use the off week to shore up a couple of areas as they head toward the toughest portion of their schedule. Iowa’s run game continues to struggle and ranks 11th in the Big Ten while the run defense has been torched for 528 yards the past two weeks.

The Hawkeyes are 5-2 after a 38-31 loss at Maryland. “The film just pretty much reconfirmed what we suspected on Saturday, we just didn’t play well enough to win and they did, so the credit goes to them,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We’ve got to improve if we expect to win in our next 5 ballgames, that’s the challenge ahead.”

Ferentz is giving his team a few days off this week. They will practice Wednesday and Thursday and then have a couple of days off before returning to practice on Sunday.

Iowa returns to action on November 1st at home against Northwestern.


Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 10/20/14

Football-poll-headerClass 4A
1. Bettendorf (8-0), LW #1 @ Davenport West
2. Cedar Rapids Washington (8-0), LW #2 @ Burlington
3. Dowling Catholic (7-1), LW #3 @ DSM North
4. WDM Valley (7-1), LW #4 vs DSM Lincoln
5. Waukee (7-1), LW #5 vs Mason City
6. Linn-Mar (7-1), LW #7 vs C.R. Jefferson
7. Ankeny (6-2), LW #8 vs S.E. Polk
8. North Scott (6-2), LW #9 @ Davenport North (Thur)
9. Ankeny Centennial (6-2), LW #6 @ C.B. Abe Lincoln
10.Lewis Central (7-1), LW (X) @ DSM Roosevelt

Class 3A
1. Pella (8-0), LW #1 @ Chariton
2. Solon (7-1), LW #5 vs Dubuque Wahlert
3. Sioux City Heelan (7-1), LW #4 vs LeMars
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (7-1), LW #9 vs Glenwood
5. Carroll (7-1), LW #6 @ Greene County
6. West Delaware (7-1), LW #2 vs Decorah
7. Humboldt (7-1), LW #7 vs Perry
8. Waverly-Shell Rock (6-2), LW #8 vs Charles City
9. Clear Creek-Amana (7-1), LW #10 @ Fairfield
10.Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-3), LW #3 vs Marion

Class 2A
1. Clear Lake (8-0), LW #1 @ Garner-Hayfield/Ventura
2. Spirit Lake (8-0), LW #2 vs MOC/Floyd Valley
3. Williamsburg (8-0), LW #3 @ West Liberty
4. Collins-Maxwell/Baxter (8-0), LW #4 vs Centerville
5. North Fayette Valley (7-1), LW #7 vs New Hampton
6. Sioux Center (7-1), LW #5 vs Okoboji
7. Albia (7-1), LW #9 @ Clarke
8. Cascade (7-1), LW (X) vs Anamosa
9. Hampton-Dumont (7-1), LW #8 @ Forest City
10.Mediapolis (7-1), LW #10 vs Mid-Prairie

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (7-1), LW #1 vs Pella Christian
2. South Winneshiek (8-0), LW #2 vs Hudson
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (8-0), LW #3 vs South Hamilton
4. West Branch (8-0), LW #4 vs Alburnett
5. St. Ansgar (8-0), LW #5 @ Pocahontas Area
6. IKM-Manning (8-0), LW #6 @ Underwood
7. West Lyon (7-1), LW #7 @ HMS Hartley
8. Ogden (7-1), LW #8 @ South Central Calhoun
9. North Cedar (7-1), LW #9 vs Wilton
10.Dike-New Hartford (6-2), LW #10 vs Jesup

Class A
1. Maquoketa Valley (8-0), LW #1 vs Postville
2. Logan-Magnolia (8-0), LW #2 @ Westwood (Sloan)
3. Pekin (8-0), LW #3 vs Winfield-Mount Union
4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-1), LW #4 @ Wapsie Valley
5. Nashua-Plainfield (7-1), LW #5 vs North Butler
6. Montezuma (8-0), LW #6 @ BGM (Brooklyn)
7. AGWSR (6-1), LW #7 vs West Fork
8. Algona Garrigan (6-2), LW #8 @ West Hancock
9. Mt. Ayr (7-1), LW #9 vs S.E. Warren
10.Woodbury Central (7-1), LW #10 @ Sioux Central

1. Don Bosco (8-0), LW #1 @ Tri-County
2. Fremnont-Mills (8-0), LW #2 @ Essex
3. Janesville (8-0), LW #3 vs North Iowa
4. Central Elkader (8-0), LW #4 @ West Central (Maynard)
5. Glidden-Ralston (8-0), LW #5 @ N.E. Hamilton
6. HLV (Victor) (7-1), LW #6 @ Colo-Nesco
7. Lamoni (8-0), LW #7 vs Wayne (Corydon)
8. Turkey Valley (7-1), LW #8 @ Central City
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (7-1), LW #9 vs East Union
10.Marcus MMC (7-1), LW (X) vs West Bend-Mallard


Cyclones and Hawkeyes have a Saturday off after road losses

Paul Rhoads

Paul Rhoads

Iowa State and Iowa have this week off after road losses. The Cyclones fell to 2-5 with a heartbreaking 48-45 loss at Texas. The Longhorns won it on a 21 yard field goals with three second remaining. the ISU offense rolled up 524 yards, including 345 yards of passing from quarterback Sam Richardson who had three touchdown strikes.

It was another near miss in Big 12 play for the Cyclones who nearly upset league leader Kansas State earlier this season. If the Cyclones are much better than their 2-5 record the exact opposite can be said of the Hawkeyes, who opened 5-1 against a soft schedule before being exposed in a 38-31 loss at Maryland that was not as close as the score indicates.

The Terrapins dominated up front on both sides after the Hawkeyes raced out to an early 14-0 lead and the final two Iowa touchdowns came after Maryland put the game away by jumping out to a 38-21 lead late in the fourth quarter.


UNI falls to 1-2 in the MVC

Mark Farley (file photo)

Mark Farley (file photo)

The UNI Panthers have fallen below the 500 mark once again after a 31-28 loss to South Dakota State in the UNI-Dome. The Panthers saw their Missouri Valley record fall to 1-2 and coach Mark Farley was asked why his team lack emotion. “Because there was no production on the field. You’ve got to have production to create fire, just because you jump up and down and talk a good game doesn’t mean you are going to play a good game…being productive on the field creates emotion,” Farley says.

Farley says lack of emotion is not a valid excuse. “You’ve got to be a focused football team, you’ve got to be a consistent football team, and that’s what we’re not,” Farley says.

Farley says he was frustrated by how the Panthers lost the game with the three interceptions and an onside kick. “Give them 100 percent credit, I thought they played a nice game, a very consistent game from start to finish. We must not have been consistent in what we were doing,” Farley said.

(Reporting by Elwin Huffman KOEL Oelwein)


Hawkeye coach: second half of football season always key

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz talks about the upcoming season.

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz (file photo)

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says his team’s season will be determined by how much progress is made in the second half. The Hawkeyes sit at the midway point 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten heading into this week’s visit to Maryland.

“We’ve been in this position, we’ve been in positions really close to this….really it’s the second half of the season that determines typically who we are,” Ferentx says. Jake Rudock and C.J. Beatherd will both continue to see action. Rudock got the majority of the snaps in a 45-29 win over Indiana.

“I thought he played really well, we expect Jake to play well. We expect C.J. to play well. I thought he played well when he was in there. That’s one position where I feel pretty good about, knowing what we are going to get,” Ferentz says.

It’s Iowa first trip to Maryland in the Terrapins’ first season in the Big Ten. Ferenz says it is probably a lot like when the team went to play Pittsburgh in 2008 as noone had been there before. He says they’ll look around a little bit and realize it’s another stadium and then get to playing the game.

The Hawkeyes have played well away from home in the last couple of years and have won six of their last seven road games. “To me it’s mostly mind set, I can’t tell why one team is better at it than another, to me it’s probably about 98 percent mindset,” Ferentz says.

Ferentz says the Iowa defense must do a better job of limiting big plays. Indiana’s Tevin Coleman broke loose for three long touchdown runs on Saturday. He says there was some miscalculation and some of the angles taken weren’t good and there were missed tackles against a strong runner.

Maryland enters the game with a record of 4-2 and has been idle since a lopsided loss at home to Ohio State back on October fourth.


Cyclones look for ways to match Texas on the field

Paul Rhoads

Paul Rhoads

Texas may be in rebuilding mode right now but the advantages the Longhorns have in terms of resources make it only a matter of time until winning football returns to Austin.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says it is an advantage that forces other Big 12 schools to adapt. “You’ve got to have the things in place that you feel you need to be successful, and (Athletic Director) Jamie Pollard is making sure of that within our program. And then you go out and continue to recruit players who fit your program, that have the best ability possible, coach them up and make the fewest amount of mistakes, play hard and giver yourself a chance to compete,” Rhoads says.

Rhoads says Texas will always have a larger recruiting base and a financial advantage, and they have tried to find a better solution that fits Iowa State. The Longhorns are 2-4 under first year coach Charlie Strong, who dismissed or suspended nearly a dozen players in pre season, and depth has been an issue.

“I think they are down in depth because they have lost a lot of players off their roster…I think that’s a piece of it,” Rhoads says. He says the defense though, is as good as there is in the country.

The Cyclones went to play an up tempo offense and scored 28 second half points in a come from behind win over Toledo. Rhoads says the up tempo was good and successful, and it’s only something you can use if you are successful as he says it can cause your defense to be on the field too long.

Rhoads says playing well in the state of Texas always helps the Cyclones on the recruiting trail. He says they will always recruit Texas heavily with the state’s abundance of players and the fact that they will go there twice a year to play teams in the league.

The Cyclones are 2-4 at the midway point of the season and the next goal is to earn a first Big 12 victory. “Every game in this league is a national stage and a great opportunity. You are talking about a league that has half of its teams in the top 15 of the country….that’s a pretty impressive number,” Rhoads says.

Texas is coming off a 31-26 loss to Oklahoma. Texas coach Charlie Strong says their attitude is good and sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is making big strides. Swoopes passed for 334 yards and a couple of touchdowns in the loss to Oklahoma.

Hawkeyes and Cyclones go on the road; Panthers are at home in football

Iowa State and Iowa prepare for road tests this week after posting home wins. The Cyclones scored 28 second-half points to rally by Toledo and avoid a disastrous loss with a 37-30 win. Quarterback Sam Richardson had a big day, throwing for 351 yards and three touchdowns and also added 31 yards of rushing, as the Cyclones improved to 2-4 and posted their first home victory of the season.

The offense picked it up in the second half after setlling for three Cole Netten field goals in the opening half as they trailed at the break 13-9. Next up for ISU, it’s back to the Big 12 conference with a visit to Texas under the lights. The Longhorns are 2-4 after a 31-26 loss to Oklahoma.

For the Hawkeyes it was an offensive explosion as they beat Indiana 45-29. Iowa scored 28 first-quarter points, including 3 touchdowns from the offense and a pick six from sophomore corner Desmond King as they led 28-7 at the end of one quarter of play.

Jake Rudock seemed to settle the quarterback situation by connecting on 19 of 27 passes for 210 yards and a couple of touchdowns, while the running game made progress by totaling 207 yards. Big plays against the defense raised red flags as Hoosier running back Tevin Coleman scored on runs of 83,45 and 69 yards.

The Hawks are 5-1 and next up visit Maryland. The terrapins were off this past week. They are 4-2 overall 1-1 in the Big Ten.

UNI evened its Missouri Valley record at 1-1 with a 27-16 win at south Dakota. The Panthers tied a season high with 7 sacks as they improved to 3-3 overall. They will host South Dakota State on Saturday.