October 20, 2014

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.


UNI will keep rotating quarterbacks against South Dakota

UNI coach Mark Farley hopes ot be smiling again after a rated matchup with McNeese State. (file photo)

UNI coach Mark Farley  (file photo)

UNI coach Mark Farley says he will continue with a two quarterback system when the Panthers host South Dakota State this weekend. Sawyer Kollmorgen and Brion Carnes split time in a victory at South Dakota. “I think it made each player better by keeping each player fresh,” Farley says.

Both quarterbacks played the same amount last week and he says each week will unfold differently, depending on whether one gets a hot hand.

Farley says he went with both quarterbacks to try and jump start the offense. “I still think we need more production on offense, but we had to do something to jump start that,” Farley says. He says the defense has to call things differently based on which quarterback is in the game and then the offense has to adjust to what they do.

South Dakota State is 4-2 and ranked 18th in the latest Sport Network FCS poll. Farley says they run the ball well and have a junior college quarterback that does a good job. Farley says the Panthers need to limit the big plays from South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner who has already rushed for 938 yards this season.

He says it is only a matter of time until all Missouri Valley football game will utilize instate replay. Currently, replay is available only in games at the UNI-Dome, North Dakota State and games carried by the Valley television network. “Somebody had to start it so it could become a part of the whole league…we started the process and that’s what’s important,” Farley says.

UNI is 3-3 and ranked 20th in FCS.

(Reporting by Elwin Huffman KOEL Oelwein)


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.


Radio Iowa High School Football Poll 10/13/14

Class 4A
1. Bettendorf (7-0), LW #1 @ Dubuque Senior
2. Cedar Rapids Washington (7-0), LW #2 vs Iowa City High (Thur)
3. Dowling Catholic (6-1), LW #3 vs DSM Roosevelt
4. WDM Valley (6-1), LW #4 @ #6 Ankeny Centennial
5. Waukee (6-1), LW #5 @ #10 Fort Dodge
6. Ankeny Centennial (6-1), LW #6 vs #4 WDM Valley
7. Linn-Mar (7-1), LW #10 @ Waterloo West
8. Ankeny (5-2), LW (X) @ CB Thomas Jefferson
9. North Scott (5-2), LW #7 vs Davenport West
10.Fort Dodge (6-1), LW (X) vs #5 Waukee

Class 3A
1. Pella (7-0), LW #1 vs Saydel
2. West Delaware (7-0), LW #2 @ Independence
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-2), LW #4 vs 1A-#1 Iowa City Regina
4. Sioux City Heelan (6-1), LW #5 @ Storm Lake
5. Solon (6-1), LW #6 @ Western Dubuque
6. Carroll (6-1), LW #3 vs Algona
7. Humboldt (6-1), LW #3 @ Forest City
8. Waverly-Shell Rock (5-2), LW #9 @ Crestwood
9. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-1), LW (X) @ Creston
10.Clear Creek-Amana (6-1), LW (X) vs Vinton-Shellsburg

Class 2A
1. Clear Lake (7-0), LW #1 vs #8 Hampton-Dumont
2. Spirit Lake (7-0), LW #2 @ Spencer
3. Williamsburg (7-0), LW #3 vs Central Lee
4. Collins-Maxwell/Baxter (7-0), LW #9 vs North Polk
5. Sioux Center (6-1), LW #5 @ Central Lyon/GLR
6. New Hampton (6-1), LW #6 vs Dyersville Beckman
7. North Fayette Valley (6-1), LW #7 @ Waterloo Columbus
8. Hampton-Dumont (7-0), LW #8 @ #1 Clear Lake
9. Albia (6-1), LW #4 at Monroe PCM
10.Mediapolis (6-1), LW #10 @ West Burlington

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (6-1), LW #1 @ 3A-#3 Xavier
2. South Winneshiek (7-0), LW #2 vs Clayton Ridge
3. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (7-0), LW #3 @ Southeast Valley
4. West Branch (7-0), LW #4 @ Wilton
5. St. Ansgar (7-0), LW #6 vs Eagle Grove
6. IKM-Manning (7-0), LW #7 vs Missouri Valley
7. West Lyon (6-1), LW #8 vs Ridge View
8. Ogden (6-1), LW #5 vs Manson NW Webster
9. North Cedar (6-1), LW #10 @ Wapello
10.Dike-New Hartford (5-2), LW #10 @ Sumner-Fredricksburg

Class A
1. Maquoketa Valley (7-0), LW #1 @ Easton Valley
2. Logan-Magnolia (7-0), LW #2 vs Maple Valley-AO
3. Pekin (7-0), LW #4 @ WACO
4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (6-1), LW #6 vs Grundy Center
5. Nashua-Plainfield (6-1), LW #5 vs Belmond-Klemme
6. Montezuma (7-0), LW #7 @ Iowa Valley
7. AGWSR (6-1), LW #3 @ North Tama
8. Algona Garrigan (5-2), LW #8 vs North Union
9. Mt. Ayr (6-1), LW #9 vs Pleasantville
10.Woodbury Central (6-1), LW (X) vs South O’Brien

1. Don Bosco (7-0), LW #1 vs Dunkerton
2. Fremont-Mills (7-0), LW #2 vs CAM Anita
3. Janesville (7-0), LW #3 @ Clarksville
4. Central Elkader (7-0), LW #5 vs Lansing Kee
5. Glidden-Ralston (7-0), LW #6 vs Murray
6. HLV (Victor) (6-1), LW #8 @ Meskwaki Settlement
7. Lamoni (7-0), LW #9 @ Seymour
8. Turkey Valley (6-1), LW #10 @ Cedar Valley Christian
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1), LW #7 @ Ankeny Christian
10.Exira/EHK (6-1), LW #4 @ Boyer Valley


Hawkeyes at home against Indiana

Jake Rudock will start the game at quarterback but C.J. Beathard will also play when the Iowa Hawkeyes host Indiana. The Hawks enter with a record of 4-1 while the 3-2 Hoosiers have already posted a road victory at Missouri. “We are up against a very tough opponent, they are 8th in the country rushing the ball — 300 yards a game rushing — and that’s maybe a misconception about them, that they are a throwing team,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says.

He says Indiana’s success begins up front with a veteran line that plays well and is cohesive. Ferentz says the Hoosier run game forces teams to defend sideline to sideline. He says they run inside and outside, including the option pitch to give them a very diverse attack.

It’s homecoming in Iowa City and kickoff is set for 11 a.m.


Cyclones return home looking for a win

At 1-4 Iowa State is looking to turn its season around and it begins with tomorrow’s game against Toledo. Quarterback Logan Woodside has led Toledo to three straight wins after Phillip Ely was lost for the season with a knee injury. “He throws the ball with confidence, he spreads the field very well,” ISU coach Paul Rhoads says.

He says Toledo’s run game is well designed as their line pulls and moves to the second level, and that benefits the runningbacks.

Rhoads says that running game should be at full strength with the return of Kareem Hunt. “Their top runningback has been out and we certainly believe that he will be back for out game…he’s an oustanding player,” Rhoads says.

Kickoff in Ames is at 2:30 p.m.