The Iowa Hawkeyes host the U.N.I. Panthers in Kinnick Stadium. The Panthers will be looking for the upset after nearly beating the Hawkeyes in 2009 and coming close at Wisconsin two weeks ago in a 26-21 loss. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz expects a close game.
He says there are a lot of misconceptions and he says in their situation and what U.N.I. has done shows they are going to have to be at their absolute best.
Iowa is 1-1 after a loss to Iowa State and Ferentz says they will need a great effort against the Panthers. “You can’t predict 100 percent what the opponent’s gonna do, but history would tell you in this case it’s going to be a tough game for us and we have to be ready to go,” Ferentz says.
U.N.I. freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen has six touchdown passes in two games. Ferentz says he was impressive in the opener at Wisconsin. Ferentz calls Kollmorgen very impressive and a good thrower and adequate runner.
Ferentz says the Iowa defense made progress in last week’s loss to Iowa State and had more confidence and was more decisive in their play.
U.N.I. Coach Mark Farley says he has heard all of the talk about how down the Hawks are but says to him it is just talk. “I’d heard a lot of things, just water color talk but, I watched them on film and they’ve got good speed at receiver…their tight end is an NFL draft pick,” Farley says. He says Hawkeye offensive line is technically sound and it is a good team.
Farley says this is a different matchup from the game at Wisconsin as he says Wisconsin runs a power game, while Iowa runs a zone scheme that is totally different.
By Jesse Gavin KCNZ Cedar Falls