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Still a HAWKEYE State 09/14/2009

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All the fears that came to the surface after Iowa’s 17-16 escape from UNI evaporated Saturday.  In Ames, no less. 

The Hawkeyes moved their season mark to 2-0 with a 35-3 victory over Iowa State.  The numbers you need to know: 6 and 5.  Six Cyclone

Hawkeye Tyler Sash with one of his 3 interceptions

Hawkeye Tyler Sash with one of his 3 interceptions

 turnovers (and a failed onside kickoff attempt when the Cyclones had the lead).  Five Ricky Stanzi touchdown passes.  Sranzi did not play his best game, but was a respectable 18-34 for 197 yards.  He also threw 2 picks to go along with those 5 tds.  Iowa’s defense played much better.  After surrendering over 350 yards of total offense to the Panthers in week one, they yielded 303 yards to ISU.  They kept the Cyclones out of the end zone again in this game.  Iowa State has not scored a touchdown against Iowa since the 2nd quarter of the 2006 game.  14 quarters and counting.  Iowa won in Ames for the first time in 6 years and for only the 2nd time in head coach Kirk Ferents’s 6 trips there. 

Freshman Brandon Wegher hit the century mark in rushing yards and this flying td in his Hawkeye debut

Freshman Brandon Wegher hit the century mark in rushing yards and this flying td in his Hawkeye debut

Perhaps the best news for Iowa is that they seem to have found a running back.  True freshman Brandon Wegher ran for 101 yards and a td.  He looked good.  Starter Adam Robinson added 69 yards in 12 attempts as Iowa amassed 426 yards of total offense.  But the day belonged to Tyler Sash.  The 6′ 4″ Sophomore defensive back from Oskaloosa, Iowa, earned co all Big Ten defensive player of the week honors with 3 interceptions.  Brett Greenwood added 2 picks of his own. 

Things are not looking good in South Bend this week.  Notre Dame dropped a heartbreaker to Michigan, 38-34, in their first road test of the season.  Put this loss squarely at the feet of Irish coach Charlie Weis.  Leading 34-31 with 3:12 left in the game,  the Irish got the ball back at their own 16 yard line following a Michigan punt.  All ND had to do is run the clock.  Force Michigan to use their time outs or let the clock melt away.  Weiss is calling the plays for ND this season, and on 1st down Armando Allen rushes for 16 yards and another first down.  Bonus.   On the next play  Robert Hughes is stopped for no gain, making it 2nd and 10 at the 29.  Michigan is forced to call time out to stop the clock.  There is now 2:24 left.  The first 2 plays of the possession has eaten up 48 seconds and one UM time out.  On 2nd down, Weiss calls for a pass.  It is incomplete.  He then calls for another pass on 3rd down that again falls incomplete.  Those two plays take a total of 11 seconds off the clock.  And they allow Michigan to hold on to their remaining time outs.  A horrible punt follows, and Michigan now has the ball at their own 43, with 2:13 and timeouts left.  When they needed to run clock and force the Wolverines to burn their timeouts, ND ran 5 plays and took only 59 seconds and 1 time out from Michigan.  Why the hell did ND pass?  TWICE!  It was a great comeback for Michigan, but it never should have happened.   Michigan should have either been out of timeouts, or had at least a minute of clock less to work with.  Either would have made that game winning drive much harder.  Weis has to take total responsibility for this loss.  Once they gained 13 yards on their first play, the ball should never have been put in the air by ND.

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has to answer for following the Golden Domer's loss at Michigan

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has to answer for following the Golden Domer's loss at Michigan

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