Welcome home Iowa Hawkeyes. It was good to play in the midwest rain, donning throwback uniforms in front of the home crowd, wasn’t it?
On Saturday afternoon, the No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes annihilated the Ball State Cardinals, 45-0. On a day with a solid Stanzi, a dominant Adam Robinson and a new kicker for the team, the Hawkeyes jumped right back on the victory bandwagon.
Looking at Iowa’s offense, the black and gold had 562 yards of offense versus Ball State’s 112 yards. Iowa’s senior quarterback Ricky Stanzi was 19 of 25 for 288 yards and three touchdowns. After throwing two touchdown passes of 8 and 22 yards in the second quarter, Iowa quickly lead Ball St. 21-0 by the half.
Again, Stanzi had no interceptions on the day and no sacks.
Sophomore running back Adam Robinson got back on track after a challenging Arizona Wildcat defense and added 115 yards rushing (100 yards in the first half) and two pairs of touchdowns on the day. A versatile player, Robinson had 75 yards receiving in two quarters with a 48-yard pass in the third quarter.
Dear Adam, please don’t get injured this week during practice.
Robinson did have some help on Saturday with two green players. Sophomore fullback Brad Rogers had nine carries for 66 yards and true freshman Marcus Coker stepped up for the team with 10 carries and 62 yards.
Wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had two touchdown receptions with the first coming from Stanzi on a 22-yard touchdown pass to give Iowa the 21-0 lead. The second touchdown came from a 45-yard pass from Stanzi, widening the Hawkeye’s lead to 35-0 in the third quarter.
Iowa’s defense slowly returned after last weekend’s desert nap with senior linebacker Jeff Tarpinian leading the team once again with nine tackles and defensive tackle Mike Daniels amassing six; four tackles were for losses. Iowa held the Cardinals to an anemic 54 yards in the first half and allowed the Cardinal’s running back Eric Williams only 21 yards rushing. Adding to the team’s woes, crossing the 50-yard line for Ball State had to wait until the third quarter. The team went home with only eight first downs.
In addition to a depleted running back stable, Iowa faces continuous challenges in its kicking game. After a disappointing Arizona game by sophomore Trent Mossbrucker and an injured senior kicker Daniel Murray, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz went with true freshman Michael Meyer; in the second quarter Meyer missed a 37-yarder, but kicked a successful 25-yarder in the fourth quarter. He went six-for-six on point-after attempts.
Does this mean Ferentz has found his kicker?
Overall Ferentz was pleased by the win and said in his post-game news conference, “On the good news front, we came out healthy, got the victory, and got some of our younger, more inexperienced players some very valuable playing time in that second half. That might be as good as anything that happened today outside of getting the win. So, overall, pretty pleased about things.” He did express concern over the number of penalties, missed tackles and developing the team’s new running backs.
Is Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker’s absence having an effect on Iowa’s defense?
Iowa closes September with a 3-1 record and will kick off its Big Ten conference play against Penn State (3-1) next Saturday evening. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. central and it will be televised on ESPN.
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Written by Debbie Baratz