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Don Lund

Iowa Ranked 4th in the Nation

Hawk Talk

Iowa played two games last week, taking a road trip to Rutgers and winning, 90-76, and hosting Purdue at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Sunday beating the Boilermakers, 83-71.
The last time the Hawks opened the Big Ten season 7-0 was the Big Ten championship team in 1970 that went 14-0 in the conference.
Talk about an offensive team.

Hawkeye women road trip

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeye women had two road basketball games last week, beating Wisconsin, 57-54, and then losing 80-73 at Michigan State.
The win over the Badgers was big for two reasons.
First it snapped a two-game losing streak and any time you can pick up a road win in the Big Ten it’s a good thing for team rankings.
This was another one of those games where Iowa jumped out to a big lead of 16 points at the end of the third quarter, got outscored 19-6 in the fourth quarter, but held on to win.

Iowa men 3-0 in the Big Ten

Hawk Talk

The Hawkeyes took care of business last week with a 77-66 win over Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
This had to be a tough game for the Hawks to get up for.
They opened the Big Ten season with a win over No. 1 Michigan State at home and then beat 13th-ranked Purdue on the road before they played Nebraska, which lost its first two Big Ten games.
Iowa was down 10-0 before Jarrod Uthoff got warmed up.

Nightmare in Pasadena

Hawk Talk

I was only 4 years old the last time Iowa won a Rose Bowl.
The Hawkeyes beat the California Golden Bears, led by quarterback Joe Kapp, 38-12, on Jan. 1, 1959.
Bob Jeter was the MVP after running for 194 yards on only nine carries (21.5 yard average) including an 81-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore Willie Fleming scored twice. That was the fifth straight game that Willie would score two touchdowns.
The Hawkeyes were crowned National Champions by the Football Writers’ Association of America after finishing 8-1-1.

Hawks win two at Carver

Hawk Talk

It was doubleheader Tuesday last week at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with the women beating Drake, 89-76, in the first game, while the men took care of Tennessee Tech, 85-63.

Hawkeye women

I was a little concerned when Iowa hosted the Drake Bulldogs last week.
The Bulldogs played Iowa down to the wire last year at Des Moines with the Hawks coming out on top, 100-98, on a last-second field goal by Samantha Logic.
This year, Drake opened the season with a 74-70 win over Iowa State, a team which beat the Hawkeyes 69-66 at Ames.

Bounce back Saturday

Hawk Talk

It was bounce-back Saturday for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams last weekend.
The men took care of Drake, 70-64, in Des Moines, while the Hawkeye women beat Bradley, 60-53, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena last Saturday afternoon.
Hawk men
The Hawks won the first game of the Big Four Classic in Des Moines while the University of Northern Iowa took care of fourth-ranked Iowa State, 81-79, in the second game.

Hawks lose twice at Ames

Hawk Talk

It was tough enough when the Hawkeye football team lost to Michigan State 16-13 in the Big Ten football championship game a couple weeks ago in Indianapolis.
Last week, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams lost in consecutive nights to the Cyclones.
The football loss was a back and forth contest in which the Spartans led going into the fourth quarter but Iowa regained the lead and kept it until 27 seconds were left on the clock.

Hawk wrestlers are still undefeated

The Iowa wrestlers knocked off 11th-ranked Rutgers, 29-6, last week at Carver.
The Hawks had upset wins at 157 pounds (Edwin Cooper) and 285 (Sam Stoll).
Rutgers was ranked 17th at 157 and sixth at 285.
“It’s good because it’s my first ranked win,” said Stoll. “I know there’s more I could have done in the match.”
Iowa had technical falls at 125 pounds (Thomas Gillman, 21-6) and 149 pounds (Brandon Sorenson, 21-6).

Hawkeyes going to Rose Bowl

Hawk Talk

I’ve waited 52 years for a season like this.
It’s still a good season, even though the Hawks lost a knock-down drag-out slugfest to Michigan State, 16-13, last Saturday night.
The Hawks went undefeated in the regular season and their 12-0 record has never happened before.
Even though they lost, their consolation prize is playing Stanford in the Rose Bowl!

Women win two

The Hawkeye women played two games last week, winning both.
They knocked off Virginia, 85-73, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge last week.
Alexa Kastanek was 8-11 from the floor, including 4-7 from 3-point range, as she led the Hawks with 22.
Ally Disterhoft finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Sunday, the Hawk women beat Robert Morris, 69-50, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It wasn’t an easy win, as Iowa got behind 10-0 and had to fight back to sit at 7-1.
The Hawk men won two games last week at Carver, beating Florida State, 78-75, in the Big Ten/ACC challenge.

Magic on Melrose: Iowa 40 -Purdue 20

Hawk Talk

Hawks clinch the West

I was at the Iowa-Michigan State game in 1981 when Phil Blatcher ran for 247 yards and the Hawks beat the Spartans, 36-7, to clinch their first Big Ten title since 1958.
It was cold, there was snow on the ground and the temperature was in the 20s, but I stayed to the end as a fan in the stands (I was 27 years old).
I was also sitting in the stands when Iowa played Minnesota in 1991. The temperature was 28 degrees.
That was the “snow angel” game.

Hawkeye Basketball and wrestling

Hawk Talk

It was another busy weekend for the Hawkeyes as the men played one, the women two, and the wrestlers had four matches on Friday.
All were winners.
The Hawkeye women started the action last Thursday with a 95-81 overtime win over Western Illinois. Iowa stated strong and led by as many as 18, but couldn’t put the Leathernecks away.
Thank goodness for Whitney Jennings, who hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to put the game into OT.
Last year, Whitney hit a free throw with one second left to put the Nebraska game into overtime. Iowa won, 78-72.