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Don Lund

UNBELIEVABLE

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Iowa upsets No. 3
Ohio State, 55-24

By Don Lund
Sports Writer
Iowa’s first game ever against Ohio State was in 1922 and the Hawkeyes won, 12-9.
The Hawks actually won the first three of four and four out of the first eight, but since then only 11 more wins in the last 85 years, including last Saturday’s 55-24 upset.
That’s 15 victories since the series started.
The overall record is now 15-47-3.

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Hawkeye men show depth

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Iowa Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery said at media day this year’s team has the most depth he’s had since he’s been here, especially in the front line.
The first two exhibition games have shown, so far, he is right.
Iowa played 15 players in the opener, including two walk-ons and Christian Williams, who has since transferred.
The emergence of freshman Conner McCaffery had to be one of the main reasons Williams transferred.
McCaffery was running No. 2 at point guard in practice.

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Iowa defense shines

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For the second week in a row, the Hawkeye defense held its opponent to 10 points in regulation.
Last Saturday against Minnesota, the offense came up with 17 points and the pig stays in Iowa City... Iowa defeats Minnesota, 17-10.
That’s the sixth time this season Iowa has held an opponent to under 20 points.
Phil Parker, Iowa’s defensive coordinator, said he thought the Hawkeyes’ front seven was as good as he has seen it since he’s been here.
The defensive backfield was a different story.

Hawkeye women have talent

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When you start with Megan Gustafson (6-3) at center, you have a great player to build a basketball team around.
Gustafson, who was named First Team All-Big Ten last year, is a preseason first team pick this year.
She led the Hawks, averaging 18.5 points and 10.1 rebounds, shooting 65 percent from the floor.
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder said Gustafson works hard on every single possession.
“She is an amazing player,” said the coach.
Iowa lost all-time leading scorer Ally Disterhoft and she won’t be easy to replace, but Iowa has some good talent coming back.

It don’t come easy

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“Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues, and you know it don’t come easy.”
That’s the opening line to the song by Ringo Starr who, for some of you youngsters, was the drummer for the greatest band ever… The Beatles.
That seems to be the story with the Hawkeyes this season.
They start slow and pay their dues and then in four of the six first games, take over and finish strong with a W.
Iowa sometimes has a tendency of playing up or down to its opponents.
Against Iowa State and Penn State, the Hawks played up.

Not real pretty

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Iowa falls to Spartans, 17-10

I’ve talked about how I’d rather win and not look good as opposed to losing and looking great, but when you lose and look bad, that’s another story.
The Hawkeye defense gave Iowa a chance, but the offense started slow and kept shooting itself in the foot in a 17-10 road loss to Michigan State Sept. 30 in Lansing.
The Hawk offense could only come up with 11 first downs, 0.8 yards per carry on the ground and 4-14 on third down conversions.

Kinnick magic…almost

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The Iowa-Penn State game had the makings of another great comeback.
The Hawks were trailing 15-13 with 2:42 left.
Iowa drove to the Nittany Lions’ 35 and Akrum Wadley made his second great play of the night, a 35-yard sweep around left end that he high-stepped once at the 3 into the end zone.
This was not a celebration high-step, a Penn State defender was on Akrum’s heels and he had to make that move to avoid being tackled.
Akrum immediately gave the ball to the referee and didn’t get flagged.

A tale of two halves

Iowa’s 31-14 win over North Texas State Saturday can be broken down into major differences between the first and second half.
The first half can be described in one-word U-G-L-Y.
Iowa trailed, 14-10.
The Mean Green had 87 first-half yards rushing, Iowa 71.
North Texas had 212 yards in total offense, Iowa 214.
NT had the ball for 13:25, Iowa 16:35.
In the second half, the Hawks shut out the Mean Green, 21-0.
Iowa finished with 238 yards rushing, North Texas 112.
The Hawkeyes converted 11-18 on third downs for the game, NT 0-6.
Iowa also converted 4-5 on fourth down.

WOW! Iowa nips Iowa State, 44-41 in overtime

Hawkeye road wins

I’ve got to admit that I had almost given up when Iowa State scored with 4:36 left in the game and the ‘Clones took a 38-31 lead.
The Hawks had tied it up 31-all when Miguel Recinos kicked a 23-yard field goal, but on its first play after the kickoff, Iowa State completed a wide-open, 74-yard touchdown pass to take the lead.
Thank goodness Akrum Wadley wasn’t giving up.
The 46-yard touchdown pass that retied the game at 38 was one of the best catch-and-runs I have ever seen.
The Hawks had a first and 10 on the ‘Clone 46.

Linebackers, defensive backs and special teams

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This is the third part of Iowa football preview. This week, I’ll start out with the Hawkeye linebackers, the core of the defense.

Linebackers

Josey Jewell (6-2, 236) is a prototypical Hawkeye player.
Jewell was lightly recruited with Upper Iowa and UNI the only two schools to recruit him and offer a scholarship.
Iowa came in late and the rest is history.

Preview of Iowa football 2017: part two

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This is the second part of a preview of Iowa Hawkeye football.
Last week, I talked about the offensive line, tight ends and running backs.
This week, I’ll look at wide receivers, quarterbacks and the defensive line.

Wide Receivers

The development of Iowa’s wide receivers could be the most important part of the Hawkeyes and their success this fall… along with the development of a starting quarterback.
Senior Matt VandeBerg (6-1, 195) is the only returning receiver who caught a pass last fall.

Hawkeye offense 2017

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Media day for football was last Saturday, and since I missed my first media day in 16 years last August, I was ready to go.
My niece Kym got married and it was a great wedding, but it was in Missoula, Mont., on the same weekend as football media day.
Kym and her husband Ryan are Hawkeye fans so it was a great time.
The next three weeks I’ll break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offensive Line

The Hawkeye offense always starts up front with the offensive line and this years’ group should be one of Iowa’s strengths.