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Don Lund

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.

It don’t come easy

The headline was a song in 1971 by Ringo Starr which really tells the story about the Hawkeye football season.
The Minnesota Gophers were in town last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium and to say the game was electric would be an understatement.
The black-out crowd, the retro all-black jerseys and when they played “Back in Black” like they do to start the game, you knew it was going to be special.

The magic continues, 40-10

Isn’t it fun to wake up Sunday morning after Iowa wins, like they did at Indiana, 35-27, last Saturday?
Sunday, I got up around 6:30 a.m., watched the Big Ten Channel and The Final Drive.
I can’t believe Nebraska beat Michigan State 39-38 on a controversial call at the end.
I read the Gazette, got online around 7:30 a.m. and went to Hawk Central.
I like to read three or four stories about the Iowa game before I start writing.

Hawkeye men have talent

Hawk Talk

Media day for the Iowa men’s basketball team was Oct. 7.
The Hawks have four seniors with talent and leadership.
They also have junior Peter Jok, sophomore Dominique Uhl, plus six newcomers with a lot of ability.
Will that be enough for Iowa to win 20-plus games again and make it to the Big Dance for the third year in a row?
I like their chances.
You start out with the four seniors who have won 67 games in the last three years, while going to the NCAA tournament the last two.

The magic continues, 40-10

Hawk Talk

I want you to think about this for a minute.
If I told you before the season that the Hawkeyes would win at least eight or nine games, I think most of you (including me) would think that would be a decent season.
Now with Iowa winning its first seven games, if Iowa wins ONLY eight or nine, it will be a disappointing season.
What a fun year!
What a tough group of players!
I was worried about Northwestern for two reasons.
First, Iowa played one of its best games of the year last season crunching the Wildcats, 48-7.

Another one bites the dust

Hawk Talk

What do you do when your starting right tackle goes down and you have to replace him with a true freshman?
Also, Drew Ott, who was on his way to All-Big Ten honors at defensive end, gets hurt and is possibly lost for the season.
I’ll tell you what the Hawkeyes did, they gave the ball to Jordan Canzeri… 43 times, and beat Illinois 29-20 last Saturday at Kinnick Stadium!
Iowa has been playing football since 1889 and no one has carried the ball that many times.

Hawks get defensive

Hawk Talk

I’ve never been a big fan of low scoring games.
I didn’t mind the 12-10 game against Michigan in 1985.
Iowa was ranked number one, Michigan number two and, of course, Iowa went to the Rose Bowl that year.
The 6-4 win at Penn State, in 2004, saw Iowa go 10-2 that year, and tied for the Big Ten championship.
They finished with the last-second-win in the Capital One Bowl, 30-25, over LSU.
Also, there was the 7-6 win at Penn State in 1975.
I was a manager, but didn’t go to the game.

Marshall rocks Kinnick!

Hawk Talk

When you grow up in Solon, about 15 miles northeast of Kinnick Stadium, and you play for the Solon Spartan football team, you dream of playing football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
You go back to the ‘70s, when Eddie Donovan, who played for Solon and was a Hawkeye halfback from 1973-76.
Eddie’s big moment came in 1974 when he caught a touchdown pass from Rob Fick with 12 seconds left to help Iowa beat Illinois, 14-12.
I was on the sideline at that game as a football manager for the Hawkeyes.

Hawkeye State

Hawk Talk

I thought about this story even before the game started.
Hawkeye nation was reeling from losing two of the best football and basketball players in program history.
Iowa lost Tyler Sash and Roy Marble last week, and even though the Hawks beats the ‘Clones last Saturday, 31-17, it still was a tough week for Hawkeye fans.
The only game I ever went to in Ames was in 2009.
Iowa trailed 3-0 before exploding for 35 straight points and cruising to a 35-3 win.

Kids Day at Kinnick

Hawk Talk

A couple of observations from Kids Day at Kinnick Stadium.
The defense rules.
Drew Ott and company had nine unofficial sacks, knocked down some passes at the line of scrimmage and didn’t give up a lot of big plays.
Last year, Iowa gave up 65 big plays, which means a run or pass play of over 25 yards.
That needs to be cut in half.
The defense also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and it looks like the defense could be carrying the team early in the season.
George Kittle had three catches, mostly over the middle.
Kittle needs to step up until Jake Duzey gets healthy.

Hawkeye football preview

Hawk Talk

For the next three weeks, I’ll break down the Iowa football team.
No doubt, last season was a frustrating.
After Iowa beat Illinois in the 10th game of the season, they were sitting at 7-3, 4-2 in the Big Ten, and if they won out they would win the Big Ten West. Of course, the Hawks dropped their last three games, including a blowout in the bowl game.
During Media Day last Saturday, Aug. 8, there was a feel of optimism, the Hawkeye players and coaches are ready to move on and make last season motivation for this year.
This week, we’ll examine the Hawkeye offense.

Hawkeye schedule part 2

Hawk Talk

This is the second part of a two-part story about Iowa’s football schedule.
Last week I thought Iowa would be favored in four games (Illinois State, Iowa State, North Texas and Illinois).
I think Pittsburgh could be a toss-up and the Hawks will be underdogs against the Badgers, with the game at Wisconsin.
This week I’ll talk about the three home games against Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue, plus road trips to Maryland, Indiana and Nebraska.

Oct. 17
at the Northwestern
Wildcats