After losing to Purdue on a last second field goal, 27-24, it’s going to be a long shot that the Hawkeyes will be going to a bowl this year.
Their last two games are at Michigan and home against Nebraska... they will be big-time underdogs against both.
I’m going to do something that I have not done in my 11 years of covering the Hawks.
I’m going to second-guess the coaches. I’ve done that many times before but not in the paper.
First it all started with the coin flip. Iowa WON the toss but instead of deferring to the second half, they started on offense against a 20-30 mile and hour wind.
Iowa went three and out, Purdue had good field position all of the first quarter, scored a touchdown with 3:47 left in the first quarter and Iowa played catch up all afternoon.
Then in the fourth quarter, with the score tied at 24, the Hawks had a fourth and three on the Purdue 35 with 21 seconds left. Instead of maybe pinning the Boilermakers with a punt inside their 20 and making Purdue go 80 yards for the winning field goal, Iowa went for it and came up short.
The Boilermakers took over on their own 34, drove to the Iowa 29 in two plays and kicked the 47-yard field goal with five seconds left for the win.
I really thought the Hawks would try to get the game into overtime. They have already beaten Michigan State in OT and they have a great kicker in Mike Meyer.
Also, if they had deferred the coin toss, they might have let Mike Meyer try a 52-yard field goal on fourth down with a 20 mile an hour wind behind him.
The bottom line is Iowa is 4-6, 2-4 in the Big Ten, a four-game losing streak and time is running out.
That’s it for me talking about the game.
I had one of the most empty feelings walking out of Kinnick in a long time.
I haven’t given up on the Hawks.
This is Kirk Ferentz’s 14th season as the head coach.
One of my homeboys, Dr. Jeff Clark, sent me a note that in Hayden Fry’s 14th season at Iowa, he was 5-7 and 3-3 at Kinnick in 1992. By the way, that was the last time Purdue beat Iowa at home. It was homecoming and the Boilermakers won, 27-16.
On the plus side of last week, it’s always good to hear Tom Brands talk at wrestling media day.
If you can’t get fired up about Hawkeye wrestling after hearing Tom talk last Wednesday, then something is wrong.
The Hawks will be led by two-time NCAA champ Matt McDonough (125) and runner-up Derek St. John (157).
Both are ranked No. 1 in the preseason.
Iowa finished third last year at the NCAA tournament and Penn State, which won it all, has a lot of firepower back.
Tony Ramos (133), Mike Evans (165), Ethen Lofthouse (174), Grant Gambrall (184) and Bobby Telford (Hwt.) are ranked in all of the preseason publications.
The Hawkeyes need to find someone to replace Montell Marion at 141, plus 149 and 197 have been nonproductive in the last couple of years.
Coach Brands said the Hawks are hungry and have good leadership.
I like their chances.