Originally posted 10/18/2010 on Hawkeye Nerd.
I’m not the type of guy to not say I told you so. Sooo, “I told you so.”
I got a lot of flack concerning my apology to Denard Robinson’s mother before the game. I’m sure we can all now agree that I wasn’t so out of line. In fact, I feel that I went out of my way to prepare her for the inevitable.
En route to a 38-28 victory (it wasn’t as close as the score would indicate) over the Michigan Wolverines, the Hawkeye Defense first bottled up then broke Robinson. In retrospect, this (foretold) turn of events may have even kept Michigan in the game. If you will recall, I stated Friday that for all intesive purposes the game would be over by halftime. This appeared to be the case until a late run in the 4th quarter led by backup Tate Forcier.
I’m not trying to make excuses for Iowa once again making me bite all my nails to nothing, but the fact is that Iowa spent two weeks studying and preparing for a Robinson-led offense. Without defensive coaching legend Norm Parker on the sidelines things got a little hairy. But the Defense, as is often the case with Iowa, bent but did not break and came up big at the end with its 3rd interception of the game to seal the deal.
Ricky Stanzi continued his efficient and often brilliant play Saturday with 17 of 24 showing for 248 yards, 3 TD’s (all of them to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos), and 0 INT’s. The performance earned Stanzi Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors and once again proved that my lack of faith in him throughout the duration of the off-season was completely unfounded. Stanzi is now ranked 3rd overall among collegiate quarterbacks with an astounding 180.5 QB rating.
As aforementioned, DJK pulled in 3 (not a typo!) touchdown receptions on his way to claiming the title of Iowa’s all-time leading reciever. Add in Adam Robinson’s 31 rushes for a whopping 143 yards, 2 TD’s and 4 receptions for another 61, Michigans defense once again proved that it couldn’t catch a cold, let alone a talented offensive unit.
Iowa’s Defense proved once again why it is one of the best in the nation, racking up 3 INT’s, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal. Oh, and did I mention laying a pounding on arguably one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the NCAA?
So Iowa remains unbeaten in the Big Ten, keeps their (and my) Rose Bowl hopes alive, takes it in the ass by the BCS ranking system (nothing new there), and contributes to my weekend drinking habits. All in all a pretty damned good weekend. Check back Friday when I explain why Iowa will crush Wisconsin’s hopes of a Big Ten title next weekend.
Until then, go Hawkeyes!!!
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