The Iowa offense continued their second half struggles and it leaked into the first half in a 28-9 loss to Wisconsin. We have all of your news and notes from the Hawkeyes loss to the Badgers, including update on the injury front. Plus we hand out game balls to a couple of deserving Iowa players.
OFFENSE: Jordan Canzeri - Could have easily just passed on even giving a game ball out on the offensive side of the ball after another sputtering offensive performance from the Hawkeyes. But, at least Canzeri gave Iowa some signs of life late in the third quarter with a 43 yard run and then quickly followed it up with a five yard dash off the edge. Frankly, Canzeri was the only back that showed he could get to the edge today against the Badgers defense. It will be interesting to see if this earns Canzeri more carries next week against Purdue.
DEFENSE: James Morris and Christian Kirksey - If it seems like we are giving out game balls to two linebackers every week, it's because we are simply because it's too hard to decide which one gets the award. Kirksey jumps back in after 11 tackles and an early pressure on a blitz that forced an interception of a Joel Stave pass. Morris is an obvious choice once again this week. Coming off a Big Ten Player of the Week performance last week, he had 12 tackles, including one sack and two for loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Mike Meyer - On Saturday, Mike Meyer was the Iowa offense. The senior place kicker connected on three short field goals of 28, 22, and 29 yards against the Badgers. Meyer now has 300 career points and he is only the second player in program history to reach that number.
NEWS AND NOTES
Quarterback Jake Rudock left the game in the 3rd period following an interception deep in Iowa territory. Rudock was limping a bit prior to the play and he was having more problems after that play. He was examined on the sidelines and was replaced by redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard. Rudock kept trying to get loose on the sidelines and spent time riding an exercise bike. Following the game, Kirk Ferentz said Rudock has a sprained knee and could have potentially returned to the game, but didn't feel that would have been a smart move.
Guard Jordan Walsh left the game with what appeared to be an ankle injury. He was replaced by Andrew Donnal in the lineup. Walsh was on the sidelines the rest of the game, but stayed in uniform, so it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. His status for next week is still unclear.
Running back Mark Weisman is nursing several nagging injuries and left the game. Kirk Ferentz said he feels that Weisman will be back at practice on Tuesday, so it doesn't appear to be a long term injury.
TRAILING AT THE HALF
For the first time this season, Iowa trailed at halftime. Iowa has led every game at intermission, but the Badgers were able to go to the locker room up 7-6, thanks to a second quarter touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Pedersen.
THE GIVEAWAY/TAKEAWAY TREND
In all five of Iowa's wins this season, they have also won the turnover battle. In all four of their losses, Iowa has lost the turnover category. Today the Badgers intercepted two passes and Iowa only picked off one. Iowa has recorded at least one turnover in eight of their nine games in 2013.
MORRIS MOVING UP
Once again, James Morris recorded double figure tackles in a game. He now has 18 double figure tackle games in his career. The senior linebacker now has 369 tackles and passed Tom Rusk to move into 7th place all time in Iowa Football history. Morris will likely move past Fred Barr, who has 376 tackles, next week against Purdue.
FIEDOROWICZ STEAK CONTINUES
Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has caught at least one pass in 27 straight games. He now has 77 receptions for 337 yards in the past 27 games and has caught 8 touchdown passes in that stretch.
BEATHARD IN RELIEF
For the second time this season, Iowa used their backup quarterback. C.J. Beathard came in for Jake Rudock in the later stages of the third quarter and completed 4 of 16 passes for 70 yards, including a long of 38 yards to Damond Powell.
There are times when Kirk Ferentz doesn't use all of his time out's, particularly in the first half. Ferentz emptied out his time out arsenal on Saturday prior to halftime, calling three straight time outs when Wisconsin kicker Jack Russell lined up for a 54 yard field goal. Russell actually kicked the first one with the wind and appeared to make it, but Iowa had called a timeout. He missed his second attempt.
Representatives from the Capital One Bowl were at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.
For the second straight week, Iowa used their "Raider" package on third and long situations. Three of Iowa's defensive linemen left the field and a defensive tackle remained. Iowa inserted DE Nate Meier and LB's Quinton Alston and Reggie Spearman into the lineup.
SECOND HALF WOES CONTINUE
While Iowa trailed at halftime for the first time, they did continue one streak and that's their offensive struggles in the second half. The Hawkeyes were outscored 21-3 in the second half. In Big Ten play, Iowa has been outscored 78-16 in the second half of Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes have only scored one touchdown in the second half of Big Ten games.
Kickoff Coverage: Meyer, Gair, Lile, Fisher, Hitchens, Law, Spearman, Lomax, Perry, Alston, and Lowery.
Kickoff Return: Cotton, Canzeri, Perry, Gair, Duzey, Kittle, Hillyer, Hamilton, Kreiger-Coble, Plewa, and Cox.
James Morris led the Iowa tacklers with 12 stops. Christian Kirksey and John Lowdermilk had 11 each. Desmond King and Anthony HItchens finished with 7 stops each.
NEXT UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
Iowa will travel to Purdue next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (CT) and the game will air on the Big Ten Network. Iowa has bye the following week before hosting Michigan the following week.
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