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    Iowa game analysis

    Here are some of my quick reflections after watching the game at Kinnick (not on TV):

    1. The play calling at the beginning of the game seemed quite varied, particularly in comparison with the Tulsa game. I was surprised we didn’t try to do more with the bubble screens, but maybe that was just respect for Iowa’s CBs.

    2. Speaking of Iowa CBs, both their CBs and WRs were taking lots of extra shots after plays. Reeves got caught taking a shot back on #11 who just laughed at him for taking the bait. I don’t remember who, but somebody took a hard shot on Knott right in front of the Iowa bench after a play. Knott gave him back some talk and face time, then walked away. He knows when and where to make his statements!

    3. Our DBs and LBs are showing some incredible ability to break up passes. Several times, the crowd thought they had a catch, only to see the ball rolling around on the ground.

    4. As much as I hate to admit it, I thought their LBs looked a lot like ours in terms of tackling. Fortunately, ours are better against the pass (as noted above).

    5. McDonough seemed to step up. He was pressuring the QB, disrupting the line, and even getting in on action near the sideline. I thought he played big in stature, not just making big plays. As much as I like the idea of rotating a ton of DLs in, I like McDonough staying on the field.

    6. Of course, the interceptions were disappointing, but I was more concerned with the sacks and lost yardage by Jantz. For instance, on the 2nd and Goal from the 2, Jantz went right and had nothing, but couldn’t throw the ball away because he had already tucked it under his arm. And on one sack, he had Horne wide open downfield. He missed Bruns on another. I supposed that I would prefer a sack with the ball than an interception, but I would like to see him work on throwing the ball away. As for the goal line interception, I want to see a replay because I think the LB may have been hiding behind the ref.

    7. Bruns is a player and a leader. After he dropped the TD, he motioned to Jantz to get the ball up. Yes, he should have caught it, but Jantz should have thrown it a little higher. I didn’t sense that Bruns was down on Jantz, just that he wanted a TD. Later in the game, I saw Bruns going all the way down the sideline high-fiving guys and trying to get the team thinking positive. He is my early prediction for a captain next year, especially if he can establish himself as a consistent contributor from the position (such as blocking better, not just wanting TDs).

    8. I also saw White making a big deal out of some motion to the sideline from the field. On the next play, they went to him and he got tackled immediately. It seemed like they had a play, perhaps like the one on which he beat Iowa last year, that he could call for when he wanted it. However, he has to learn not to telegraph it to everyone in the stadium.

    9. We didn’t connect well on most of our downfield passes, but I loved to see them. You can’t replicate downfield passes very well in practice. I think we are going to make some explosive plays once Jantz and receivers get in sync for these long downfield plays. We have the speed and Jantz has the arm (although I think all the long passes were thrown with the wind).

    10. Lastly, what else needs to be said . . . Jake Knott!



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    I'm curious to hear what some of the rest of you think about some of these things. For instance, did you see the extra hits on the ends? Are we trained on how to draw penalties from them when they start doing this? Iowa's CBs and WRs seemed to be.

    What about Bruns? Is anyone else impressed by his leadership (potential)?

    What did you think about the downfield passes? Were they just poorly executed? Or should we take a positive from the fact that we were trying them in a close game?



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    6. Of course, the interceptions were disappointing, but I was more concerned with the sacks and lost yardage by Jantz. For instance, on the 2nd and Goal from the 2, Jantz went right and had nothing, but couldn’t throw the ball away because he had already tucked it under his arm. And on one sack, he had Horne wide open downfield. He missed Bruns on another. I supposed that I would prefer a sack with the ball than an interception, but I would like to see him work on throwing the ball away. As for the goal line interception, I want to see a replay because I think the LB may have been hiding behind the ref.
    My friend and I were talking about this as the play was happening. It was more apparent on the play right before hand, but it looked like he had strict instructions to run the ball as he didn't look to pass at all on either play.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    "3. Our DBs and LBs are showing some incredible ability to break up passes. Several times, the crowd thought they had a catch, only to see the ball rolling around on the ground. "

    This. Loved watching this happen. Timing was impeccable.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    We got way too conservative after his first INT, and he always needs to look downfield. Horne was so wide open it was ridiculous. Really tought Danny Mac was calling plays.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Our O Line needs a whoopin after the way they played the 2nd half


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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    Our O Line needs a whoopin after the way they played the 2nd half
    For the most part, I agree. But the play right before White's fumble, Steele handed off to White going right tackle, but the line had made a gaping hole in the middle of the field. The whole was big enough that White could have strolled to the goal line, picked a daisy, tied his shoe, and then stepped over for the score.

    Made me think that the OL execution was correct, but somehow Steele and White got mixed up and were attacking a different spot on the line. Instead, they ran right to where the OL was pushing the DL.

    But of course, that was only my observation from my couch in Texas. Hopefully the guys get everything cleaned up next week.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Here are some of my quick reflections after watching the game at Kinnick (not on TV):



    6. Of course, the interceptions were disappointing, but I was more concerned with the sacks and lost yardage by Jantz. For instance, on the 2nd and Goal from the 2, Jantz went right and had nothing, but couldn’t throw the ball away because he had already tucked it under his arm. And on one sack, he had Horne wide open downfield. He missed Bruns on another. I supposed that I would prefer a sack with the ball than an interception, but I would like to see him work on throwing the ball away. As for the goal line interception, I want to see a replay because I think the LB may have been hiding behind the ref.
    There were no sacks in the game by either side.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    1. The play calling at the beginning of the game seemed quite varied, particularly in comparison with the Tulsa game. I was surprised we didn’t try to do more with the bubble screens, but maybe that was just respect for Iowa’s CBs.
    A lot of our second half struggles on offense may be attributed to having a rookie offensive coordinator. How much Messingham learns from this could be key to our offense performing well in Big XII play.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    3. Our DBs and LBs are showing some incredible ability to break up passes. Several times, the crowd thought they had a catch, only to see the ball rolling around on the ground.
    I'm real starting to believe that our secondary is the best yet under Rhoads. We have 15 pass break ups so far this year, which is by far the best in the Big XII (second best is Oklahoma with 9), and second most interceptions (behind Kansas with 5). For some perspective, in 2007 we only had 24 ON THE SEASON. We had 45 last year, which is the most we've had under Rhoads.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Iowa made some great adjustments at half and shut down our running game and mixed coverages enough to disrupt Jantz. ISU has a long ways to go.

    -- Iowa is down this year and made the Cyclone offense look pedestrian at best. It comes back to execution. Jantz has to make the throws. He has ample time in the pocket and open receivers. Like last season when the pressure is on Jantz makes mistakes. Western Illinois comes a good time. If ISU gets a big lead I would expect to see Barnett.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by ahaselhu View Post
    I'm real starting to believe that our secondary is the best yet under Rhoads. We have 15 pass break ups so far this year, which is by far the best in the Big XII (second best is Oklahoma with 9), and second most interceptions (behind Kansas with 5). For some perspective, in 2007 we only had 24 ON THE SEASON. We had 45 last year, which is the most we've had under Rhoads.
    This. The secondary has been fairly unsung so far, as everyone is (rightly) talking about the tremendous LB corp and the 12-deep DL, but the secondary has been terrific. By my untrained eye, Durrell Givens has been the best player on the defense whose last name doesn't start with K.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    #6 - That's a designed run. Not a pass. That is why it was tucked under his arm and not a pass

    #7 - Bruns is a player but a leader? Leaders don't complain to their QB after dropping a TD that was an easy catch for a tight end. And that was a catch that you have to make. Thrown away from the defender where only Bruns can catch it.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    An improved secondary should help the D-line get home a few more times this season. It would be nice if ISU had a speedy end to cause some havoc at the line of scrimmage.



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    Re: Iowa game analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    This. The secondary has been fairly unsung so far, as everyone is (rightly) talking about the tremendous LB corp and the 12-deep DL, but the secondary has been terrific. By my untrained eye, Durrell Givens has been the best player on the defense whose last name doesn't start with K.
    I have thought Washington and Givens have been just as good as our LBers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clones85' View Post
    #7 - Bruns is a player but a leader? Leaders don't complain to their QB after dropping a TD that was an easy catch for a tight end. And that was a catch that you have to make. Thrown away from the defender where only Bruns can catch it.
    I agree with this, except his name is Brun, not Bruns.



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