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Marc Morehouse

Hi, I'm Marc Morehouse. I've covered sports for more than 15 years, mostly in Eastern Iowa. I've had Hayden Fry call me "Mike." I've had Chad Greenway call me "Mr." And Kirk Ferentz will occasionally call me "bleep." (Kidding, kidding.) I have fun with the blog. I've made some great connections with a few readers and hope to continue that. Ultimately, I want to know what you want to know. Thanks for reading.





This week, Iowa football will ...

MADISON, Wis. - Maybe there's an amount of time that will make what happened to Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium OK. And may ... »

Nate Stanley, Iowa Hawkeyes stumble at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. - Nate Stanley had his worst performance as a Hawkeye, but he had a lot of help.

After a week were everyone Hawkeye walked three feet off the ground, Iowa's offense was held to a half empty can of chew. No. 8 Wisconsin held the Haw ... »

Iowa football Game Report: Wisconsin 38, Hawkeyes 14

Notes and numbers from No. 20 Iowa's 38-14 loss to No. 8 Wisconsin Saturday in Madison, Wis.


Play of the game

The Set Up - As "over" as this game felt, it wasn't with about ... »

No. 8 Wisconsin 38, No. 20 Iowa 14 — All fall down

MADISON, Wis. - A week after climbing Mount Everest, the Hawkeyes fell down a well and still might be falling. Past oil. Past dinosaur bones. All the way down to that solid iron ball that is the earth's core.

Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson had two ... »

On Iowa Podcast: Putting the Ohio State win in perspective and previewing Wisconsin

Iowa has a game against a top-10 team this week. Normally that would be the No. 1 topic of conversation on the On Iowa Podcast. But of course, after Iowa's historic 55-24 blasting of then-No. 6 Ohio State last week, The Gazette's Marc Morehouse and Mike ... »

2-Minute Drill: No. 20 Iowa at No. 8 Wisconsin

For the Hawkeyes, win this game and stay alive in the Big Ten West Division. Win this game and quickly and quietly (kidding, trophy runs are never this) bus the Heartland Trophy back to Iowa City. Win this game and it's officially a fun season.

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Iowa football #MusterOneUp Mailbag: How the Woodshed headline happened

It was the 2-yard TD pass to fullback Drake Kulick that officially put last weekend's game in blowout territory.

Quarterback Nate Stanley floated his fifth TD pass of the day to Kulick, a senior who had a grand total of two touches this year. Ku ... »

Not a lot of bling with Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley

IOWA CITY - You see a quarterback perform at the level Nate Stanley has in big games for the Hawkeyes this year and you wonder how that happened.

You automatically assume his life has been football 24/7, 365. You're certain a quarterback coach o ... »

Iowa, Wisconsin is bloody knuckles and fullbacks

IOWA CITY - The Hawkeyes and the Badgers engage in their annual bloody knuckles-o-rama this weekend. It's a game where yards are precious and your weightroom warriors come to the fore.

Let's make Iowa fullback Drake Kulick the unofficial spokesman ... »

Coolly, calmly, Iowa goes ‘Polecat’

IOWA CITY - When you call a fake field goal, you can't sneak out there and you really can't break character. That's the whole point of the "fake" part.

As it turns out, that wasn't a problem for the Hawkeyes' "polecat" production in last weekend ... »

Iowa football's ‘must-win’ checklist includes running game, ball security
IOWA CITY - Kirk Ferentz laid out a road map for the second half of the season. Yes, one of the offramps was the ubiquitous term "execution," but Fere ... »
Iowa football will be more Hawkeye-like when running game hits
IOWA CITY - Iowa football has been very Iowa football-like the first half of the 2017 season. Defensively, the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are 25th i ... »
Iowa's defense crunches some numbers, working on others
IOWA CITY - It's kind of amazing how coaches can zoom in on the one thing that irritates the headphones off them. Three weeks ago at Kinnick Stadium, ... »
Solid start for Iowa’s new-look offensive line
IOWA CITY - It probably was no accident that Tristan Wirfs' first start as an Iowa offensive tackle came at home against Illinois and not last week at ... »
Iowa's special teams trickeration shows degree of confidence
IOWA CITY - Miguel Recinos hasn't been asked to run the ball. Not yet anyway. But maybe after the Hawkeyes pulled off an onside kick and a fake punt ... »
Iowa 45, Illinois 16 — A little exorcism, a lot of execution
IOWA CITY - If you believe in this sort of thing, sure, maybe the Hawkeyes needed a bit of an exorcism going into Saturday. Your head would probably ... »
Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players talk win over Illinois
Hear from Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and eight Iowa players (playlist below) after the Hawkeyes defeated Illinois 45-16 Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.Iowa is now 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten heading into a bye week. »
Some pointed Iowa football observations from Kirk Ferentz
IOWA CITY - Iowa has arrived at the midpoint of the 2017 season. The Hawkeyes are 3-2 and 0-2 in the Big Ten. Close losses the last two weeks have lef ... »
Michigan State 17, Iowa 10 — That sinking feeling
EAST LANSING, Mich. - So, now you know what it's like to slowly sink and die in a tar pit. It looked like the Hawkeyes might claw their way to safety ... »
The Walk Through — It’s always not this sunny in East Lansing
The Stead Family Hospital features finally punctured me last night.The feature on FOX and then the one on ESPN this morning, those took me back.I'm 30 ... »
Buckle up, Iowa's offense is a white-knuckle game of patience
IOWA CITY - The Hawkeyes didn't have a ton of plays that worked last weekend against Penn State. When they did, you could see them coming. Iowa offen ... »
Not a good enough job from Iowa football vs. Penn State
IOWA CITY - Everyone is telling the Hawkeyes good job. The Hawkeyes have a quick response. "I'll look at my phone in 10 minutes and I'm sure I'll hav ... »
Hawkeye tight ends: ‘Encouraging where it’s going’
IOWA CITY - Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson went through the classic Iowa tight end initiation.This mostly comprises trying to block defensive ends who a ... »
For his next TD celebration, Iowa's Akrum Wadley will ...
IOWA CITY - Akrum Wadley has high-stepped. He's mimed holding a bowl in one hand and spooning food into his mouth with the other. He's done the "make ... »
Iowa Hawkeyes safety shake-up pushes Amani Hooker forward
IOWA CITY - Couch everything this week in the fact that No. 4 Penn State and running back Saquon Barkley are coming to town. You saw last weekend tha ... »
Iowa 31, North Texas 14 — Mostly taking care of business mostly
IOWA CITY - Nobody every really says exactly what they mean in these postgames. So Parker Hesse's tone said a lot. The junior defensive lineman still ... »
Freshman duo leads Iowa rush attack in 2nd half
IOWA CITY - About midway through the third quarter Saturday, the Hawkeyes were without running backs Akrum Wadley and James Butler. You know, the two ... »
Watch: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa players on win over North Texas
Hear from Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz (above) and eight players (below) after the Hawkeyes' 31-14 victory over North Texas on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa is 3-0 and hosts No. 5 Penn State in the Big Ten opener next week. »