Three cool things:
1. The 2010 Hawkeyes had a big check coming at them the next week, but early in the season, this looked to be one of Kirk Ferentz’s best teams.
It had a returning QB, an amazing and experienced D-line and enough running backs to go around with an O-line to go along with it. It should’ve worked much better than eight wins and an Insight Bowl appearance (even though that win over Missouri was a bowl victory over the No. 12 team in the country).
Iowa flexed everything it had against the Cyclones in this one.
It was 35-0 just more than midway through the third quarter. There aren’t many Iowa-Iowa State games anymore — ANYMORE, important distinction — where it’s a done deal in the third quarter. OK, there was that 2016 game that was Matt Campbell’s first as ISU’s head coach. You just get the feeling that Campbell’s ISU teams won’t be caught that flat-footed again vs. the Hawkeyes.
There are patterns between these two teams. The final results the last 10 or so years have been a two-score or more Iowa win, a close ISU win (three points or less in ISU’s last three wins over Iowa) or just a really great game both fan bases can love even if they don’t win.
What will it be this year? I lean great game, just a matter of who will love it more.
2. The Hawkeyes held the ball 13:34 to just 1:26 for Iowa State in the first quarter. They only held a 7-0 lead, but that sets the tempo for the game. It’s a show of strength and the other team has to snap out of it immediately and respond.
The Cyclones had one first-quarter possession and went three-and-out for 3 yards.
That’s Iowa hanging its arm out the car window after doing preacher curls.
3. Adam Robinson, Jewel Hampton and Brandon Wegher were such an interesting RB trio. We can put “interesting” in quotes if you want.
If I had to rank them from pure ability, I’d go Hampton, Wegher and Robinson. They all have gold medals for “what could’ve been” at Iowa.
Quote: Yes, you like when the Hawkeyes sound like this. Don’t tell me otherwise.
“I think we shut them out except for that last drive against the fourth string,” DE Adrian Clayborn said.
Fourth string? Or third?
“Third or fourth,” he said.
Note: Brett Greenwood’s career included four interceptions against Iowa State. He had at least one in all three games he played against Iowa State (where his dad, Dave, was a lineman), including two in 2009. Greenwood got Austen Arnaud three times in his career.
Why No. 79? — This game was men vs. boys. Sorry, it just was. This was before the 2010 team realized it lost the Superman capes.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE OF THE GAME
Game story from 2010
IOWA CITY — The hard part of perfect is the encore. Good luck with that next week in Arizona, Hawkeyes.
Nothing was missing from No. 9 Iowa’s performance during Saturday’s 35-7 victory over Iowa State. No blemishes, not even a scuffed helmet. Maybe not even a scuffed helmet at the end. That perfect, that efficient, that lethal.
“Top to bottom, there are no weaknesses,” second-year Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads said. “They have the ability to run it. They have the ability to throw it. People aren’t going to score very many points on them. They have a heck of a punter.
“Yeah, I think it’s without a doubt the best team I’ve faced since I’ve been here.”
The Hawkeyes (2-0) scored on their first three possessions and never let the Cyclones (1-1) come up for air before 70,585 fans at Kinnick Stadium.
Maybe the signature moment was in the third quarter. Iowa free safety Brett Greenwood picked off Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud at Iowa’s 3, preserving and extending Iowa’s TD-less streak against ISU to 17 quarters.
On second down, Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi hit tight end Allen Reisner for a 56-yard gain to Iowa State’s 39. Next play, running back Adam Robinson broke wide left and scored for a 35-0 lead with 6:45 left in the third.
That gave Robinson his second consecutive 100-yard game, finishing with 156 yards on just 14 carries (11.1 average). That gave Robinson 1,000 yards for his career. And that pretty much gave the Hawkeyes the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the third straight season.
“We wanted to come out and make a statement, get another win and I think we did that,” Robinson said. “Everybody as a team, collectively, played as one.”
Stanzi finished 11 of 18 for 204 yards and two TDs. Sophomore running back Jewel Hampton made his first appearance after missing last season with a torn ACL, rushing 20 times for 84 yards.
“It’s definitely a confidence-builder,” Stanzi said of a perfect first quarter.
The Hawkeyes dominated the line of scrimmage. Iowa rushed for 275 yards, its most since 286 against Purdue in 2006. D-line coach Rick Kaczenski drilled the number 190 into his charges’ heads all week. That was the number ISU rushed for against the Hawkeyes in Ames last year. ISU finished with 78 yards on 25 carries.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said. “I didn’t think we had that kind of an edge.”
Big part of the story was who wasn’t there. Defensive coordinator Norm Parker entered the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics last week with foot problems and missed the game. Parker, 68, has fought diabetes and has had two toes amputated.
“We were fired up for Norm,” Iowa safety Tyler Sash said.
The Hawkeyes’ first quarter was dead-solid perfect.
Yes, Iowa led just 7-0 at the end, but needed less than two minutes to make it 14-0 in the second. Iowa scored on its first drive, a 13-play, 71-yarder that took 6:54 off the clock. The yardage went nearly down the middle, 38 pass and 33 rush.
That’s the kind of perfect balance that puts a defense in a sleeper hold. The biggest number might’ve been time of possession. The Hawkeyes held it 13:34 to just 1:26 for Iowa State. The Cyclones had one possession and went three-and-out for 3 yards.
“Yeah, we got three plays in the first quarter,” defensive end Adrian Clayborn said. “We were getting a little restless, but it’s good. It means the offense is moving the ball and is scoring.”
The first quarter was perfect. The rush for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, won by O-lineman Julian Vandervelde, was perfect. They were left with mild complaints about the kick coverage.
Oh, and the one TD. The Hawkeyes held ISU without a TD for 17 quarters before Arnaud, who was intercepted three times in the third quarter, hit Darius Darks for an 8-yard TD with 1:51 left in the game.
“I think we shut them out except for that last drive against the fourth string,” Clayborn said.
Fourth string? Or third?
“Third or fourth,” he said.
Good luck with that encore.