Behind The Numbers: Iowa-Minnesota

By Matt Cozzi on October 29, 2017 at 10:06 am
Iowa vs. Minnesota
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How many 17-10 games can one team have? Well, apparently at least three.

Iowa was a part of a 17-10 result for the third time in the last four weeks, defeating Minnesota 17-10 Saturday after losing by the same score to Michigan State and Northwestern. Talk about repetitive and weird.

Let’s go Behind The Numbers.

80 – Hey, Iowa scored on its first drive finally. The Hawkeyes found the end zone on their opening drive for the first time this season, going 80 yards on five plays. Quarterback Nate Stanley went 3-for-3 for 52 yards on the series before running back Akrum Wadley put up runs of four yards and then a 12-yarder for the touchdown. But, that’s all the scoring the Hawkeyes would muster until…

67 – …they went five plays for 67 yards on the first drive of the second half for a touchdown. The offense, seemingly for the umpteenth time, struggled to find a rhythm most of the contest. They scratched across only 15 first downs on the day and were 3-for-14 on third down. There is no other way to put this — the Hawkeyes need to score more than two touchdowns per game. I mean, come on, is three scores really too big of a goal? Sure enough, Iowa is 4-1 this season when scoring three-plus touchdowns.

11 – After not playing last week due to injury, Josey Jewell returned and led the team with 11 tackles. The senior linebacker sets the tone on the defensive side of the ball, a main force behind a group that ranks 46th in the nation in total defense.

2 – Iowa is 2-0 in rivalry games this season! (Yes, that was a sarcastic yet still enthusiastic exclamation point). The Hawkeyes rattled off a win against Iowa State last month for the Cy-Hawk trophy, captured the Floyd of Rosedale with a victory over Minnesota Saturday (#hoistthepig #sinktheboat), and there are two more rivalries lurking. The Black and Gold go for the Heartland trophy against Wisconsin Nov. 11 and then play Nebraska Nov. 24 in the Heroes Game. Can Iowa go 4-for-4 in rivalry games? 

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