How does Iowa follow a 55-24 thrashing of Ohio State? Well, one week later, the Hawkeyes were stymied in a 38-14 loss to Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes are quite possibly the most inconsistent team in the universe.
Let’s go Behind The Numbers.
66 – Iowa tallied only 66 total yards, the fewest under Kirk Ferentz. This amount is so minuscule it is difficult to comprehend. Especially after last week when the Hawkeyes piled up 55 points on 487 yards against Ohio State. The 66 yards was on 50 plays — a striking 1.3 yards per play.
0 – The Hawkeyes never found a rhythm on offense, recording only five first downs on the day. They went 0-for-13 on third down. You can’t put up a goose egg and expect anything of substance. Iowa is now 106th in the nation in 3rd down conversions, converting 34.5 percent of the time. They are 116th in the nation in total offense.
7 – Despite their ineptness on offense, Iowa stayed in the game because of the defense. Josh Jackson had not one but two pick sixes, the second bringing the Hawkeyes within a field goal of the Badgers, 17-14 with 11:18 remaining in the third quarter. Jackson is up to seven interceptions on the season, putting him in select company in program history. The single season record for interceptions is eight, and three big names are at the top of the leaderboard there: Nile Kinnick, Lou King, and Desmond King.
8 – With two games left, Iowa can finish 8-4. That would be a solid ending to a regular season in which many weren’t sure what to expect. Ultimately, they have showed well, with flashes of prowess mixed in with staleness and ineffectiveness. Saturday’s result was the first of the four losses this season by more than one possession. Let’s see if Iowa can chalk up two more victories with Purdue (4-6) and Nebraska (4-6) lurking.