Iowa 27, Nevada 0 : Instant Reaction

By RossWB on September 18, 2022 at 1:56 am
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FINALLY. Some seven (!) hours after the game kicked off under the lights at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa finished off a 27-0 victory over Nevada that featured not one, not two, but three lightning delays that totaled around four hours. We'll be along with a proper recap of the game tomorrow morning, but in the meantime here's a quick reaction to what we just endured watched: 

  • The defense: still killers. They held Nevada to 151 yards, which included some grim totals on the ground (1.9 ypc) and through the air (2.9 ypa). The defensive line made life hell for Nevada's QB and RBs and the secondary smothered the Wolf Pack receivers all night. 
  • Special teams: still great. Tory Taylor was his usual superb self, averaging 46.7 yards per kick and placing four kicks inside the 20-yard line. Drew Stevens replaced Aaron Blom as Iowa's primary placekicker and he handled the role with aplomb, drilling two field goals and booming his kickoffs through the end zone. 
  • The offense: still a work in progress. Freshman RB Kaleb Johnson was a big-time bright spot (7 carries, 103 yards, 2 TD) and the passing game looked... healthier, especially with Keagan Johnson and Nico Ragaini available as options. But there's definitely still plenty of work to be done on offense as well. 

The weather delays turned this into a game of Weird Football, but Iowa seemed unphased. This game was never really in doubt after the first quarter, the good guys covered the spread in the end, and the defense pitched another shutout. That'll do for one week. And now: sleep. 

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