Sunday, November 01, 2009
The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled out another fourth quarter victory yesterday, overcoming six turnovers (including five pass interceptions) to beat Indiana. Iowa has trailed entering the fourth quarter four times this season, and four times it has emerged victorious, usually by dint of a big play by the defense or a special team. Yesterday, when Tyler Sash returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown to shrink Indiana's late-game lead to 7, I knew Iowa would win convincingly (I have a witness!). Little did I know how ugly it would get for the Hoosiers. Churls notwithstanding, the Hawkeyes make the end of the game more interesting than any other team in the country. Whether or not you think that any team that routinely comes from behind ought to be in contention for the national championship, it is hard to imagine a more exciting team to watch. The network suits must be very happy.
I believe the Hawkeyes have been behind at some point in 8 of their 9 games. I wonder if that is a record for a 9-0 team? Iowa has always found a way to win and that is impressive. None the less, enjoy it while it lasts. I think midnight is approaching for Cinderella.
Note that Indiana seemed to have been robbed of a called-back touchdown. The announcers (on whatever channel it was turned to at the restaurant, I don't remember) couldn't believe it.
Iowa at #6, Texas at #2, both undefeated. I'm actually starting to get a little bored!
I'd say there were seven turnovers - add the EIGHT YARD PUNT. Has there ever been a shorter punt by a Hawkeye?
I'm a Badger and I was at our Homecoming when the Badgers were dominating the Hawkeyes and then - poof - the Hawkeye magic mojo came and they scored 20 unanswered points.
Best of luck to the Hawks, uphold the honor of the Big Ten and win out! Take the national title!
This year the Hawkeyes are a 60 minute team. They are not a highly functioning team on the offensive side of the ball, but by the fourth quarter both their offensive and defensive lines are dominating their worn down opponents. Some holes, of course, are two big to dig out of, and I must say my faith was tested on Saturday against Indiana. Still, with this team, as bad as things might get over the course of a game, you just can't look away.
They may not win every game but they will likely do something extraordinary.