By Chris Hassel
Steele Jantz looked as good as any Iowa State QB has looked in the six years I’ve been following Cyclone football. Granted, it was against the worst defense in the country but the guy played well. Iowa State needed the win, and Iowa State got it.
That sets up a big game, next Saturday, against Oklahoma. ISU has had a pair of chances to win big games at home. Maybe they can become bowl eligible with three games to spare.
Jake Knott played pretty well for a guy who didn’t play.
For the second straight week the Hawkeyes fell behind big, and for the second straight week they scored two meaningless touchdowns late in the game. It was 38-0 before Iowa found the endzone against Penn State, and 28-3 before they did so against Northwestern. I’m starting to wonder how this team only lost to ISU by 3, and beat UNI by multiple scores.
Iowa’s two touchdowns came by way of quarterback sneaks. Exciting.
The Hawks knew all Northwestern could do was run the ball, and it didn’t matter. The Wildcats ran up 349 rushing yards on the Hawks, while only passing the ball 10 times.
James Vandenberg actually didn’t play too bad, Saturday. He didn’t play well, but he wasn’t terrible. It seemed like every time he threw a good pass, his receivers would drop it.
It seems like every time the seat starts getting a little bit warm under Kirk Ferentz’s fanny, he is able to rally the troops and pull out a win. I still wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks made a bowl game, but I’m not sure many Iowa fans want to see this team play an extra game. Ferentz is headed for his 3rd straight disappointing season.
Gene Chizik fell to 0-6 in the SEC, Saturday. His Tigers lost at home to Texas A&M, 63-21. The Chiz is toast.