By Chris Hassel
Last week I said “It’s gone from bad, to worse, to embarrassing in Iowa City.” What can I say about this week? Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Iowa plays its most pathetic game in recent memory. Michigan scored touchdowns on each of its first six possessions. After the game, Micah Hyde called his teams’ performance, “piss poor.” I’d have to agree. Who wouldn’t?
Iowa won’t be bowl eligible for the first time since 2000. That was year two of the Kirk Ferentz era. This is year 14. To say this season is unacceptable would be a vast understatement. The Hawkeye football program is a sinking ship — the problem is, just when you think it’s hit bottom, it dives deeper into the depths of the abyss.
While Ferentz’s program is crumbling, Paul Rhoads continues to build. Rhoads becomes the first ISU coach in history to take the Cyclones to bowl games in three of his first four seasons. Iowa State is 6-5 with one game remaining; Black Friday against West Virginia.
What a performance by Sam Richardson. The redshirt freshman had yet to throw a pass in his college career before relieving Steele Jantz against Kansas. Richardson responded with one of the greatest debuts in Iowa State history: 23-27, 250 yards, 5 total touchdowns. Wow! This begs the question….why was he on the bench for the first 10 games of the season?
The SI cover jinx strikes again. Thanks for playing, Kansas State.
Iowa fans who were hoping to watch their Hawkeye basketball team blow out Gardner-Webb were in for quite the surprise. The Hawks fell behind, 38-15, before mounting a furious second half comeback. Iowa outscored G-W, 47-18 in the second half. The Bulldogs aren’t great, but they aren’t bad either. On Thursday, they won at DePaul. And earlier in the year, they gave UNC a run for it’s money in Capel Hill. It’s a nice win for the Hawks.