Tennessee Rules In HawkSlayer, er, TaxSlayer Bowl

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Recent Hawkeye fan frustration likely reached a new low as Tennessee dominated Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl.  From the opening kick, the Hawks look unprepared, unmotivated, and unlikely to win.

Bad tackling, mental miscues, and predictable play-calling hampered Iowa all game long. To add injury to insult, Kirk Ferentz even got run over by one of his own players, Desmond King, leaving a gash over Ferentz's eye.

As for the quarterback controversy, Jake Rudock started, but C.J. Beathard took more snaps.  It may not have mattered if Iowa had Aaron Rodgers behind center. It was 21-0 after one quarter, 35-7 at the half. The final score was 45-28, but it was nowhere near that close.  Iowa scored two late, meaningless touchdowns.

Iowa finishes a highly anticipated season with a 7-6 record. The trophy case is empty. In addition to losing their bowl game, the Hawks lost trophy games to Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.

3 comments

  • manlysportsman

    I am grateful to also be a diehard Iowa wrestling fan, because the football program is piss poor. Coach Ferentz should listen to the way Coach Brands talks about his team. He (Brands) demands more than just winning; he demands domination! That hunger is missing in the Hawkeye football program. I still remember 2010 and the Orange Bowl. That was a great season and a great bowl game! As an alum and fan I should not have to look back 5 friggin’ years for a good memory. Damn!

  • Fed UP

    Whoever renewed Ferentz’ contract should be fired. He is not worth the millions he’s paid. He’s just in glider mode and raking in his paycheck with nothing to show for it. How long will IA fans make excuses for this looser??

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